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17 Oct 2017 description
report European Union

On Monday 16 October 2017 the Council adopted the EU Annual Report on Human Rights And Democracy in the World in 2016.

2016 was a challenging year for human rights and democracy, with a shrinking space for civil society and complex humanitarian and political crises emerging. In this context, the European Union showed leadership and remained strongly committed to promote and protect human rights and democracy across the world.

08 Aug 2017 description

- A new story: We worked on a new story for Dorcas in 2016, with various departments and stakeholders giving their input.

04 Aug 2017 description


Arrivals in the Mediterranean from 01 January until 30 June 2017 total 102,847 (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). This compares to 231,075 for the same period in 2016. In the first half of the year, 9,286 persons arrived in Greece by sea (158,377 arrived during same period in 2016, a decrease by 94%).

24 Jan 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

In the afternoon of 5 January 2016, the western and north-eastern parts of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were hit by a heavy snowstorm. In the evening, the temperatures decreased to 25 Celsius degrees below zero. The mountain passes through Gostivar, Kicevo, Kriva Palanka – Kustendil put a ban on the movement of heavy vehicles, while motor vehicles were moving in difficult conditions due to the icy road conditions.

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.

22 Sep 2016 description


13 Jun 2016 description

Regional Strategic Overview

Background and Context

The regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP), involving 60 partners, was launched in January 2016 following the large-scale population movements registered throughout Europe in 2015, when one million refugees and migrants undertook the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea. The vast majority crossed the Aegean Sea by boat from Turkey to Greece. Many lost their lives: in total, 3,771 people died or were reported missing in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015.

10 Jun 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 10 June 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

By: William Spindler | 10 June 2016

05 May 2016 description


  • As part of its information and awareness campaign, IOM organized a three-day cultural festival in Agadez, Niger. The festival opened at the IOM transit centre with a video screening exploring migration in Niger and the region. Other activities included a football match in the town square between a migrant team and young people from Agadez, and an evening of participatory theatre to encourage discussion around informed decisions about migration and safer alternatives.

22 Apr 2016 description


  • During the reporting period, IOM assisted the Turkish Coast Guard in Çeşme by providing food, water and non-food items (including blankets, clothing and shoes) to 151 migrants and refugees who were rescued at sea. The majority of those rescued at sea in Çeşme were from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

08 Apr 2016 description


  • To date, IOM Turkey has provided ten prefabricated cabins that are installed at reception points in Küçükkuyu, Dikili, Çeşme, Alaçatı, Kuşadası, Mordoğan. The cabins are used as changing rooms for female migrants and refugees, as well as children, rescued at sea. The cabins also provide storage space for NFIs, including hygiene kits, which are then distributed to those who have been rescued at sea.

28 Mar 2016 description


  • To further support the Turkish Coast Guards, IOM has provided staff in Çeşme to deliver NFIs and food to rescued migrants and refugees, and is planning to do the same in Dikili. Between 21-22 March, IOM provided food, water and NFIs to 273 migrants and refugees rescued by the TCG in Çeşme.

23 Feb 2016 description

UNHCR is concerned by recent restrictive practices adopted in a number of European countries that are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe, creating chaos at several border points, and putting particular pressure on Greece as it struggles to deal with larger numbers of people in need of accommodation and services.

12 Feb 2016 description


  • In Greece, IOM continues to be present on the islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Crete and works closely with authorities (Frontex, the HCG, and the First Reception Service) to identify vulnerable migrants and refugees, including unaccompanied and/or separated children, the elderly, and those with medical needs.

19 Dec 2015 description


• 2,698 refugees and migrants arrived: 2,668 from fYRo Macedonia and 30 from Bulgaria.
• 4,164 asylum-seekers departed to Croatia.
• 3,893 asylum seekers were registered on 11 December, 4,298 on 12 December and 3,322 on 13 December, bringing the total for 2015 to 528,477.

06 Nov 2015 description


  • IOM is organizing the first workshop on search and rescue in the Mediterranean on 14 – 15 December in San Remo, Italy.

  • In the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, another 12 IOM data entry clerks are now supporting the registration process in the reception centre in Gevgelija.

  • In Serbia, an additional IOM mobile team is assisting the Border Police with registration activities at the Presevo centre.

05 Nov 2015 description
report UN News Service

4 November 2015 – As the number of women and children on the move in Europe continues to increase, an official from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today shared her eyewitness experience travelling with refugees and migrants for eight days along a difficult route from Greece to Slovenia, passing through the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia.