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04 Oct 2019 description

The Ministry of Citizen Protection outlined on 30 September 2019 plans for another reform of asylum legislation, shortly after a fire in Moria, Lesvos killed a mother and her new born child. Moria is hosting at four times its maximum capacity.

04 Oct 2019 description

Geneva – IOM reports that 72,263 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 2 October, roughly a 14 per cent decrease from the 84,345 arriving during the same period last year.

Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 39,155 and 17,405, respectively (56,560 combined), accounting for about 78 per cent of the regional total, with the balance arriving in much smaller numbers to Italy, Malta and Cyprus. Arrivals to Greece are running approximately 60 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are more than 50 per cent lower.

04 Oct 2019 description


The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (38 percent of total). Syrians constitute 18 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.

In total, 351 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 38 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

03 Oct 2019 description


Presidential elections took place in Afghanistan on 28 September. Initial estimates suggest that only 25% of eligible voters participated, which would be the lowest voter turnout in the four elections that have taken place since 2001. The low turnout is likely an indication of the deteriorating security situation in the country.

02 Oct 2019 description

Last week, climate change protests continued throughout the Balkans, Southeastern and Eastern Europe and Russia. In Kosovo, the election campaign period kicked off, with, in particular, the Kosovo-Serb region at risk of disorder. In Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, journalists protested for free journalism. In Greece, the new government faced its first large protests against proposed labor reforms. In Russia, protests spiked over climate change, waste management reform and the crackdown on Moscow local election protesters.

01 Oct 2019 description

‘A Region on the Move': Over 8M Remain Internally Displaced in East and Horn of Africa

Nairobi  – Over half of all movements observed in the first six month of 2019 through flow monitoring in the East and Horn of Africa (EHoA) were motivated by economic reasons, and yet over 8m people remain internally displaced. This is according to a new edition of ‘A Region on the Move’, a report that provides an analysis of the mixed migration movement trends affecting the region.  

01 Oct 2019 description

Geneva – The recent spate of Mediterranean Sea tragedies along all three migratory routes have brought the number of confirmed fatalities in 2019 to 994 men, women and children. An incident off Morocco this past weekend remains not fully accounted for. IOM is trying to confirm reports of as many as 40 migrants lost in that shipwreck.

01 Oct 2019 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Liz Throssell – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

01 October 2019

01 Oct 2019 description

London, UK, September 30, 2019 — The IRC is deeply saddened by the death of a woman after a fire broke out in Moria Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) last night.

01 Oct 2019 description

Responding to the tragic fire in which a woman died in Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos yesterday, Amnesty International’s Research Director for Europe Massimo Moratti said:

“The fire in Moria refugee camp and the death and injuries it caused have highlighted the Greek government’s and the EU’s abject failure to manage the deplorable situation of refugees in Greece.

30 Sep 2019 description


This week, 3,164 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 2,856 arrivals and from last year’s 596 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 452, compared to 408 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Some 30,500 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (39%), Syria (15%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (9%).

30 Sep 2019 description

Yesterday a fire broke out in Moria camp on Lesbos island, Greece, where approximately 13,000 people are trapped in a camp made for 3,000.

At least two people, a mother and a child, are reported dead. Clashes erupted between the police and migrants immediately after the fire.

This morning, MSF medical teams are currently assisting men, women and children affected by yesterday's tragic events.

Please see below reaction from MSF Field Coordinator Marco Sandrone:

30 Sep 2019 description


• Greece is again facing an escalation in the numbers of people arriving to its shores, yet its capacity to respond to these pressures appears dramatically inadequate, with aid workers pointing to “levels of human suffering” at camps on the Greek islands— where thousands have been stranded for years—as “indescribable.”

27 Sep 2019 description

A mechanism for disembarkation and relocation covering countries in the Mediterranean is crawling along, with further agreements reached this week, following the preliminary agreement reached in July. At the same time, in practice efforts have restarted with ships docking and relocation taking place. This is good progress but more is needed, particularly on division of responsibility for accepting ships, perhaps in the form of an automatic rotation scheme, which seems to be a major stumbling block.