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26 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Donors continue to support expansion, improvement of Jordanian education system

AMMAN (May 26, 2016) – The European Union, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom and United States, together with UNICEF, today announced their support to the Government of Jordan’s landmark commitment, made at the Syrian Conference in London earlier this year, to educate every child in Jordan in the 2016/2017 school year.

25 May 2016 description

Arrivals and departures

In Greece, an estimated 126 people arrived over the weekend (21-22 May) in the northern Aegean (35 on Lesvos, 76 on Chios, and 15 on Samos).

24 May 2016 description

The United States and 47 other UN member states have endorsed the joint statement below affirming the importance of and adherence to international humanitarian law at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, May 23–24.

23 May 2016 description


Foreign Minister Steinmeier pledged financial support of one million euros to the Sri Lankan Government today (23 May) to help it deal with the aftermath of the severe storms of recent days. The Federal Foreign Office will provide one million euros in humanitarian aid for the victims of flooding and landslides.

The funding will form part of international support for Sri Lanka and will be provided in coordination with the Sri Lankan Government and aid organisations in the country.

23 May 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Monday 5/23/2016 - 15:26 GMT

Germany recorded nearly 1,000 far-right offences targeting refugee shelters last year, a five-fold annual rise amid a record influx of asylum seekers, the government said Monday.

Presenting the figures, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he did not expect a lull in 2016.

Some 923 offences against refugees and refugee facilities were recorded in 2015, against 175 the previous year, according Interior Ministry statistics on political crime in Germany.

23 May 2016 description

When families struggle to get enough to eat at a time of crisis, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of malnutrition. WFP’s specialized nutrition support has been a vital part of the response to the ongoing drought crisis in Ethiopia.

WAGHIMERA, Ethiopia – The first time 4-year-old Gebru’s mother took him to a health centre in Amhara last year, he was so sick with a bad cough that he could not eat properly. He did not recover after the first rounds of treatment for malnutrition.

20 May 2016 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 15-21 May 2016 and includes updates on Zika virus, outbreak of yellow fever and Polio.

20 May 2016 description

El programa beneficiará a 22,275 personas vulnerables que han sido fuertemente afectadas por la sequía en Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras y Nicaragua gracias al apoyo financiero del Gobierno de Alemania.

19 May 2016 description
report European Commission

Today, the Commission adopted its latest progress report on the EU's emergency relocation and resettlement schemes, assessing actions taken up to 13 May 2016. Overall, progress remains unsatisfactory since the Commission's second report, despite signs of increased preparation for future action: few relocations have taken place since mid-April, though the pipeline of future relocations has been strengthened.

19 May 2016 description

Planning and Preparation:

A huge shortfall in funds for sheltering refugees is severely undermining efforts to tackle the biggest global displacement crisis since World War II. At the launch today of a new global campaign, called “Nobody Left Outside,” UNHCR emphasised that efforts to provide adequate shelter for refugees under its care were facing a half-billion-dollar deficit. Nobody Left Outside calls on the private sector to contribute funds for shelter solutions for 2 million refugees.

18 May 2016 description

By Andreea Anca, IFRC, and Dieter Schuetz, German Red Cross

Swimming lessons, a second-hand bike service, language classes and support with asylum claims are part of the German Red Cross’s pledge to provide social inclusion support for migrants, as its focus moves from emergency response to longer term programmes.

An estimated 25,000 volunteers and staff have been working on the migration crisis in Germany since last year. It is running more than 490 emergency accommodation centers across the country hosting more than 141,000 people.

18 May 2016 description

Tunis — The Federal Republic of Germany has contributed EUR 4.5 million to support IOM Libya’s project _Promoting Peace and Stability for Internally Displaced People, Migrant and Local Host Communities in Libya_.

The initiative will run for two years from May 2016 to May 2018 and will focus on two key objectives of IOM Response Plan for Libya: Community Stabilization and Addressing the Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean. The project is in line with IOM’s mandate of promoting safe, orderly and dignified human mobility.

16 May 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Monday 5/16/2016 - 03:30 GMT

With a spoon and spatula in hand, Zaid, a 23-year-old Iraqi refugee, lifts the lid on a large pot filled with goulash and potatoes as he begins his shift.

From 6:30 to 8 pm, he is employed by the city of Berlin to dish out dinner to 152 other Syrian, Iraqi, Afghan and Moldovan refugees in a sports hall, which had been turned into an emergency shelter for the newcomers.

15 May 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

The German government expects to spend 93.6 billion euros ($106 billion) supporting refugees over the next five years, German media reported. State and federal governments are debating how to divvy up the costs.

Weekly news magazine "Der Spiegel" quoted a federal Finance Ministry document in its edition published Saturday calling for 93.6 billion euros to be spent on refugees over the next five years.

14 May 2016 description

Berlin, Germany | AFP | Saturday 5/14/2016 - 12:58 GMT

German authorities on Saturday reported an increase in the number of arson fires at shelters for refugees who flooded Germany last year, raising concerns about anti-migrant violence.

"This year, there have already been 45 arson fires," said Holger Muench, head of the federal criminal police (BKA).

"What is particularly worrisome is the increasing scale of the violence," he said in an interview with the Funke newspaper group.