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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM reports that 3,829 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, through 25 January, well over two thirds arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece. This compares with 48,029 through the first 25 days of January, 2016. IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reports 246 estimated deaths at sea on various routes, compared with 210 through the first 25 days of 2016. This 2017 fatalities figure represents almost a reverse of the pattern of casualties from a year ago, when just 20 deaths occurred on the Central Mediterranean Sea route connecting North Africa to Italy and only five deaths occurring off Spain. In 2016 at this time, 185 deaths were reported on the Eastern route between Turkey and Greece. So far this year the Central Mediterranean route, with 221 deaths, and Spain, with 25, account for almost all the fatalities of migrants or refugees at sea, with just one reported death off Greece, recorded earlier this week. (Source: IOM, 27 Jan 2017)

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21 Feb 2017 description

"The kids love the concept that they're talking to a television"

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a university graduate, Korvi Rakshand wanted nothing more than to help break the cycle of poverty in his native Bangladesh by teaching children on the margins of society.

He rented a single room in a slum for his lessons and provided half a kilo of rice a day to parents as a way of encouraging them to send their children to class.

21 Feb 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

At least 74 migrants drowned in recent days off the coast of Libya, the Red Crescent has said. A sharp spike in migrant deaths in the Mediterranean showed no sign of abating despite EU efforts to stem the flow of people.

The bodies of some 74 African migrants have washed up on a beach in the western city of Zawiya, the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday. Authorities said they expected the death toll to rise, as a rubber boat found nearby was capable of carrying about 120 people.

21 Feb 2017 description

2016 Key Figures

1: Turkey is the top refugee-hosting country in the world

28,901: Refugees submitted by UNHCR for resettlement (since 1 January 2016)

15,140: Refugees counselled on the work permit regulation by UNHCR and partners (Since March 2016)

24,703: Non-Syrian refugees and asylum seekers with specific needs identified by UNHCR and referred for assistance (since 1 January 2016)

32,047: Refugees and asylum-seekers received counselling from UNHCR Ankara (since 1 January 2016)

20 Feb 2017 description

Eleven people were hospitalised after the jump over the 6-metre, barbed-wire fencing surrounding the North African enclave

MADRID, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Some 359 African migrants broke through the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta early on Monday, in a second mass push after about 500 migrants breached the fence on Friday.

More than 1,400 migrants are now waiting in the North African enclave to be processed, Ceuta authorities said, adding that tents had been requested to house the latest arrivals.

17 Feb 2017 description

12,381 arrivals by sea in 2017

272 dead/missing

363,401 arrivals in 2016

17 Feb 2017 description

Dozens of migrants, many with wounds from climbing over the 6-metre barbed wire fence, celebrated in the streets with some shouting "freedom"

MADRID, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Around 500 sub-Saharan African migrants crossed the fenced border surrounding Spain's North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco early on Friday, emergency services said.

17 Feb 2017 description

Trends of Sea Arrivals

Between 06 and 12 February, 207 refugees and migrants arrived to Greece by sea – a decrease from the 460 who arrived the previous week. The number of sea arrivals fluctuated between 0 arrivals (09-12 February) and 57 (07 February). Kastelorizo recorded the majority of estimated sea arrivals (85), followed by Lesvos (54). Comparing with the previous week the average number of daily arrivals decreased from 66 to 30.

16 Feb 2017 description

"They sleep hungry for nights here. It is cold, they have nothing, no money and they feel they have to do it"

By Lin Taylor and Valeria Cardi

BELGRADE, Feb 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Wrapped up in grey blankets, migrant boys, some as young as 10, warm themselves by a fire in a large, abandoned warehouse near the main railway station in Serbia's capital Belgrade.

Hungry, destitute and cold, they are often visited by Serbian men who offer to pay them for sex - knowing some are so desperate that they will do anything to survive.

16 Feb 2017 description

Total arrivals in Greece (Jan - Feb 2017): 1,936

Total arrivals in Greece during Feb 2017: 543

Average daily arrivals during Feb 2017: 36

Average daily arrivals during Jan 2017: 45

Daily estimated departures from islands to Mainland: 45

Estimated departures from islands to Mainland during Feb 2017: 863

16 Feb 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • The overall number of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants counted in Serbia stood around 7,850. 6,565 (84%) of them were sheltered in 17 winterised government facilities. The rest were sleeping rough in Belgrade city centre or the North.

15 Feb 2017 description
report European Union

In 2016, migration pressure at Europe’s external borders remained high with the detection of over half a million illegal border-crossings. Frontex estimates that this figure corresponds to about 382 000 migrants coming to Europe from the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Compared to the 1.8 million illegal border-crossings reported in 2015, 2016 saw a significant decrease, but this figure is still higher than any annual figure for arrivals between 2010 (104 060) and 2014 (282 933).

15 Feb 2017 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Key figures

  • 21,000 estimated number of refugee and migrant children across Greece. Among them 2,200 UAC

  • 2,792 children have been relocated from Greece, as of end of January Among them 233 UASC relocated or in the process to be relocated (4 November 2015 – 31 January 2016)

  • 53 accompanied children have been returned to Turkey through the EUTurkey statement (20 March- 31 January 2016)