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- Vulnerable and abandoned: How the Greek reception system is failing to protect the most vulnerable people seeking asylum
- Greece Sea Arrivals Dashboard (December 2018)
- UNHCR Greece Cash Assistance Update (December 2018)
- Thousands of asylum-seekers moved off Greek islands
- Greece Aegean Islands Weekly Snapshot: 7 -13 January 2019
UNHCR has long upheld age, gender and diversity (AGD) mainstreaming as an essential approach to understand and respond to the needs of all persons of concern. UNHCR makes considerable efforts in Europe to integrate AGD considerations both in operational planning, programme implementation and while engaging with governments in protection, advocacy and legal interventions. This report highlights a range of initiatives across the region in 2017 and 2018 to illustrate this.
Athens – IOM, the UN Migration Agency announced today (30/11) that it has provided a protective environment and tailored services for 1,114 unaccompanied migrant children in Greece since the beginning of the year.
- Total number of places: 26,510
- Actual capacity: 22,661
- Current population: 22,219
- Occupancy rate: 98.1%
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 106,269 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 25 November. Spain topped 51,984 – more irregular arrivals to Spain through this point in 2018 than all arrivals during the past three years combined (see Table 6)
INTRODUCTION: HARROWING JOURNEYS AND UNSPEAKABLE SUFFERING
Protracted violent conflicts, devastating climate events, entrenched economic inequality, relentless persecution and crime, and other complex problems with no easy solutions drive millions of people every year to go in search of a safer and more dignified life. Among them are children, some with their families, but many without.
These children face harrowing journeys and risk unspeakable suffering.
This week, 717 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 267 arrivals but a decrease from last year’s 805 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 102, compared to 38 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Nearly 16,500 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (33%), Iraq (18%) and Syria (13%).
OPEN LETTER FOLLOWING VISIT OF KUMI NAIDOO, SECRETARY GENERAL OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL TO LESVOS ISLAND AND MORIA REFUGEE CAMP
Mainland Space Shortage Bars Transfer of Vulnerable People
(Brussels) – The already dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria camp for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos may deteriorate into a full-blown humanitarian disaster as winter approaches unless urgent action is taken, Human Rights Watch said today.
Commissioner Dunja Mijatović and her team visited Greece from 25 to 29 June 2018. During the visit, the Commissioner held discussions on issues pertaining to the reception and integration of migrants, including asylum seekers, and to the impact of austerity measures on the rights to health and education.
The present report focuses on the following major issues:
Reception and integration of migrants, including asylum seekers:
- 25,700 estimated number of refugee and migrant children across Greece. Among them 3,364 UAC.
- 88 accompanied children have been returned to Turkey, in the framework of the EU - Turkey statement (20 March 2016 - 31 October 2018)
- 725 children received international protection in Greece on first instance during September. Among them 37 UAC (October 2018)
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 104,506 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 18 November. Spain topped 50,962 – more irregular arrivals to Spain through 45 weeks of 2018 than all arrivals during the past three years combined.
This makes it the fifth straight year arrivals of irregular migrants and refugees have topped the 100,000 mark, although this year’s totals are low compared to those at this time in 2017 (157,323) and 2016 (345,831).
Anita and Naya live in the first apartment for girls that was created within the framework of METAdrasi’s activity “Supported Independent Living for Unaccompanied Minors” (SIL), which offers to beneficiaries, aged 16-18, an innovative support model, aiming at a smooth transition to adulthood and their integration into Greek society.
I’m driving down a rural, two-lane highway. Outside, the headlights of the car create a small halo in the surrounding darkness. There are no street lights, no houses, no one else on the road. I can’t see the details of what’s around me, but I know there are other people out there – dozens of them, maybe hundreds – picking their way on foot through the wilderness on either side of me under the cover of night.
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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will conduct a multi-antigen vaccination campaign for all migrant children aged under 16 on Lesvos island from 21 to 23 November, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Health (MoH), the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP), and Médecins du Monde (MDM). MSF calls on the Greek Ministry of Health to set up routine vaccinations for all refugee children across Greece.
4,100 people arrived by sea this month, half of whom to Samos where the population in Vathy reception centre exceeded its capacity by six times. Arrivals by land through Evros increased slightly to 1,550. slightly to 1,550. The shortage of accommodation for asylum-seekers country-wide has led to extreme overcrowding in island centres and many mainland sites. This translates into increased protection risks children on their own their own and including of sexual violence for children who are on their own and other vulnerable asylumseekers.
Total number of places: 26,392
Actual capacity: 22,574
Current population: 22,178
Occupancy rate: 98.2%
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 104,029 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 18 November. Spain topped 50,911 – more irregular arrivals to Spain through 45 weeks of 2018 than all arrivals during the past three years combined (See Table 6).
This week, 267 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 571 arrivals and from last year’s 700 arrivals during the same period. The average daily arrivals this week equalled 38, compared to 82 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
In October 2018, the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) voted to suspend the membership of the Hellenic Red Cross. The suspension of membership will come into force on 1 January 2019 if Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) is unable to address concerns related to its governance. Due to this decision, there was a need to develop a transition plan to phase out IFRC support to the wildfires operation by the end of the 2018.