Refugee emergency in Europe: UNHCR appeals for USD 128 million
After more than two decades of demining operations held throughout the country, a breath of hope has been shed into the lives of the people of Mozambique: Mozambique is now a land mine free country.
The announcement was made last week by the Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oldemiro Baloi, during the closing ceremony of the mine clearance program and witnessed by representatives of the United Nations, of the main humanitarian demining agencies, and of the donors who had funded mine clearance.
Budapest, Hongrie | AFP | vendredidi 25/09/2015 - 03:00 GMT
par Peter MURPHY / Geza Molnar
Les relations se sont envenimées jeudi entre Etats des Balkans sur fond de crise des migrants, la Croatie et la Serbie bloquant un peu plus leur frontière commune et la Hongrie déployant des barbelés à sa frontière slovène, une première entre pays de l'espace Schengen.
What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?
Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.
The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | Tuesday 9/22/2015 - 19:59 GMT
Three young Dutch start-up entrepreneurs have launched a website to find temporary accommodation for refugees fleeing to Europe, modelled on the popular Airbnb home rental site.
But on Refugee Hero, created in just four days and launched on Monday, no money changes hands.
Instead private individuals, and organisations such as churches, schools and mosques, can advertise how much space they can spare for free, and leave a contact phone number for migrants seeking accommodation to get in touch.
The European Union finds itself in the throes of a far-reaching humanitarian crisis, as waves of refugees and asylum seekers flock to its gates in numbers not seen since the end of World War II. The hundreds of thousands who have already arrived and the hundreds of thousands who are expected to reach the shores of Europe before the end of the year have taken EU member states by (incomprehensible) surprise and consequently, have found these states unprepared to deal with the influx. At the same time, the EU is in the throes of a deep identity crisis.
On Friday 18 September, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä and Minister of the Interior Petteri Orpo held a press conference on the migration pressures on Finland. The Government will monitor the situation closely, and the authorities have increased preparedness in Northern Finland. Pressures have built up significantly in the Tornio region, in particular.
Eskilstuna, Sweden | AFP | Friday 9/18/2015
by Camille BAS-WOHLERT
Mahmud Zaraa is 13, a hint of a moustache budding on his upper lip. Strolling through the tranquil Swedish town of Eskilstuna, it's a world away from the war-ravaged Syria he fled without his family.
Mahmud is one of 10,000 unaccompanied children who have sought asylum in Sweden since the beginning of the year -- a sharp rise from previous years -- making it the EU nation with the highest number by far.
14 September 2015
High-level Dignitaries from Sri Lanka, Mexico and the United Kingdom Address the Council
Stockholm, Sweden | AFP | Thursday 9/10/2015 - 16:12 GMT
Sweden said Thursday it was earmarking extra money to take in and integrate the huge influx of refugees arriving in the country each year.
The government will make 1.8 billion kronor (191 million euros, $215 million) available to local municipalities in 2016 and 2.6 billion kronor in 2017, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters.
The semiarid Sahel region spans from the Sahara Desert in the north to the humid savannahs in the south. The countries in the Sahel region are among the poorest and least developed in the world. The food crisis is widespread and there are several on-going military conflicts in the region.
The Swedish support to the Sahel region is focused on Chad, Niger, Mali and Nigeria, with additional support to Cameroon, Burkina Faso and Mauritania.
By Daniel Dickson
MALMO, Sweden, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Around 700 refugee children are arriving every week without their parents in Sweden, many injured in accidents and some bearing the physical and psychological scars of beatings or rape by their smugglers.
Stockholm/New York—The Swedish Government announced its continued commitment to the United Nations Development Programme by making a 2015 core contribution of $58.6m, or 495m Swedish Kroner, to help UNDP support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and fulfill its coordination role for the UN system.
As one of UNDP’s top donor countries, Sweden is a key UNDP partner in the fight to eradicate poverty, promote gender equality, democratic governance, human rights and peacebuilding, and tackle the challenges posed by climate change.
Today the Swedish Government decided on core support for fifteen UN bodies, active in fields including assistance to people in distress, promotion of women’s rights and reducing child mortality worldwide.
AS European leaders seek to deal with what an EU (European Union) representative called the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, The Salvation Army is responding across the continent, providing practical, emotional and spiritual support.
- Sweden a top destination for asylum seekers in Europe
- Newcomers find it hard to get jobs
- Far right makes gains across Nordic region
By Simon Johnson and Johan Sennero
STOCKHOLM, Sep 2 (Reuters) - Sweden may have one of Europe's most generous immigration regimes but there is flip side - one of the poorest records among wealthy industrialised nations of integrating newcomers, especially thousands of refugees, into its labour force.
In recent weeks, the upsurge of Syrians seeking asylum in European countries has overwhelmed existing capacity. According to UNHCR, as of July 2015 almost 350,000 Syrians have applied for asylum in Europe since the conflict in Syria began, nearly half applying in Germany and Sweden and one third in Serbia, Hungary, Austria, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands combined.
The Government has decided to relaunch support to Latin America. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has been tasked with producing new aid strategy proposals for Bolivia, Colombia and Guatemala. The previous government had decided to phase out support to Bolivia, a process which is now being stopped.
“These countries find themselves at crucial stages and Swedish aid makes a difference.We have therefore decided to continue our support and strengthen our relations,” says Minister for International Development Cooperation Isabella Lövin.
Genève, Suisse | AFP | jeudi 20/08/2015 - 19:41 GMT
par Ben SIMON
L'Europe s'enferme dans "une situation de déni" face à l'arrivée massive de migrants, qui fuient pour beaucoup des zones de guerre et de violences, a dénoncé jeudi le Haut commissaire des Nations unies pour les réfugiés (HCR), le Portugais Antonio Guterres.
Au lieu de gérer cet afflux en fonction des besoins des sociétés européennes, "nous sommes dans une situation de déni", a-t-il dit dans un entretien avec l'AFP au siège du HCR à Genève.