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As we observe World Refugee Day today, NetHope’s mission comes into sharp focus: To improve the human condition.
When NetHope considers the 65.6 million people around the world forcibly displaced from their homes—more than 22.5 million refugees, half of whom are children—there is urgency to this mission. We are reminded of what we all have in common. On the most basic level, these individuals have the same aspirations we all have for ourselves and our families: to live a safe, fulfilling life.
We all know that cellphones and the internet have revolutionized how we all perform our work and daily lives. But access to phones is also transforming the lives of refugees escaping war zones and persecution in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere in the Middle East.
ROME – In a ceremony held today at the annual session of the Executive Board of the World Food Programme, the Italian Government handed over the chairmanship of the Group of Friends of UNHRD to the Spanish Government. Also promoted by the Government of Panama, the event was the opportunity to celebrate the 18th anniversary of UNHRD, which was first established in Brindisi, Italy in June 2000.
This month 2,900 people arrived by sea and 1,500 by land. Despite the fewer arrivals, the increased arrivals of April and the lack of sufficient accommodation in the mainland and the islands has created overcrowding in many sites.
This resulted in difficult conditions, increasing protection risks and tension particularly in sites in Central Macedonia. A violent incident in Moria, Lesvos led 900 people to seek temporary shelter elsewhere on the island. The need to increase accommodation across the country is urgent.
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On 15 May, the BiH Council of Ministers discussed and adopted the Emergency Measures Action Plan to address needs vis-à-vis the current refugee and migrant situation at their 142nd session.
The BiH Authorities opened the Refugee Reception Centre in Salakovac for 269 asylum seekers on 18 May. The UN is a key partner working closely with MHRR and MoS.
Despite the high proportion of arrivals expressing intention to seek asylum, the number of asylum application interviews offered and conducted by the Sector for Asylum fell in May.
Arrivals kept pace in May (2,900) compared to April (3,000). Lesvos received the highest number, 53 per cent and were mainly Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan families.
Seven people were injured and 900 asylum-seekers left the Moria reception centre for other sites on Lesvos after violent clashes on 25 May.
Government-authorized transfers from the islands slowed to 1,100 in May from 1,600 in April, as reception remained overstretched.
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European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 29 May 2018
The EU continues to deliver on its commitments to assist vulnerable migrants and refugees and address root causes of irregular migration. The new support measures in the Sahel/ Lake Chad region and the Horn of Africa will foster stability, jobs and growth, especially for young people and vulnerable groups.
Summary of major revisions made to emergency plan of action:
Growing interest in whether and how blockchain technology can help address a variety of social and economic challenges has given rise to a community of thinkers, innovators, and policymakers working to explore the technology’s implications for social impact and development.
• The blockchain is a type of distributed database hosted across a network of multiple participants. Moreover, the blockchain provides a way to share information and transfer digital assets in a fast, tracked and secure way.
• The blockchain has the potential to transform the humanitarian sector by providing cost savings and traceability of information flows, and by reducing transaction times.
This month land arrivals surpassed sea arrivals for the first time since 2013 when 3,600 people arrived in Evros, and 3,000 by sea. The increased arrivals in 2018 exceeded the capacity of State-run sites and apartments to accommodate them. In response the authorities reactivated sites that had previously closed and plan to increase capacity further. Arrivals in Evros overwhelmed the identification limited processing and assistance and in Evros overwhelmed the reception and identification centre in the area.
Arrivals increased to 3,000 in April from 2,400 in March and 1,250 in February. Most arrived on Lesvos and consisted of Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghan families.
As overcrowding worsened, conditions deteriorated on Lesvos, Chios, and Samos and fuelled tension between refugee and island communities.
Delays in covering interpretation gaps at reception centres and hospitals hindered access for asylumseekers to specialized care.
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LUXEMBOURG – The humanitarian community's ability to connect, communicate and save lives in emergencies has received a strong signal from satellite operators, who officially signed donation agreements as part of their commitment to the Crisis Connectivity Charter (https://www.etcluster.org/document/crisis-connectivity-charter).
Minister’s Address, Data Security, Future of Technology, Highlights At 10th ICT4D Conference.
In recent years, the nature of South-North migration in the Americas has considerably evolved. A growing number of families and unaccompanied minors are fleeing violence, high rates of crime and natural disasters, turning what was previously considered as principally economic migration into a full-scale humanitarian crisis.
By Frank Schott, Vice President of Global Programs
Today, NetHope joined the Clinton Foundation in announcing NetHope’s commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery. The announcement was made at a launch event at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. It’s inspiring to join others who are committed to this work.