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By Kathleen Newland and Brian Salant
Forced displacement due to persecution, violence, natural disasters or other causes brings trauma that the rest of us living in relative safety struggle to imagine.
Concerns for hundreds of unaccompanied children sleeping rough in Greece this winter
NGOs launch roadmap for handover of refugee response to Greek Government
More than 2,000 unaccompanied children are on the waiting list for safe shelters in Greece, according to a new report by 12 organisations. The chronic shortage of accommodation for children is just one of the gaps in services that is worsening as the Greek Government prepares to take full control of the refugee response.
In 2015-2016, when the influx of refugees trying to escape from conflict and persecution and seek asylum in Europe was at its climax, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and SOLIDAR launched the common project “From Europe to local: Migrating solidarity”, which aimed at analysing the crucial role that civil society organisations all over Europe played in offering assistance, support and comfort to migrants wishing to integrate in European societies.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 166,143 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 10 December, with just over 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 354,395 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.
Greece Should Move Asylum-Seeking Kids to Safety Before Winter Starts
With 10 days to go until winter officially begins, the forecast on Mytilene predicts rain on six of them, driving winds, and temperatures as low as 4 degrees Celsius. No child deserves to sleep out in the cold, exposed to rain, snow, and freezing wind. Yet that is exactly the situation for thousands of kids on the Greek islands this year.
The asylum-seeking children are stuck on Greece’s island hot spots – EU-sponsored facilities holding thousands of them in deplorable conditions.
Focus of the analysis
This report provides comparative analysis of migrants` demographic profile, cost of journey, and their future travel intentions between two time periods: 2016 and 2017. The analysis presents findings about all migrant surveyed and focuses on the comparison of the main features by route and by year of the interview.
Summary of the situation
Between October 2016 and September 2017, countries of the European Region reported 15,941 confirmed measles cases; 86% (n=13,712) of these cases were reported in 2017. In this period, the highest incidence was reported in Romania (252.4 cases per 1 million population), followed by Italy (82.4 cases per 1 million population) and Tajikistan (77.3 cases per 1 million population). In 2017, there were 20 measles deaths, including 10 reported in Romania.
IOM conducted 169 interviews During the reporting period, IOM approved 60 reintegration plans for beneficiaries who have already returned to their country of origin, while 169 interviews were conducted with potential beneficiaries.
Read more on Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration Programme.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 3-9 December and includes updates on influenza, Listeria monocytogenes IVb, measles, MERS-CoV, plague, poliomyelitis, rubella, and yellow fever.
The Greek government has said that it intends to transfer 5,000 people from the Greek islands to the mainland before the start of winter.
Responding to the news, Nicola Bay, head of mission for Oxfam in Greece, said:
“This is a very positive step that will save lives. People across Europe are asking for action and now it is imperative that people are moved quickly and in a safe and well-coordinated manner. Winter is just around the corner and thousands of refugees and migrants are still sharing unheated tents exposed to the bitter cold.
La prise en compte des besoins des personnes handicapées devrait devenir obligatoire
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 165,409 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 6 December, with nearly 20,000 of those arriving to Spain via the Western Mediterranean route. While the total number of arrivals to Europe across the Mediterranean is about half compared with the same period last year, the number of arrivals using the Western Mediterranean route to Spain is nearly triple that of last year, while deaths on the Western route have increased more than 40 per cent compared with 2016.
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 7 December 2017
Ahead of the EU leaders' thematic debate on migration to be held on 14 December, the Commission is today proposing a political roadmap to reach a comprehensive agreement by June 2018 on how to pursue a sustainable migration policy.
As Europe is moving away from crisis management, an agreement on a stable and future-proof EU migration and asylum policy for the long term is needed in order to maintain the momentum an all fronts – internal and external.
3,800 people arrived by sea and land this month, the majority of whom from Syria and Iraq. On the islands, the heavy rain worsened further the living conditions for asylum-seekers
Protection risks increased in the overcrowded RICs as hygiene and security deteriorated, putting children and the vulnerable in particular danger. The Government decided to increase transfers of those eligible to accommodation in Government-run sites and UNHCR apartments in the mainland and Crete with UNHCR’s support.
Working with Partners
The Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) for 2017 outlines the intended operational response and financial requirements for the response to the large-scale population movements registered throughout Europe since 2015. The response is primarily designed on the basis of protection-related concerns and humanitarian imperatives.
- 9,483 surveys conducted in Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from February to September 2017
Focus of the report