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30 Aug 2018 description

By Kathryne Bomberger

All over the world today, families of the missing will speak out about the agony of not knowing the fate of a loved one. The idea for the International Day of the Disappeared originated in Latin America nearly four decades ago among families of victims of enforced disappearance. The annual commemoration has shone a light on a phenomenon that is often misunderstood – and whose impact is equally often underestimated.

12 Apr 2016 description
report REACH Initiative


Following the successive implementation of new border restrictions by Croatia, Serbia and the Former Yugolav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in the latter half of February, the migration* flow to the EU through the Western Balkans corridor has been officially closed since 20 March, when the EU-Turkey Plan came into force.

24 Mar 2016 description



These scenarios are a description of situations that could occur in the coming six months, with their associated humanitarian consequences. The aim is to support strategic planning, create awareness, and promote preparedness activities for those responding to this crisis.

See the Methodology section for more information on how these scenarios were developed.


22 Mar 2016 description
report REACH Initiative


With the continued implementation of new border policies along the Western Balkans migration route, thousands more people are currently stranded en route.

07 Mar 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

As of 3rd of March, thousands of migrants are stranded at various points along the Western Balkan corridor following the implementation of stricter border policies over the past two weeks, including more than 10,000 at Idomeni and nearly 6,000 which are waiting elsewhere in Greece. Many of these people will likely not gain passage to Europe due to new policies.

26 Feb 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

European Migration Crisis: Findings from REACH January 2016 assessment

16 Jan 2016 description
report REACH Initiative

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

15 Dec 2015 description
report REACH Initiative

The year 2015 has witnessed an unprecedented rise in the scale of migration towards Europe. **According to UNHCR, as of December 2015, there have been 921,713 arrivals by sea alone.** As countries of the European Union (EU) continue their discussions on how to better integrate the migrants, it is of utmost importance to build an understanding of the ongoing migration to respond to the current crisis and prepare contingency plans for future displacement towards the EU.

28 Sep 2015 description
report REACH Initiative
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Recent weeks have seen a dramatic increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving to in the European Union (EU). The unprecedented number of new arrivals has not only received signi cant media attention but has also stretched the capacity of authorities, non-government organisations and civil society to respond.

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.

31 May 2001 description

Geneva, May 2001

Based on research by David Solomon


A. About this report

The objectives of this report are to: