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18 Dec 2017 description
  • Ethiopia launched CRRF to further the protection of refugees and promote their self-reliance through a comprehensive and sustainable response, while supporting host communities.
  • 74,392 South Sudanese refugees have been registered in Ethiopia since 1 January. The majority have reportedly fled conflict.
  • Refugees in Addis Ababa continue to be L3 registered. This will ensure access to rights in line with the NY Declaration.

Operational Context

18 Dec 2017 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 17 Dec 2017): 118,533 Total arrivals (1 Jan - 17 Dec 2016): 179,469 Total arrivals 1 Dec - 17 Dec 2017 1,491 Total arrivals 1 Dec - 17 Dec 2016 6,461 Average daily arrivals in December 2017 so far: 88 Average daily arrivals in November 2017: 188 Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 17 Dec) 3,081 Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 17 Dec) 4,924 Dead and missing in 2016 5,096

18 Dec 2017 description

In Mali, the number of individuals observed at the Flow Monitoring Points in November 2017 was 6,245 (1,917 incoming and 4,328 outgoing), bringing the total since June 2016 to 66,376 (9,005 incoming and 57,371 outgoing). The daily average of observed individuals in October 2017 was 208 per day, a decrease of 5% compared to the previous month. Malian, Guinean, Ivorian, Senegalese and Gambian nationals accounted for 83% of all migrants recorded. 84% of migrants observed were men (a ratio consistent with that in October), and 6% of migrants were minors (a decrease of 1% since October).

18 Dec 2017 description

Eléments clés

La plupart de migrants sont des hommes (93%).

7% des migrants enregistrés sur les points de suivi des flux sont des mineurs.

66 376 migrants (dont 9 005 entrants et 57 371 sortants) ont été comptabilisés sur les points de suivi des flux, représentant une moyenne de 128 migrants par jour.

La majorité de migrants sortant du Mali indiquent vouloir se rendre en Algérie et en Libye pendant que 42% déclarent vouloir se rendre en Europe, principalement en Espagne et en Italie.

18 Dec 2017 description

Libya's western shores are the main departure point for migrants mainly from sub-Saharan countries fleeing poverty and conflict trying to reach Europe

TRIPOLI, Dec 16 (Reuters) - Libya's coastal guard has rescued more than 250 illegal migrants trying to leave the North African country in small boats bound for Italy, officials said on Saturday.

Read more on Reuters.

18 Dec 2017 description
report European Union

EASO enhances support to Italian asylum system

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and the Italian authorities have signed a new Operating Plan which will see the Agency expand its support in the country in 2018.

15 Dec 2017 description

The EU and European governments continue to fail in their responsibilities to refugees and migrants who face severe abuse in Libyan detention centers operated by the Government of National Accord (GNA). To date, European efforts have focused on stopping refugees and migrants from reaching Italy’s shores and enabling the Libyan coast guard to return them to Libya.

15 Dec 2017 description
report European Union


FRAN Quarterly reports are prepared by the Frontex Risk Analysis Unit and provide a regular overview of irregular migration at the EU’s external borders, based on the irregular migration data exchanged among Member State border-control authorities within the cooperative framework of the Frontex Risk Analysis Network (FRAN) and its subsidiary, the European Union Document-Fraud Risk Analysis Network (EDF-RAN).

The main purpose of the FRAN Quarterlies is to provide:

15 Dec 2017 description
report European Union


In November, 13 500 irregular border crossings were detected on the four main migratory routes into the EU, 27% fewer than a year ago.

The total number of migrants detected on these routes in the first eleven months of this year fell by 62% to around 186 500 from the same period in 2016.

Central Mediterranean

The number of migrants arriving in Italy via the Central Mediterranean route in November fell by a tenth from the previous month to 5 300 due to worse weather conditions, following a usual seasonal pattern.

15 Dec 2017 description

Situational overview: The security situation in eastern Ukraine deteriorated in the latter half of November, with more than 14,000 ceasefire violations recorded.

Protection concerns: Winter conditions are exacerbating the protection situation; UNHCR launched its winter assistance plan to meet the needs of the most vulnerable IDPs.

Assistance provided: In November, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 3,100 people.


15 Dec 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

An estimated 400 children have died along Central Mediterranean route this year, showing dangers children face without safe migration pathways

NEW YORK, 15 December 2017 – 2018 could be a landmark year for migrant children if countries follow best practices to ensure their safety and wellbeing – UNICEF said today ahead of International Migrants Day on 18 December.

15 Dec 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 167,724 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 13 December, with just over 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 358,018 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

14 Dec 2017 description

Between 1 January and 30 November 2017, 15,540 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 13% of all sea arrivals in this period. Similarly, 14 per cent of those arriving in the same period last year were UASC. The numbers of UASC arriving by sea, however, have decreased compared to last year, when over 24,600 UASC were registered at landing points in the January-November period.

14 Dec 2017 description


Between 1 January and 30 November 2017, 117,042 persons arrived in Italy by sea.
This is a 32% decrease compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (173,008). In November 2017, 5,645 persons reached Italy by sea, compared to 13,581 registered at landing points in November 2016. Sea arrivals in November were slightly lower than in the previous month, when almost 6,000 persons reached Italian shores.

14 Dec 2017 description

Key Figures

Overview and developments

14 Dec 2017 description

This factsheet provides a summary of the activities that the ICRC carries out for vulnerable migrants and their families in Europe and Central Asia. It explains our approach and describes what we, together with National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, do to help protect and assist migrants along migration routes in Europe and Central Asia.

13 Dec 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

RIGNANO GARGANICO, Italy, Dec 12 2017 (IPS) - Despite deplorable living conditions, loneliness and unemployment, many African migrants in Italy choose to stay – even when they have the means to return.

“Shame is keeping us here,” says one young man named Bamba Drissa. “We cannot go home empty-handed.”