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17 Jul 2018 description

Medan – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Department of Education in the Indonesian city of Medan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding paving the way for 297 refugee children to enter the local public-school system, which started Monday.

Medan, a port city of more than two million people in North Sumatra, currently hosts 2,226 refugees and asylum seekers, the largest migrant population in any single location in Indonesia.

09 Feb 2018 description

Jakarta – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has facilitated the release of over 500 refugees from immigration detention centres in North Sumatra, Riau, and Riau Island provinces to community housing.

The release of the Afghan, Somali and Sudanese migrants took place between 29 November and 6 February, and was organized in close cooperation with Indonesia’s Immigration Department, local government officials and police.

19 Nov 2017 description

In two Jakarta neighborhoods, Community Centers have for some years offered welcoming and safe spaces for refugees and asylum seekers to meet and work together to improve their daily lives – despite the many challenges they and their families and neighbors face. The Centers offer all who are interested a chance to access information, to socialize and to join activities that support health, protection and wellbeing.

14 Aug 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

By Fachrul Sidiq

Fifty asylum seekers, mostly from Afghanistan and Somalia, have been camping on the basketball court of the Jakarta Immigration Detention Center, Kalideres, West Jakarta, since Sunday, as the center is not able to accommodate them on account of capacity issues.

The head of the detention center, Buono Adi sucipto, said the shelter had 83 rooms that could only accommodate 120 people.

“Currently we have 292 immigrants here,” Buono said, adding that the figure excluded the 50 people who were camping on the court.

02 May 2017 description
report Jakarta Post

Medan | Sun, April 30, 2017 | 09:00 pm

The Belawan Immigration Office in Medan, North Sumatra, detained eight Somali refugees who attempted to cross Indonesia's northern waters from Malaysia, an Indonesian ministry official has said.

"The navy patrol captured an unnamed ship at around 1:30 am on Friday," the Directorate General of Immigration at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Agung Sampurno, said on Saturday, as quoted by kompas.com.

31 Dec 2016 description


  • 4,344 Persons of concern in immigration detention facilities

  • 637 Unaccompanied and separated children

  • 3,628 Individual RSD decisions finalized in 2016

  • 1,217 Refugees submitted for resettlement consideration in 2016

  • 1,271 Refugees resettled to third countries in 2016

Population of Concern

31 Oct 2016 description


  • 4,367 Persons of concern in immigration detention facilities

  • 612 Unaccompanied and separated children

  • 2,325 Individual RSD decisions finalized in 2016

  • 893 Refugees submitted for resettlement consideration in 2016

  • 1,000 Refugees resettled to third countries in 2016

Population of Concern

21 Oct 2016 description

In Indonesia I joined the official opening of the 3rd of 5 group homes CWS organizes for unaccompanied and separated (refugee) children. The Jakarta neighborhood where we are renting the house for 40 Afghan and Somali boys has been quite welcoming, which is great for the boys who have left so much, including their families, behind in search of better lives. As I was leaving the house, the boy in the yellow shirt was arriving by a complicated route from Afghanistan to join the others in making the rented house into their new home … for now. Join me in wishing them well!

29 Feb 2016 description


  • 2,445 Identified people with specific needs*

  • 3,114 Individual RSD interviews conducted*

  • 3,216 Individual RSD decisions finalized*

  • 636 Refugees resettled to third countries*

    *Statistical information from 1 Jan 2015 – 29 Feb 2016

Population of Concern

  • A total of 13,829 persons of concern (refugees and asylum‐seekers) as of 29 February 2016
31 Aug 2015 description


  • 2,338 Identified people with specific needs*

  • 2,020 Individual RSD interviews conducted*

  • 2,169 Individual RSD decisions finalized*

  • 372 Refugees resettled to third countries*

    *Statistical information as of 31 August 2015

Population of Concern

  • A total of 13,110 persons of concern (refugees and asylum‐seekers)
18 Dec 2014 description

The unprecedented £392m donated by the generous UK public to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Tsunami Earthquake Appeal ten years ago not only provided homes for tens of thousands of people, it helped change the way humanitarian agencies respond to large-scale disasters, the DEC said today.

