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02 May 2016 description
report European Union

Asylum applicants considered to be unaccompanied minors

Slightly more than half are Afghans

In 2015, 88 300 asylum seekers applying for international protection in the Member States of the European Union (EU) were considered to be unaccompanied minors. While their number always stood between 11 000 and 13 000 in the EU over the period 2008-2013, it almost doubled in 2014 to reach slightly more than 23 000 persons, then nearly quadrupled in 2015.

02 May 2016 description

Copenhagen, Denmark | AFP | Monday 5/2/2016 - 11:42 GMT |

Denmark on Monday extended random identification checks along the German border until June 2, saying they were needed to deter "an extraordinarily large number of refugees and migrants" from entering the country.

"There is still considerable pressure on Europe's borders and... migrants and refugees find alternative routes when the borders are closed," Integration Minister Inger Stojberg said in a statement.

26 Apr 2016 description

Confirmed pledges (persons) since 2013: 130,955
Additional places/visas granted under Other Legal Forms of Admission:* 15,823
Resettlement submissions to the USA: 32,369
TOTAL places made available to date: 179,147

26 Apr 2016 description

The number of Syrians arriving in Europe seeking international protection continues to increase. However, it remains low compared to Syria`s neighboring countries, with slightly more than 10% of those who have fled the conflict seeking safety in Europe.

26 Apr 2016 description

The number of Syrians arriving in Europe seeking international protection continues to increase. However, it remains low compared to Syria`s neighboring countries, with slightly more than 10% of those who have fled the conflict seeking safety in Europe.

15 Apr 2016 description
report European Commission
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Table 1: EU28 Official Development Assistance 2006-2015 and gaps to individual EU targets

European Commission - Press release

Brussels, 13 April 2016

New figures confirm the EU and its Member States have kept their place as the world's leading aid donor in 2015.

13 Apr 2016 description

13/04/2016 - Development aid totalled USD 131.6 billion in 2015, representing a rise of 6.9% from 2014 in real terms as aid spent on refugees in host countries more than doubled in real terms to USD 12 billion. Stripping out funds spent on refugees, aid was still up 1.7% in real terms, according to official data collected by the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC).

13 Apr 2016 description

474 Interviews of Iranian and Pakistani migrants conducted to date by IOM in Croatia, fyROM, Slovenia, Greece, Serbia and Hungary

About DTM’s Flow Monitoring Surveys

11 Apr 2016 description

STOCKHOLM, April 11 (UNHCR) – The refugee crisis in Sweden has provoked an outpouring of generosity from Swedes who are giving skills, time and money.

But it has also had the unexpected consequence of bringing two of Sweden's largest Muslim and Christian congregations closer together. Now they are going into business in a unique collaboration to provide accommodation for refugees – which, they hope, could set an example for interfaith cooperation across the world.

06 Apr 2016 description

Germany and Sweden have welcomed unprecedented numbers of refugees in the face of ambivalence or outright objections from other European countries. The magnitude and speed of the migration led to short-term solutions that do not address, and in some cases perpetuate, the risks of violence women and girls experience along the route.

05 Apr 2016 description
report European Union


In 2015, Member States reported more than 1 820 000 detections of illegal border-crossing along the external borders.

This never-before-seen figure was more than six times the number of detections reported in 2014, which was itself an unprecedented year, with record monthly averages observed since April 2014.

04 Apr 2016 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Mon, 4 Apr 2016 15:32 GMT

Bu Johan Sennero

STOCKHOLM, April 4 (Reuters) - Sweden said on Monday it would allot an extra 10 billion crowns ($1.23 billion) to regional and local authorities to hire more teachers and healthcare workers to help cope with a migrant influx that has strained public services.

Read the story on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

01 Apr 2016 description

When peace processes also include women, the resulting peace is more sustainable. Sweden is now entering a partnership with Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security in Washington DC, by financially supporting a project that will study women’s roles in peace processes in Ukraine and Myanmar. The cooperation will be announced today by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström when she visits the Institute.

31 Mar 2016 description

JIPS support missions in Sweden

In 2015, Sweden received a record-breaking 162,877 asylum applications. More than 30,000 of these applicants were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) from Afghanistan. Given the large number, UNHCR have embarked on a profiling exercise to better understand their plight and current situation to inform an adequate response.

30 Mar 2016 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Wednesday 3/30/2016 - 03:06 GMT | 798 words

by Anuj CHOPRA

Shimmying his trousers down a little, an Afghan father on the Taliban's hit-list exposed a torso pitted with shrapnel scars to justify an agonising decision -- entrusting his sons to traffickers smuggling migrants to Europe.

Young Afghan boys, such as Mohamed's two teenage sons, are pouring into Europe in unprecedented numbers, becoming the new face of the migrant crisis that has convulsed the continent.

26 Mar 2016 description

1. Highlights

  • The total number of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and in the Western Balkans is 53,941. For a more detailed look, please see the accommodation pages of Greece, fYROM, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia.

  • On March 18, EU leaders met with their Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister of Turkey Ahmed Davutoğlu. They reached an agreement aimed at stopping the flow of irregular migration via Turkey to Europe. The main action points of the agreement are available here.

23 Mar 2016 description
report IRIN

Tom Rollins

GOTHENBURG, 22 March 2016 - Back in November, it was like the end of innocence. Deputy Prime Minister Åsa Romson famously broke down in tears as Sweden, the European country that has accepted the most asylum seekers per capita in recent years, announced it was ending its open-door policy.

Read on IRIN

16 Mar 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Since the beginning of 2016, almost 153,200 people have crossed the Mediterranean to seek safety and protection in Europe. Of them, 143,205 arrived through the Eastern Mediterranean, on Greek shores.

  • In February 2016, women and children made up 63 per cent of refugees and migrants crossing from Greece into the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, children were 41 per cent.