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El domingo 2 de diciembre, los once inmigrantes acogidos por el pesquero español Nuestra Madre Loreto desembarcaron en Malta, después de permanecer 10 días en alta mar desde que fueran rescatados frente a las costas de Libia.

Around the world, over 800 million people are still living on less than 1.25 dollars a day, and many of them do not have access to food, drinkable water and adequate sanitation, according to data from UNDP.
On the occasion of the World Food Day, we are reminded of the urgency and importance it is for all to permanently end hunger and malnutrition in the world. 821 million people (1 in 9) still go to bed hungry, and furthermore 1 in 3 suffer some form of malnutrition.
Today, October 11th, is the International Day of the Girl, recognized by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2011 with the objective of recognizing the rights of girls and the diverse problems they face all over the world. 

Motivated by the celebration of this day, numerous organizations from civil society have published reports and campaigns about the real conditions in which millions of refugees and displaced people live globally.

The European crisis of the asylum system has demonstrated the need for a greater inter-institutional coordination in the systems of welcome and integration, and it creates the opportunity to introduce new changes in areas of social intervention.

A network of the European Union made up of experts in migrations and asylum that work together to provide objective, comparable and relevant information for policy addressed it.

This campaign has a website, YouTube channel and a report that hope to contribute to identifying the female victims of human trafficking with the aim of sexual exploitation in order to address this type of female refugees.

These volunteers faced sentences up to ten years under the accusation of human trafficking for conducting rescues in the Aegean Sea.

The Hellenic Coast Guard detained these three volunteers in the early morning of 14 January 2016 while they carried out rescue tasks in the waters of the Aegean (between Greece and Turkey); they were arrested together with other Danish volunteers from the NGO Team Humanity.

The document is titled “Partnership or Conditionality?”, and the main objective is to analyze the Pacts about Migration and the Fiduciary Bottom of the EU for Africa.

This event was organized by the Plataformas Sociales Salesianas and is aimed at educators and coordinators involved in intervention projects or with a high percentage of migrants and/or refugees. 

These ESCR are human rights related to the basic social and economic conditions necessary to live freely with dignity. They are found within the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) ratified by the UN Assembly in 1966.

They will hold an interdisciplinary event presented by specialists in immigration and refuge, with the objective of promoting dialogue and debate regarding the many different forms of discrimination that female immigrants and refugees face.

The free online therapy service is provided in Farsi, English, and Arabic, and aims to serve all people without free daily access to a computer. 

This program was carried out due to an agreement between the Spanish Cooperation Agency and the European Union with the goal of preparing Syrian society for the post-conflict future.

This guide wants to show the key points of the refugee question in a didactic and accessible way for boys and girls so that they can understand the diversity of the world and have an opinion of their own.

As the first articles in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights state, all human beings are born free of racial distinction. However, in 2018, racism, xenophobia and intolerance continue to be persisting problems in our society.

In this document, The UN High Commission for Refugees urges host States that welcome Venezuelans to allow their access and carry out good protection practices.

This seminar takes place annually in the city Brussels and consists of two weeks of networking, which provides a comprehensive understanding of immigration and asylum policy in the EU from a legal perspective.

The study exams the discourse of the European political parties regarding migration. In the European Parliament, political groups are formed according to their ideological affinity and not their nationality.  In this way, they transcend the traditional national divisions hoping to show a European integration that represents the citizenship.

The course, “Gestión de conflictos con inmigrantes y refugiados: técnicas de mediación y comunicación”, is taught by Dr. Cristóbal Fernández Muñoz, and will take place in the Fundación General of the university Monday through Friday mornings from the 9th to the 27th of July.  It is aimed at both students and professionals interested in social themes, migrations, intercultural issues and communication.

This journal is created by the Refugee Studies Center at the University of Oxford and is a global forum to share information, experiences and ideas among researchers, refugees, internally displaced persons and those who work with them.

The study, entitled “Out in the Cold: Homelessness among destitute refugees in London”, reveals that most of the refugees who attend the JRS UK day center have had to sleep on the street at least once in the last year and one in five individuals have been forced to stay on the street for more than a month.

The exposition, composed of 30 images showing the lives of refugees with the majority being Syrian, is at the Casa de la Juventud in Pamplona and is available to visit until 5 March.

The program is a training course aimed at professionals in the health sector and humanitarian aid that provides skills and knowledge through a purposeful focus on the individual and community needs of those that suffer violence throughout the world.

In the text, published by the English newspaper “The Guardian”, Ai Weiwei describes his childhood in a displaced persons camp in China, and explains how his experiences helped him to understand the reality of refugees and forced displaced persons today.

