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23 Nov 2017 description

A new report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows changes in the routes used by refugees and migrants to reach Europe during the third quarter of 2017.

“Over the past months, the sea route to Greece has gained more traction, sea arrivals to Italy have reduced and we have seen migrants and refugees using increasingly diversified journeys to reach Europe,” said Pascale Moreau, Director of UNHCR’s Europe Bureau.

16 Nov 2017 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 31 October 2017, 111,397 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 30% decrease compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (159,427).
Disembarkations slowed as of mid-July 2017, with monthly arrival numbers being significantly lower since, compared to 2016. In October 2017, 5,979 persons reached Italy by sea, compared to 27,384 registered at landing points in October 2016.

02 Nov 2017 description

After fleeing conflict in his hometown of Aleppo, Chawket overcame adversity and tradition to find happiness in his adopted home.

SFAX, Tunisia – Dressed in a dark suit and bow tie, his hair neatly combed to one side, 30-year-old Syrian refugee Chawket Cheikh Mohammed smiles warmly as the guests congratulate him and his new wife after their wedding ceremony in Sfax, Tunisia’s second city.

19 Oct 2017 description

The movement of refugees and migrants across the Sahara and the central Mediterranean Sea towards Europe continues to have a devastating toll on human life. Between January and August 2017, an estimated 2,270 refugees and migrants died at sea in the central Mediterranean. It is estimated that many others died on their way across the desert and in detention centres.

18 Sep 2017 description

Highlights

Number of returnees: 2,173 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

Core Relief Items: 781 CRIs distributed to 576 households (2,180 returnees)

Reinstallation grants: 1,091 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

Shelters: 285 shelters constructed

Community-based projects: 2,570 beneficiaries

Update on achievements

22 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

  • Number of returnees 1,970 Somali refugees returned to Somalia
  • Core relief items 429 CRIs distributed to 392 households (1,282 returnees)
  • Reinstallation grants 1,876 returnees provided with reinstallation grants
  • Shelters 184 shelters and 64 latrines constructed
  • Community-based projects 1,694 beneficiaries of community-based projects
02 Aug 2017 description

Highlights

Number of returnees: 2,151 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

Core relief items: 674 CRIs distributed to 513 households (1,975 returnees)

Education: 283 newly enrolled students

Reinstallation grants: 2,434 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

Shelters: 140 shelters constructed

Community-based projects; 1,979 beneficiaries of community-based projects

27 Jul 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

240,188 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)1

249,298 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

42,028 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

94,385 persons arriving in Italy by sea so far in 20172

FUNDING USD

75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

21 Jul 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

240,188 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

249,298 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

42,028 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

93,213 persons arriving in Italy by sea so far in 2017

FUNDING

USD 75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017

OPERATION UPDATE

18 Jul 2017 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe.

The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from Africa through Libya is increasing and, with it, the risks they face crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. In the first six months of this year, 2,171 refugees and migrants died or went missing in the Central Mediterranean, many others are believed to have died trying to cross into Libya.

16 Jul 2017 description

Trends and key figures

Since 01 January 2017 until 30 June 2017, 102,847 refugees and migrants have arrived in the Mediterranean (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). Arrivals by sea in this period comprised of 17 per cent children, 12 per cent women and 71 per cent men.

30 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 3,769 Somali refugees returned to Somalia

  • 1,414 core relief items distributed to 1,139 households (3,864 returnees)

  • 549 newly enrolled students

  • 3,433 returnees provided with reinstallation grants

  • 26 shelters and 40 latrines constructed

  • 2,209 beneficiaries enrolled in community-based projects

UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS

30 May 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The total number of people crossing the Central Mediterranean since the beginning of the year has now passed 60,000, with close to 9,500 migrants and refugees rescued over the past week and disembarked in various Italian ports.

03 Apr 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017
905 dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Arrivals in the Mediterranean

From 20 to 26 March, 414 persons arrived by sea to Greece. Chios recorded the majority of sea arrivals (224), followed by Lesvos (72) and Leros (72). A total of 3,783 persons reached the Greek shores from 01 January until 26 March 2017.

31 Mar 2017 description

Key Figures

Mediterranean 28,378 arrivals by sea in 2017*
813 dead/missing in 2017

Trends of Sea Arrivals

From 01 January 2017, 20,580 persons arrived by sea, including 3,369 to Greece (as of 21 March), 19,549 to Italy (as of 21 March) and 1,000 to Spain (as of 31 January). As of 19 March, 537 people have died or gone missing while trying to reach Europe by sea, compared with 5,022 in the whole of 2016.