Wednesday, 11 January 2017 17:27 GMT
Migrants have tried to cross to Italy from the African coast, particularly from Libya, where people traffickers operate with relative impunity
CAIRO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Egyptian border patrol and coast guard forces stopped more than 12,000 people of various nationalities from illegally entering or leaving the country in 2016, the military said on Wednesday.
Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation
Egyptian authorities rescue 150 people including Sudanese, Eritreans and Somalis after boat capsizes off Rosetta. At least 42 bodies have reportedly been recovered.
GENEVA – UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is deeply saddened by the loss of life after yet another boat capsized in the Mediterranean, this time off the coast of Rosetta, Egypt, reportedly carrying around 450 people.
Italy mobilises on behalf of the Egyptian people: Italian ambassador in Cairo, Claudio Pacifico, will deliver the second instalment of food aid earmarked for approximately 600,000 inhabitants of the Beni Suef governorate tomorrow to Egyptian Domestic Commerce Minister Abo Zied Mohamed Abo Zied. Thanks to an Italian contribution of 2.6 million US$, 1,100 tonnes of vegetable oil and as much of sugar were purchased, the first instalment of which was delivered to the Port of Alexandria on 8 August.
World Food Programme
18 June 2012, Rome - A new $3 million project that aims to improve food security and nutrition of women and young people in Egypt was announced today by FAO. The project is being financed by the government of Italy.
Unemployment rates for young people and women in Egypt are estimated at around 25percent, much higher than the national average of 10 percent. At the same time, health surveys in Egypt have shown that malnutrition is the root cause of over one third of sicknesses affecting children under the age of five.
29 May 2012
Italy is engaged in projects to foster Egypt’s economic and social development through actions to improve food security and nutritional quality for the most vulnerable segments of the population.
Agreement worth 3 million dollars
Council Summit Should Endorse Approach Based on Human Rights Obligations
JUNE 20, 2011
(Brussels) - European Union (EU) heads of state meeting in Brussels later this week should put human rights at the heart of EU migration and asylum policy, Human Rights Watch said today. Migration is high on the agenda for the European Council summit on June 23 and 24, 2011, with external border control, free movement inside the EU, the Common European Asylum system, and migration cooperation with North Africa expected to be discussed.
Djerba, Ras Jdir (Medenine Governorate)
This week saw serious disruption at the Choucha camp near the Tunisia - Libya border where around 4,000 migrant workers and refugees from the conflict in Libya are accommodated pending humanitarian evacuation to their countries of origin, or other solutions. Four Eritreans died in a fire in the Eritrean block of the camp on 22 May as residents were sleeping. Twenty tents were lost, and the cause is being investigated. At the time, the Choucha camp was hosting some 4,500 people - mostly Somalis, Eritreans, and Sudanese.
MSF criticises inconsistent European policies claiming to protect civilians by engaging in a war while closing its borders to them
London, 19 May 2011 – An open letter by Médecins Sans Frontières MSF (Doctors Without Borders) addressed to the leaders of the states of the European Union involved in the war in Libya is being published today in 11 newspapers across Europe*.
By 9 May, a total of 751,207 people had crossed from Libya into neighbouring countries, including 267,197 third country nationals. This number also includes Libyans who may have returned to Libya in the meantime.
By 02 May, a total of 686,422 people had crossed from Libya into neighbouring countries, including 261,118 third country nationals.
By 25 April, a total of 615,939 people had crossed from Libya into neighbouring countries, including 252,735 third country nationals.
By 18 April, a total of 550,680 people had crossed from Libya into neighbouring countries. So far, almost 85,000 people were evacuated with the support of the Humanitarian Evacuation Cell (HEC). 30,000 of those were passengers of UNHCR contracted flights. The average cost per UNHCR contracted passenger was USD 604, the average overall cost per UNHCR flight was USD 120,597. In total, UNHCR has spent USD 18,210,268 on air evacuation. IOM assumed full responsibility for the humanitarian evacuation operation on 28 March 2011.
By 13 April, a total of 513,951 people had crossed from Libya into neighbouring countries. On both the Tunisian and Egyptian borders, an increase in the number of Libyans crossing has been noted.
Today, European health ministers and high level officials met in Rome to improve international cooperation and coordination on the health issues resulting from the mass migration due to the crisis in northern Africa.
Zsuzsanna Jakab, WHO Regional Director for Europe pledged WHO’s support to countries. She emphasized the paramount importance of providing health care for displaced people.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will travel to Cairo on Thursday, 14 April 2011, for meetings with the Arab League. The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, will also attend the meeting.
Summary: 8 April 2011, Brussels - Recent events in North Africa have been a source of optimism for the democratic reforms taking place in many countries, most notably in Egypt and Tunisia, but also of grave concern in view of the violent conflict taking place in Libya and of the irregular migration flows originating from Tunisia. The conflict in Libya has led to a humanitarian crisis in this country and in its neighbouring countries.
GENÈVE - Après les pertes massives en vie humaine survenues en Méditerranée cette semaine lors du naufrage d'un bateau transportant des réfugiés, le HCR appelle l'Union européenne (UE) à mettre en place d'urgence des mécanismes plus fiables et plus efficaces pour le sauvetage en mer. Plus de 220 réfugiés somaliens, érythréens et ivoiriens se sont noyés mercredi matin lorsque leur bateau a chaviré à environ 39 milles marins au sud de l'île italienne de Lampedusa.
GENEVA - In light of the massive loss of life in the Mediterranean this week in a refugee boat capsizing, UNHCR is calling on the European Union (EU) to urgently put into place more reliable and effective mechanisms for rescue-at-sea. More than 220 Somali, Eritrean and Ivorian refugees drowned early on Wednesday morning when their boat capsized some 39 nautical miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. This is the worst such incident in the Mediterranean in recent years.