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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 58,158 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 1 August 2018. That total compares to 113,283 at this time last year, and over 261,228 at this time in 2016. Arrivals to Spain (see chart below) in July overtook those to Italy and have surpassed the total number of arrivals (22,108) recorded in Spanish waters during all of 2017. This year almost 40 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has more than tripled that registered on the route by this time last year. As remarkable as Spain’s rise in irregular migration activity has been through 2018, more significant is this summer surge. Over the year’s first five months, a total of 8,150 men, women and children were rescued in Spanish waters after leaving Africa – an average of 54 per day. In the 62 days since May 31, a total of 14,898 have arrived – or over 240 migrants per day. The Western route also extremely deadly, with over 300 fatalities recorded through 1 August – a nearly 50 per cent increase over all of last year’s total: 224. (Source: IOM, 03 Aug 2018) 171,635 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during 2017, with just under 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 363,504 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. (Source: IOM, 05 Jan 2018)

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15 Aug 2018 description

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency applauds yesterday’s decision by the Government of Malta to permit the disembarkation of 141 asylum-seekers and migrants rescued on the Central Mediterranean by an NGO boat, the Aquarius. We also commend those European countries who have come forward to offer relocation places for rescued passengers post-disembarkation. This demonstrates the benefits that can be reaped from a collaborative approach.

14 Aug 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 61,517 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 12 August. This compares with 118,436 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 265,640 in 2016.

14 Aug 2018 description

Tripoli - “I miss my family more than you can imagine. I know they will be waiting for me at the airport when I arrive to Nigeria. I am going home to get my masters, find a good job, and have a family of my own,” said ”Ken,” moments before he boarded the flight returning home via IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return Assistance and Reintegration programme (VHR).

14 Aug 2018 description


So far in 2018, a total of 16,262 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (35%), Iraq (21%) and Afghanistan (15%). More than half of the population are women (24%) and children (36%), while 40% are men.

Arrivals in July 2018, at 2,545 increased in comparison to June, when 2,439 people arrived on the islands. Arrivals during the first seven months of 2018 are 41% higher than those of the same period in 2017.

13 Aug 2018 description
infographic Danish Refugee Council

Family demography of refugees and migrants in Libya

2,496 refugees and migrants were interviewed by 4Mi in Libya between 16 May 2017 and 4 July 2018. Respondents are from 20 nationalities from East, Central Africa and West Africa, with the largest number of respondents being from West Africa (73%).

Marital status and family reunification

13 Aug 2018 description


This week, 502 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 389 arrivals and a decrease from last year’s 664 arrivals during the same period.

The average daily arrivals this week equalled 72, compared to 56 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

Over 15,500 refugees and migrants reside on the Aegean islands. In line with the trend of arrivals, the majority of the population on the Aegean islands are from Syria (26%), Iraq (23%) and Afghanistan (18%).

13 Aug 2018 description

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.

12 Aug 2018 description

CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN, AUGUST 12, 2018 - Responding to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Central Mediterranean, a total of 141 people were rescued on Friday by the search and rescue vessel the Aquarius, chartered by SOS MEDITERRANEE and operated in partnership with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

10 Aug 2018 description


UNHCR Serbia and partners under its programme continued to observe new arrivals in 2018: both irregular movements through green borders as well as by air to Belgrade airport. Below charts show the arrival trend from the beginning of 2017 through April 2018 by country of transit and by nationality.

10 Aug 2018 description

Geneva – Between January and July 2018, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, safely returned 10,950 stranded migrants from Libya through its Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) Programme as the number of detainees in the country rose alarmingly. The majority of the migrants, 9,636, returned home to countries in Central and West Africa on IOM charter flights. A group of 325 people returned to East Africa and the Horn of Africa, and the remainder to North Africa and Asia.

10 Aug 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,309 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 8 August. Arrivals to Spain during the month’s first eight days are at least five times those to either Italy or Greece, until this year both much more popular destinations for irregular migrants than Spain traditionally has been. This year’s totals through the first week of August are compared with 117,988 at this time last year and 263,436 at this time in 2016

10 Aug 2018 description


  • Support the Government of Serbia in strengthening its asylum system in line with applicable international standards

  • Ensure that the humanitarian and protection needs of refugees, especially of Persons with Specific Needs (PSN), are promptly identified and addressed

Main Activities

Asylum, Statelessness, Internally Displaced Persons

09 Aug 2018 description

Key Figures
1,511 Dead and Missing in 2018 (as of 30 June 2018)
2,4271 Dead and Missing in 2017 (as of 30 June 2017)

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.

08 Aug 2018 description

Overview of Migrant Situation in Turkey

According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General for Migration Management (DGMM) currently there are more than 3.9 million foreign nationals present in Turkish territory seeking international protection.