Flow Monitoring: As of 02 February 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 3,765 migrants and asylum seekers, of which 406 people were interviewed over the week from 26 January-02 February. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi, Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 94% of all respondents.
See sections on Greece and Italy for an update on the EU’s Relocations Plan.
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Thursday 1/28/2016 - 22:38 GMT
Germany moved Thursday to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.
Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel announced that Germany will place Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on a list of "safe countries of origin" -- meaning their nationals would have little chance of winning asylum.
Some migrants will also be blocked from bringing their families to join them in Germany for two years, Gabriel said.
The European Commission has granted Finland EUR 8 million in emergency funding for the reception of asylum seekers between 1 September 2015 and 31 January 2016. This assistance is allocated for the Tornio registration centre and eight reception centres in Lapland.
Finland applied for emergency funding under the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) in October. These resources are used to cover financial needs that could not be incorporated in national funding and, thus, to respond to the cost pressures created by the migration situation.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 25 January 2016
OXFORD, 27 January 2016 (IRIN) - A new Danish law that will allow police to search asylum seekers arriving in the country and confiscate any cash or valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner ($1,460) has been widely condemned by refugee and human rights groups. But it is only the latest among a raft of new laws introduced by EU member states in the past six months aimed at deterring asylum seekers from lodging claims on their territory.
Genetic diversity of livestock can help feed a hotter, harsher world
Despite growing interest in safeguarding biodiversity of livestock and poultry,genetic erosion continues
This dashboard presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted by IOM/DTM Iraq during the months of November and December 2015 in the framework of the DFID-funded project “Understanding complex migration flows from Iraq to Europe through movement tracking and awareness campaigns”.
REPORTING PERIOD 14 - 20 Jan 2016
Flow Monitoring: As of 18 January 2016 IOM field staff in Greece, fYROM, Croatia, and Slovenia had amassed interviews with over 2,700 migrants and asylum seekers. Individuals of Syrian, Afghan, Iraqi,
Iranian and Pakistani nationalities comprised 93%.
Asylum seekers and other migrants are arriving in Europe and encountering rapidly changing border controls as they seek transit through Europe. The EU has begun implementing its “hotspot” approach for new arrival registration in Italy and Greece, while efforts to increase reception and temporary shelter capacity in Balkan states continue. This is a snapshot of the situation based on available data as of December 14, 2015.
9 December 2015 – On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Finland's membership to the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the country on its leadership in advancing the Organization's work on peace and security, development and human rights, and expressed his gratitude for the country's solidarity with refugees in the region.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) welcomes the new infusion of US $248 million for the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), which was announced Monday at the global climate summit in Paris.
SOS Children’s Villages International calls on authorities to fulfil the rights of refugee and migrant children by increasing safe and legal ways for children and their families to come to Europe, ensuring dignified and humane reception facilities, not detaining children, and helping families stay together.
Children Account for 20% of Maritime Arrivals to Europe in 2015: IOM and UNICEF
Germany - A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 30 November 2015
The European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission in May 2015 set out the need for a comprehensive approach to migration management. Since then, a number of measures have been introduced – including the adoption of two emergency schemes to relocate 160,000 people in clear need of international protection from the Member States most affected to other EU Member States, and the endorsement of the Commission Action Plan on Return.
The Valletta Summit agreed about the establishment of an EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa at the Valletta Summit on Thursday.
The Trust Fund aims to address the root causes of migration, such as poverty and conflicts in Africa. It will also be used to support the Action Plan to be adopted at the Summit.
The number of asylum seekers coming to Finland is on the rise again. Following a temporary reduction in the numbers in October, 776 asylum seekers were registered over the last weekend of late October and early November. Last week's statistics show that most of them came from Afghanistan, Iraqis being now the second largest nationality. The change reflects the situation in Europe – the number of Afghan asylum seekers has increased.
Summary of the situation
The Ministry of the Interior has set up a project to review the requirements for issuing residence permits on the basis of international protection. The decision on setting up the project was made by the ministerial working group on migration. The aim is to bring the Finnish legislation in line with the general requirements laid down in EU legislation.