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02 Dec 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier has pledged a further 50 million euros in humanitarian aid to the besieged city of Aleppo. He also called on all parties to allow a ceasefire after visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon.

In light of the Syrian government offensive in Aleppo, the German government pledged an additional 50 million euros ($53.2 million) in funds to various aid organizations on Friday. Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on a visit to a Lebanon refugee camp, announced the donation.

02 Dec 2016 description

Measured in relation to its own population, no other country in the world helps as many refugees as Lebanon. This small country has provided refuge for over 1.5 million people fleeing war and terror in Syria. Foreign Minister Steinmeier travelled to Beirut on Thursday (1 December) to demonstrate that Germany is a solid partner at Lebanon’s side. During his visit, Steinmeier will also be able to see for himself the situation of the people from Syria.

01 Dec 2016 description

Combined Europe Population Movement Operations Update Timeframe covered: August - November 2016

A. Situation overview - Highlights

  • Since the EU-Turkey agreement, sea arrivals to Greece have significantly dropped compared to 2015, but many migrants continue to reach Europe. Since the summer, there was a shift of sea arrivals to Italy, but every European country has been affected by the migration crisis which is the biggest one for the continent since the second World War.

23 Nov 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

EU: Show Leadership in Global Displacement Crisis

Renounce Outsourcing, Increase Resettlement, Uphold High Asylum Standards

(Brussels) – European Union governments’ policy responses to migration undermine refugee protection and human rights and diminish the EU’s moral standing, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.

22 Nov 2016 description
report DanChurchAid

The Federal Republic of Germany has awarded DCA DKK 4,820,000 to help and support Persons With Disabilities (PWD) and others affected by landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) in Myanmar until the end of 2017.

Decades of armed conflict have created a legacy of contamination from landmines, improvised explosive devices, and other ERW in Myanmar.

22 Nov 2016 description

Regional mixed migration summary for October 2016 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.

17 Nov 2016 description
report Deutsche Welle

Some 12,500 Afghans whose asylum applications have been rejected will be deported from Germany, a report says. Repatriations to Afghanistan are a controversial issue owing to the fragile state of security in the country.

Around 12,500 Afghan migrants to Germany are to be repatriated despite the civil war still raging in parts of their home country, a newspaper report said on Thursday.

16 Nov 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • Despite the deteriorating weather conditions and increasingly dangerous Mediterranean, October 2016 saw a spike in the number of refugees and migrants arriving on Italian shores. The 27,300 new arrivals, of whom an estimated 4,300 children, represent a three-fold increase compared to the same period last year.

16 Nov 2016 description

Lilongwe, November 15, 2016: Republic of Germany Tuesday provided Malawi with 45 Million Euros (Mk 36 Billion) which will see improvement in the health, education and social protection sectors.

Speaking at Capital Hill in Lilongwe after signing the financial cooperation agreement, Germany Ambassador to Malawi, Jurgen Borsch said the support relates to the commitments that were made during the bilateral negations in October last year.

15 Nov 2016 description

Around 90 percent of refugees could not speak German when they arrived, a major stumbling block for many employers

By Michelle Martin

BERLIN, Nov 15 (Reuters) - When refugees started arriving in Germany in large numbers last summer, many politicians and economists feted them as a solution to a skilled labour shortage, but a survey published on Tuesday shows that only around 1 in 8 have found jobs so far.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

15 Nov 2016 description
report Médecins du Monde

En pleine crise de l'accueil des migrants/réfugiés, l'accès aux soins en Europe est alarmant

Publication du rapport 2016 du réseau international de Médecins du monde (MdM) « L’accès aux soins des personnes confrontées à de multiples facteurs de vulnérabilité en santé »

14 Nov 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

In Greece, Germany, Press to Correct Course on Refugees

(Brussels, November 14, 2016) — Barack Obama, on his final visit to Europe as US president, should call on EU leaders to defend universal human rights and show greater responsibility for refugees, Human Rights Watch said today. Obama is scheduled to visit Greece on November 15 and 16, 2016, and Germany on November 17 and 18.

11 Nov 2016 description

Key Figures
Oct 2015 – 08 Nov 2016
1,549 persons relocated
4,954 places pledged
39,600 target
As of 08 Nov 2016

07 Nov 2016 description

Today Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, ended his three-day visit to Iraq and Jordan. In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Silberhorn pledged support for the people who have fled from Mosul and assistance for rebuilding the city following its liberation.

07 Nov 2016 description

The Kabul Urban Water Supply (KUWS) Project, implemented by the German Development Bank (KfW) at the request of the Afghan Government, is building the backbone water infrastructure to provide piped drinking water to 50 percent of the population of the city of Kabul. The current water system operated by the Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Company covers the needs of less than 20 percent of the population. The goal of the KUWS Project is to improve the urban water system, reducing heath risks and improving livelihoods for the citizens of Kabul.

07 Nov 2016 description

Foreign Minister Steinmeier issued the following statement today (7 November) following his meeting with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in Berlin:

“More than 60 million people – never before have so many people been forced to flee their homes. Of course, the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the neighbouring countries is a special focus of our aid efforts.

07 Nov 2016 description

A delegation led by the deputy German Ambassador to Somalia Markus Bollmohr welcomed the progress made to date in the construction of a Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) centre for former al-Shabaab combatants in the Jubbaland state capital.

The German government is funding construction of the centre, which began five months ago.

“It is almost complete, and we hope it can be opened very soon,” said Mr. Bollmohr.

04 Nov 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 30 Oct–5 Nov 2016 and includes updates on influenza, poliomyelitis, Zika fever, MERS CoV, cholera, West Nile virus, and enterovirus detections in Europe.

04 Nov 2016 description

The Iraqi military forces and the Counter‑ISIL Coalition are driving Islamic State in Iraq further and further back. The people there urgently need help to overcome the impact of destruction and terrorism and enable internal refugees to return to their homes. The Federal Foreign Office has significantly extended its engagement and is providing assistance for stabilising Iraq to the tune of around 41 million euros in 2016.

Creating opportunities, improving prospects at home