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Headlines (last 30 days)
- HRW: Camp conditions endanger women, girls on Lesbos Island. 5 Dec 2019
- Tdh: New Greek migration plans put mental health and well-being of children at risk. 29 Nov 2019
- UNHCR: UN refugee chief urges action over conditions for asylum-seekers on Greek island. 28 Nov 2019
Most read reports
- UNHCR: UNHCR Europe Monthly Report (October 2019). 11 Dec 2019
- UNICEF: UNICEF Gender-based Violence Programme: Greece – Refugee and Migrant Response (November 2019). 11 Dec 2019
- UNHCR: Greece Aegean Islands Weekly Snapshot: 02 - 08 December 2019. 10 Dec 2019
- CRS: UNHCR Greece Cash Assistance Update (November 2019) [EN/EL]. 9 Dec 2019
- UNHCR: Greece: Population breakdown in ESTIA Accommodation Scheme (As of 10 December 2019). 10 Dec 2019
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor is raising its deep concerns over the latest decision of Greece's government to build prison-like closed island camps for asylum seekers; which akin to jails with inhumane consequences.
Rome – Twenty-one people lost their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy, on Saturday (23/11) when a boat, carrying 170 Europe-bound migrants, capsized 1.6km from the island as it was being escorted by the coast guard.
Five bodies have so far been recovered, and at least 16 others remain missing. The process of victim identification has begun. Recovery efforts have been hampered by poor weather, IOM officials said today.
Focus on Mainland Transfers, Not Detention
(Athens) – Greece’s recently announced border control plans for the Aegean islands should not come at the expense of asylum seeker and migrant rights, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has said it will relocate 20,000 asylum seekers from overcrowded reception centers on the islands to the mainland by early 2020, but then transform the island reception facilities into detention centers.
This week, 3,281 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 2,361 arrivals and from last year’s 597 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 469, compared to 337 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Across the European Union (EU), climate and disaster risks are on the rise. Over the last four decades, natural disasters in the region caused economic losses in excess of EUR 511 billion (71% of which were non-insured) and more than 91,000 casualties.
Safety, security and access incidents Incidents of threats and violence in refugee and IDP settings
05 October 2019: In Banki town, Bama district, Borno state, Boko Haram militants stormed an unnamed IDP camp, killing two IDPs and injuring three guards. Source: Sahara Reporters
In October, 76,628 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (38,686 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 115 locations.
Living conditions for asylum-seekers in the reception centres remain alarming as sea arrivals continued this month. 9,000 reached the islands, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan and 2,000 crossed the Evros land border. UNHCR supports fast and fair asylum procedures and appreciates Greece’s efforts to overhaul its strained asylum system, but is concerned that the asylum law voted in Parliament reduces safeguards for people seeking international protection and introduces extensive provisions for applicants to be detained.
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Geneva – IOM reports that 95,600 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 20 November, roughly an 8 per cent decrease from the 104,535 arriving during the same period last year.
Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 53,163and 22,544, respectively, (75,707 combined) accounting for about 79 per cent of the regional total, with the balance arriving in much smaller numbers to Italy, Malta and Cyprus. Arrivals to Greece are running approximately 84 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are more than 55 per cent lower.
EU Aid: Total shift required to Leave No One Behind – Aidwatch Report 2019
Brussels, 21 November 2019 – EU aid decreased in 2018, continuing the downward trend from 2017. Despite the well-received 25% reduction in inflated aid, EU aid is still decreasing after discounting these components. This means that, at the current rate of growth, the EU will only meet the 0.7% ODA/GNI target in 2061, as revealed by the CONCORD AidWatch Report 2019.
In October 2019, 2,016 refugees and migrants arrived in Italy by sea, most of whom departed from Libya. On three occasions , a port of safety was allocated in Italy only following agreement by other countries to receive new arrivals.
A number of NGO rescue vessels were operational in the Central Mediterranean in October, including the Ocean Viking, the Open Arms, and the Alan Kurdi.
On 4 October, a list of safe countries of origin was introduced by way of an interministerial decree signed by the Ministers of Interior, Foreign Affairs, and Justice.
This report comprises of a set of maps presenting the different migratory flows and trends in Chad. It presents the different population movements recorded from, to and within the Chadian territory and provides information about the profile of mobile populations.
Per capita applications indicate high pressure on smaller EU+ countries.
**More than half a million (515 825) ****asylum applications have been lodged in the EU+ during the first nine months of 2019**, up by 10% compared to the same period a year ago.
The proportion of applications receiving a positive decision (known as "recognition rate") so far this year was 34%, compared to 33% in the first nine months of 2018.
This week, 2,361 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 1,088 arrivals and from last year’s 268 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 337, compared to 155 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Some 36,400 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (41%), Syria (20%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (7%).
Geneva – IOM reports that 91,568 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 13 November, roughly an 11 per cent decrease from the 103,347 arriving during the same period last year.
Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 50,371 and 22,343, respectively, (72,714 combined) accounting for about 79 per cent of the regional total, with the balance arriving in much smaller numbers to Italy, Malta and Cyprus. Arrivals to Greece are running approximately 75 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are more than 50 per cent lower.
So far in 2019, a total of 45,137 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Afghanistan (37%), Syria (28%) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (7%). More than half of the population are women (23%) and children (36%), while 41% are men.
Arrivals in October 2019, at 8,996 decreased in comparison to September when 10,551 people had arrived on the islands. Arrivals during 2019 are 64% higher than those in 2018.
This month, 8,996 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last month’s 10,551 arrivals but an increase from last year’s 4,073 arrivals during the same period.
During 2019, a total of 45,137 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea.
The average daily arrivals this month equalled 290, compared to 352 in the previous month.
Monthly Arrivals and Estimated Population
The majority of October’s arrivals to the Aegean islands are from Syria (37%), Afghanistan (34%) and Iraq (6%).