18 Dec 2014 description
report Oxfam

Ten years on and Tsunami response changed lives for good

The humanitarian response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami saved lives and gave people the means to rebuild their futures, Oxfam says today.

The tsunami on Boxing Day ten years ago was unprecedented. It hit 14 countries and affected 5 million people, killing an estimated 230,000 people and making 1.7 million homeless.

13 May 2014 description

The number of boat people entering Indonesia is continuing to rise every year. The continuing flow arrives in the immense South-East Asian archipelago as a gateway toward their final destination, Australia’s coasts, despite the harsh policies adopted in regard at the end of last year by Canberra.

27 Jan 2014 description

JAKARTA, Indonesia, January 27 (UNHCR) – In recent times, the number of refugees and asylum-seekers turning up at UNHCR's office in Indonesia has leapt from 385 five years ago to 7,218 last year. They arrive from all over in search of safety and security or simply looking for a better life. The bulk of these people come from Afghanistan, Myanmar, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Iran, but the countries of origin are many. Some have the legal right to visit, while others make their way into Indonesia by irregular routes – they are liable to detention if caught.

24 Jun 2013 description
report Human Rights Watch

Children Seeking Refuge Find Abuse, Neglect

Detained, Beaten in Squalid Facilities, or Left to Fend for Themselves

(Jakarta) – Indonesia detains and neglects migrant and asylum-seeking children, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Each year, hundreds are detained in sordid conditions, without access to lawyers, and sometimes beaten. Others are left to fend for themselves, without any assistance with food or shelter.

01 Mar 2010 description


Five years ago, on 26 December 2004, a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami that swept across the Indian Ocean. Millions of people around the world watched in horror as the aftermath of the biggest single natural disaster in living memory unfolded on their television screens.

01 Mar 2010 description


Hace cinco años, el 26 de diciembre de 2004, un fuerte terremoto junto a la costa de Sumatra generó un tsunami que se propagó por el Océano Índico. Millones de personas de todo el mundo presenciaron con horror en las pantallas de sus televisores las consecuencias del más grave desastre natural que se recuerde. Cerca de 230.000 personas de 14 países perdieron la vida.

La generosidad del p=FAblico después del tsunami fue extraordinaria.

01 Mar 2010 description


Il y a cinq ans, le 26 décembre 2004, un violent séisme au large de l'île de Sumatra provoquait un tsunami qui balayait tout l'océan Indien. Des millions de personnes à travers le monde ont regardé avec horreur les conséquences de la plus grave catastrophe naturelle de l'histoire sur leur écran de télévision. Près de 230 000 personnes dans 14 pays ont perdu la vie.

Il s'en est suivi un mouvement de générosité extraordinaire.

24 Dec 2009 description
report Cruz Roja Española
  • Cruz Roja seguirá trabajando con los afectados hasta 2011.

    - Se ha ejecutado el 86 por ciento el total de fondos disponibles para la operación.

    El 26 de diciembre de 2004, un terremoto de 9 grados en la escala Richter golpeó las costas de Sumatra (Indonesia) generando una serie de tsunamis que barrieron las poblaciones costeras del Índico, desde Indonesia a Somalia.

    Fallecieron más de 225.000 personas y la devastación afectó a todos los ámbitos de la vida de los supervivientes: más de 500.000 viviendas fueron destruidas y millones de personas perdieron sus medios de vida.

14 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period of 1 May through 30 September 2009, but reports cumulative totals from December 2004 onwards.

In a world of global challenges, continued poverty, inequity, and increasing vulnerability to disasters and disease, the International Federation with its global network, works to accomplish its Global Agenda, partnering with local community and civil society groups to prevent and alleviate human suffering from disasters, diseases and public health emergencies.

About this report:

This is the seventh International Federation-wide tsunami progress report, with …