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23 Nov 2015 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 2006 and FY 2015, 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.

23 Nov 2015 description

Amid the unprecedented influx of refugees and migrants into the WHO European Region, the meeting will address the major health challenges, needs and priorities of these groups

23 November 2015, Copenhagen and Rome

23 Nov 2015 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Istanbul) – Turkey has all but closed its borders to Syrian asylum seekers and is summarily pushing back Syrians detected as they try to cross, Human Rights Watch said today. Syrians described Turkish border guards intercepting them at or near the border, in some cases beating them, and pushing them and dozens of others back into Syria or detaining and then summarily expelling them along with hundreds of others.

22 Nov 2015 description

11/22/2015 - 17:50 GMT

Around 1,500 members of Syria's Turkmen minority have fled to the Turkish border to escape renewed fighting in the northwest of the country, a Turkish official said Sunday.

Turkey has expressed concern in recent days over Russian air raids in the area, fearing they are aimed at hitting Syrian opposition fighters and bolstering the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Meanwhile, Turkmen fighters backed by Turkey have launched their own ground operation in northern Syria to retake territory controlled by Islamic State (IS).

20 Nov 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • The humanitarian community now estimates that 13.5 million people in Syria need protection and humanitarian assistance, including 6 million children. 8.7 million people are unable to meet their basic food needs, and 70 per cent of the population lacks access to safe drinking water. Health facilities, schools, and other essential services across the country are operating at reduced capacity or closed. 6.5 million people are internally displaced in Syria due to the conflict

20 Nov 2015 description

Summary of WFP assistance: In coordination with the Government, WFP conducted a voucher feasibility study in 2012 resulting in an electronic food voucher (e-food card) programme to address food security needs of camp populations. This was found to be more cost effective over the provision of meals, providing savings of over 70 percent.

20 Nov 2015 description

Syrian refugees and displaced persons seeking refuge from civil war have shown over and over resourcefulness and resilience in their pursuit of keeping families safe. But there is one thing they cannot evade, and that is plummeting temperatures, snow and heavy rain as the bitter winter cold takes hold across the MENA region.

20 Nov 2015 description

Report commissioned by the IASC Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations

Steering Group as part of the Syria Coordinated Accountability and Lessons Learning Initiative

*Hugo Slim, Lorenzo Trombetta and Lewis Sida *


19 Nov 2015 description

Z-EVET, a project launched by AFAD’s local office in Kütahya, will allow the authorities to store information about the needs and permanent addresses of disabled individuals in the area to be used in cases of emergency.

19 Nov 2015 description

This report examines trends over the first half of 2015 in both open-source and agency-reported data. We are pleased that this quarterly security analysis includes information from 11 contributing agencies - one more than last quarter. As compared to last quarter, this edition contains more reported incidents both from open sources (88, up from 51) and agencies (223, up from 198). As described below, many of the additional reported incidents affected humanitarian infrastructure and occurred in Africa and the Middle East.

19 Nov 2015 description
report Médecins du Monde

An Update on the Migrant and Refugee Crisis

18 Nov 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • Refugee and migrant flows in Europe are at an unprecedented high – so far this year, almost 793,000 people have arrived by sea. Some 158,000 of them are children.

  • The month of October has seen an increasing number of families with children and babies, unaccompanied children and children with disabilities.

  • Between 19 and 31 October, more than 12,440 children have rested and played in UNICEF child-friendly spaces in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.

18 Nov 2015 description

More than 800.000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to get to Europe this year – most of them from Syria and Afghanistan.

Six people who have made the dangerous journey, explain why they fled.

In dad´s footsteps

Name: Majed (10) From: Homs, Syria

”I would like to see my father again. He is in Sweden”, says Majed.

The Syrian boy had just started primary school in Homs when the war broke out.

18 Nov 2015 description

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Wednesday 11/18/2015 - 09:50 GMT

by Fulya OZERKAN

Greece and its neighbour Turkey on Wednesday agreed to "urgently" unite efforts to tackle the flow of refugees entering the European Union member state from Turkish territory.

Visiting Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to step up cooperation between their migration services and coastguards to beat the scourge of human trafficking.