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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 158,935 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 15 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 343,158 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. (Source: IOM, 17 Nov 2017)

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24 Nov 2017 description

Over five hundred migrants from Algeria and sub-Saharan Africa who reached the Spanish shores over the past weekend have been placed by the Spanish Ministry of Interior in a centre that will be used as a penitentiary facility in the very near future in Archidona, Málaga.

24 Nov 2017 description

On 14 November 2017 the General Commission of the Greek Administrative Courts published a letter to the Ministers of Justice and Migration Policy and Directors of the Asylum Service and the Appeals Authority, containing proposals to accelerate the processing of asylum applications in the appeals procedure affecting the definition of final decision as well as the definition of vulnerable groups.

24 Nov 2017 description

CONTENTS

  1. Measuring irregular migration: Innovative data practices
    Solon Ardittis and Frank Laczko

  2. Measuring unsafe migration: The challenge of collecting accurate data on migrant fatalities
    Ann Singleton, Frank Laczko and Julia Black

  3. A new approach: Displacement Tracking Matrix Comprehensive Migration Flows Survey Model
    Michelle Münstermann and Vivianne van der Vorst

24 Nov 2017 description

New Study Concludes Europe’s Mediterranean Border Remains 'World’s Deadliest'

Berlin – IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), today (24/11) released a new report reviewing the evidence of Four Decades of Cross-Mediterranean Undocumented Migration to Europeand concludes that Europe’s Mediterranean border is “by far the world’s deadliest.”

24 Nov 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 161,010 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 345,831 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

23 Nov 2017 description

Watch List Updates complement International Crisis Group’s annual Watch List, most recently published in February 2017. These early-warning publications identify major conflict situations in which prompt action, driven or supported by the European Union and its member states, would generate stronger prospects for peace. The Watch List Updates include situations identified in the annual Watch List and/or a new focus of concern.

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23 Nov 2017 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

ABOUT

  • MHub is undertaking field surveys with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers along key migratory routes to build up a body of data over time and to map country and regional level mixed migration trends.

  • This snapshot presents early survey findings of the profiles, intentions and experiences of those moving in mixed migration flows who have recently arrived in Italy in the last year.

23 Nov 2017 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

ABOUT

  • MHub is undertaking field surveys with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers along key migratory routes to build up a body of data over time and to map country and regional level mixed migration trends.

  • This snapshot presents early survey findings of the profiles, intentions and experiences of those moving in mixed migration flows who have recently arrived in Italy in the last year.

23 Nov 2017 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA

About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.

Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.

23 Nov 2017 description

A new report released today by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, shows changes in the routes used by refugees and migrants to reach Europe during the third quarter of 2017.

“Over the past months, the sea route to Greece has gained more traction, sea arrivals to Italy have reduced and we have seen migrants and refugees using increasingly diversified journeys to reach Europe,” said Pascale Moreau, Director of UNHCR’s Europe Bureau.

22 Nov 2017 description

The United Nations in Libya, dismayed and sickened by the recent video footage of African migrants being sold as “goods” in the country, is actively pursuing the matter with the Libyan authorities to set up transparent monitoring mechanism that safeguard migrants against horrific human rights abuses.

22 Nov 2017 description

The hosting arrangement between Italy and EASO on the establishment of an operational office in Rome was signed today at the premises of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The arrangement was signed by the EASO Executive Director, José Carreira, and the General Director for European Union, Giuseppe Buccino Grimaldi.

22 Nov 2017 description

Groups Press Greek Officials, EU States for Mainland Transfers, Improved Conditions

(Athens) – The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said today. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching.

21 Nov 2017 description

IFRC Position on Children on the Move

  1. All children on the move, irrespective of their legal standing, age, gender, or health status should have access to protection and humanitarian assistance.

  2. Because of their higher vulnerabilities, unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) require particular and urgent protection.

  3. No child should be detained based solely on her or his migration status.

21 Nov 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ambassador Amina Mohamed
Amb (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, EGH, CAV is Kenya’s Foreign Minister

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 21 2017 (IPS) - If the thought of a man armed with a rifle and driving with whips a group of African men, women, and children to sell them at a slave market makes you marvel at what kind of greed motivated such revolting barbarity centuries ago, the shocking truth is that we are witnessing a 21st century repeat of that abhorrent practice on African soil.

21 Nov 2017 description

SG/SM/18793-SC/13082-HR/5376

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the Security Council open debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations, in New York today:

I thank the Security Council under the presidency of Italy for convening today’s open debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations.