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27 Sep 2019 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 31 August 2019, 5,135 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 74 per cent decrease compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (20,077). In August 2019, 1,268 individuals reached Italian shores, compared to 1,531 in August 2018. Notably, the highest number of monthly sea arrivals in 2019 so far was recorded in August.

27 Sep 2019 description

While the EU Commission signals awareness of the increase in arrivals to Greece and principle willingness to assist, it also underlines that the current number of arrivals remains 91 per cent lower than during the period prior to the EU Turkey agreement in 2016.

27 Sep 2019 description

Ankara/Athens – At the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Western Turkey warehouse in the port city of Izmir, stocks of basic supplies – food, water, blankets, shoes, and clothing – are nearly depleted.

IOM Turkey’s Mediterranean Response Teams have been working round the clock since July to bring basic help to the thousands of migrants who fail in their bid to cross the Aegean Sea to the Greek islands, 10 short kilometres away.

27 Sep 2019 description

Geneva – IOM reports that 68,113 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 25 September, roughly a 16 per cent decrease from the 81,167 arriving during the same period last year.

Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 36,209 and 17,209, respectively (53,418 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 36 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are more than 50 per cent lower.

24 Sep 2019 description

Population breakdown in ESTIA Accommodation Scheme

Total population 21,451

Asylum seekers 14,079

Recognized refugees 7,362

23 Sep 2019 description

Arrivals

This week, 2,856 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 1,745 arrivals and from last year’s 890 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 408, compared to 249 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Some 29,000 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (40%), Syria (14%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (9%).

23 Sep 2019 description
report Theirworld

Partners in a project to provide education for 5,500 young people went to Greece, where they saw overcrowded conditions and children desperate to learn.

Conditions for children stranded in reception camps on Greece's Aegean islands are absolutely appalling.

Youngsters who fled from conflicts and discrimination in their home countries live in squalor and spend their days lining up for food and trying to protect themselves from dangers such as snakes and sexual predators.

20 Sep 2019 description

Adopts Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Reports of Albania, Myanmar, Ecuador, India, Greece, Kuwait, Iraq, El Salvador and Australia

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities today closed its twenty-second session after adopting concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Albania, Myanmar, Ecuador, India, Greece, Kuwait, Iraq, El Salvador and Australia, which were considered during the session.

20 Sep 2019 description

A slight increase of arrivals to Greece comes with intense debate and potentially grave consequences. Aid workers are warning of a looming catastrophe in the overcrowded camps. However, actual numbers of arrivals and asylum applications remain low compared to 2015/16.

20 Sep 2019 description

Geneva – IOM reports that 63,417 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 18 September, roughly a 20 per cent decrease from the 78,372 arriving during a similar period last year.

Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 32,767 and 16,894, respectively (49,661 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 almost 50 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are almost 50 per cent lower.

19 Sep 2019 description
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  • For the third year in a row, vulnerable asylum seekers – including thousands of children – are trapped on the Greek islands of the eastern Aegean, enduring inhumane conditions in overcrowded hotspots.

  • Although the Greek government is moving many people to the mainland, 12 humanitarian organisations are calling for an end to this vicious cycle.

  • The organisations urge the Greek and EU authorities to move towards sustainable solutions for the reception, protection and integration of refugees.

18 Sep 2019 description
report Insecurity Insight

Safety, security and access incidents: Incidents of threats and violence in refugee and IDP settings

Africa

Sudan

14 August 2019: In El Fasher city, North Darfur state, three herders reportedly raped two girls from the Zamzam IDP Camp. Source: Dabanga Sudan

20 August 2019: Near Abu Delek, Kalimendo province, North Darfur state, a group of farmers from Zamzam IDP camp were fired upon by unidentified gunmen after they refused instructions by police and the chief of the area to return to the camp. Source: ACLED

17 Sep 2019 description

While arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers to the Greek islands are dramatically less than during the 2015-16 European migration crisis when Greece received more than 853,000 migrants, they remain a feature of daily life. More than 33,000 migrants arrived during the first eight months of 2019, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM) estimates, with the flows rising sharply in July and August.

17 Sep 2019 description

Population breakdown in ESTIA Accommodation Scheme

Total population 21,390

Asylum seekers 14,173

Recognized refugees 7,217

16 Sep 2019 description

Arrivals

This week, 1,745 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 2,239 arrivals but an increase from last year’s 1,210 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 249, compared to 320 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Some 26,800 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. The majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Afghanistan (39%), Syria (14%) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (10%).

16 Sep 2019 description
report European Union

In August, the number of detections of illegal border crossings on Europe’s main migratory routes rose 9% from the previous month to around 12 900 due to higher arrivals on the Greek islands in the eastern Aegean. Overall, the total on all European migratory routes for the first eight months of 2019 was 26% lower than a year ago at around 68 700.

Eastern Mediterranean

13 Sep 2019 description

Summary

A total of 40,537 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe through different land and sea routes between January and June 2019, 29 per cent less than the same period last year, when some 59,446 sea and land arrivals were reported, 60 per cent less than the 105,884 arrivals registered in 2017 and 85 per cent less than the 239,157 registered between January and June 2016.