Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) will conduct a multi-antigen vaccination campaign for all migrant children aged under 16 on Lesvos island from 21 to 23 November, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Health (MoH), the Hellenic Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (HCDCP), and Médecins du Monde (MDM). MSF calls on the Greek Ministry of Health to set up routine vaccinations for all refugee children across Greece.
4,100 people arrived by sea this month, half of whom to Samos where the population in Vathy reception centre exceeded its capacity by six times. Arrivals by land through Evros increased slightly to 1,550. slightly to 1,550. The shortage of accommodation for asylum-seekers country-wide has led to extreme overcrowding in island centres and many mainland sites. This translates into increased protection risks children on their own their own and including of sexual violence for children who are on their own and other vulnerable asylumseekers.
Total number of places: 26,392
Actual capacity: 22,574
Current population: 22,178
Occupancy rate: 98.2%
This week, 267 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 571 arrivals and from last year’s 700 arrivals during the same period. The average daily arrivals this week equalled 38, compared to 82 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
In October 2018, the Governing Board of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) voted to suspend the membership of the Hellenic Red Cross. The suspension of membership will come into force on 1 January 2019 if Hellenic Red Cross (HRC) is unable to address concerns related to its governance. Due to this decision, there was a need to develop a transition plan to phase out IFRC support to the wildfires operation by the end of the 2018.
Group aims to create jobs and reduce tensions on Greek island bearing brunt of migrant arrivals
By Helena Smith
An air of optimism hovers over the olive grove. Men from Africa, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq are busy building a wooden structure that will serve as a new shelter. There is quiet concentration, banter and even a bit of laughter as they bang nails into the beams.
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Teenaged asylum-seekers in Athens are hooked on classes that show them how to use technology to express their creativity.
By Leo Dobbs in Athens | 16 November 2018
Syrian teenager Odai* holds up a pair of spectacles held together by sticky tape. They belong to his friend Farshid*, who is leaving Athens in a few days to reunite with his family in Austria. “My teachers said maybe I can help fix them,” the 14-year-old tells UNHCR.
- An earthquake of 6.8 M at the depth of 14 km occurred in the Ionian Sea (western Greece) on 25 October at 22:54 UTC. The epicentre was located offshore 45 km south-west of Zakintos Island. The earthquake affected the island of Zakynthos, but it was also felt in large part of Greece, southern Italy and northern Africa.
- A minor tsunami was measured in several locations in the area; the highest measured value was 11 cm in Kyparissia and 8 cm in Le Castella.
This week, 571 people arrived on the Aegean islands, a decrease from last week’s 1,064 arrivals and from last year’s 952 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 82, compared to 152 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Total number of places 26,285
Actual capacity 22,483
Current population 22,027
Occupancy rate 98.0%
So far in 2018, a total of 27,492 refugees and migrants arrived in Greece by sea. The majority are from Syria (27%), Afghanistan (25%) and Iraq (19%). More than half of the population are women (24%) and children (37%), while 40% are men.
Arrivals in October 2018, at 4,073 increased in comparison to September, when 3,960 people arrived on the islands.
The majority of those returned to Turkey are Pakistani nationals (38 percent of total). Syrians constitute 19 percent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Afghans and Bangladeshis.
In total, 337 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 36 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.
By the end of October 2018, UNHCR had created 25,898 places in the accommodation scheme as part of the ESTIA programme. These were in 4,306 apartments and 23 buildings, in 14 cities and 7 islands across Greece.
This week, 1,064 people arrived on the Aegean islands, an increase from last week’s 611 arrivals and from last year’s 825 arrivals during the same period.
The average daily arrivals this week equalled 152, compared to 87 in the previous week.
Population on the Islands
Total number of places 26,103
Actual capacity 22,336
Current population 21,858
Occupancy rate 97.9%
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Charlie Yaxley – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Athens – Access to regular schooling has enabled migrant and refugee children to make friends with students from other cultures, said 84 per cent of surveyed children in open accommodation centres in Greece.
The findings of the survey, conducted by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reveal the quality of community relations is directly affected by students’ personal experience with the educational institutions. Results indicate that satisfaction with the daily school experience is an essential precondition for the integration of students in the education system.