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26 January 2016

Syrian refugees and migrants crossing the Serbian-Croatian border (File photo). © Francesco Malavolta/IOM

IOM, UNHCR, Partners Seek USD 550 Million for Europe’s Refugees and Migrants

Posted on Tue. Jan-26-2016

Switzerland - As continuing conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere drives people to seek refuge in Europe, IOM, UNHCR and some 65 other organizations yesterday appealed in Geneva to donors for USD 550 million to support the ongoing humanitarian response.

With global forced displacement at a record high of some 60 million people and increasingly impacting countries of the Global North, 2015 saw over a million refugees and migrants arriving in Europe by boat.

Around 850,000 of these crossed from Turkey to Greece, with most continuing through the Balkans and towards Austria, Germany, Sweden and other western European countries. 

The appeal aims at funding humanitarian operations in 2016 across the affected countries, with approximately half of the funds allocated for Greece.

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Migrants and refugees rescued in the Aegean Sea by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS). © MOAS.EU/Jason Florio

Migrant Arrivals in Greece Top 45,000 through January 25: IOM

Posted on Tue. Jan-26-2016

Greece - Since the beginning of 2016, IOM estimates that 45,361 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea. This is roughly 31 times as many as the 1,472 recorded by the Greek Coast Guard for the whole of January 2015.

Some 90 per cent of the new arrivals are from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – the three countries whose nationals are allowed to pass freely from Greece into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) en route to Western Europe.

According to IOM’s Early Warning Information Sharing Network, implemented by IOM missions in Greece and the Western Balkans, an estimated 38,876 Syrians, Iraqis and Afghanis crossed into the FYROM in the two weeks ending January 21st, nearly 47 per cent fewer than in the preceding two weeks.

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Migration in the News

  • Toronto Star reported that Turkey, which is on the front lines of the wars in Syria and Iraq, is quietly struggling to cope with hundreds of thousands of migrants moving through and living within its borders.

  • Pulitzer Center reported that many Kenyan  migrants save for years to pay the smugglers who arrange their dangerous journeys to Europe.

  • DPA reported that the Idomeni border crossing from Greece to Macedonia has turned into a bottleneck on the Balkan migration route with around 2,000 people held up under new admission rules, according to Greek state radio.

  • Politico reported that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that the EU will do more to help Turkey shelter refugees, but warned that Ankara must do a better job of controlling migrant flows.

  • Independent UK reported that as Syrian peace talks stalled on Monday, an NGO video emerged showing a rescue worker sitting in silence next to the body of a young girl washed up on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Trending on the Internet

  • Channel 4 News reported on a new Banksy artwork that has appeared near the French Embassy in London. The image features a QR code that links to footage showing a police assault on the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais.

  • RAND noted in a blog that new studies show that there are fewer EU migrants in the UK than people think and that they have positive fiscal effect on the country’s budget.

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