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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 91,093 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 17 October, with 42,494 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined. The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 145,193 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 320,033 at this point in 2016. Spain, with almost 47 per cent of all arrivals through the year, continues to receive seaborne migrants in October at a volume more than twice that of Greece and nearly seven times that of Italy. Italy’s arrivals of irregular migrants by sea this year through mid-October are at their lowest recorded in almost five years – just 21,766 arrivals. That’s fewer than the 27,384 who arrived in a single month two Octobers ago (see chart below). This month, arrivals have been coming at a rate of about 325 migrants per week. Last October, migrants crossed from North Africa to Italy at a rate of nearly 1,500 per week – or almost five times this year’s rate. Two Octobers ago, the numbers were even higher: almost 4,000 per week. IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) has documented the deaths of 1,852 people on the Mediterranean in 2018, compared with 2,833 at this time in 2017 and 3,709 in 2016. (Source: IOM, 19 Oct 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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21 Oct 2018 description

I Key facts about this year Participatory Assessment

1,436 Asylum Seekers and refugees discuss their concerns, challenges in annual Greece participatory assessment

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, today published the results of an annual participatory assessment report on the concerns of asylum-seekers and refugees in Greece about their current situation and future prospects and risks and how to address them.

20 Oct 2018 description

Face à des conditions de sécurité de plus en plus instables à Tripoli, le HCR, l’Agence des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, a réussi mardi soir (16 octobre) à évacuer 135 personnes depuis la Libye vers le Niger.

Parmi les personnes évacuées, beaucoup étaient maintenues depuis plusieurs mois dans des centres de détention et souffraient de problèmes liés à la malnutrition ou étaient en mauvaise santé. Elles sont à présent hébergées dans un Mécanisme de transit d’urgence du HCR jusqu’à ce que d’autres solutions puissent êtres trouvées pour ces personnes.

19 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 91,093 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 17 October, with 42,494 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

The region’s total arrivals through the recent weekend compare with 145,193 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 320,033 at this point in 2016.

18 Oct 2018 description

Faced with the resurgence of all too familiar migration-management challenges, the European Union has a habit of returning to a familiar set of policy proposals. European policymakers have again raised the idea of shifting the processing of asylum seekers and irregular migrants outside EU borders, with some proposals floated this summer describing the creation of “disembarkation platforms” in North Africa to deal with those intercepted while crossing the Mediterranean.

18 Oct 2018 description

Thus far, 2018 has been historic in many ways. Eritrea and Ethiopia signed a landmark declaration of peace and friendship on 9 July, casting aside decades of hostility in a matter of weeks. The announcement of the end to the state of war was met by widespread jubilation in both countries, and was matched by concrete acts of rapprochement, which included reopening telephone and air links as well as the Eritrean embassy in Ethiopia.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting the delivery of aid. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Burundi

18 Oct 2018 description
report Insecurity Insight

This monthly digest comprises threats and incidents of violence affecting protection of IDPs and refugees. It is prepared by Insecurity Insight from information available in open sources.

Security Incidents and Access Constraints

Africa

Central African Republic

18 Oct 2018 description

By Leo Dobbs in Athens, Greece

Obada “Ibo” Al-Nassar, saved from the sea himself two years ago, joined in the rescue operation when the Greek coastal resort of Mati was engulfed by deadly wildfires.

Among the rescuers who converged on the Greek coastal resort of Mati in July as hundreds fled deadly wildfires was a 23-year-old Syrian refugee, himself saved from a watery grave last year.

18 Oct 2018 description

Amidst an increasingly volatile security situation in Tripoli, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency successfully evacuated 135 people out of Libya to Niger on Tuesday night (16 October).

Many of the evacuated had been held in detention centres for several months and were suffering from the effects of malnutrition and poor health. They are currently being hosted in UNHCR’s Emergency Transit Mechanism (ETM) until further solutions for them are found.

16 Oct 2018 description

Summary Statistics

Total number of places 25,744
Actual capacity 21,903
Current population 21,551
Occupancy rate 98.4%

16 Oct 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 88,736 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 14 October, with 40,598 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined. Spain’s numbers for the year are slightly higher than the figure printed (see chart below) and reflect arrivals only through last Wednesday.

16 Oct 2018 description
report METAdrasi

Almost 1,000 people certified as victims of torture by METAdrasi

Imprisonment in inhuman conditions, extreme tactics of physical abuse, rape, daily psychological violence. In many countries of the world, unthinkable ways of cruel and degrading treatment are still being practiced in order to punish, intimidate, interrogate. Among the refugees arriving in Greece, a high percentage are victims of torture, but they often constitute the "invisible" faces of the vulnerable refugee population.

15 Oct 2018 description

The second annual WHO Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health recently brought together more than 80 participants from nearly 20 countries around the globe to exchange experiences and best practices related to improving the health and well-being of migrants and refugees.

The participants came from European countries as well as North and South America, Africa, and East Asia. They were guided by a faculty of 35 leading experts in the field during the week-long event held in Palermo, Italy, on 24–28 September 2018.

Trends and health conditions

15 Oct 2018 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

"Access to education is a fundamental human right. It is essential to the acquisition of knowledge and to the full development of the human personality, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states. More than that, education makes us more resilient and independent individuals."
Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

15 Oct 2018 description

Arrivals

This week, 654 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 926 arrivals and from last year’s 1,268 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 93, compared to 132 in the previous week.

Population on the Islands

15 Oct 2018 description

Turkey, hosting around 4 million vulnerable foreigners, has the largest refugee population than any other country in the world. Most of the refugee population living in Turkey is consisted of vulnerable children and women. CCTE Programme which is implemented in close partnership with Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services, As of September 2018, CCTE beneficiaries who received Ministry of National Education and UNICEF aims to payment at least once, reached approximately 376 remove financial barriers of poor families who have Thousand nationwide. school-aged children.