Beirut / Geneva, 29 July 2016 – As drownings in the Mediterranean Sea become a near-daily occurrence, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) calls on governments and institutions to protect dignity and save lives by ensuring safe and effective transit for people who migrate.
“Almost every day, more bodies wash up on Libya’s coastline,“ said Elias Ghanem, director of the IFRC Middle East and North Africa region. “We call on world leaders to end these needless deaths by ensuring safe passage across the Mediterranean.”
Since the beginning of January until 31 May 2016, more than 39,000 Afghans made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first five months of the year to 156,823. During May there were 1,721 arrivals, of which 270 were Afghans.
Trends of Sea Arrivals
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Estimated number of refugees, migrants and asylum-seekers present in the country grew to around 3,600.
The number of asylum seekers gathering to re-enter the EU at the Northern border to Hungary slightly decreased to just over 1,200. Less than twenty pushbacks from Hungary into Serbian territory were encountered. Demanding unhindered entry into Hungary, around 100 protesters remained in peaceful hunger strike close to Horgos I border crossing at the Serbia-Hungary border.
Retarder le début de l’allaitement augmente de 80 % le risque de décès des nourrissons
NEW YORK, 29 JUILLET 2016 – « Environ 77 millions de nouveau-nés – un sur deux – ne sont pas mis au sein dans la première heure de leur vie, ce qui les prive des nutriments indispensables, des anticorps et du contact physique avec leur mère qui les protègent des maladies et de la mort affirme l’UNICEF.
29 July 2016 – The international community must do more to end the inhumane practice of human trafficking and protect migrants and refugees – particularly young people, women and children – from those who attempt to exploit their opportunity for a better future, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, urging all nations to recognize their responsibility in combating the global scourge.
Zika virus – Incidence and trends
Vienna, Austria | AFP | Friday 7/29/2016 - 20:27 GMT
European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said that the EU's deal with Turkey on halting the flow of migrants towards the bloc is at risk of breaking down, in comments published Friday.
"The risk is big. The success so far of the pact is fragile. President (Recep Tayyip) Erdogan has already hinted several times that he wants to scrap it," Juncker told Austrian daily Kurier.
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment
Belgrade, Serbia | AFP | Friday 7/29/2016 - 15:51 GMT
Around 90 migrants on Friday ended a days-long hunger strike they had staged at Serbia's border with Hungary in a bid to be allowed to continue their journey across the closed frontier, the UN refuge agency said.
The migrants, mostly young men from Afghanistan and Pakistan, arrived at the Horgos crossing at the weekend to protest against the closure of Hungary's border and tough new measures introduced this month to tighten security.
Leaders at this week’s UN economic and social council meeting must pledge to give people affected by disasters the flexibility that cash transfers offer
Erik Johnson and Paula Gil Baizan
29 juillet 2016, Rome -**Un rapport élaboré par les deux agences onusiennes alerte sur le sort de millions de personnes vivant dans les 17 pays touchés par des conflits prolongés et qui se trouvent actuellement en situation de grave insécurité alimentaire. Selon le document présenté au Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, ces conflits entravent également les efforts mondiaux visant à éradiquer la malnutrition.**
Italy - IOM reports that 251,557 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 27 July, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where close to 20,000 new arrivals have entered during the month of July.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 29, 2016) — The number of unaccompanied children making the perilous journey to Italy from countries such as Nigeria and Egypt — often to escape war, hunger and violence — has more than doubled year-on-year, according to Italian government figures.
More than 10,500 unaccompanied children arrived in Italy by sea between January and June 2016 — more than double the number from the same period in 2015, and almost as many as there were during all of last year. These children are some of the most vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation.
Italy - “AWARE MIGRANTS,” an information campaign jointly developed by the Italian Ministry of Interior and the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome, was launched yesterday (28 July). It aims to raise awareness among potential migrants about the dangerous journey across the desert and the Mediterranean. The campaign mainly consists of videotaped stories and accounts narrated by migrants themselves.
Since the beginning of January until 31 May 2016, more than 75,000 Syrians made the journey across the Mediterranean to Greece bringing the total of arrivals in the first five months of the year to 156,823. During May there were 1,721 arrivals, of which 525 were Syrians.
The UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, this 19th September, has been called to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our age: to protect and assist millions of people on the move in search of safety and dignity.
More than 20 million men, women and children have been forced across international borders by conflict, violence and persecution.