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Sea arrivals peaked this month with 4,000 people. Land arrivals through Evros also increased to 1,400. Some mainland camps are overcrowded while the situation is worse in islands’ reception centres, especially those of Samos and Lesvos. The dire conditions can have serious consequences for asylumseekers’ health, safety and protection, especially for children and other vulnerable people. The Government partners increased accommodation in the mainland and transferred more people from the islands with UNHCR’s support.
There were 3,200 sea and 980 land arrivals this month. The shortage of accommodation for asylum-seekers across Greece means that three and four time more people live in the centres of Lesvos and Samos over their respective capacity. The conditions are particularly difficult for pregnant women, unaccompanied children and the other vulnerable asylum-seekers. Overcrowding has also worsened in some mainland sites. Tension there has increased, particularly in camps with limited services. UNHCR urged the authorities to boost efforts and consider extraordinary measures.
UNHCR’s pioneering sets a new benchmark for initiatives seeking to ensure that more refugee youth have access to quality post-primary education. It is an investment in the future of refugee youth, unlocking their potential and leading them towards solutions.
2,550 people arrived by sea and 1,500 by land this month. Arrivals this year are double those of 2017.
The Government is increasing accommodation for asylumseekers in camps but the needs surpass these efforts. Island centres remain extremely overcrowded in Lesvos, Chios and Samos where many children, pregnant women and other vulnerable people live in difficult conditions and makeshift shelter.
WFP’s supply chain plays an integral role in the entire process of end-to-end planning, procuring and delivering assistance. Read this report to learn about WFP’s supply chain activities and achievements in a year of increasingly complex emergency contexts.
Emergency Response in 2017
Level 3 (L3) is the United Nations classification for the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises. In 2017, WFP responded to seven L3 Emergencies across 12 countries and two continents.
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.
• In March 2018, approximately 2.55 million people were food insecure1 , down from 3.4 million as from August 2017. The record-high March to May rains resulted in significant improvement of food security and nutrition status in the second quarter of 2018. Massive flooding across 40 out of 47 counties, affected 800,000 people and displaced 291,171 (approximately 47% children) and 186 killed by mid-May 2018
• A total of 114,543 acutely malnourished children were admitted for treatment from 1 January to 31 May 2018 with UNICEF support.
The year 2017 was poignantly marked by numerous humanitarian dramas around the world. From devastating natural disasters to deadly conflicts, Télécoms Sans Frontières has remained mobilised and adapted its response to the specific needs of the affected populations, introducing new and innovative means of providing communications aid.
2,400 people arrived by sea and 1,100 by land this month. The shortage of accommodation countrywide has led to overcrowding in some mainland sites while in Lesvos, Chios and Samos, 11,400 live in centres intended for 5,100. Many sleep in makeshift shelter while the high, summer temperatures increased hardship particularly for the vulnerable. Overcrowding and limited services increase protection risks. UNHCR’s top official urged authorities to find accommodation, ease overcrowding, boost services and improve living conditions.
Sea arrivals fell slightly in June to 2,400 compared to 2,900 in May and 3,000 in April. Most were Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian families and mainly arrived on Lesvos.
With limited accommodation on the mainland, some 2,700 people whose geographical restriction had been lifted by authorities remained on the islands.
Conditions deteriorated amid serious overcrowding, particularly in the Moria and Vathy reception centres on Lesvos and Samos
- UNICEF, in cooperation with Save the Children and World Vision, established Child Friendly Spaces in the Refugee Reception Centre and in Bihać. Over 240 children benefit from services and activities.
- ECHO pledged EUR 1.5 million for the most urgent needs of refugees and migrants in BiH. Further funding is under discussion with the EU – DG Near, the council of Europe Development Bank, and the Czech Government.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2, Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,
Having regard to Council Decision 2013/755/EU of 25 November 2013 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Union ('Overseas Association Decision')2 , and in particular Article 79 thereof,
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.
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.
Working with Partners
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.
Working with Partners
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: