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23 Mar 2018 description

In Tunisia, UNHCR’s priorities are to support the establishment of a national asylum system, and to build national and regional capacities for refugee protection, in a context of mixed migration.

UNHCR provides protection and direct assistance to refugees and proactively identifies appropriate durable solutions.

Together with its partners, UNHCR supports refugees and asylum seekers in accessing public services and becoming self-reliant.

Working with Partners

19 Mar 2018 description


In February, just under 3,900 refugees and migrants entered Europe via Italy, Greece and Spain, less than half the number that entered in January. With lower numbers of people crossing from North Africa to Italy by sea compared to last year, the route to Spain experienced the most movement of the three Mediterranean routes with over 1,500 arrivals, followed by the route to Greece with over 1,200 and less than 1,100 to Italy.

19 Feb 2018 description


Between 1 and 31 January 2018, over 8,000 people arrived via the Mediterranean to Europe, an 11% increase compared to the same month in 2017 during which over 7,200 arrived. Arrivals duing January comprised of 19% children, 13% women and 68% men.

09 Feb 2018 description

All too often, young people in the Arab states are portrayed as universally, perpetually in despair. While indeed many Arab countries are in a state of turmoil, the truth is that young people across the region are finding ways to keep their societies moving forward.

30 Jan 2018 description


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a critical public health issue globally. If we are to preserve human and animal health, policy interventions and global collaboration are vital to improve our understanding of AMR dynamics and to inform containment and mitigation strategies.

23 Jan 2018 description


Registered intentions to seek asylum in Serbia

of registered refugees and migrants were minors

Applications for asylum

Persons granted refugee status

Persons granted subsidiary protection

17 Jan 2018 description

Operating environment was marked with small-scale attacks, political tensions between the State of Puntland and ‘Somaliland’ and forced evictions.
Drought, insecurity and conflicts, remain key drivers of displacement and lack of comprehensive land tenure framework remains one of the key drivers for forced evictions.
According to monitoring agencies drought will continue in 2018 and can lead to further increased vulnerability of persons of concern.

Major developments

A whole-of-society approach – a new improved way of UNHCR response

26 Dec 2017 description

Somalia continues to face political instability, humanitarian crisis and clan conflicts.

Due to ongoing conflicts, drought and food insecurity more than one million people have been newly displaced in 2017.

Monitoring agencies expecting that humanitarian situation will continue to deteriorate.



Major Developments

2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview

13 Dec 2017 description

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.

Article by Claire Felter

December 13, 2017

The year 2017 was marked by conflict, instability, and humanitarian crises. But there were bright spots as well. CFR editors cite ten areas where progress has been reported.

Read the full article on CFR

29 Aug 2017 description

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently providing medical and mental health care to migrants and refugees in Tunisia—in Sfax and Zarzis. Many of these patients arrive after a perilous journey through Libya, where migrants are often kidnapped, tortured, and held for ransom. In Sfax, MSF mainly sees patients from sub-Saharan Africa, among them undocumented migrants, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable people.

27 Jul 2017 description


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


75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017


25 Jul 2017 description
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Technical annex

The full implementation of this version of the HIP is subject to the adoption of the decision amending Decision C(2016) 8795

AMOUNT: EUR 20 000 000

21 Jul 2017 description


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


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


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.

15 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

RABAT, 15 May 2017 – According to a recent UNICEF analysis covering 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa [1], poverty continues to impact at least 29 million children – one in four children in the region. These children are deprived of the minimum requirements in two or more of the most basic life necessities including basic education, decent housing, nutritious food, quality health care, safe water, sanitation and access to information.

12 May 2017 description


IOM’s overall vision is to enhance good governance of migration throughout the Middle East and North Africa region, ultimately aspiring towards migration and human mobility that is humane and orderly and that benefits migrants and societies.

IOM will do so by addressing the mobility dimensions of crises affecting the region and by contributing to structural transformations in the way in which migration is approached, addressed and discussed in the Middle East and North Africa.

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.

20 Mar 2017 description

The Initiative for School Meals and Social Protection in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region aims at enhancing the effectiveness and broadening the coverage and impact of school meals programmes as a key social protection instrument in support of poor and vulnerable children and marginalized communities. It embraces both crisis situations as well as more stable but vulnerable contexts, strengthening resilience and providing opportunities for more inclusive development pathways and social stability.

08 Mar 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Children in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region1 have witnessed remarkable progress in development during the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) era. Starting from comparatively advanced levels, many countries made further progress in implementation of their children’s rights agenda since the beginning of the 21st century. However, progress has been uneven – among countries as well as within countries.