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Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 67,122 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 26 August, with 27,994 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 123,205 (172,362 for the entire year) arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 272,612 at this point in 2016.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 65,576 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 22 August, with 27,577 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 120,624 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 271,951 at this point in 2016.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 63,142 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 16 August, with 26,350 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 119,137 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 266,423 at this point in 2016.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 57,571 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 29 July 2018. That total compares to 112,375 at this time last year.
Spain is currently the main arrival-by-sea country in the Mediterranean with 22,858 migrants arriving since the beginning of the year and 1,866 of them arriving since 25 July alone. This is approximately 16,345 more migrants than arrived in Spain in the same period in 2017.
In the first half of 2018, the total number of irregular border crossings into the EU nearly halved from a year ago to about 60 430, mainly because of lower migratory pressure on the Central Mediterranean route.
In June, some 13 100 irregular crossings were detected on the main migratory routes into the EU, 56% fewer than in the same month of last year.
Statement by Afshan Khan, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
GENEVA, 17 June 2018 - “We at UNICEF are relieved that all 123 children, including 60 unaccompanied children, have landed safely on the coast of Spain and are in good care after a distressing 8 days at sea.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Spain tracks recent developments in the asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention of asylum seekers and content of international protection throughout 2017. Spain registered 31,738 asylum seekers, almost doubling the number of applicants in 2016.
In July, there were 15 400 detections of illegal border crossings on the four main migratory routes into the EU as the number of migrants arriving in Italy fell by more than half from the previous month. Spain continued to see the heaviest migratory pressure since 2009.
The total number of detections in the first seven months of 2017 fell by two-thirds from the same period of last year to 127 100.
By Madison Margolin, Staff
While not typically a prime destination for refugees, Spain is preparing to receive its first two batches of arrivals of refugees from Greece and Italy within the next month.
As part of the European Union relocation program, the first group of 87 refugees will arrive from Greece around May 25, and 63 more will arrive in early June, according to Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.
Cruz Roja acoge también a cuatro mujeres refugiadas eritreas de los primeros 12 refugiados reubicados en España el pasado domingo. 150 voluntarios y voluntarias de Cruz Roja intervienen en este programa (trabajadores sociales, abogados, psicólogos, mediadores, técnicos de empleo, etc).
Cruz Roja ha atendido este año a 6.500 personas solicitantes de protección internacional y refugiados a través de diferentes programas de acogida e integración. Es prácticamente la misma cifra que las personas atendidas durante todo 2014. Y el número sigue creciendo.
• Son los acuerdos adoptados en la reunión que el presidente del Gobierno, acompañado por la ministra de Asuntos Exteriores y de Cooperación, ha mantenido con la directora ejecutiva del Programa Mundial de Alimentos.
• Supone un reconocimiento a la labor humanitaria de España en lugares como Haití, Libia o el Cuerno de África.