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23 Nov 2016 description


  • Embassy of Switzerland has contributed CHF 50,000 towards WFP’s refugee operation in Tanzania.

  • Refugees are being distributed their full November rations.

  • Cash Based Transfers pilot will start in December 2016 with a target group of 10,000 beneficiaries at Nyarugusu Camp.

  • Representatives from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland & Iceland visited Nyarugusu Refugee Camp as part of a mission to strengthen collaboration on the Global Goals.

Situation Update

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 »

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

03 Nov 2016 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

Between January 2015 and September 2016, more than 664,500 refugee and migrant children claimed asylum in Europe. This represents around a third of all asylum claims registered in Europe during the same period of time.

Around half of all refugee and migrant children sought international protection in Germany.
Other countries, which have recorded high numbers of asylum claims by children are Sweden, Hungary, Austria, France, Switzerland and Belgium.

01 Nov 2016 description

In the last few years, the concept of preventing violent extremism has been at the heart of discourses of governments, international organizations and non-state actors. The brutal attacks perpetrated throughout the world in recent years underline more than ever the need for a more convincing response to this phenomenon than the primarily repressive and military measures implemented as part of the ‘Global War on Terror’.

28 Oct 2016 description

3,930 FATALITIES 2016 (1 JAN—27 OCT)

3,777 FATALITIES 2015 (1 JAN—31 DEC)

The number of migrant deaths and disappearances recorded by IOM in 2016 so far have reached 5,328.
Most of the increases have been in the Mediterranean where an estimated 3,930 people have died trying to make the crossing in 2016 so far.

26 Oct 2016 description

Key Figures
Oct 2015 – 27 Sep 2016

1,196 persons relocated
3,809 places pledged
39,600 target

As of 27 Sep 2016

25 Oct 2016 description


Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Europe in 2016 (as of 30 September).

Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2016 (as of 30 September). Compared to 3,771 in 2015.

Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2016 (as of 30 September) compared to 385,069 during the same period in 2015

20 Oct 2016 description

Trends of Sea Arrivals

In the week from 10 to 16 October, 717 refugees and migrants crossed the sea to Greece from Turkey – a slight decrease from the 898 who crossed the previous week.

18 Oct 2016 description

Berne, Communiqué de presse, 17.10.2016

A Haïti, les opérations humanitaires de la Suisse se concentrent dans le sud-ouest du pays où les dégâts sont les plus importants. Un nouveau détachement s’est envolé aujourd’hui depuis Berne pour renforcer les équipes sur place. L’accès à l’eau potable et la lutte contre la propagation de l’épidémie de choléra font partie des priorités de la Suisse qui soutient également les opérations de l’ONU et de la Fédération internationale de la Croix-Rouge.

17 Oct 2016 description

Bern, 17.10.2016 - Swiss humanitarian operations in Haiti are focusing on the south-west of the country, hardest hit by the storm. More specialists left Bern today to reinforce our on-site teams. Switzerland's priorities include ensuring access to drinking water and fighting the spread of cholera, while also providing support for operations by the United Nations and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

14 Oct 2016 description

Key Figures

  • 281,740 Refugees and migrants arriving by sea to Europe in 2016 (as of 31 August).

  • 3,169 Refugees and migrants estimated to have died / gone missing at sea in 2016 (as of 31 August). Compared to 2,776 during the same period in 2015.

  • 163,734 Estimated sea arrivals in Greece in 2016 (as of 31 August) compared to 237,947 during the same period in 2015.

  • 115,072 Estimated Sea arrivals in Italy in 2016 (as of 31 August) compared to 116,149 during the same period in 2015.

12 Oct 2016 description

Protracted complex emergencies and natural disasters, including drought, earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). Between FY 2007 and FY 2016, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided assistance in response to a range of disasters, including floods, wildfires, winter emergencies, and complex crises.

11 Oct 2016 description

Haïti fait face à une nouvelle catastrophe après le passage de l’ouragan Matthew. Des milliers d’habitants de l’île ont perdu tous leurs biens et le bilan des victimes augmente jour après jour. Pour répondre aux besoins des survivants, la Suisse a envoyé des experts dans les zones affectées et deux millions de francs sont d’ores et déjà réservés.

10 Oct 2016 description

Bern, 07.10.2016 - Haiti faces a new crisis in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Thousands of residents of the island have lost everything they own and the death toll is increasing by the day. To meet the needs of survivors, Switzerland has sent experts to the affected areas and has earmarked CHF 2 million in aid.

28 Sep 2016 description

Key Figures
arrivals by sea in 2016*
dead/missing in 2016*

Trends of Sea Arrivals

23 Sep 2016 description

The Sudan Humanitarian Fund (SHF) is a cost-effective way to support humanitarian action in Sudan. Under the direction of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC), the SHF aims to support the timely allocation and disbursement of donor resources to the most critical humanitarian needs as defined by the Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) or any agreed upon strategy by the HC. The SHF provides funding to international and national non–governmental organizations and UN agencies. The SHF receives voluntary donor contributions and supports humanitarian response year–round.

20 Sep 2016 description

New York, 20.09.2016 - Address by the Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter a the occasion of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (High Level Meeting on Women’s Leadership and Gender perspectives on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism) - Check against delivery

Madam Prime Minister,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Terrorism and violent extremism constitute a grave threat to international peace and security today. On a daily basis, we hear about atrocities perpetrated by terrorists against civilian populations.