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22 Feb 2017 description

13,170 arrivals by sea in 2017

272 dead/missing

published 09:00 CET 19 February

363,401 arrivals in 2016

22 Feb 2017 description

The Updated Country Report on Austria documents the rapid evolution of the asylum system in the aftermath of successive legislative reforms and prospective amendments.

22 Feb 2017 description


  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood close to 7,700. Over 6,599 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities (below chart refers). The rest were staying rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

22 Feb 2017 description

Total Mainland
33,981 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
64,441 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities & UNHCR)

Total Islands
13,053 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
9,014 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)

UNHCR accommodation scheme 15,292 people

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN General Assembly



Le Comité spécial des opérations de maintien de la paix a commencé sa session annuelle*, aujourd’hui, par un débat général au cours duquel de nombreuses délégations ont fait part de leur impatience devant le rythme de la mise en œuvre du Rapport du Groupe indépendant de haut niveau chargé d’étudier les opérations de paix publié en 2015 et des recommandations du Secrétaire général qui ont suivi la même année.

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN General Assembly



The United Nations must be more flexible, nimble and pragmatic in creating and managing peacekeeping operations in order to better prevent conflict and protect civilians in an increasingly complex world, the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations heard today as it opened its 2017 substantive session.

22 Feb 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The trend of increased numbers of refugees and migrants on the Central Mediterranean route continues in 2017 - more than 80 per cent of all sea arrivals during the first 6 weeks of the year were registered in Italy.

  • Major risks confronted by refugee and migrant children and women along this route remain to be detention, extortion, gender-based violence, abuse, exploitation and drowning at sea.

22 Feb 2017 description
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‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

21 Feb 2017 description
report UN Security Council



Focus on Ukraine, Cyprus, as Spotlight Also Falls on Disputed Territories

Peace must never be taken for granted in Europe, where simmering conflicts could potentially impact security on a global scale, speakers in the Security Council said today, during an open debate that cast a particular spotlight on the situation in Ukraine.

21 Feb 2017 description

"The kids love the concept that they're talking to a television"

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a university graduate, Korvi Rakshand wanted nothing more than to help break the cycle of poverty in his native Bangladesh by teaching children on the margins of society.

He rented a single room in a slum for his lessons and provided half a kilo of rice a day to parents as a way of encouraging them to send their children to class.

21 Feb 2017 description

Executive Summary

The war in Syria has raged on for six years, causing a staggering 11 million people to flee for their lives — the largest refugee crisis of our time.

More than six million are displaced inside the country, and nearly five million have fled to nearby countries in search of safety. But many, including the 1.7 million Syrians registered in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon, are living in precarious circumstances.

21 Feb 2017 description

Edible drones filled with food, water or medicine could soon become indispensable in humanitarian emergencies

By Magdalena Mis

LONDON, Feb 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Edible drones filled with food, water or medicine could soon become indispensable in humanitarian emergencies by delivering live-saving supplies to remote areas hit by natural disasters or conflict, their designers said on Monday.

21 Feb 2017 description

Q: What health problems do refugees and migrants face?

21 Feb 2017 description


100,000 people in Unity face Catastrophe (IPC 5) food outcomes between February and April 2017, up from 80,000 in January. Leer, Mayendit and Koch counties are most affected. Although pockets of famine were previously reported in August and September 2016, the food security situation has since significantly deteriorated, and this is expected to continue until the peak of the lean season in July 2017. Lack of humanitarian access to the affected areas is a further concern.

21 Feb 2017 description
report GFDRR


  • At a time when the growing threat of natural disasters is more dire than ever, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is working to help governments worldwide better manage disaster risk, with a view to making resilience integral to development planning and policymaking.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

At least 74 migrants drowned in recent days off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent has said. A sharp spike in migrant deaths in the Mediterranean showed no sign of abating despite EU efforts to stem the flow of people.

The bodies of some 74 African migrants have washed up on a beach in the western city of Zawiya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday. Authorities said they expected the death toll to rise, as a rubber boat found nearby was capable of carrying about 120 people.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Paris) – French President François Hollande’s announcement on February 21, 2017, that France has endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration is a strong signal to the international community and strengthens the legal protection for children and their education, UNICEF France and Human Rights Watch said today. By endorsing the declaration, a commitment to protect schools in times of conflict, France recognizes the importance of educational institutions to a country’s future.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Education Above All

Education Above All (EAA), welcomes President Hollande’s announcement endorsing the Safe Schools Declaration, becoming the 58th country to demonstrate support

21st February

France has today become the latest country to endorse the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), a series of common sense steps aimed at protecting students and teachers from attack in areas affected by war and conflict.