In Focus: Refugee crisis in Europe
- MSF: Balkans: Hundreds stranded without aid as new border control measures come into force, 26 Nov 2015
- Red Cross urges governments to protect people on the move as freezing weather is set to sweep Europe this weekend, 20 Nov 2015
- Joint UNHCR, IOM, and UNICEF statement on new border restrictions in the Balkans, 20 Nov 2015
Appeals & Funding
- UNHCR Emergency Appeal 2015: Winterization Plan for the Refugee Crisis in Europe (Nov 2015 – Feb 2016)
- UNHCR Special Mediterranean Initiative Jun–Dec 2015, Supplementary Appeal
- IFRC Response Plan: A Movement coordinated approach focusing on the Mediterranean and neighbouring regions
IFRC Population Movement Emergency Appeals/Emergency Plan of Action Regional (Nov 2015); Croatia (Oct 2015); Greece (Sep 2015); Hungary (Sep 2015); Italy (Nov 2015); FYR of Macedonia (Sep 2015); Serbia (Sep 2015); Slovenia (Oct 2015)
The situation and the Red Cross and Red Crescent response to date
From January 2015 onwards: over 846,000 people have reportedly tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea. For migrants arriving by boat, Italy and Greece are the most common destinations, with at least 143,500 migrants arriving in Italy and over 698,000 migrants in Greece by boat. Tragically, during the same period, at least 3,3,485 people lost their lives in the Mediterranean Basin trying to reach Europe from North Africa and Turkey.
With continuing high rates of refugee and migrant arrivals in Europe via the Mediterranean, UNHCR has today appealed to donors for US$96.15 million in additional support for the winter months for Greece and affected countries in the Balkans.
IOM Launches Updated Response Plan for Mediterranean and Beyond
Switzerland - IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 3,233,828 Swiss francs (increased from CHF 2,064,735) to support the Red Cross of Serbia (RCS) to respond to the needs of some 293,580 people. The revised appeal focuses on the provision of basic food and non-food items, additional assistance for winterization, hygiene promotion activities, health care, including First Aid, Restoring Family Links (RFL) services, and beneficiary communications. It also supports the building of the response capacities of the National Society, including through contingency stocks.
This Revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of 12,670,715 Swiss francs (increased from CHF 3.03m) to support the Hellenic Red Cross to respond to the needs of some 200,000 people, with a focus on the provision of basic food and non-food items; health care including First Aid and Psychosocial Support; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion; Restoring Family Links (RFL) services, and building the response capacities of the National Society.
Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million
UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to respond to the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, with US$6.5 urgently needed for the immediate response in the next 6 months.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 3,582,099 Swiss francs on a preliminary basis to support the Hungarian Red Cross (HRC) to respond to the needs of 120,000 people for seven months. The operation will focus on the distribution of bottled water and basic non-food items, prepositioning of food and non-food relief items, health care including first aid, screening, and psychosocial support, hygiene promotion, restoring family links (RFL), and National Society capacity building.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 3,258,043 Swiss francs in cash to be channelled multilaterally through the IFRC Secretariat which will support on a preliminary basis Red Cross Society of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR of Macedonia) to respond to the needs of 110,000 people over the coming seven months.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,064,735 Swiss francs on a preliminary basis to support the Red Cross of Serbia (RCS) to respond to the needs of 314,580 people over the coming seven months. The RCS’s operation will focus on food and cash vouchers distributions; health care particularly first aid and hygiene promotion; restoring family links (RFL) in coordination with the ICRC; and contingency stocks for a potential deterioration of the humanitarian situation.
A total of USD 30.5 million is requested from June 2015 to December 2016 for the initial response plan for the refugee crisis in Europe (RCE), in the affected countries of Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, France (Calais), Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Serbia, Spain, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 3,028,853 Swiss francs on a preliminary basis to support the Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) to respond to the needs 45,000 people over of the coming seven months. The Hellenic Red Cross operation will focus on relief distribution, emergency health, restoring family links (RFL) in coordination with the ICRC, psychosocial support (PSS), National Society institutional preparedness and capacity development.
States bordering the Mediterranean Sea are currently faced with significant movements of migrants and refugees seeking to enter Europe. Many have become victims of smuggling and trafficking and often been subjected to rights abuse en route. Thousands have lost their lives at sea. In the first five months of 2015 alone, some 1,850 people have drowned in the Mediterranean in their attempt to reach European shores. Thousands more in North African countries and further east, including Turkey, are poised to take the same risks.
This Emergency Appeal seeks 2,710,576 Swiss francs in cash to be channelled multilaterally through the IFRC Secretariat which will support the Italian Red Cross Society to assist an estimated 85,000 people, with a focus on emergency health, restoring family links (RFL), psychosocial support (PSS), national society institutional preparedness and capacity development. This appeal reflects the situation as it stands now. It may be updated and adjusted based on new developments and more detailed assessments.
Introduction to the Department of Political Affairs Multi-Year Appeal
What is the Multi-Year Appeal?
UNICEF launches US$3.1 billion appeal to reach more children in emergencies
Over 60 million children at risk in “new generation” of crises
GENEVA, 29 January 2015 - UNICEF is launching a US$3.1 billion appeal – its largest ever – to reach 62 million children at risk in humanitarian crises worldwide – a US$1 billion jump in funding needs since last year’s appeal.
Total Appeal Target: US$ 1,200,000 (US$1,178,000 for the RRF & US$22,000 for the RST)
Balance Requested from ACT Alliance: US$883,300 (US$867,000 for the RRF & US$16,300 for the RST)
Geneva, January 19, 2015
Subject: Request for ACT’s Rapid Response Fund and Rapid Support Team Contributions