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11 Jul 2016 description
report European Union
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Executive Summary

The 2015 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the European Union aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the number and nature of applications for international protection made in the EU+ (1). It examines how those applications were processed and indicates important developments at EU+ and national level in order to describe the functioning of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) in each of its key aspects.


16 Jan 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

REACH in the Balkans: Real time monitoring and profiling of migration trends towards Europe

06 Jan 2016 description

With the cleaning of the main storm-drain channel in the town of Novo Selo, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has embarked upon a six-year programme designed to reduce the risk of flooding and improve water quality in the Strumica River Basin, which is home to 125,000 people in six largely agricultural municipalities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The CHF 2.9 million (USD 3 million) programme, called “Restoring the Health of the Strumica River Basin,” is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and implemented by UNDP.

05 Jan 2016 description

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charles Flanagan TD, and the Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Co-operation, Seán Sherlock TD, have announced that Ireland is providing €11.75 million in humanitarian assistance through the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund to strengthen the UN’s response to the unprecedented level of humanitarian crisis worldwide. This will bring the total amount of humanitarian assistance provided by Ireland through the Government’s aid programme to €100 million in 2015.

Minister Flanagan stated:

05 Jan 2016 description


  • Between 18 – 21 December, IOM Turkey assisted 153 rescued migrants at the port of Kucukkuyu, including 25 women, 24 children and 104 men. The migrants were saved by the TCG rescue vessel and during their disembarkation, IOM provided all rescued migrants with food and clothes, including jackets, shirts and socks.

29 Dec 2015 description
report Islamic Relief

As night-time temperatures in Macedonia start to fall, Islamic Relief has been distributing items to refugees.

Islamic Relief launched its Mediterranean Refugee Crisis appeal in August. The complex crisis in Syria means refugees are fleeing their home country to find safety. Many have undertaken perilous journeys in an attempt to find safety in Europe, with more than one million arriving in Europe in 2015.

28 Dec 2015 description

During the period from 23 to 27 December inclusive:

  • 17,515 refugees and migrants arrived: 16,957 from fYRo Macedonia and 558 from Bulgaria
  • 17,094 asylum seekers departed to Croatia.
  • 17,722 asylum seekers were registered, bringing the total in 2015 to 570,780.
28 Dec 2015 description
report UN General Assembly


Seventieth Session
82nd Meeting (PM & Night)

It Also Takes Action on Outstanding Drafts Submitted by Other Main Committees

Upon the recommendation of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly tonight approved a budget of $5.4 billion for the 2016-2017 biennium as it concluded the main part of its seventieth session.

26 Dec 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • So far this year 972,551 people have arrived by sea in Europe. At least 243,000 of all arrivals are children. More than half of them entered Europe between October and December 2015.

  • The proportion of children registered at the border between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has increased from 9 per cent in June to 35 per cent in the first two weeks of December.

25 Dec 2015 description


■ 20,774 refugees and migrants crossed the border into fYR Macedonia during the reporting period 11-17 December, with a daily average of 2,968. Since UNHCR began monitoring departures from Gevgelija on 1 July 2015 some 648,178 refugees and migrants have departed.

■ Intention to apply for asylum: 348,017 applications have been filed from 19 June through 17 December 2015 (source: Ministry of Interior).

24 Dec 2015 description


  • On 17 December, Minister Aleksandar Vulin opened a new Refugee Aid Point (RAP) in Miratovac, 1.2 km from the border with fYRo Macedonia. Together with the Ambassador of Norway, Minister Vulin also opened the first phase of the Preševo Tobacco factory renovation, increasing the heated overnight shelter capacity of the Reception Centre (RC) in Preševo by 120 beds.

24 Dec 2015 description

Missing Migrants Project is a global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes. This info-graphic focuses on migrant arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean region. #MissingMigrants

23 Dec 2015 description

The European Commission (EC) enacted four major decisions during this reporting period. It:

23 Dec 2015 description
report UN Security Council


7593rd Meeting (AM)

Russian Federation Abstains as Members Adopt Resolution 2256 (2015)

The Security Council, adopting resolution 2256 (2015) by a recorded vote of 14 in favour to none against, with 1 abstention (Russian Federation), today decided to extend the term of office for 17 permanent and ad litem judges of the Trial Chambers and the Appeals Chamber at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

22 Dec 2015 description

Key findings

• The main current humanitarian concerns are the impact of selective entry procedures along the route, the increased shelter/NFI needs in the winter months, the situation of unaccompanied minors, and the unpredictability of flow and political developments that hamper response planning.

• None of the Balkan countries currently have the capacity and/or financial resources to address the full spectrum of humanitarian needs, making Governments, particularly Greece, reliant on external support for an important part of the service provision.