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14 Sep 2018 description

The duration of asylum procedures is significantly increasing in the Netherlands, despite steady numbers of asylum seekers arriving in the country. According to a brief submitted to the Parliament (Tweede Kamer) by the Dutch Council for Refugees, the waiting time for applicants to start the procedure with the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) has risen to 20 weeks, compared to 8 weeks at the beginning of last year.

30 Aug 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

No room for Prejudiced Asylum Officers

Boris Dittrich
Advocacy Director, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Program

The process of seeking asylum is difficult for anyone, but sexual and gender minorities fleeing persecution in their home countries can be particularly vulnerable, as two recent decisions by Austrian asylum officers show.

24 Aug 2018 description
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Key figures:

192,513 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)

372,741 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 - April 2018)

54,937 registered refugees and asylumseekers in the State of Libya

19,303 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 2018

871 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

1,527 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018

1,858 vulnerable refugees and asylumseekers evacuated since November 2017

Funding:
USD 85 M required for 2018

24 Jul 2018 description

Over 15,000 politicians, policymakers, activists, researchers and advocates from more than 160 countries will be in Amsterdam this week for the 22nd International AIDS Conference, where they will share new research and learn from one another about better ways to combat the disease.

20 Jul 2018 description

Arrivals

48,300 in Q1+Q2 2018
102,800 in Q1+Q2 2017

178,500 in 2017
362,300 in 2016

Dead and Missing

1,288 in Q1+Q2 2018
2,301 in Q1+Q2 2017

3,139 in 2017
5,096 in 2016

29 Jun 2018 description
report Council of Europe

Summary

Europe is a destination for people seeking international protection or a better life, due to wars, political turmoil and the poverty affecting its neighbouring regions. This inflow adds to the migrants and refugees who have already settled in Europe. At the same time, populists question Europe’s capacity to absorb a greater number of migrants and refugees, as well as the latter’s willingness to integrate.

27 Jun 2018 description

Twenty-one humanitarian and human rights organizations respond with dismay to the Dutch Parliament’s approval of the EU’s new asylum plans to offshore asylum protection. With a joint appeal, they ask the government for a humane asylum policy, in line with international law.

31 May 2018 description

The 2018 Refugee Food Festival will see refugee chefs and locals come together to share food and friendship in cities around the world.

GENEVA, Switzerland – The third Refugee Food Festival is coming to 14 cities around the world in June, bringing locals and refugee chefs together to share food and friendship.

30 May 2018 description

Overview

During the first three months of 2018, almost 9,700 refugees were submitted by UNHCR for resettlement1 to 13 countries in Europe.2 This is similar to the first quarter of 2017 and already almost twothirds of the average rate of 15,400 submissions per year during the previous 10 years.

24 May 2018 description

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.

19 Apr 2018 description

Since the start of the so-called “War on Terror” the USA has carried out hundreds of lethal drone strikes in at least seven countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq and Syria).

13 Apr 2018 description

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.

12 Apr 2018 description
report European Union

PRESS RELEASE ]No 40/18
Luxembourg, 12 April 2018

Judgment in Case C-550/16 A and S v Staatssecretaris van Veiligheid en Justitie

Such an application for family reunification must however be made within a reasonable time, in principle within three months of the date on which the minor concerned is recognised as having refugee status

04 Apr 2018 description

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.

04 Apr 2018 description

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.

30 Mar 2018 description

The updated AIDA Country Reports on Belgium and the Netherlands track reforms and developments in the asylum procedure, reception conditions, detention and content of international protection.

29 Mar 2018 description

27 MARS 2018 | GENÈVE - Les donateurs se sont engagés à verser 15,3 millions de dollars (US $) supplémentaires pour aider l’Organisation mondiale de la Santé à intervenir rapidement, en 2018, pour combattre les flambées épidémiques et les crises sanitaires humanitaires au moyen de son fonds de riposte d’urgence, le Fonds de réserve OMS pour les situations d’urgence (CFE).

27 Mar 2018 description

GENEVA - 27 March 2018 – Donors have pledged an additional US$15.3 million to support quick action by the World Health Organization to tackle disease outbreaks and humanitarian health crises through its emergency response fund in 2018, the Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).

27 Mar 2018 description

This report is the result of a survey of 305 Syrian refugees in Austria, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, as well as qualitative interviews with businesses in these countries. The survey and interviews were conducted from March to June 2017. This study aims to contribute to the conversation on the major challenges facing refugees as they seek employment. Understanding these challenges can help businesses, government, and NGOs better target the assistance they provide to refugees in Europe.