- South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
- Greece: Forest Fire - Aug 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- Greece: Forest Fires - Aug 2007
- Central/Eastern Europe: Heat Wave - Jul 2007
- Greece: Earthquake - Sep 1999
- Greece: Earthquake - Jun 1995
- Greece: Earthquake - Dec 1990
- Greece: Earthquake - Sep 1990
GINEBRA, Suiza, 1 de julio de 2015 (ACNUR/UNHCR) – La gran mayoría de las 137.000 personas que cruzaron el Mar Mediterráneo hacia Europa durante los seis primeros meses del 2015 huían de guerras, conflictos o persecución, haciendo de la crisis del mediterráneo una crisis principalmente de refugiados. Esta es la conclusión a la que llega el informe del ACNUR publicado hoy.
Mediterranean Crisis 2015 at six months: refugee and migrant numbers highest on record
Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Summer is the height of tourist season in the Greek isles, but Amina, 35, isn't on the island of Chios with her husband and three young sons for a vacation. The Syrian refugee family is in flight from Damascus. Their long and arduous trek took them through Lebanon and into Turkey, where they hiked a grueling 200 miles across the country to reach a boat that would carry them to safety in Greece. Also part of their group were several Syrian youth under 18 traveling alone or with distant relatives, like Sahir, 17, a member of Amina's extended family.
MYTILENE, 30 June 2015 (IRIN) - In the shadow of Greece’s bitter row with creditors, the refugee crisis unfolding in its islands has been pushed from the headlines, but boats carrying migrants and asylum seekers continue to arrive and systems for receiving them have virtually collapsed.
Outside the Mersinidi identification centre on the island of Chios, migrants are hanging their clothes out to dry on trees and bushes following an early morning storm. They are mostly families with small children that arrived the evening before.
ANALYSIS OF W. BALKANS: NUMBER OF SYRIANS QUADRUPLED IN Q2
The number of Syrians detected at the borders in the Western Balkans region nearly quadrupled to 20 000 in the second quarter compared to the previous three months. Syrians ranked just ahead of Afghans, whose number nearly tripled to 18 850.
I. Situational overview
Situation at the border
UNHCR notes last night’s decision of the European Council to relocate 40,000 people in need of international protection and to resettle 20,000 refugees. This is an important step along the way to finding answers to this crisis, but clearly much more will have to be done, including addressing root causes.
Greece - The Greek islands near Turkey's coast now rival Italy as the top destination for irregular migrants seeking entry into the EU by sea this year, signaling the shift from the central Mediterranean route to the Eastern route.
Some 61,000 migrants have arrived by sea to Greece this year, nearly doubling 2014’s full-year total of 34,442. During the current month of June, between 650 and 1,000 migrants are reaching the islands daily.
Commenting on the European Council meeting on migration, Aurelie Ponthieu, Migration Advisor for Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders, said:
Leaders at EU Summit must do more to resolve global refugee crisis
A sharp increase in refugees arriving on Greece’s Aegean islands is pushing an already faltering reception system to breaking point and is symptomatic of a failure by Europe’s leaders to adequately address the refugee crisis, warned Amnesty International ahead of the EU Summit which starts today.
Increase Refugee Resettlement, Asylum Seeker Relocation
Ian Traynor in Brussels
Tuesday 23 June 2015 12.23 EDT
EU leaders have decided to create a new system of quarantining migrants in southern Italy and Greece to enable the forcible and swift registration, fingerprinting, expulsion, and, if necessary, detention for up to 18 months of those deemed to be illegal immigrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.
Since the beginning of the year some 153 000 migrants were detected at Europe’s external borders. This represents a 149% increase when compared to the same period in 2014 when 61 500 migrants entered Europe.
In May the total number of detections rose by 26% in relation to April and reached 50 500. Considering seasonal trends, it is expected that the migratory pressure will continue to increase during the summer period on all routes.
London/Rome, 23 June 2015 – A crisis of human suffering is being created at Europe’s borders, with thousands of people risking life and limb to reach safety in Europe left with little or no assistance. Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) warns of the shameful consequences of EU member states ignoring their humanitarian duty and calls on EU leaders to radically rethink their policies to offer safe and legal ways for people to seek refuge and asylum in Europe.
Child Recruitment and Marriage; Attacks on Education
(Brussels, June 23, 2015) – Large numbers of children from war-torn countries, often traveling alone, are fleeing abuses in their home countries to seek safety in the European Union, Human Rights Watch said today. Many are fleeing recruitment as soldiers, child marriage, and attacks on schools, or escaping other effects of war in Syria and Afghanistan or discrimination against Afghan refugees in Iran.
EU: Rights Abuses at Home Drive Mediterranean Crisis
Migrants Detail Horrors That Caused Them to Flee
(Brussels, June 19, 2015) – Human rights abuses in their home countries are the driving force behind the surge in boat migration in the Mediterranean to reach Europe, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. EU leaders should put human rights at the heart of its response. EU leaders will meet on June 25 and 26, 2015, to discuss European Commission proposals toward a “European Migration Agenda.”