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07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Il faut agir pour offrir assistance et refuge et mettre fin au bain de sang

L’arrivée ces dernières semaines de dizaines de milliers de Syriens aux frontières de l’Europe et la mort choquante de femmes, d’enfants et d’hommes lors de leur périple périlleux, secouent la communauté internationale et l’interpellent devant la tragédie qui engloutit le peuple syrien. Leur désespoir est tel que les Syriens en sont venus à prendre d’immenses risques pour eux-mêmes et leurs familles.

07 Oct 2015 description
report Oxfam

Action needed on aid, refuge, and to end the bloodshed

Author: Caroline Baudot, Oxfam Humanitarian Policy Adviser; Daniel Gorevan, Oxfam Campaigns and Policy Manager, Syria crisis

The arrival of tens of thousands of Syrians to Europe’s borders and the shocking deaths of women, children and men on their perilous journey has been a sharp reminder to the international community of the tragedy engulfing the people of Syria. Syrians put themselves and their families at so much risk only out of sheer desperation.

06 Oct 2015 description

GENEVA (6 October 2015) – Ahead of a key high-level European Union meeting this week, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on EU Member States to ensure that all discussions of migration policy are grounded firmly on the need to protect the human rights of all migrants.

Speaking ahead of the 8 October meeting of the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council, Zeid expressed concerns about the continued security-driven agenda that appears to dominate the EU’s response. He raised particular concerns about the nature of the ‘hotspot’ approach.

06 Oct 2015 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children response to reports of UK downsizing search and rescue capacity of refugees at sea.

Monday, 5 October 2015 - 5:31pm

Justin Forsyth, CEO Save the Children, said:

“Last month, 159 people, including 35 children, drowned crossing the Aegean Sea, making September the deadliest month yet for refugees and migrants crossing from Turkey to Greece.

06 Oct 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The average number of sea arrivals to Greece decreased and reached a low of 1,630 on 1 October due to the worsening weather conditions. Six shipwrecks took place off the coasts of Kos and Lesvos on 25 and 30 September, taking the lives of 2 persons. While some improvements in registration and reception were reported in Greece, the registration process continues to vary from island to island and accommodation still falls short of the needs.

05 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

Today Frontex launched a call for 775 additional border guards to be deployed at the external borders of the European Union.

This is the largest number of border guards Frontex has ever requested in the history of the agency.

The officers are to assist mainly Italy and Greece in the registration and identification of migrants coming from Libya and Turkey.

05 Oct 2015 description

GENEVA, Oct 5 (UNHCR) – The global refugee crisis is so great that the UN refugee agency and other agencies are struggling to respond to and meet all the humanitarian needs they face.

That was the bleak message of UNHCR High Commissioner António Guterres, speaking to UNHCR's Executive Committee today.

05 Oct 2015 description

Highlights

  • In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, IOM is supporting the Government to prepare for the upcoming winter months, IOM is providing temporary shelters at reception points for the migrants and refugees awaiting registration in Gevgelija.

  • IOM has provided three rubhalls, 10 chemical toilets and 60 wooden waiting benches to the emergency camp in Idomeni, Greece to help address the immediate needs of migrants and refugees.

02 Oct 2015 description

NRC is represented in the Mediterranean by the 16 experts that are currently deployed from NRC's stand-by roster. A majority of the experts are field protection officers, who are engaged in various important activities, based on the most immediate needs in the areas they are deployed to.

02 Oct 2015 description

ATHENS, Greece, October 2 (UNHCR) -- The UN refugee agency said on Friday that refugee and migrant arrivals in Greece are expected to hit the 400,000 mark soon, despite adverse weather conditions. Greece remains by far the largest single entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean, followed by Italy with 131,000 arrivals so far in 2015.

02 Oct 2015 description

Greece - On 26 August 2015, a boat with 240 migrants put in a rescue call in international waters south of the Greek island of Crete. The majority of the people on board were Egyptian nationals. Of those, an alarming 73 per cent were unaccompanied migrant children.

IOM Egypt immediately deployed a team of Arabic speakers, including a psychosocial expert with experience in counselling young people, to meet with these children and others in six protective temporary shelters in Athens, Volos and Thessaloniki.

02 Oct 2015 description

Italy - Tomorrow (3rd October), Italy’s Mediterranean island of Lampedusa will observe the second anniversary of a tragedy that took the lives of 368 migrants, who perished on 3rd October, 2013. Most of those who died had fled Eritrea and were attempting to sail to Europe via Libya.

02 Oct 2015 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/11697

Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.

02 Oct 2015 description
report Mercy Corps

Right now, there are nearly 60 million refugees or displaced people worldwide. If all of the world’s refugees were the population of a country, it would be the 24th largest in the world, just after Italy.

Half of the world’s refugees are children, growing up far from home without consistent education, safety or emotional support.

02 Oct 2015 description

Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants around the world. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants

01 Oct 2015 description
report Project HOPE

By Emilija Dukovski, Project HOPE’s Finance and Administration Manager in Skopje, Macedonia

Current situation

As the weather gets colder the number of migrants and refugees transiting Macedonia has not gotten any lower than before. The average number of people transiting Macedonia per day only couple of months ago was 2,000, and today the average is 4,000-5,000.