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13 Sep 2017 description
report Red Cross EU Office

Published on 12 September 2017

More than 1.2 million people have so far been exposed to the effects of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. It made landfall on several eastern Caribbean islands on 6 September, sweeping through the region and hitting the US state of Florida on Sunday 10 September. “The number of people directly exposed to the storm is growing every day. It is a catastrophe by any measure,” stated Elhadj As Sy, the Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

07 Apr 2017 description
report Red Cross EU Office

A large donation from the EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syria crisis, the ‘Madad’ Fund, enables the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement to assist up to one million Syrian refugees and their host communities in the region over the next three years.

20 Mar 2017 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In recent years, European cities have been facing new kinds of risks requiring stakeholders to rethink their strategies on how they respond to multi-site disasters, with their added level of complexity in terms of coordination. A new Red Cross project across five EU countries (France, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria and Portugal) aims to tackle this issue, so as to contribute to strengthening the resilience of people and communities living in large urban areas.

25 Jan 2017 description

The increasing number of people in need of international protection perishing on their way to safety is a sinister reminder of the limitations of the current international protection regime. Entitlements to the rights recognised by international and regional protection systems, including under the EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS), are accessible only to those who manage to reach the physical borders of the host state.

02 Dec 2016 description
report Red Cross EU Office

Plagued by conflict and with very little hope for the future, the people of Catatumbo in Norte de Santander are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Disease prevails due to poor water and hygiene conditions, and unexploded ordnances and land mines pose the constant threat of detonation. With almost no transportation and a general absence of basic health services, the population in Catatumbo face high levels of vulnerability and isolation.

03 Aug 2016 description
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Recommendations from the National Red Cross Societies in the European Union and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

In 2016, the European Commission launched a reform process looking at the European Union’s (EU) asylum framework, with a view to further harmonising asylum procedures and standards, and implementing a fair and sustainable mechanism to distribute asylum applicants among Member States. One of the European Commission’s key objectives is to prevent abuse of the system and limit secondary movements of asylum seekers within the EU.

15 Feb 2016 description
report Red Cross EU Office

The Austrian Red Cross, in collaboration with the Bulgarian Red Cross, the French Red Cross, the Latvian Red Cross, the Romanian Red Cross and the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, implemented the EU-funded Aware & Resilient Project from April 2013 to May 2015.

06 Feb 2016 description
report Red Cross EU Office

The views expressed in this paper are the author’s, Dr Moreno-Lax, only and do not necessarily represent the position of the Red Cross EU Office.

1 Introduction: The Access Crisis

17 Dec 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

Brussels, 17 December 2015 - Limited access to basic services, arbitrary detention, violence and abuse, losing touch with loved ones, or facing possible death: these are some of the risks that migrants face on their way to the European Union (EU).

Most of the migrants arriving on our shores have been through a long and traumatic journey to reach safety in the EU. The limited opportunities for safe and legal migration drive many migrants to resort to the services of smugglers, embarking on dangerous sea or land voyages.

27 Nov 2015 description
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Reception of asylum seekers: dignified standards must be maintained across the European Union

Brussels, 25 November 2015: Since the beginning of 2015, over 850,000 migrants have entered the EU . With 85% coming from the world’s top ten refugee-producing countries, the number of asylum applications in European Union (EU) Member States is on the rise. Reception systems across the EU are currently under unprecedented strain.

19 Jun 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

Recommendations from the National Red Cross Societies in the European Union and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (1)

31 Mar 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In the Philippines, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Typhoon Haiyan recovery operation in the Central Visayas and Palawan is targeting 500,000 vulnerable people as they restore their homes and livelihoods. The operation, one of the largest and most complex yet mounted by the movement, has 17 in-country partners supporting the work of the Philippine Red Cross, including the IFRC and ICRC. See the latest recovery programme targets and achievements (March 2015).

20 Mar 2015 description
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In the Philippines, isolated and disadvantaged communites who survived Typhoon Haiyan are still in need of relief aid. Larger response gaps persist in Western Leyte, which requires more attention than Tacloban and surrounding municipalities. Food distributions are ongoing and remain a priority need. Food prices remain inflated and thousands of people still don’t have the financial means to buy food or have sufficient access to markets. As the emergency phase transitions into early recovery, increasing emphasis is being placed on cash for work and cash transfer programmes.

26 Feb 2015 description
report Red Cross EU Office

In the Philippines, isolated and disadvantaged communites who survived Typhoon Haiyan are still in need of relief aid. Larger response gaps persist in Western Leyte, which requires more attention than Tacloban and surrounding municipalities. Food distributions are ongoing and remain a priority need. Food prices remain inflated and thousands of people still don’t have the financial means to buy food or have sufficient access to markets. As the emergency phase transitions into early recovery, increasing emphasis is being placed on cash for work and cash transfer programmes.

07 Oct 2014 description

Overview

On 8 November 2013 the lives of millions of people in the Philippines were changed as Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the country. The natural disaster killed 6,300 people and left 4 million displaced. The assistance of numerous local and international actors was required to restore the livelihoods of the total 16 million individuals affected. The European Commission alone allocated € 43.6 million to address the humanitarian and development impacts of the emergency.