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22 Aug 2017 description

“What are your plans in Rome?” “I am waiting for the police to come to the camp, arrest me and bring me and my friends in the prefecture. This way I’ll be able to get access to the procedures for relocation. Being in a group is better, we can help each other to communicate with the police.”

21 Aug 2017 description

GENEVA (17 August 2017) – Two United Nations human rights experts have expressed serious concern over a new European Commission policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues, warning that more people will drown.

“The EU’s proposed new action plan, including a code of conduct for organizations operating rescue boats, threatens life and breaches international standards by condemning people to face further human rights violations in Libya,” said the Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, and the Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer.

21 Aug 2017 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 20 Aug 2017): 97,856
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 20 Aug 2016): 102,594

Total arrivals 1 Aug - 20 Aug 2017: 2,647
Total arrivals 1 Aug - 20 Aug 2016: 8,820

Average daily arrivals in August 2017 so far: 132
Average daily arrivals in July 2017: 370

Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 20 Aug): 2,421
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 20 Aug): 3,164
Dead and missing in 2016: 5,096

21 Aug 2017 description

After 3 years of conflict, health-care resources in conflict-affected areas of Ukraine are severely stretched and humanitarian funding is plummeting. At the same time, health facilities continue to be damaged by heavy shelling. The health of millions of Ukrainians is hampered by limited access to health facilities and services, and by insufficient funding for humanitarian health interventions.

18 Aug 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 119,069 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 16 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 266,423 arrivals across the region through 16 August 2016.

18 Aug 2017 description

119, ARRIVALS BY SEA IN 2017

363, 401 ARRIVALS IN 2016

2,410 DEAD/MISSING

17 Aug 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 August 2017 – The European Union's new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned.

15 Aug 2017 description

15/8/17 Geneva - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 118,227 migrants, including refugees, entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 13 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 265,640 arrivals across the region through 13 August 2016.

15 Aug 2017 description

GENEVA (15 August 2017) – A new code of conduct to be imposed on organizations rescuing migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean Sea could restrict their life-saving work and result in more deaths, a United Nations expert has warned.

The code of conduct, drawn up by Italy with the support of the European Commission, is part of a new action plan designed to support Italy, reduce the pressure of migrant arrivals, and “increase solidarity”.

15 Aug 2017 description
report European Union

In July, there were 15 400 detections of illegal border crossings on the four main migratory routes into the EU as the number of migrants arriving in Italy fell by more than half from the previous month. Spain continued to see the heaviest migratory pressure since 2009.

The total number of detections in the first seven months of 2017 fell by two-thirds from the same period of last year to 127 100.

Central Mediterranean

14 Aug 2017 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 13 Aug 2017): 97,247
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 13 Aug 2016): 101,512

Total arrivals 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2017: 843
Total arrivals 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2016: 1,836

Average daily arrivals in August 2017 so far: 65
Average daily arrivals in July 2017: 370

Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 13 Aug): 2,420
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 13 Aug): 3,152
Dead and missing in 2016: 5,096

11 Aug 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 117,795 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 264,381 arrivals across the region through 9 August 2016.

IOM Rome reported Thursday that according to official figures of the Italian MOI, 96,861 migrants have arrived by sea to Italy this year, which is a 3.46 per cent drop from the same period in 2016.

11 Aug 2017 description

117,795 arrivals by sea in 2017

363,401 arrivals in 2016

2,408 dead/missing

10 Aug 2017 description

By Spanish Red Cross

Spain has become the second most popular destination – after Italy – for people seeking refuge in Europe. In response, 2,000 Spanish Red Cross volunteers are present at ports and land borders to provide vital assistance to people as they arrive.

10 Aug 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

  • 226,164 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 267,002 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 42,346 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

  • 95,088 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

FUNDING

USD 75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

10 Aug 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African migrants are seeking a cheaper and easier path to Europe with a rising number setting sail for Spain from Morocco using toy dinghies and jetskis, migration experts said on Thursday.

The voyage from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy remains the most popular route - 95,000 migrants have set sail this year - yet numbers are down compared with 2016, while sea arrivals to Spain from Morocco have more than doubled.

10 Aug 2017 description

At the end of July 2017, the European Asylum Support Office and the Italian authorities signed the Amendment to the EASO Operating Plan to Italy. EASO has started cooperating with the Italian Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents (Autorità garante per l'infanzia e l’adolescenza) implementing further support measures related to the guardianship system in Italy.

10 Aug 2017 description
report Maplecroft

Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

10 Aug 2017 description

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to exploitation, analysts said on Thursday.

The risk of slave labour in farming, construction and other sectors rose across the region, with 20 of the EU's 28 member states scoring worse than in 2016 in an annual global slavery index by British analytics company Verisk Maplecroft.