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30 Nov 2017 description

Executive Summary

In 2017, Spain has seen a new surge in arrivals of refugees and other migrants to its shores. As of 31 October, the country recorded 21,304 irregular entries, twice as many as the same period in 2016. With this increase, the profile of arrivals has changed, as increasingly people from the Middle East – the majority of whom are Syrians – travel to Spain.

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.

27 Apr 2016 description
infographic REACH Initiative

As part of a wider project to understand the profile and motivations of people migrating to the European Union, this factsheet presents key findings related to migration from Mali. Information presented here is based on interviews with key informants, who were asked to report on migration from their community. Findings presented here are based on a small, purposive sample of respondents in Gao, a key transit point for migrants passing through Mali, and should be considered indicative only.

26 Feb 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

European Migration Crisis: Findings from REACH January 2016 assessment

22 Jul 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, July 22, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 151st Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

See the full press release

Grant funding totaling US$4.24m was also approved for the following:

09 Jul 2015 description
map Maplecroft

In recent weeks, the Turkey to Greece sea passage has surpassed the North Africa to Italy route in volume of migrants and asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe. Increasing numbers of refugees are fleeing extreme human security situations in Syria (ranked 1st and most at risk out of the 198 countries assessed in Verisk Maplecroft’s Human Rights Risk Index 2015), Iraq (3rd) and Afghanistan (5th), placing further pressures on a weakening Greek economy and struggling infrastructure.

11 Mar 2015 description

Vienna, Austria, March 11, 2015. Over 30 partner countries stand to benefit from the latest round of financing approved at the 150th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID).

Public sector approvals amounting to US$201m will support the following projects:

Bangladesh 25.0

03 Jul 2014 description

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative has issued a new report to help governments transition their economies successfully to climate compatible development.

A new report launched today by the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative, pulls together the many tangible benefits that governments and communities are realising through the adoption of green growth policies.

21 Mar 2013 description

Vienna, Austria, March 20, 2013. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 142nd Session, has approved 16 loans and grants totaling over US$166 million to boost socio-economic development in over 25 partner countries. The majority of the funding will co-finance projects aimed at combating energy poverty, followed by loans to help bolster the transportation and water supply and sanitation sectors.

12 Sep 2012 description

Vienna, Austria, September 12, 2012. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 140th Session, has approved 12 loans and grants totaling over US$201 million to boost socio-economic development in 29 partner countries. The bulk of the funding will co-finance projects aimed at combating energy poverty, followed by loans to help bolster the agriculture, education, health and transportation sectors of the recipient countries. The loans are as follows:

Bangladesh US$30.0m

15 Mar 2012 description

Hosted by the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy Studies (CEDHD) and the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), the conference focussed on developing national security policies in North-West Africa, under the title “Integrating Human Security into National Security Policies in North-West Africa”. The event took place in Rabat 23-24 November 2010 and brought together high-ranking representatives from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco and Senegal as well as a number of international experts.

09 Mar 2004 description

Vienna, Austria, March 9, 2004 - The OPEC Fund for International Development has extended an emergency assistance grant of US$250,000 to the Kingdom of Morocco to help purchase relief items for victims of a massive earthquake. Registering 6.5 on the Richter Scale, the quake is the most powerful one to have hit the area in four decades, and has taken hundreds of lives and rendered thousands homeless.