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14 Dec 2017 description
infographic Norwegian Refugee Council

Highlights
- 225 residents living in the site of Veria, as of 31 November.
- 3 new arrivals were received throughout November from Lesvos and Evros border crossing. They were all provided with food and non-food items by NRC Shelter team and Bridge.
- 12 residents departed spontaneously and 3 under accommodation scheme.
- Protection services, including Legal Assistance and Asylum Information are still being provided by UNHCR, DRC, and EASO.
- IRC is still handling PSS and CP. All WP / SGBV or any other protection referrals are referred to UNHCR.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Pew Research Center

By Jynnah Radford and Jens Manuel Krogstad

The U.S. has admitted more than 70,000 Iraqi and Afghan citizens over the past decade through special immigrant visa programs available to those who worked for the U.S. government during conflicts in their home countries, and Afghans account for a big majority of them, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Department of State data.

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Najaf, 13 December 2017 - Iraq’s victory over the Daesh terrorists provides an opportunity for the country to shed its painful past and confidently embark on the road to peace and development, the United Nations emphasised at a conference on national reconciliation in Najaf today, urging Iraqis of all affiliations to seize the momentum and build on it to ensure a prosperous future for the younger generation.

13 Dec 2017 description

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs has released the 16th Edition of To Walk the Earth in Safety, a report underscoring the accomplishments of the U.S. Conventional Weapons Destruction Program.

13 Dec 2017 description

Introduction

World Humanitarian Data and Trends presents global and country-level data-and-trend analysis about humanitarian crises and assistance. Its purpose is to consolidate this information and present it in an accessible way, providing policymakers, researchers and humanitarian practitioners with an evidence base to support humanitarian policy decisions and provide context for operational decisions.
The information presented covers two main areas: humanitarian needs and assistance in 2016, and humanitarian trends, challenges and opportunities.

13 Dec 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

The current crisis in Iraq has begun in June 2014, when militants of the Islamic State (ISIS) seized control of over one third of Iraq’s territory within a few weeks. With the help of international forces, Iraqi Security Forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga and various armed groups, engaged in the fight against ISIS. After several successful offensives against the ISIS-held territories, the government of Iraq declared the end of war against ISIS on 9 December 2017.

13 Dec 2017 description

By Laurie Goering

LONDON, Dec 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years battling Islamic State militants, Iraqi farmers – many of them military volunteers – are now returning to their homes and fields only to find a new threat: a shortage of water.

Construction of dams and other water-holding facilities in upstream Turkey and Iran, combined with increasingly erratic rainfall across the region, mean the amount of water flowing in key Iraqi rivers has fallen by at least 40 percent in recent decades, said Hassan Janabi, the country's water resources minister.

12 Dec 2017 description
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Baghdad, 12 December 2017 - A team from the Human Rights office of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) conducted a mission to Tuz Khurmatu in Salah al-Din Governorate on 7 December 2017 to investigate reports of punitive destruction of property of residents who have been displaced by the clashes in the area in October and reports of intimidation to prevent the safe return of the displaced to their homes.

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Baghdad, 12 December 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, met today with the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission.

The Commissioners provided updates on the status of electoral preparations, including plans for the enfranchisement of displaced voters and the adoption of several technologies for the next elections. The Commission also identified technical and other areas where they most require international support.

12 Dec 2017 description

Water in MENA: ripple effects in times of conflict

Water has always been a major problem in the MENA region. Despite high production levels, unsustainable management practices and inequality of access have persisted. UNICEF has estimated that at least 52 million people in MENA were deprived of access to an improved water source before 2010.

12 Dec 2017 description

UN AND PARTNERS LAUNCH PLAN TO SUPPORT OVER FIVE MILLION SYRIAN REFUGEES AND COUNTRIES HOSTING THEM

December 12, 2017

AMMAN / GENEVA - United Nations Agencies and NGO partners today released the 2018 Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), a USD 4.4 billion plan designed to support over five million refugees from Syria and the vulnerable communities hosting them in neighbouring countries.

12 Dec 2017 description

Highlights
- The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) deployed security telecommunications and Internet connectivity services in Hassan Sham to support the humanitarian response in Mosul.
- The ETC trained over 50 staff from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Erbil on security telecommunications procedures.

12 Dec 2017 description

As part of the Mixed Migration Platform, Ground Truth Solutions conducted a series of surveys between March and August 2017 to look at the perceptions of people in a range of locations along the migration route from the Middle East to Europe. This brief presents their views on one aspect of the surveys: access to information and the extent to which they trust what they are told. The findings point to the need for humanitarian organisations, governmental agencies, and the media to improve the way they communicate with people whose need to know is great.

11 Dec 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS AND STATISTICS

  • On 10 December, 4,484 new refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants were counted in Serbia, with 4,210 housed in 18 governmental centres.

  • The Joint Assessments of Government Centres on the websites of the Serbian Commissionner for Refugees and Migrats, UNHCR Global and UNHCR Serbia were updated for November.

11 Dec 2017 description

Introduction

Turkey is home to the largest refugee population in the world, hosting over 3.4 million. Most of them are Syrian – by September 2017 the number of Syrians had reached 3,181,537 – while the remaining 330,000 are from Afghanistan and Iraq and a smaller proportion from Iran and Somalia .

11 Dec 2017 description

KEY MESSAGES

  • With 2 million people food insecure, ongoing military conflicts, and winter approaching, the plight of millions of Iraqis, many of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, might worsen.

  • Military operations and instability in places such as western Anbar, Diyala, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din, Erbil and Ninewa have forced 2.9 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) to leave their homes. While 2.6 million have returned, many others have abandoned their farms and agriculture-based livelihoods.