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03 Sep 2018 description

UN CHEMIN: NON PAS LE PLUS COURT, MAIS LE PLUS DURABLE

Récemment, le directeur d’une organisation caritative suisse m’a envoyé un livre au titre résolument provocateur: Früher war alles schlechter («Autrefois, tout était pire»). Quelques semaines plus tôt, lors d’un trajet en train dans le nord de l’Inde, nous avions médité sur l’état du monde. Pour l’humanité dans son ensemble, notre «bilan intermédiaire» était positif. Par cet ouvrage, mon compagnon de voyage voulait certainement me dire que nous n’étions pas seuls devant ce constat.

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

20 Aug 2018 description

Editorial

L’eau est un bien qui nous réunit sur cette planète dite «bleue». Notre totale dépendance à sa disponibilité limitée et à sa qualité relative nous porte à lui conférer une valeur centrale. Celle-ci nous conduirat-elle vers des conflits sans fin comme le dépeignent certains? Ou au contraire vers davantage de dialogue et de coopération, prémices de sociétés plus paisibles?

15 Aug 2018 description

In line with Switzerland's humanitarian tradition and its values of shared responsibility, equal opportunities and sustainable development, at its meeting on 15 August 2018 the Federal Council reached decisions on Switzerland’s contributions to the following four United Nations specialised agencies: the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the agency for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UN Women.

09 Aug 2018 description

Ankara – Istanbul has increasingly become a destination city for migrants and refugees from countries such as Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), these nationalities make up a majority of the over 500,000 registered foreign nationals in Istanbul and the 3,9 million registered nationwide. Many migrants and refugees from these countries are vulnerable and in need of assistance.

24 Jul 2018 description
infographic World Food Programme

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.

01 Jun 2018 description

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) 285.000 Afghans have returned from Iran over the last five month constituting a 150.000 increase from the same period last year.

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.

17 May 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 16 May 2018

The Commission is today reporting on progress made under the European Agenda on Migration and the Commission's roadmap from December 2017, and is setting out further key actions to be taken.

02 May 2018 description

Some 33,000 children arrived in Greece, Italy, Bulgaria and Spain in 2017. Although this is an almost 70% decrease compared to 2016, in 2017 the proportion of children arriving unaccompanied or separated (UASC) has increased by 31%

Some 20,000 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Europe in 2017. 4 in every 5 UASC arrived in Italy. On average 86% of children arriving in Italy and Spain are UASC.

01 May 2018 description

This desk review report is part of the outputs of the first phase of IOM’s project implementation on data collection to enable a better understanding of migration flows from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia towards Europe. This study, rolled out by DTM with support from various IOM country offices, aims to collect data to foster a better understanding of migration movements from Somalia to Europe.

23 Apr 2018 description

By Robert Gloy in Zürich

The Zurich-based organization Social Fabric provides tailoring and dressmaking classes for refugees keen to acquire new skills.

Among the colourful fabrics and sewing machines in a Zürich clothing workshop, Jamila leans across her workbench and carefully smooths the fabric of a black-and-yellow dress she is making, adjusting the hem and inserting pins here and there.

In a few days’ time she will put the finishing touches to the dress and take it home.

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.

03 Apr 2018 description

Switzerland's engagement in mine action

In 2017 the Swiss Confederation invested CHF 22.3 million in mine action activities for the clearance of contaminated areas, awareness of mine risks, local capacity building and monitoring the implementation of international laws and treaties.

25 Mar 2018 description

Comment se peut-il que dans un monde de surabondance, plus de 800 millions de personnes souffrent toujours de faim? Pourquoi le nombre des affamés est-il même en progression? Et que fait la Suisse pour lutter contre ce problème? Ces questions ont été au cœur de la Journée annuelle de l’Aide humanitaire suisse et du Corps suisse d’aide humanitaire (CSA). Un éclairage y a été apporté sur l’action menée par la Suisse et la communauté internationale pour remédier à la faim dans le monde, sur les causes de ce fléau et sur sa complexité.

24 Mar 2018 description

Bern, 23.03.2018 - How can it be that more than 800 million people are still starving in a world of plenty? Why is the number of starving people increasing? And what is Switzerland doing to combat this problem? These and other questions were at the heart of the Annual Conference of Swiss Humanitarian Aid and Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA). The key focus area was how Switzerland and the international community engage in tackling hunger, its causes and its complexities.