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06 Apr 2017 description
report Oxfam

Exposed: Abuse of migrants by state officials on Europe’s borders

Violence, brutality and unlawful treatment by authorities on the Western Balkans route are a frequent occurrence, claim refugees and migrants in a new report today.

People fleeing war, persecution and poverty describe beatings, robbery and inhuman treatment at the hands of police, border guards and other officials. In many cases, people tell of illegal deportations with state officials denying them access to asylum procedures for those seeking international protection.

02 Dec 2016 description
report Oxfam

"People are arriving here exhausted, hungry and thirsty and often in need of urgent medical attention.” Riccardo Sansone" Oxfam’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Serbia*

A global displacement crisis

More than 65 million people around the world are now officially displaced from their homes – the highest figure recorded by the United Nations since the Second World War.

23 Nov 2016 description
report Oxfam

This paper provides an analysis of the protection concerns that people on the move, especially women and children, face in Macedonia and Serbia following the closure of the Balkan route and presents recommendations on how to protect and promote their safety, dignity and human rights.

14 Oct 2016 description
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This briefing paper is the result of a joint effort by 12 national and international organizations operating in Greece. The aim is to explain the current situation for those stranded in Greece for over six months since the closure of the northern border and introduction of the European Union (EU) – Turkey deal.

27 Jun 2016 description

Joint NGO statement ahead of the European Council of 28-29 June 2016 NGOs strongly condemn new EU policies to contain migration

At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe.

17 Mar 2016 description

Dear European Leaders:

As organisations working directly with refugees and migrants in Europe, we ask European Union Member States present at the European Council meeting of 17th and 18th March 2016 to take the opportunity to come together in solidarity and conclude bold, unified and decisive policies to address the humanitarian crisis.

17 Mar 2016 description

A decision to shift the EU’s responsibility for refugees to Turkey would see the bloc bargaining its core values and abandoning fundamental legal obligations, warns Oxfam today. Such a decision, which leaders may make this week, would set a dangerous precedent that human rights don't matter anymore. Already European border closures and restrictions are dramatically worsening the humanitarian crisis for refugees and migrants living in desperate conditions from Greece to Macedonia and from Serbia to Sicily.

03 Mar 2016 description

As thousands of people arrive in Europe seeking safety, authorities in Austria and the Western Balkans have started selectively closing their borders. These measures are clearly infringing international and European law that protect the right to seek asylum.

30 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Main Events

26 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Returns to Kosovo from within the region have dropped substantially in recent days. Over 85% of all refugees have returned home within the region.
World Bank President James Wolfensohn said Wednesday that Kosovo would need about $50 million in emergency aid over the next two months to restore minimal living standards before winter.

23 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Gary Iveson
Communications Co-ordinator, Oxfam International
Note: this report uses UNHCR displacement figures

Estimates of Kosovan refugees and displaced people in the region on Tuesday (compared to totals immediately prior to the peace agreement):

Albania:
reduced by 415,800 to 27,600
FYROM:
reduced by 193,600 to 28,500
Montenegro:
reduced by 50,100 to 30,400*
Bosnia-Herzegovina: reduced by 6,100 to 14,900
Serb displacement to Serbia 144,000 (UNHCR est.)

Regional total:

19 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

The refugee movement back into Kosovo continues at a rapid rate

09 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Gary Iveson
Communications Co-ordinator, Oxfam International

06 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

The danger from mines and insecurity in Kosovo remains great. Tension is running very high. Oxfam are arranging a mines awareness course for all staff

02 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Note: this report uses UNHCR displacement figures

02 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Gary Iveson
Communications Co-ordinator, Oxfam International

01 Jul 1999 description
report Oxfam

Oxfam is gearing up its response to the spontaneous return of Kosovan refugees. By Friday the aid agency will have nine engineers on the ground delivering safe clean water to tens of thousands of returned refugees backed up by a team of support staff. The agency also has teams of health workers and experts working with vulnerable disabled people.

  • In the town of Mitrovica Oxfam is providing chlorine and other support for the water authority which only has a few days stock of chlorine. Without chlorine it cannot supply clean water to the 200,000 people who rely on its supply.
24 Jun 1999 description
report Oxfam

SKOPJE, MACEDONIA, THURSDAY - The bright blue tops of water storage tanks, along with the headscarves of older women, are among the only spots of color on a chilly grey day, the overcast sky blending invisibly with the endless rows of dusty beige and green tents.

17 Jun 1999 description
report Oxfam

While Oxfam GB remains committed to continuing work and fulfilling commitments made in response to the refugee emergency in Albania and FYROM, the peace agreement over Kosovo means that Oxfam GB can plan to re-establish its presence and programme in Kosovo.