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- ECRE: Slight Increase of Arrivals to Greece Adds to Humanitarian Crisis. 20 Sep 2019
- IOM: Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 63,417 in 2019; Deaths Reach 953. 20 Sep 2019
- UNHCR: Greece Aegean Islands Weekly Snapshot: 09 – 15 September 2019. 16 Sep 2019
- MSF: Vulnerable people trapped on the Greek islands pay the price of inhumane deterrence policy. 5 Sep 2019
- NORCAP: Urgent action needed in Greece to save lives before winter sets in. 28 Aug 2019
Refugee flows marginally increased this month compared to April’s 3,200 new arrivals. 545 people crossed the land borders and 2,650 reached the Greek Aegean islands.
Most of the 2,700 school-aged children in the islands reception centres have missed between one and four years of school due to war in their countries. UNHCR helps the Government to prepare refugee children for public classrooms through non-formal education centres. UNHCR urged Greece’s European Parliament candidates to work for stronger refugee protection.
This week, 940 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 629 and from last year’s 523 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 134, compared to 90 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Some 17,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (42%), Iraq (11%) and the State of Palestine (10%).
Tragedy continues to unfold across the Mediterranean with another week of drownings, rescue operations and obstruction of disembarkation.
Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 26,090 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 19 June, roughly a 35 per cent decrease from the 40,846 arriving during the same period last year.
A global call on education in emergencies, hope for refugee children on the Greek islands and a dire warning on girls' schooling are in our weekly news roundup.
Theirworld in global call to Act4Education in Crisis
Theirworld has joined the growing call for urgent action to support efforts to mobilise $1.8 billion by 2021 to provide quality education for children caught up in humanitarian crises.
Online Editor, Theirworld
On the eve of World Refugee Day, a record number of people have been forcibly displaced - but a new project will deliver education to children from war-torn countries.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the global refugee crisis has deepened. For the sixth year in a row, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes by conflicts, violence and persecutions has risen - to another record high of 70.8 million.
Elizabeth J. Rushing
As Yemen grinds into a fifth year of war and its standing as the world's worst humanitarian crisis, those displaced are some of the country's most vulnerable people, and the most invisible. This blog series draws on field research in Germany, Greece, Djibouti and Yemen to shed light on Yemenis' decisions and desperation along the entire displacement continuum.
Berlin, Germany: ‘There are no Yemenis in Europe’
Between 1 January and 31 May 2019, 1,561 refugees and migrants arrived in Italy by sea, compared to 13,430 in the same period last year. In May 2019, 782 individuals reached Italian shores. This is considerably higher than monthly sea arrivals between January and April 2019, when between 60 and 262 persons were registered each month at landing points in southern Italy.
Nationality of arrivals
TRENDS AND KEY FIGURES
In May, 6,300 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe, primarily via Greece, Spain and Italy. Overall arrivals to Greece increased marginally compared with the previous month (3,198 versus 3,020), while arrivals to Spain (1,928 versus 1,539) increased by 20% and those to Italy rose (255 versus 782). So far this year just over 27,800 refugees and migrants arrived to Europe via the three Mediterranean routes compared to 43,569 that arrived in the same period last year, marking a 36% decrease.
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In the face of the humanitarian crisis in Syria that erupted in 2011, many of us wanted to help alleviate the suffering, uphold our humanitarian values, and build a brighter future for those who have been deeply impacted by conflict and displacement. When the conflict began, SAMS was still in the process of developing its professional identity and mandate as a medical society.
This week, 629 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 867 arrivals but an increase from last year’s 500 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 90, compared to 124 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Fresh Ruling Calls for End to Harmful Detention of Lone Migrant Children
Researcher, Western Europe
This week, the European Court of Human Rights ruled for the second time in four months against Greece’s abusive practice of locking up unaccompanied migrant and asylum-seeking children in police cells under the so-called “protective custody” regime.
Rescue efforts cannot keep up with departures and loss of lives on the Mediterranean while crackdown on rescue ships and civil society organisations continues.
What is it?
In urgent and exceptional circumstances, such as the sudden influx of refugees in Europe, the European Union can fund emergency humanitarian support for people in need within the EU territory. The emergency support within the European Union, adopted in March 2016, aims to preserve life, prevent and alleviate human suffering and maintain human dignity.
Why is this important?
Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 24,645 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 12 June, roughly a 33 per cent decrease from the 36,612 arriving during the same period last year. Arrivals to both Spain and Greece account for 82 per cent of all arrivals, with the balance arriving this year in Italy, Malta and Cyprus.