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Refugees/Migrants Emergency - Europe

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 33,400 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea as of 6 June 2018. So far this month, 1,190 arrivals to Italy, Greece and Spain have been recorded, the majority of which arrived in Spain (47% of total European arrivals). The 33,400 arrivals since 1 January this year compares with 73,078 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. The number is also significantly lower compared to 6 June last year, with a 55 per cent decrease. (Source: IOM, 08 Jun 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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23 Jun 2018 description

There is an urgent need for a new asylum system that is fair, efficient and compassionate said Amnesty International ahead of a mini-Summit of European leaders this Sunday and the European Council meeting next week.

EU heads of state and government are expected to use the events to discuss measures to strengthen further control of the EU external borders and the reform of the Dublin Regulation.

22 Jun 2018 description
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Key Figures

604,161 people of concern

52,739 registered refugees & asylum-seekers

179,400* internally displaced persons

372,022* IDP returnees


22 Jun 2018 description

Key figures:

179,400 Libyans currently internally displaced (IDPs)1

372,022 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2016 -March 2018)1

52,739 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in the State of Libya2

16,186 persons arrived in Italy by sea in 20183

660 monitoring visits to detention centres so far in 2018

1,396 asylum-seekers and refugees released from detention so far in 2018 (including for evacuations)

22 Jun 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 40,944 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 171 days of 2018. That total compares to 84,675 at this time last year, and over 215,997 at this time in 2016.

22 Jun 2018 description

On Monday the Italian interior minister, Matteo Salvini announced he intends to geographically limit Italian naval and coast guard search and rescue operations to be closer to Italy’s shores. The announcement precedes last week’s decision to ban the Aquarius search and rescue ship and two further NGO ships this week.

22 Jun 2018 description

À Agadez, Filippo Grandi, le chef du HCR, a exhorté la communauté internationale à soutenir le Niger.

Par Don Murray

AGADEZ, Niger – Leur existence se limite à attendre dans la chaleur. Nombre d’entre eux doivent dormir directement sur le sol. Mais au moins, ils sont maintenant en sécurité.

22 Jun 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.

All decisions made, on the basis of, or with consideration to, such information remains the responsibility of their respective organisations.

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Burkina Faso

21 Jun 2018 description

In Agadez High Commissioner Grandi appeals for international community to support Niger.

By Don Murray

AGADEZ, Niger - Their lives have been reduced to waiting in the heat. Many must sleep on the ground. But at least now they are safe.

They are refugees, asylum seekers and persons of concern for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. They wait now here, in Agadez, Niger. Most are Sudanese, and many have appalling stories to tell.

21 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA/TRIPOLI - UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is shocked and saddened by reports that some 220 people drowned off Libya in recent days while attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

21 Jun 2018 description

GENEVA (21 June 2018) –UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has condemned the decision by the Hungarian Parliament to pass legislation that criminalizes individuals and groups deemed to be supporting asylum-seekers, refugees and undocumented migrants.

21 Jun 2018 description

The second in a series of OSCE workshops on the development of guidelines and a training module for better co-ordinated, harmonized and victim-centred identification of human trafficking cases among mixed migration flows concluded in Athens on 20 June 2018. The one-day event was organized jointly by the OSCE Office of the Special Representative and Co-ordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings (OSR/CTHB) and the Office of the National Rapporteur on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.

21 Jun 2018 description
report NetHope

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.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Geneva Centre

GENEVA, Jun 20 2018 (Geneva Centre) - Dr. Hanif Hassan Al Qassim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, has appealed to international decision-makers to express greater solidarity to destitute refugees from the Arab region and to work jointly to address the protracted refugee crisis.

20 Jun 2018 description
report Caritas

Cáritas Española pide al Gobierno español que lidere un cambio de rumbo en las políticas de asilo y de migraciones.

20 Jun 2018 description

20/06/2018 - Migration flows to OECD countries have dropped slightly for the first time since 2011, with around 5 million new permanent migrants in 2017, down from 5.3 million in 2016. This trend is mainly due to a significant decrease in humanitarian migration as a result of the decline in new asylum applications, with 1.2 million applications in 2017 compared to 1.6 million in 2016, according to a new OECD report.

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20 Jun 2018 description

Refugee resettlement to the U.S. has been ground to a halt. Under the Administration, a series of policy changes will result in no more than 21,000 refugees being welcomed to the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2018. This will mark the lowest arrivals ever in the program’s history at a time when global needs have never been greater.

20 Jun 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Attributable to UNICEF Country Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant Response in Greece, Mr. Lucio Melandri

ATHENS, 20 June 2018 – “The reported death on 18 June of a three-and-a-half-year-old boy, at Thiva’s Open Accommodation Site, is a wake-up call about the unfit and dangerous living conditions facing the more than 8,500 children who live in open accommodation sites and overcrowded Reception and Identification Centers, both on the mainland and on the islands of Greece.

20 Jun 2018 description

From the President and Executive Director