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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
In September, 74,994 eligible refugees and asylum-seekers (37,778 families) received cash assistance in Greece, in 115 locations.
• In Turkey, UNICEF and Ministry of National Education (MoNE) launched a nationwide campaign in September to support the registration of refugee children for the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Over 684,000 refugee children have enrolled and nearly 526,000 children benefitted from the Conditional Cash Transfer for Education (CCTE) Programme. Between July-September, over 50,300 individuals benefitted from child protection services and nearly 8,300 refugee children participated in structured, sustained psychosocial support (PSS) programmes.
TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES
Over 19,900 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe via the three Mediterranean routes in September 2019. In the first nine months of the year, the number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe by these three routes dropped by 21% from 102,700 in 2018 to 81,000 in 2019. Most refugees and migrants entering Europe via the Mediterranean routes this year did so via Greece.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 87,315 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 30 October, a 12% decrease from the 99,122 arriving during the same period last year. Over half all arrivals this year (47,015) have landed in Greece, while another one-fourth (22,247) have landed in Spain, with the balance arriving in much smaller proportions to Italy, Malta and Cyprus. (see chart below)
“The situation of migrants, including asylum seekers, in the Greek Aegean islands has dramatically worsened over the past 12 months. Urgent measures are needed to address the desperate conditions in which thousands of human beings are living,” said today the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, at the end of a five-day visit to Greece during which she visited reception facilities in Lesvos, Samos, and Corinth.
Last week was relatively quiet, with protests continuing at low levels on various issues at local levels in the Balkans, and in Southeastern and Eastern Europe. Notable developments are protests in Bulgaria against the appointment of the new Chief Prosecutor, anti-government protests in Greece over business reforms, and in Ukraine over the agreements on Donbass.
This week, 1,673 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 2,214 arrivals but an increase compared to last year’s 637 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 239, compared to 316 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Some 34,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (37%), Syria (19%) and Iraq (8%).
On Friday, October 18, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s 2019 Humanitarian Symposium and Prize Ceremony, honoring METAdrasi, took place in Los Angeles, California, with nearly 400 people in attendance from all over the world. The Greek Civil Society Organization was honored for its work in the field of refugees support, in a ceremony transmitted over the internet through livestream, attracting more than 125,000 viewers. In the symposium before the Prize ceremony, current issues were discussed by leaders, including the Mayor of Los Angeles.
This report is based on data collected through DTM’s Comprehensive Migration Flows Surveys (CMFS) in 2016, methodology that aims to enable a better understanding of migration flows from Nigeria towards Europe. The report focuses on demographics and is divided into three main sections: a general overview, employment and education.
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(Athens) – Greece’s parliament should scrap provisions in a new bill that threaten to limit asylum seekers’ access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law, to be debated in parliament this week, would reduce safeguards for asylum seekers from countries like Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq in an effort to block the arrival of migrants and refugees in Greece, per a 2016 European Union (EU) migration deal with Turkey.
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Geneva – the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 82,978 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 23 October, a 15 per cent decrease from the 97,765 arriving during the same period last year.
Over half all arrivals this year (45,105) have landed in Greece, while almost one-quarter (20,036) have landed in Spain. Greece and Spain combine to account for 78 per cent of the region’s irregular sea landings, with the balance arriving in much smaller proportions to Italy, Malta and Cyprus (see chart below).
Last week, several riot and protest events erupted in overcrowded Greek migrant camps. In Croatia, protests were held over the judicial handling of violence against women. The failed bid to start European Union (EU) accession negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia resulted in snap elections called in North Macedonia, and a likely restart of anti-government demonstrations in Albania. In Ukraine, demonstrations against an agreement on Donbass were held for the third week, while fighting in the Donbass region continued at similar levels to weeks prior.
The spike in sea arrivals since May, mostly from Afghanistan and Syria in September, made conditions untenable in the reception centres. 10,550 reached the islands and 2,000 crossed Evros land border.
A fire in a housing container in Moria, killed an Afghan woman.
UNHCR continued to urge the authorities to move asylum-seekers out of the dangerously overcrowded reception centres.
Greek authorities finalized procedures for the relocation of 119 unaccompanied children to the UK. Similar schemes are needed to benefit some of the 4,616 unaccompanied children.
Although overall fewer people crossed through Mediterranean migration routes in 2019 compared to 2018, the proportion of children has increased.
Moreover, Septembersaw a notable spike of sea crossings to both Greece and Italy, where arrivals were respectively 140 and 164 per cent higher than the same period in 2018.