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11 Jan 2018 description

Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed 100,000, the highest "in at least four decades"

PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - France registered a record number of asylum requests in 2017, when Albanians topped the list despite far slimmer prospects of obtaining refugee status than people from war-torn places such as Syria or Afghanistan.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

10 Jan 2018 description
  • 176,042 Total arrivals to Europe

  • 164,754 Total arrivals to Europe by sea

  • 11,288 Total arrivals to Europe by land

Highlights

05 Jan 2018 description

Sarajevo – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, is responding to increased numbers of migrants crossing into Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The latest arrivals originate mostly from North Africa, through Greece, Albania, and neighboring Montenegro.

The numbers are small in global terms, but nationally significant. Border police detained 735 irregular migrants in 2017, compared with fewer than 100 in all of 2016.

05 Jan 2018 description
report Theirworld

With millions of under-fives living in war zones, safe spaces are needed to shield them from harm, fear and neglect.

Children always need protection – but never more so than during a conflict.

Some are orphaned, many abandoned, most are frightened and in distress. They may be displaced, hungry, cold and left to survive on their own – which means they are at risk of violence, exploitation, disease or recruitment by armed groups.

22 Dec 2017 description

Since the beginning of December Albania has suffered under the most severe rainfalls ever recorded. Almost 5,000 households have suffered flood damage in Albania and around 600 families are still homeless after being forced to evacuate due to the torrential rainfall. Dorcas Albania alerted the START network for this crisis and succeeded in their appeal. 30.000 pounds is made available by the START network to the Albania office to support 1,500 flood affected individuals with a cash support.

20 Dec 2017 description

East Asia and Pacific

Affected areas: Aceh, Bali, Central Java, East Java, Lombok and North Sumatra
Cause of displacement: Disaster
Figures: More than 102,000 new displacements between 25 November and 13 December

Context

18 Dec 2017 description

Albania experienced extreme and intense rainfall in December, causing many rivers to burst their banks and triggering floods in the southern regions of the country. Overflowing rivers have damaged road infrastructure and properties. As a result, 21 000 people are in need of assistance and 8000 people are particularly affected in the south of the country.

15 Dec 2017 description
report European Union

Introduction

FRAN Quarterly reports are prepared by the Frontex Risk Analysis Unit and provide a regular overview of irregular migration at the EU’s external borders, based on the irregular migration data exchanged among Member State border-control authorities within the cooperative framework of the Frontex Risk Analysis Network (FRAN) and its subsidiary, the European Union Document-Fraud Risk Analysis Network (EDF-RAN).

The main purpose of the FRAN Quarterlies is to provide:

13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

11 Dec 2017 description

Published: Thursday, 07 December 2017 19:59

At the border crossing point of Morina there were 15 heavy tonnage trucks, which transported from Kosovo to Albania the material for the construction of 90 m "bailey" bridge. This assistance comes in response to the request for help from Albania which was made after the recent floods, where over 65 bridges were heavily damaged.

11 Dec 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rainfall affected the territory of Albania since 30 November 2017. In some areas the density of rain was 130 mm for two uninterrupted hours. The rivers levels have been rapidly increasing, the water channels were blocked by debris streams, leading to floods in urban and densely populated areas.

11 Dec 2017 description

(New information in bold)

  1. In accordance with the procedures at reference, EADRCC has received on 4 December 2017, a request for assistance from Albania. The following information was provided.

  2. General Situation
    Type of the Disaster : Floods
    Date and Time the Disaster occurred : December 1, ongoing
    Location of the Disaster : Republic of Albania

  3. Initial Assessment of the damage and description of the situation.

10 Dec 2017 description

Tirana, 10 December 2017:

According to Albanian authorities, heavy rains at the beginning of December caused floods in central and southern parts of the country. More than 1500 persons were evacuated. Around 3500 families are suffering from loss or seriously damaged houses, loss of economic assets including high numbers of livestock and poultries. Some 15.000 ha of agricultural land have been flooded ,177 schools and 21 health care institutions are heavily damaged.

09 Dec 2017 description
  • As of the 9 December 08.00 UTC further rains are expected over the weekend, however these are not forecast to have a significant impact.

  • To date National Authorities reported over 15 000 ha have been affected by flooding.

  • On the 5 December, the Union Civil Protection Mechanism was activated and thus far Austria, France, Greece, Slovakia and Slovenia have made offers via the Mechanism.

09 Dec 2017 description

Belgrade, 8 Dec 2017 – The government of Serbia adopted at today's session the decision to send to the Republic of Albania financial assistance of €100,000 for the rehabilitation of the consequences of the floods that recently hit this country.

Due to the difficult humanitarian situation, the government of Serbia will, in addition to its financial resources, also send assistance in the goods.

07 Dec 2017 description

NATO Allies and partners began this week helping Albania cope with the most severe rainfalls ever recorded in the country. Albania requested assistance from the NATO’s Euro Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) on 4 December, following the onset of heavy rainfalls in central and southern parts of the country. According to the Albanian authorities, the floods damaged more than 4,500 buildings, 36 power stations and dozens of roads. The floods also led to the temporary closure of Tirana’s main airport and to evacuations.

07 Dec 2017 description
  • 160,247 Total arrivals to Europe

  • 150,895 Total arrivals to Europe by sea

  • 9,352 Total arrivals to Europe by land

Highlights

06 Dec 2017 description

(New information in bold)

  1. In accordance with the procedures at reference, EADRCC has received on 4 December 2017, a request for assistance from Albania. The following information was provided.

  2. General Situation Type of the Disaster : Floods Date and Time the Disaster occurred : December 1, ongoing Location of the Disaster : Republic of Albania 3. Initial Assessment of the damage and description of the situation.

05 Dec 2017 description

EU Civil Protection Mechanism (EUCPM)

  • On 5 December the UCPM was activated after receiving a request from Albania.

  • Priority requested items are bridge reconstruction elements, power generators, water motor pumps, water safety and rescue garments and other relief items.

  • 18 maps have been produced so far by the Copernicus Emergency Management Service