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In December 2015, Altai Consulting was commissioned by Save the Children’s Middle East and Eurasia Regional Office to conduct a research study on the protection of children fleeing from the Syria conflict and traveling to Europe. Fieldwork was conducted over January and February 2016 and culminated in a total of 198 interviews across 19 locations in eight countries: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Serbia, and Croatia.
Oxfam, Save the Children and Norwegian Refugee Council criticised the deeply disappointing outcome of today’s international pledging conference for resettlement of refugees fleeing the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The fifth year of the Syria conflict was the worst yet for people as warring parties have continued to wreak havoc, increasingly blocked aid and placed more communities under siege. Russia, the United States, France and the United Kingdom must now safeguard the glimmer of hope that the cease-fire has brought to civilians, rather than “adding fuel to the fire”, warn 30 aid agencies in a new report.
As thousands of people arrive in Europe seeking safety, authorities in Austria and the Western Balkans have started selectively closing their borders. These measures are clearly infringing international and European law that protect the right to seek asylum.
Save the Children’s Kate O’Sullivan reports from Lesvos, Greece
Here on the Greek island of Lesvos we’ve been hit by winter. A three day storm has brought chaos and desperation during a week that saw the highest numbers of arrivals onto the island for the whole year.
48,000 people arrived by dinghy across the Greek islands over just 5 days – that’s more than all of last year combined. The island of Lesvos saw over 27,000 alone, and all at the worst possible time.