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Teenaged asylum-seekers in Athens are hooked on classes that show them how to use technology to express their creativity.
By Leo Dobbs in Athens | 16 November 2018
Syrian teenager Odai* holds up a pair of spectacles held together by sticky tape. They belong to his friend Farshid*, who is leaving Athens in a few days to reunite with his family in Austria. “My teachers said maybe I can help fix them,” the 14-year-old tells UNHCR.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 103,347 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 14 November. Spain topped 50,440 – more irregular arrivals to Spain through 45 weeks of 2018 than all arrivals during the past three years combined.
This marks 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 (156,708) and 2016 (343,158).
- An earthquake of 6.8 M at the depth of 14 km occurred in the Ionian Sea (western Greece) on 25 October at 22:54 UTC. The epicentre was located offshore 45 km south-west of Zakintos Island. The earthquake affected the island of Zakynthos, but it was also felt in large part of Greece, southern Italy and northern Africa.
- A minor tsunami was measured in several locations in the area; the highest measured value was 11 cm in Kyparissia and 8 cm in Le Castella.
This week, 571 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 1,064 arrivals and from last year’s 952 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 82, compared to 152 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Total number of places 26,285
Actual capacity 22,483
Current population 22,027
Occupancy rate 98.0%
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 102,611 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 11 November, including 49,912 to Spain, the region’s most active destination point this year, with just under 49 per cent of all 2018 arrivals. This marks the fifth straight year arrivals of irregular migrants and refugees have topped the 100,000 benchmark – although in all previous years that arrival threshold was reached earlier in the year.
TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 101,185 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 7 November, including 49,254 to Spain, the region’s most active destination point this year, with just under 49 per cent of all 2018 arrivals. This marks the fifth straight year arrivals of irregular migrants and refugees have topped the 100,000 benchmark – although in all previous years that arrival threshold was reached earlier in the year.
Sarajevo – With elevated numbers of migrants and refugees entering Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2017, the European Union has just allocated more than EUR 7.2 million in grants to support the work of the UN Migration Agency, IOM, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The funds were provided through an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance special measure. Resultant projects will be implemented by IOM in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency and UNICEF to help further strengthen the country's migration management, asylum, border control and surveillance capacities.
So far in 2018, a total of 27,492 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (27%), Afghanistan (25%) and Iraq (19%). More than half of the population are women (24%) and children (37%), while 40% are men.
Arrivals in October 2018, at 4,073 increased in comparison to September, when 3,960 people arrived on the islands.
The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (38 percent of total). Syrians constitute 19 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.
In total, 337 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 36 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.
By the end of October 2018, UNHCR had created 25,898 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,306 apartments and 23 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.
Ceci est un résumé des déclarations du porte-parole du HCR Charlie Yaxley – à qui toute citation peut être attribuée – lors de la conférence de presse du 06 novembre 2018 au Palais des Nations à Genève.
This week, 1,064 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 611 arrivals and from last year’s 825 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 152, compared to 87 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Total number of places 26,103
Actual capacity 22,336
Current population 21,858
Occupancy rate 97.9%