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24 Oct 2016 description
report UNIDO

For Syrian women living in refugee camps in Turkey, learning a new skill set in textiles can lead to a better and more independent life. This is the case for Celile Mustafa whose new skills acquired through training courses offered by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and funded by the Government of Japan will allow her to work in Turkey’s modern apparel factories.

23 Oct 2016 description
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  • Humanitarian situation in eastern Aleppo continues to deteriorate

  • Medical care for civilians in eastern Aleppo a major priority

  • Attacks on hospitals and other civilian infrastructure continue across Syria

  • Access to water and electricity marginally improved in Aleppo

  • Airstrikes continue in eastern Aleppo, while mortars hit the west of the city

  • Discussions ongoing to resume aid delivery to Al Rukban settlement

21 Oct 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Friday, 21 October 2016 11:13 GMT

The first aid consignment will go to nearly 30 villages around Mosul where up to 4,000 people are on the move, says agency

By Ercan Gurses and Tuvan Gumrukcu

ANKARA, Oct 21 (Reuters) - The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday.

Read more at Thompson Reuters Foundation

21 Oct 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: Adrian Edwards

21 Oct 2016 description

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 16-22 October 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, Salmonella and extremely drug-resistant TB.

21 Oct 2016 description
report European Union


The number of migrants crossing the Central Mediterranean fell to nearly 12 700 in September, down 40% from the previous month due to poor weather conditions, although the trend in the first nine months of this year remained roughly in line with 2015. Most of them were rescued off the Libyan coast. The total number of migrants who headed to Italy via the Central Mediterranean route stood at 127 600 in the January-September period of this year.

21 Oct 2016 description

318,816 arrivals by sea in 2016
3.649 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 18 October
1,011,712 arrivals in 2015

21 Oct 2016 description

The ETC was activated in Syria on 14 January 2013 to provide common telecommunications services to the humanitarian community responding to the crisis both within Syria, and in surrounding countries. Lack of access, insecurity and governmental restrictions complicate efforts to expand ETC services.

21 Oct 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

BRUSSELS, 20 October, 2016 - “This week’s meeting of the European Council in Brussels is a perfect opportunity for Europe to begin putting in place specific and measurable actions to address the needs of vulnerable refugee and migrant children.

20 Oct 2016 description
report European Union


  1. The European Council took stock of the latest developments concerning the EU's comprehensive migration policy, highlighting the importance of implementation. The debate focused in particular on the external dimension.

Protecting the external borders

20 Oct 2016 description

The Refugee Outreach Volunteer programme, initiated in April 2016, complements and extends existing UNHCR coverage to refugees in 44 provinces through its presence and its implementing partners (68 community centres/partner offices/outreach teams).


20 Oct 2016 description

Trends of Sea Arrivals

In the week from 10 to 16 October, 717 refugees and migrants crossed the sea to Greece from Turkey – a slight decrease from the 898 who crossed the previous week.

20 Oct 2016 description

In Numbers

  • 4.8 million Refugees in the Region
  • 1.7 million Assisted in August
  • 1.6 million Assisted in September


19 Oct 2016 description

Emblematic megacities address the threats of climate change to their water-related needs