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07 Feb 2016 description

Athens, Greece | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 20:12 GMT |

The mayor of the Greek island of Kos on Sunday called on the government to abandon its plans to build a migrant registration centre as demanded by the EU, warning that local opposition could lead to "uncontrollable" protests.

"There is a present danger that we will mourn victims and be led to uncontrollable situations," Kos mayor Yiorgos Kyritsis said in a letter to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, made public by the state agency ANA.

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan 2015 - 3 Feb 2016): 924,1746

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2016: 7,521

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 1,254

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,952

Total asylum applications during Dec 2015: 1,314

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

96 dead - 34 missing (28 Jan. 2016)

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Chios (Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 135,159

Total arrivals in Chios during Feb 2016: 1,796

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 299

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 413

% of arrivals in Chios compared to total: 21%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations by UNHCR and partners' field activities): 50

Estimated departures to mainland (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 230

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Samos (Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 109,378

Total arrivals in Samos during Feb 2016: 300

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 50

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 152

% of arrivals in Samos compared to total in Greece (2016) : 7%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 500

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 0

07 Feb 2016 description

Total arrivals in Lesvos (01 Jan 2015 - 06 Feb 2016): 540,719

Total arrivals in Lesvos during Feb 2016: 4,526

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2016: 754

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2016: 1,167

% of arrivals in Lesvos compared to total: 60%

Estimated residual population staying on the island (Based on estimations provided by authorities): 1,452

Estimated departures to Mainland (Based on estimates provided by authorities): 346

07 Feb 2016 description

Sofia, Bulgaria | AFP | Sunday 2/7/2016 - 10:45 GMT

Two female migrants found dead in a mountainous rural region of Bulgaria died due to freezing conditions, authorities said Sunday, as asylum seekers continue to try to reach the EU despite harsh winter weather.

The women were part of a group of 19 migrants, including 11 children, found Saturday by border police near the southeastern town of Malko Tarnovo. Their nationality was still unclear.

07 Feb 2016 description

Clare Cummings, Julia Pacitto, Deletta Lauro and Marta Foresti

It is time for an effective and durable policy response to the current ‘migration crisis’ in Europe. Such a response, however, requires a better and broader understanding of what drives people to migrate in the first place. There is much debate about their motivations, and about possible solutions to the ‘crisis’ – debate that often leads to conflicting messages and theories.

07 Feb 2016 description


L’International Peace Institute (Institut international pour la paix, IPI), en partenariat avec l’Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) et le Centre pourles Stratégies de sécurité dansle Sahel-Sahara (Centre 4S), a organisé une rencontre intitulée : « L’extrémisme violent : Vers une stratégie de prévention dans l’espace francophone » à Tunis, Tunisie, les 7 et 8 décembre 2015.

07 Feb 2016 description

EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes program had a year of significant activity, innovation, and planning.

Investigating the April 25 Gorkha Earthquake

07 Feb 2016 description


The African Union Panel of the Wise has, since its launch in December 2007, become a key component of the African Peace and Security Architecture. Indeed, it is remarkable that in a mere eight years, the Panel has matured into a key conflict prevention and resolution instrument, contributing, through the sheer will and determination of its members, to strengthening the Union's ability to better address the scourge of violence wherever it occurs on our continent.

06 Feb 2016 description

Amsterdam, Netherlands | AFP | Saturday 2/6/2016 - 14:43 GMT

Austria and Hungary on Saturday warned that if Greece cannot control the flood of refugees arriving from Turkey then the EU should consider reinforcing the borders of their Balkan neighbours.

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, whose country has set a refugee cap of 37,500 for this year, said the European Union did not seem to fully realise "how serious the situation is."

06 Feb 2016 description

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | Saturday 2/6/2016 - 12:17 GMT | 193 words

Turkish police seized almost 50 unsafe boats destined for migrants wanting to cross the Aegean Sea to Greece, in the latest crackdown on businesses exploiting refugees in western Turkey, reports said Saturday.

Police simultaneously raided three underground workshops in the port city of Izmir on Friday, seizing 49 boats that failed to meet safety standards, the official Anatolia news agency said.

The boats were destroyed by the police, it said, adding that the workshops now faced closure.

06 Feb 2016 description
report UN News Service

5 février 2016 – De hauts responsables des Nations Unies ont appelé à l'élimination totale des mutilations génitales féminines (MGF) d'ici à 2030, les qualifiant de « pratique violente » qui meurtrit les filles pour la vie, met leur santé en danger et les prive de leurs droits et de leurs chances de réaliser pleinement leur potentiel.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

VIENNA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros ($670 million) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

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06 Feb 2016 description

With almost 1 million people having arrived by sea to Europe in 2015 alone, the refugee/migrant crisis in Europe is only expected to increase as 2016 develops. In the first few weeks of January 2016, over 30,300 people are have already made the journey across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. To better understand this massive movement of people in order to inform a better and more strategic response to the refugee population within these numbers, UNHCR has asked for JIPS' support to help plan a profiling exercise initially in the Greek Islands.

06 Feb 2016 description


Un kit de survie dans sa poche et sa tête « Ces morts auront péri en vain si les vivants refusent de les voir ». La phrase du célèbre correspondant de guerre Robert Capa concerne tous les êtres humains mais elle s’applique particulièrement aux journalistes tués dans l’exercice de leurs fonctions. On n’infligera pas ici de longues statistiques sinistres, mais qui ne connaît une consœur ou un confrère tombé dans un échange de tirs ou sciemment visé lors d’un reportage ?