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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM reports that 31,993 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,774 through the first 97 days of 2016. [...] Deaths on the Mediterranean through 9 April total 664, almost 90 percent being recorded on the Libya-to-Italy route. During the same period, last year, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) recorded 1,217 – nearly twice 2017’s total – due to the 9 April 2016 incident off the coast of Egypt, where 459 migrants were recorded drowned or missing. Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project reports that there 1,183 fatalities through 9 April (see chart, below), with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – over half of the global total. This is just under 1,000 fewer fatalities than were reported at the same point in 2016. However, these data do not account for full reporting from North Africa and the Horn of Africa, two migration corridors where data collection tends to be slower than in other regions. (Source: IOM, 11 Apr 2017)

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24 Apr 2017 description

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  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia averaged 7,800. An average of 6,700 (86%) of them were sheltered in 17 heated government facilities. The others were staying rough in Belgrade city centre, in the North near the Hungarian border and in the West near the border with Croatia.

21 Apr 2017 description
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NEW YORK / GENEVA, 21 April 2017 – According to UNICEF estimates, more than 150 children have died crossing the Central Mediterranean from North Africa to Italy so far this year. Yet the true number of child casualties is almost certainly higher given that many children on the move are unaccompanied, so their deaths often go unreported.

20 Apr 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

Carsten Grün

The emergency ship "Iuventa" from the Berlin-based aid organization "Jugend rettet" was overloaded in its last deployment. The organization’s spokeswoman Pauline Schmidt spoke to DW about the incident.

DW: How are the crew members of your rescue ship "Iuventa”  faring after the last deployment?

20 Apr 2017 description

Regional mixed migration summary for March 2017 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.

Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the caseload mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.

20 Apr 2017 description

Migrants find shelter in old rusting carriages on the outskirts of Greece's northern city of Thessaloniki.

THESSALONIKI, Greece, April 19 (Reuters) - It was Mohamed Khaleuf's third attempt to cross the Greek-Macedonian border hiding in a freight train and he had no plans to give up trying.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

20 Apr 2017 description
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AITIMA, one of ECRE’s Greek members have released the report ‘Asylum Seekers on Hold – Aspects of the Asylum procedure in Greece. The report expresses concerns regarding the impact of the implementation of the EU-Turkey Statement on the asylum procedures in the Greek islands as well as other long-standing deficiencies of the Greek Asylum System

19 Apr 2017 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children’s Search and Rescue Ship, the VOS HESTIA, has carried out its first mission of 2017 bringing hundreds of refugees and migrants rescued from the Mediterranean safely to Italian shores. The group were one of the multiple rescues over the weekend – where an 8,000 refugees and migrants were pulled from close to 60 inadequate boats from Friday to Sunday. The Vos Hestia is once again operating under the coordination of the Italian Coast Guard on the route to Italy.

19 Apr 2017 description
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1. Why am I in a hotel or a building and not in an apartment?

There are three types of UNHCR supported accommodation:

19 Apr 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • Fearing prolonged detention in Hungary before being expelled back to Serbia, more refugees and migrants tried to re-enter the EU through Croatia, now also Romania, while spontaneous returns to Greece through fYRo Macedonia continued. Three cases of collective expulsions from Hungary were reported during this week, as well as 109 from Croatia.

19 Apr 2017 description

In Greece, refugees find new homes with UNHCR assistance, putting an end to months of uncertainty.

By: Leo Dobbs

LIVADIA, Greece ­- Spring is in the air and 30-year-old Haysam is in high spirits as he strolls through the streets of Livadia, a small town nestled under the snowcapped mountains of central Greece. He has good reason to be; after more than three years of uncertainty in Turkey and Greece, the refugee is living in a flat allocated to him by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, as he waits to join his family in Belgium.

19 Apr 2017 description

The world is witnessing higher levels of displacement than ever before. The statistics tell the story. Today, an unprecedented 65 million people—including 21 million refugees—are displaced from their homes. Since the start of the Syrian crisis in 2011, 5 million people have fled to nearby Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, and Jordan. And refugees now spend an average of 10 years away from their countries. Equally striking as the scale of the crisis are the consequences of an inadequate response.

18 Apr 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Apr 2017): 4,796

Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2017: 788

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 46

Average daily arrivals during Mar 2017: 49

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 3

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Apr 2017: 573

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

146 dead - 51 missing (Dec. 2016)

18 Apr 2017 description

Smuggling Networks

Introduction

The Mixed Migration Monitoring Initiative (4Mi)1 in Central Asia and South West Asia (CASWA) region aims at gathering data on displaced Afghans on the move. Data is collected in Afghanistan as well as with Afghans on the move toward the East and West and trend analyses are produced on a monthly basis. The purpose is to increase knowledge about drivers of movement and protection risks faced by Afghans on the move.

18 Apr 2017 description

Switzerland - Over the three days between Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April, a total of 8,360 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean by the Italian Coast Guard, the many Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) rescue ships, Frontex, EunavforMEd and commercial ships.

18 Apr 2017 description
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DTM Round 8 Key figures

The first two months of 2017 were characterized by continued dynamism in IDP and returnee mobility patterns in Libya as some small new displacements and large patterns of return were observed.

17 Apr 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Apr 2017): 4,548

Total arrivals in Greece during Apr 2017: 540

Average daily arrivals during Apr 2017: 45

Average daily arrivals during Mar 2017: 49

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 35

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Apr 2017: 535

Dead and missing

272 dead - 152 missing (2015)

146 dead - 51 missing (Dec. 2016)