European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 6 September 2017
In four progress reports adopted today, the Commission is calling on all parties to sustain and further accelerate the good progress made in managing irregular migration flows, protecting the EU external borders and supporting the frontline Member States under pressure.
“Today’s decision by the Court of Justice of the EU on the relocation scheme sends a very strong signal on the importance of solidarity and responsibility sharing among EU Member States.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has been continuously advocating for a prompt implementation of the EU relocation scheme. We are encouraged by the emphasis in the Court’s ruling on the need to support Member States under pressure while facilitating access to protection for asylum-seekers.
Author : Fabrizio Foschini
Summary of the Appeal
25 April 2015: DREF allocation was made of 283,305 Swiss francs.
8 May 2015: Emergency Appeal was launched for 2,710,576 Swiss francs, to assist 85,000 people, with a timeframe up to end February 2016.
23 July 2015: Operations Update n° 1 was issued to adjust the action to the emerging needs, with an increasing number of migrant people in transit throughout the entire Italian territory.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 125,860 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 3 September. This compares with 289,681 arrivals across the region through 3 September 2016.
This summer, the European Commission and the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Regional Office in Brussels signed a Direct Agreement for the implementation of the project REHEALTH 2 which aims to test the further use of the Personal Health Record - a tool designed to integrate migrants and refugees in EU health systems.
"It's all too confused right now, and this confusion is not good for those people who pay the price with their lives"
By Steve Scherer
ROME, Sept 4 (Reuters) - A Malta-based humanitarian group that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean for three years said on Monday it was suspending operations after months of rising tensions with Italian and Libyan authorities.
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Total arrivals (1 Jan - 03 Sep 2017): 99,742
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 03 Sep 2016): 120,448
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 03 Sep 2017: 716
Total arrivals 1 Sep - 03 Sep 2016: 5,380
Average daily arrivals in September 2017 so far: 239
Average daily arrivals in August 2017: 123
Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 03 Sep): 2,421
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 03 Sep): 3,180
Dead and missing in 2016: 5,096
The Central Mediterranean is considered to be the deadliest migration route in the world, with more than 14,500 deaths recorded in this area since 2014. During the first seven months of 2017, 2,224 migrant fatalities were recorded by IOM in the Central Mediterranean. During 2017, 1 in 36 migrants attempting to cross the Central Mediterranean route perished. This is a significant increase compared to 2016 when 1 in 88 were reported missing or dead. This briefing is part of IOM´s forthcoming global report on migrant fatalities, Fatal Journeys Vol. 3.
ROME, Aug 31 2017 (IPS) - Bako* (24), a Nigerian migrant, stairs at new comers at an old, local Roman bar. Extremely polite, he asks for money. If you offer to him to buy some food instead, he immediately accepts.
Interviewed for IPS by Laurent Vercken, the young Nigerian migrant tells his story: originally from Kuje district, Southern province of Abuja, Nigeria, he has been living in Italy since the beginning of 2013 and moved to Rome shortly later.
Nearly two years after the lifeless body of three-year-old Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi was found on a Turkish beach, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urges the international community to take robust action to prevent more tragedies.
Although the number of arrivals in Europe has drastically decreased since Alan’s death, people continue to attempt the journey and many have lost their lives in the process. Since 2 September 2015, at least 8,500 refugees and migrants have died or gone missing trying to cross the Mediterranean alone. Many others have died in the desert.
A new force in the Libyan coastal town of Sabratha is preventing people leaving, often by locking them up, prompting a sudden drop in departures
ROME, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Italy denied on Wednesday that it supported a deal to pay armed groups implicated in human trafficking to prevent migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
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Mariangela Palladino, Lecturer in Postcolonial Studies (Migration, Mobilities, Diaspora), Keele University
Disclosure statement: Mariangela Palladino receives funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council.
Highlights in July
• The latest information from IOM shows that the number of migrants and refugees transiting through the town of Séguédine in Northern Niger on their way to Libya has reduced significantly in 2017 compared with the same period in 2016. In May 2016, IOM recorded 67,750 people transiting through Séguédine compared to 3,795 in May 2017. According to IOM many migrants are now transiting around Séguédine to avoid the increased security in the town.
Working together, and in partnership with African governments, the EU can and is providing an effective response to the interlinked challenges of migration and the security and development of Africa.
EU High Representative Federica Mogherini on Monday pledged together with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy and Spain to further support and deepen joint actions and partnerships to meet the challenges of migration and asylum.