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Good afternoon everybody. I am really thrilled to be here.
Let me start by saying a very happy 50th birthday Concern Worldwide and congratulations.
Thank you, it is a pleasure to be here with you today to celebrate Concern Worldwide’s 50th anniversary.
And it does bear repeating, as Ciarán (Ciarán Cannon, Ireland’s Minister for the Diaspora and International Development) said, you started as a result of the famine in Biafra in 1968.
Asylum seekers face heightened risks of destitution due to a shortage of reception places in Ireland. The Department of Justice has confirmed that at least 20 people were told they could not be provided with accommodation in the last two weeks.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 67,122 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 26 August, with 27,994 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 123,205 (172,362 for the entire year) arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 272,612 at this point in 2016.
21 AUGUST 2018
SECRETARY-GENERAL STATEMENTS AND MESSAGES
Following is the text of UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ video message to the “Global Conflict | The Human Impact” conference in Belfast, held from 21 to 26 August:
I am happy to greet my dear friend Anne Richard and all of you at this timely conference on the impacts of conflict.
See at a glance how the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot supported its partners' response to global humanitarian crises in this overview of major shipments and events from January through June 2018.
Fair Play World Cup, held in central Dublin, draws players from refugee communities all over Ireland whose countries of origin range from Vietnam to South Sudan
By Cormac O Brien
Dublin, July 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Fadi hits a penalty shot into the back of the net, it is hard to believe that just a few years ago the Syrian teenager thought his footballing days were over when a house collapsed on him in an accident in his native Aleppo.
Europe: Three years after the EU Migration Agenda – report launch
The relocation scheme established by Council Decisions 2015/1523 and 2015/1601 (“Relocation Decisions”) to assist Italy and Greece over a two-year period from September 2015 has sparked heated debates at the EU level. Even though the Relocation Decisions formally expired on 26 September 2017, their effects continue to live on in the ongoing processing of pending relocation cases. At the same time, the relocation of asylum seekers has been at the heart of animated discussions on the reform of the Dublin system and sharing of protection responsibility between EU Member States.
COUNTRIES OF FIRST ARRIVAL
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called for immediate action to reduce backlogs and cut the length of time people are waiting for a decision on their protection applications.
The war in Syria has created the largest displacement crisis in the world. Almost 12 million people have fled their homes since the war began seven years ago.
Over 6 million are displaced in Syria, with a further 5.5 million having fled the country.
Most of the refugees are living in neighbouring Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Turkey hosts over 2.9 million Syrians. There are more than 1 million Syrians in Lebanon and 660,000 in Jordan.
Iraq has also seen a growing number of Syrians arriving, hosting more than 241,000, while 122,000 are in Egypt.
The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 8-14 April 2018 and includes updates on measles, dengue, rubella, influenza, listeria and yellow fever.
Push for transfers at any cost – the Dublin system in 2017
The 2017 Dublin Update, published by the Asylum Information Database, releases figures for 18 European countries revealing an increase in transfers in the aftermath of European Union and domestic political commitments for a stricter enforcement of the Dublin system.
The updated AIDA Country Report on Ireland tracks legislative, policy and practice-related developments in the area of asylum procedures, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection throughout 2017.
ROME – Alors que le secteur humanitaire est sollicité de manière croissante, un groupe de gouvernements partenaires renforcent leurs efforts afin de s’assurer que le Programme Alimentaire Mondial des Nations Unies (PAM) dispose de fonds flexibles pour répondre aux besoins humanitaires dans les situations d’urgence soudaines et dans les crises prolongées.
ROME – At a time of unprecedented demands on the humanitarian system, a group of government partners are stepping up to ensure that the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has flexible funding to meet acute humanitarian needs in sudden onset emergencies and neglected or protracted crises.
Irish Red Cross welcomes final migrants from Greece under EU relocation programme.
The Irish Red Cross was at Baldonnel this afternoon to welcome the final 129 migrants due to arrive in Ireland from Greece under the EU relocation programme, signifying the conclusion of Ireland’s participation in this programme. With the arrival of this special charter flight, Ireland has now received all the migrants available for relocation to Ireland from Greece.
-Tánaiste Coveney and Minister Cannon announce funding for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and support for humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Mr. Ciarán Cannon, T.D., today announced Irish funding of €2.9 million for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). They also announced a further €8.5 million to relieve humanitarian crises in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
During 2017, almost 38,900 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 25 countries in Europe,2 36% more than during 2016 and over three times greater than the average rate of 12,400 submissions per year during the last decade.
Between 2007 and 2016, Europe’s proportion of resettlement sub-missions globally has increased from approximately 9% to more than 18%, and in 2017 reached 52%. This is primarily due to a significant decrease globally in new submissions for resettlement, most notably to the United States of America.
33,154 Total persons relocated
21,710 Relocated from Greece (33% of 66,400 originally foreseen)
11,444 Relocated from Italy (29% of 39,600 originally foreseen)