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26 Nov 2015 description

26 November 2015 – New measures by a number of Balkan states to allow certain nationalities only to cross into their territories are leaving hundreds of people in transit stranded at border crossings, uncertain of their rights and without sufficient aid, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

20 Nov 2015 description

Budapest/Geneva, 20 November 2015: Plunging temperatures are expected to chill Europe this weekend putting the lives of thousands of refugees at risk, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

The IFRC is calling on all governments to take steps to protect people seeking safety and ensure their suffering is not compounded as the weather deteriorates as well as urging all organisations to step-up and meet increasing needs.

20 Nov 2015 description

This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva. Further information can be found on the UNHCR websites, www.unhcr.org and www.unhcr.fr, which should also be checked for regular media updates on non-briefing days.

04 Nov 2015 description



This scenario document provides a description of situations that could occur in the coming six to nine 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.

27 Oct 2015 description

Vivimos en un mundo cada vez más urbano. En 2014, más del 54% de los habitantes del planeta residía en zonas urbanas. Es de prever que para 2050 la población urbana, que actualmente asciende a 3.900 millones de personas,alcance unos 6.400 millones. La migración propulsa la creciente urbanización, lo que contribuye a una gran diversificación de las ciudades.

27 Oct 2015 description

Nous vivons dans un monde qui ne cesse de s’urbaniser. En 2014, plus de 54 % de la population mondiale habitait dans des zones urbaines. D’ici à 2050, la population urbaine devrait passer de 3,9 milliards de personnes aujourd’hui à quelque 6,4 milliards de personnes. La migration est un moteur important de cette évolution, qui transforme les villes en des lieux de vie caractérisés par une grande diversité.

23 Oct 2015 description

GENEVA, Oct 23 (UNHCR) – The UN refugee agency said today it was concerned by "credible testimonies" it has received of sexual violence and abuse against refugee and migrant women and children on the move in Europe and called on authorities to take steps to ensure their protection.

So far this year, more than 644,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe by sea. Of these, just over a third – 34 per cent – are women and children who are particularly vulnerable to abuse as they transit Europe, UNHCR said.

08 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

Press release 714/15 Justice Home Affairs Foreign affairs & international relations

1. In recent years there has been a dramatic increase in flows of refugees and migrants towards countries neighbouring Syria along the Eastern Mediterranean and Western Balkans route. The majority are persons in need of international protection. This is placing reception capacities of most affected countries[1]under severe pressure, with serious humanitarian consequences. It poses significant challenges to border management and asylum systems, as well as security challenges.

08 Oct 2015 description
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Complete written statement

UNHCR’s top International Protection expert warned today of growing risks to people fleeing war and persecution, and said a renewed spirit of commitment from governments worldwide to the core human rights and rule of law principles on which the international refugee system is based is becoming urgently needed.

06 Oct 2015 description

A. Aim of this guidance

  • The note outlines benefits, risks, options, and resources for supporting appropriate infant and young child feeding (IYCF) in children under 2 years of age in refugee and migrant transit situations in Europe.

25 Sep 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

US$14 million needed to care for children on the move

GENEVA / NEW YORK, 25 September – UNICEF is appealing for US$14 million to assist refugee and migrant children in Europe, following an 80 per cent increase in the number of children on the move into the continent – many escaping conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

24 Sep 2015 description
report European Union

24/09/2015 01:30 Statement and remarks 673/15 Justice Home Affairs Foreign affairs & international relations

24 Sep 2015 description
report European Union

24/09/2015 01:30 Déclaration et observations 673/15 Justice Affaires intérieures Affaires étrangères et relations internationales

23 Sep 2015 description

UNHCR welcomes the European Commission’s package of proposals released on Wednesday 9 September 2015 to address the current refugee crisis in Europe. These proposals are timely, as the number of people having arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean Sea in 2015 so far exceeds 380,000 and is expected to continue rising rapidly over the coming weeks and months, thus creating a sense of urgency for their rapid implementation.

Emergency relocation proposal

22 Sep 2015 description
report European Union
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Council Decision

Main results

The Council adopted a decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece.

This decision establishes a temporary and exceptional relocation mechanism over two years from the frontline member states Italy and Greece to other member states. It will apply to 120 000 persons in clear need of international protection who have arrived or are arriving on the territory of those member states as from six months before the entry into force until two years after the entry into force.

22 Sep 2015 description

Switzerland - Through two and a half weeks of September, IOM teams have recorded total arrivals to Europe by sea in 2015 at 473,887 men, women and children. At least 182,000 of those migrants have arrived from Syria—making Syrians just under 40 per cent of this year’s total. In 2014, Syrians comprised between 25 per cent and 33 per cent of those entering Europe by sea.

17 Sep 2015 description

Tunis/Geneva, 17 September 2015. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is launching today a global campaign, calling on individuals, communities, decision makers, social commentators and leaders at all levels to do all they can to support vulnerable people on the move.

The campaign – ‘Protect humanity - Stop indifference’ – seeks to foster solidarity and empathy for these vulnerable people in their countries of origin, and at points of transit and destination, and call for their protection.