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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016. IOM Rome reported that, through 24 May this year, 50,267 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy, however that does not include all the men, women and children who are believed to have been rescued over the past 48 hours. (Source: IOM, 26 May 2017)

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30 May 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The total number of people crossing the Central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year has now passed 60,000, with close to 9,500 migrants and refugees rescued over the past week and disembarked in various Italian ports.

29 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants continued to stabilise with 6,658 counted in Serbia on 28 May. 94% of them were accommodated in 18 governmental shelters (below chart refers).

  • UNHCR and partners met and assisted 71 new arrivals of which 78% arrived from Bulgaria and 22% from FYR Macedonia, including eight unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).

29 May 2017 description

CHAPTER 1 - SITUATION OVERVIEW & KEY FINDINGS

This report presents results from DTM Libya’s 9th round of data collection which was conducted between 15 February and 15 March 2017.

Round 9 identified 265,615 IDPs and 227,866 returnees in Libya in March 2017. This represents a decrease of IDPs and increase in returnees from the previous round, mainly due to the return of a large number of IDPs to Sirte during the time of data collection.

29 May 2017 description

CHAPTER 1 - INTRODUCTION

This report and dataset present two sets of data from two different DTM operations. The first set of data originates from DTM’s round 9 Mobility Tracking (MT) data collection operations which took place between March 2017 establishing a total of 351,382 migrants in Libya. Mobility Tracking data was collected from all of Libya’s 22 mantikas, 100 baladiyas and 667 muhallas across Libya. Migrants were identified as residing in 22 mantikas, 100 baladiyas and 466 muhallas.

29 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016.

IOM Rome reported that, through 24 May this year, 50,267 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below), however that does not include all the men, women and children who are believed to have been rescued over the past 48 hours.

28 May 2017 description

Rome hoped to persuade other major industrialised nations to open more legal channels for migration and to focus attention on food security

  • Migrants coming by sea to Italy at record pace

  • Calm summer waters mean surge in arrivals looms

By Steve Scherer and Giselda Vagnoni

28 May 2017 description
report IHH

In 25th anniversary of its establishment IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, launched its 2017 Ramadan campaign with “They are Waiting for You” slogan. Throughout Ramadan IHH is going to deliver aid to 1 million people.

IHH, which has been delivering food hampers and food aid packages to help the poor break fast in abundance, is geared up to put a smile on the faces of orphans and needy.

26 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

26 May 2017 – “I envy the mountains and the trees and the rocks because they will be able to breathe Daraa’s air and I won’t.” Those were the thoughts going through Doaa Al Zamel, when she and her family reached the Jordanian border. It was November 2012, one year and eight months since the violence in Syria first began.

Doaa is a refugee from Syria who now lives in Sweden. She survived one of the worst refugee shipwrecks on the Mediterranean Sea. In August 2014, aboard an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees, Doaa became an unlikely hero.

26 May 2017 description

La cumbre debería abordar los problemas causados por los altos e inaceptables precios de los medicamentos y la falta de I+D para combatir las infecciones resistentes a los medicamentos.

Ante la celebración de la cumbre del G7 que tendrá lugar este fin de semana en Taormina, Italia, instamos a los líderes del G7 a que se comprometan a llevar a cabo políticas migratorias más humanas y que dicho compromiso se mantenga a largo plazo.

26 May 2017 description

60,521 arrivals by sea in 2017 1,530 dead/missing published 09:00 CET 26 May 363,401 arrivals in 2016

26 May 2017 description

by Reuters
Friday, 26 May 2017 12:07 GMT

Some 2,300 migrants were pulled from rubber and wooden boats in international waters between Libya and Italy

TRIPOLI, May 26 (Reuters) - Nearly 80 migrants were rescued off Libya's coast after clinging to their sinking boat for two days, though the bodies of seven people who did not survive were also recovered, officials said.

Read more at Thomson Reuters Foundation

26 May 2017 description

Ahead of the G7 summit this weekend in Taormina, Italy, the international medical-humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières urges G7 leaders to make a boldcommitment to humane and long-term migration policies. Several global health issues will also be on the G7 agenda, and MSF calls on the summit to address the issues of unaffordable medicine prices and the lack of research and development undertaken to combat drug-resistant infections and other patient needs.

25 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

As G7 leaders gather in Taormina, Sicily, UNICEF urges them to adopt six-point action agenda to keep refugee and migrant children safe

TAORMINA, Italy, 25 May 2017 – At least 200 children have died along the dangerous Central Mediterranean migration route from North Africa to Italy so far this year – a rate of more than one child per day – according to the latest estimates from UNICEF. The updated child death figures come as leaders of G7 countries gather in Sicily, a major locus for the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe.

25 May 2017 description

Total Mainland
35,867 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, self-settled, NGOs)
65,869 capacity (Official, informal, on-hold sites, other state run facilities, NGOs, UNHCR)

Total Islands
12,920 people (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities)
8,569 capacity (Official & informal sites, other state run facilities, UNHCR)

24 May 2017 description

During a rescue in the Mediterranean Sea on 23 May, the Libyan coastguard approached boats in distress, intimidated the passengers and then fired gunshots into the air, threatening people’s lives and creating mayhem, according to aid organisations Médecins Sans Frontières and SOS Méditerranée, whose teams witnessed the violent incident.