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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM, UN Migration Agency, reports that 103,175 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 12 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 240,014 arrivals across the region through 12 July 2016. (Source: IOM, 14 Jul 2017)

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20 Jul 2017 description
report IRIN

The Gambia’s leader of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, used to give Gambians good cause for claiming asylum, even if the majority were fleeing poverty rather than persecution.

But with the autocratic president’s exit in January, Gambians’ grounds for international protection have suddenly become shakier, making them prime EU targets for rapid return, although they are not the only ones.

Read the full report on IRIN.

20 Jul 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Flawed Procedures Leave Those on Lesbos at Risk of Abuse

(Athens) – Unaccompanied migrant children on the Greek island of Lesbos are being incorrectly identified as adults and housed with unrelated adults, leaving them vulnerable to abuse and unable to access the specific care they need, Human Rights Watch said today.

20 Jul 2017 description

Vulnerable peoples are living at deadly risk in a growing number of no-go zones around the world, says Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in the 2017 Peoples under Threat index and online map.

This year’s index, which seeks to identify those countries around the world that are most at risk of genocide, mass killing or systematic violent repression, highlights how lack of access from the outside world allows killing to be perpetrated unchecked in disputed territories, militarized enclaves and, in some cases, whole countries.

19 Jul 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Jul 2017): 10,604

Total arrivals in Greece during Jul 2017: 1,318

Average daily arrivals during Jul 2017: 73

Average daily arrivals during Jun 2017: 67

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 37

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Jul 2017: 876

19 Jul 2017 description
report Save the Children

The European refugee crisis is proving to be one of the biggest moral tests and political stalemates of our generation.

Our rescue ship searches the Mediterranean for stricken vessels, in the hope of stopping people from drowning.

Every day we face the same five questions. We thought we’d take the opportunity to answer some of these concerns. Because, although we don’t have the answers to world peace, we are sure that what we’re doing is saving lives.

1. “STOP PICKING UP MIGRANTS AND FERRYING THEM TO EUROPE”

19 Jul 2017 description

Summary Findings

Overall satisfaction with the support and services provided at shelters
Most children are happy with the quality of the shelters and the support they receive. However, respondents would like better quality food, specifically meals that resemble what they would traditionally have at home. Children are also happy with the recreational activities offered at the shelters, but would like a better variety of sports and exercise activities.

19 Jul 2017 description

Italy has won praise for its handling of these newcomers, yet a recent surge in arrivals has piled pressure on the government

By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani

VENICE, Italy, July 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck.

19 Jul 2017 description
infographic Norwegian Refugee Council

Highlights

As of July 2nd , there were 196 residents living in Veria site. 46 new arrivals were received throughout June, from Chios island and from the Evros border crossing. Each group transferred is received and provided with food and non-food items by the responsible actors on site. They are welcomed and briefed about site services and amenities by members of the community and site agencies.

18 Jul 2017 description

Cooperation and knowledge-sharing a promising start for progress in refugee and migrant health

This week WHO/Europe launched its first annual Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health in Syracuse, Italy. The course, focused on managing the public health aspects of migration, welcomed participants and representatives from 30 countries around the world, including government officials and academia. All are committed to a collaborative process for making progress in health and migration.

18 Jul 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 111,148 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 16 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 241,859 arrivals across the region through 16 July 2016.

18 Jul 2017 description
  • 33%of international migrants are from G20 countries

  • 50% of international migrants reside in G20 countries

  • 122 million migrants live in G20 countries, representing 2.6% of the total population

18 Jul 2017 description

Pari moved her chair to the far edge of the screening center, making sure she could observe the stream of migrants as closely as possible. As the hours passed by, the heat at southern Afghanistan’s Milak border crossing with Iran climbed to 47 degrees, but she did not move from her chair. “I want to make sure that I don’t miss any returnee from Iran”, she explains firmly. “This is why I come at 8am when the returnees start pouring in, and stay all day until 6 or 7pm when the returns stop. My husband Esmat-ullah and I try to take turns, one day he comes to Milak, and the next day I come.

18 Jul 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe.

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from Africa through Libya is increasing and, with it, the risks they face crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. In the first six months of this year, 2,171 refugees and migrants died or went missing in the Central Mediterranean, many others are believed to have died trying to cross into Libya.

18 Jul 2017 description
report European Commission

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18 Jul 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2017 - With thousands of refugees and migrants being pulled from the Mediterranean Sea each week, UNICEF is warning that a proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk – especially those of children.