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Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Population Movement Emergency appeal; DREF n°MDRMK005 (Operations update n° 2)

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Summary of the appeal

This Operations Update no.2 aims to report on the progress of the operation since the revision of the emergency appeal on 6 June 2016 up to 25 August 2016.

The emergency appeal was revised for the second time on 6 June 2016 to reflect new migration trends identified in recent months. The closure of the Balkan route and the EUTurkey agreement resulted in thousands of migrants stranded in different countries, while fewer continue, with support of smugglers and traffickers, exposing themselves to the risks that this involves. The plan of action of the Red Cross of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has been adjusted to respond to the humanitarian needs of the migrants stranded in the country as well as the provision of support to irregular migrants in the Detention Centre in Skopje (50 persons per day) and the irregular migrants crossing the border from Serbia and Greece (150 persons per week). As of 25 August 2016 there were 250 stranded migrants in the two reception centres in Tabanovce and Gevgelija. The revision also extended the operation timeframe until December 2016, to better link with the 2017 country development plan that will continue the assistance in the longer term. Therefore, to meet these needs, the budget was slightly increased to 6,095,910 Swiss francs.