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 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.
About 100 refugees to be sent next week to France, Spain
So far 86 refugees have been sent to Sweden, Finland
Italy housing roughly 100,000 in immigration centres
About 140,000 have entered Italy by boat so far this year
By Steve Scherer
ROME, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Italy will send 100 refugees to France and Spain next week as part of a European Union relocation plan aimed at easing the burden on border states, the country's top immigration official said on Friday.
Greece witnessed over 62,000 refugees and migrants arriving by sea, the highest weekly arrival figure so far. Over half a million persons arrived in Greece this year, with more than 50% arriving since September and around 300,000 on the island of Lesvos alone. The situation on Lesvos remains critical.
The closure of Hungary’s green border with Croatia on 17 October, led to a redirection of the population movement from Croatia to Slovenia.
Summary of the situation
Italy - On Wednesday, 21 October, an IOM charter flight left Rome’s Ciampino Airport for Finland and Sweden. On board were 68 asylum seekers – 19 from Syria and 49 from Eritrea.
Members of IOM’s team in Rome accompanied the asylum seekers on the flight and monitored the disembarkation of the Eritreans in Finland. The 19 Syrians then disembarked in Sweden. IOM also monitored their transfer from Villa Sikania, a relocation centre in Sicily, to a reception centre in Rome, where they were processed.
Es necesario actuar para ofrecer ayuda y refugio y poner fin al derramamiento de sangre
Para la comunidad internacional, la llegada de decenas de miles de sirios a las fronteras europeas y las estremecedoras muertes de hombres, mujeres, niños y niñas durante el peligroso viaje para llegar hasta ellas se han convertido en un brutal recordatorio de la tragedia en la que está sumido el pueblo sirio. La desesperación en la que se ve sumida la población siria lleva a que muchas personas tengan que asumir riesgos inmensos para ellas y sus familias.
Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang
L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.
Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed
Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis
The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.
Helsinki, Finland | AFP | Friday 10/2/2015 - 12:22 GMT | 252 words
Finland on Friday updated its estimate of asylum seekers arriving in 2015 from 30,000 to 50,000 -- which would be nearly 14 times as many as last year.
"The new estimate is that altogether around 50,000 asylum seekers would come to Finland this year," the interior ministry said in a statement.
Finland has seen an unprecedented influx of migrants in recent months as part of the huge wave of people arriving in Europe from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.
The registration centre in Tornio is up and running. Finnish authorities have now managed to halt the uncontrolled flow of asylum seekers from Northern Finland to other parts of the country. All those registered in Tornio have been provided with accommodation. For those registered today, 200 people already have a reception place and the rest will be accommodated later during the day.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT
by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael
EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.
Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.
What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?
Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.
Western Balkans route ECHO contribution
• The Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) activated by Hungary (11 September) requesting shelters (252), beddings (1000) and blankets (3000); as 17 September 15, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland and Slovenia had responded with items requested, including the totality of the shelter requirements.
On Friday 18 September, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo held a press conference on the migration pressures on Finland. The Government will monitor the situation closely, and the authorities have increased preparedness in Northern Finland. Pressures have built up significantly in the Tornio region, in particular.
AS European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding across the continent, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.