From the editors
48,300 in Q1+Q2 2018
102,800 in Q1+Q2 2017
178,500 in 2017
362,300 in 2016
Dead and Missing
1,288 in Q1+Q2 2018
2,301 in Q1+Q2 2017
3,139 in 2017
5,096 in 2016
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes the actions of the past days by several European countries to collectively end a standoff on the Mediterranean involving some 450 refugees and migrants who had been stranded at sea amid a battle over disembarkation.
Since Saturday the governments of France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain and Portugal have agreed to land and together share processing of the 450 people, including any asylum claims that might be lodged.
• Between January and June 2018, 50,800 refugees and migrants, including some 11,200 children, arrived in Europe through the Mediterranean. While Italy has recorded an 85 per cent decrease in sea arrivals in 2018 compared to the same period last year, Greece and Spain have seen a spike of 50 and 90 per cent respectively.
Lors du festival de la Croix-Rouge française, « Tous engagés » qui avait lieu à Paris les 22 et 23 juin, était présenté le prototype de la borne interactive « Trace The Face » développée par le Comité international de la Croix-Rouge (CICR).
Créé en 2013 par le CICR et des Croix-Rouge européennes, le site Trace The Face permet aux migrants et à leur famille de rechercher leurs proches portés disparus sur la route migratoire vers l’Europe.
Horst Seehofer has managed to illustrate the inhumanity and futility of Europe’s return policy with a “joke” about the deportation of 69 people on his 69th birthday. The numbers no longer match: one of the group committed suicide after being returned to Afghanistan. He was a young man who had arrived in Germany as a child and had lived there for eight years, “returned” to a town he’d never been to.
Europe is a destination for people seeking international protection or a better life, due to wars, political turmoil and the poverty affecting its neighbouring regions. This inflow adds to the migrants and refugees who have already settled in Europe. At the same time, populists question Europe’s capacity to absorb a greater number of migrants and refugees, as well as the latter’s willingness to integrate.
Ad Hoc Committee for Voluntary Contributions to UNRWA, 1st Meeting (PM)
A total of 20 donors today announced contributions, or their intention to contribute, to the 2018 budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), as officials called for stable financing for the Agency amid devastating conflicts and violence in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON, JUNE 21, 2018 --- The World Bank Group’s Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) welcomes Australia as a donor to the PEF, joining Japan and Germany. Australia is contributing US$7.2 million to the PEF’s Cash Window, which was set up through an initial contribution from Germany. Australia will also now be a voting member of the PEF Steering Body.
20/06/2018 - Migration flows to OECD countries have dropped slightly for the first time since 2011, with around 5 million new permanent migrants in 2017, down from 5.3 million in 2016. This trend is mainly due to a significant decrease in humanitarian migration as a result of the decline in new asylum applications, with 1.2 million applications in 2017 compared to 1.6 million in 2016, according to a new OECD report.
From the President and Executive Director
Rotary members have changed the lives of thousands of refugees
By Ryan Hyland
The statistics are staggering. More than 28,000 people are uprooted from their homes each day as a result of war, oppression, and poverty. That’s nearly 20 people per minute.
By the end of 2016, an unprecedented 65.6 million people, from West Africa to South Asia, have been forcibly displaced, making it the world’s worst migrant crisis in history.
"Conscious of their responsibility before God and man, inspired by the determination to promote world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe … Basic Constitutional Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
Brussels, 11 June 2018 – Ask any politician in Europe what a priority in the reform of the EU’s asylum system should be, and they will probably talk about preventing ‘secondary movements’, i.e. preventing asylum seekers and refugees from travelling between several EU countries after first arriving to EU territory.
La Malbaie (Québec) - 9 juin 2018
L’égalité des sexes est un droit de la personne fondamental et une priorité de premier plan pour le Canada et sa présidence du G7. Si nous voulons faire de l’égalité des sexes une réalité, les femmes et les filles à travers le monde doivent avoir un accès égal à une éducation et à des opportunités d’apprentissage de qualité. Lorsque les femmes et les filles ont une chance égale d’apprendre, de s’épanouir et de réussir, elles aident à bâtir une économie qui profite au plus grand nombre.
La Malbaie, Quebec - June 9, 2018
Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a top priority for Canada and its G7 Presidency. To make gender equality a reality, all women and girls around the world must have equal access to quality education and learning opportunities. When women and girls have an equal chance to learn, grow, and succeed, they help build an economy that works for everyone.
Ciudad de Guatemala, 8 may (AGN).- Los gobiernos de Alemania, México y Japón se solidarizaron con Guatemala y las víctimas de la erupción del volcán de Fuego, a través de apoyo médico, ayuda humanitaria y recursos económicos para atender la emergencia que hasta hoy ha dejado 109 fallecidos.
México trasladará a pacientes por medio de un avión ambulancia de la Armada Mexicana, que aterrizó esta mañana en la rampa de la Fuerza Aérea Guatemalteca (FAG) con medicina y personal médico especializado.