the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Jan 2017
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods - Aug 2016
- FYR Macedonia: Flash Floods and Mudslides - Aug 2015
- South-Eastern Europe: Floods - Feb 2015
- FYR Macedonia: Cold Wave - Dec 2014
- FYR Macedonia: Floods - Feb 2013
- Europe/Northern Africa: Cold Wave - Jan 2012
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Forest Fires - Jul 2007
- Central/Eastern Europe: Heat Wave - Jul 2007
On September 19, United Nations (UN) member states came together to formulate a more “coordinated and humane approach to address large movements of refugees and migrants," according to the New York Declaration that was ratified today at the UN's Global Summit on Refugees and Migrants.
Since 1 January 2016, 200,000 people have arrived on European shores by sea. The great part of them arrived through the Aegean Sea before the closure of the so called Balkan road and around 50,000 arrived in Italy through the dangerous Central Mediterranean route. At least 50,000 are stuck in Greece after the closure of the Balkan route, with the extremely dangerous Central Mediterranean becoming one of the few remaining opportunities to reach Europe for thousands of people.
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) medical teams have treated three hundred people today (10th April) after violent events on the Greek border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
This includes around forty people injured by rubber bullets, as well as two hundred people who had experienced respiratory problems after being subjected to teargas. At the MSF clinic in Idomeni camp, around thirty children between five and fifteen years old received medical care after being subjected to tear gas.
Every year, thousands of people fleeing violence, insecurity, and persecution at home attempt a treacherous journey via North Africa and across the Mediterranean to reach Europe. And every year, countless lives are lost on these journeys.
In 2015, European policies led to a dramatic worsening of the refugee crisis
In 2015, the total number of arrivals by boat to Europe largely surpassed the 219,000 figure of 2014 numbers, with the UNHCR reporting that a total of 1,014,836 people reached Europe by boat in 2015. The largest number has come via Greece (856,723) then Italy (153,600) with smaller numbers arriving in Spain (2797) and Malta (105). According to the UNHCR - 84% came from refugee-producing countries, with 49% from Syria, 21% from Afghanistan and 9% from Iraq. 17% were women and 25% were children under the age of 18.
23 February 2016 – Thousands of men, women and children are stranded between Greece and the Balkans after the sudden imposition of new border restrictions for Afghan refugees on the Western Balkans route this week. Refugees are being provided with no information, little-to-no humanitarian assistance and are at risk of violence and abuse.
During 2015 MSF teams provided just under 100,000 medical consultations on three search and rescue vessels in the Mediterranean, in Greece, Italy, throughout the Balkans and we are now working in northern France. Many of these consultations were for illnesses and injuries sustained on the life threatening journeys that people were forced to take for want of a safe, legal alternative. In Serbia, for example, 80% of the consultations performed by our medics were related to the tough conditions on the journey.
26 November 2015 – New measures by a number of Balkan states to allow certain nationalities only to cross into their territories are leaving hundreds of people in transit stranded at border crossings, uncertain of their rights and without sufficient aid, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
Impending winter and transit delays without adequate assistance poses real threat
15 October 2015
Médecins Sans Frontières calls on leaders across the European continent to replace the failed policy of deterrence with a humanitarian alternative
Idomeni, 21 August 2015 – An MSF mobile medical team operating in the Idomeni area on the border between Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece today received ten people with wounds from stun grenades fired by Macedonian border troops. The situation in the area is currently in a state of chaos, with 3,000 migrants and refugees being violently prevented by Macedonian troops to cross the border. Tear gas has been used to disperse crowds, and there is widespread fear, panic and frustration among the refugees.
Trying to figure out how many refugees remain outside Kosovo is becoming increasingly difficult. There are discrepancies in official figures when compared to the basic math of the information provided. Numbers in memos conflict to the thousands. Other figures have been re-released where the error in count has been nearly 60%.
MSF teams are currently based in Pristina, Pec (Peje), Prizren, and Gjacove (Djacovica). Each day, medical and water and sanitation crews fan out to surrounding villages and towns to meet local health workers, assess the damage to health structures, and provide on-the-spot treatment to victims of war injuries and mine accidents.
General situation and security
Pristina July 1, 1999 - Stenkovec I (Brazda) refugee closed on Julky 2, 1999. No refugees remain in the camp.
9 juin 1999 - 112 volontaires de MSF travaillent actuellement en Macédoine, en Albanie et au Monténégro. Depuis le début de la crise, 37 avions cargo transportant du matériel de secours ont été envoyés sur place.
Information from the week ending June
With peace pending, MSF has to consider the logistics behind returning to Kosovo and has assembled a coordination team for the possibility. MSF is cooperating with the UNHCR and other NGOs and shall update the information as it becomes available.
MSF presence in Macedonia
Total number of expat staff: 45
Total number of local staff: approx. 150
Current number of refugees in camps: approx. 95,000