This network of young refugees intends to share the histories and daily challenges that displaced persons face in receptor countries, and to expose the reality of those trapped in camps or those on the road fleeing from violence.

The study aims to reflect on the impact that language used by media and political figures has on public opinion regarding refugees; set within the context that the number of people fleeing conflict in today’s society is the highest it has been since World War II.

In today’s world, violence is permanent in countries like Syria, the Central African Republic, the DRC, South Sudan and Uganda, among others causing thousands of refugees, displaced persons and forced migrants to flee from their surroundings where their human rights are not respected.

According to the CJEU it is a “disproportionate interference” in the private life of the individual and does not comply with European regulations established in the European Charter of Fundamental Rights.

The Asociacion de Apoyo al Pueblo Sirio (AAPS) and Runner’s World Spain organized this event in solidarity with the Syrian people and will use the proceeds to send humanitarian aid to camps for displaced Syrians.

The non-governmental organization has been analyzing human rights practices since 1978 in more than 90 countries through their more than 100 reports published annually.

The word “acoger” (“to welcome”) is key to this project. “It is to embrace a stranger without looking at them with pity, putting yourself in someone else’s position. It is to look at the other with equality as you look at your friends. It is to open your heart to a stranger without expecting anything in return,” states Loumkoua who, with David, peddled from Ceuta to Brussels to raise awareness and transmit a message of welcoming and integration to the European Commission.

This investigation was carried out through direct observation in the field and interviews with institutions, organizations and people working on the day-to-day defense of migrant and refugee rights.

This event is driven by the Catholic Church and Catholic social organizations.  Under the motto of Pope Francis “Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating migrants and refugees”, this day aims to strengthen the agreement that political and civil societies have with migrants and refugees.

In today’s society, millions of people have left their homes due to wars, violent conflicts, political persecutions, natural disasters and many other reasons that violate their rights.

What do displaced persons wish for in the upcoming year? The following article outlines the desires of 18 refugees for 2018—including our colleague Samuel Maiorana. 

Artists from various disciplines unite under the slogan “Buy the comic, show solidarity, you are able to make a difference and we can make a dream come true”, with the objective of showing the path that refugees take from when they flee their countries to when they arrive in Europe; highlighting all of the difficulties they encounter along the way.

Specifically, some twenty of the “Municipalities Committed to the Refugee”, including Madrid, organizations like CEAR, FRAVM, Amnesty International, labor unions and some political parties presented their proposals last Tuesday.

This application follows the same procedure as other famous apps like Siri but, instead of looking for a theater or a restaurant, through this personal assistant based in a voice system, it is possible to have conversations about the difficulties that face the people who live at the margins of our world.

From the 1st to 21st of December, the first day of winter, a support camp is being made for refugees that are found on the Greek islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros, and Kos, that are being found overpopulated with more than 7,200 people, that live in summer camp tents, exposed to the difficult climate conditions of this region.

This past 25th of November marked the International Day of the elimination of violence against women, a situation that many refugee women suffer.

The conference has been held since 2006 with the participation of: Italy, Spain, France, Greece, Malta and Portugal. On this occasion, the meeting aimed to analyze and reach agreements regarding the migratory question.

The majority of refugees flee from their countries having seen the destruction of their country, their community, or family. All of this increases the insecurity of those living in transit until their arrival at their destination, an unknown country of which, in many cases, they do not possess any connections and they have no knowledge of the language. 

Of the group that has just arrived, out of the total, there are 104 minors, 49 men, and 41 women and all are Syrian citizens except for four Palestinian citizens.

The Global rate of primary school education is 91%, this data contrasts with the refugee miners which make up 61% of the population and of them those that encounter countries of lower incomes, (more than a fourth of the population unemployed), Where 50% of the children that have access to schools. By which, following NUHCR estimates that there are 6.4 million refugees in this age.

Lebanon is the country with the most welcomed refugees per inhabitant, their geographic position adjacent to Syria has been the motive by which this small country of some more than 6 million inhabitants has become the primary receiver of people fleeing from the Syrian conflict.

This treaty states the collective expulsions are prohibited and the member states of the European Union should guarantee and respect the rights of migrants that are under their territory.

50% of the refugees in the world are boys and girls, the majority of these children travel alone, therefore, they live in a state of extreme vulnerability. To this adds to the lack of protection, of resources, of food, and a place to sleep, this context of abandonment in which they exist, making them prone to accept sexual blackmail and their introduction into the world of drugs.

This past Tuesday, the 10th of October, the full meeting of Congress approved a motion result of inquiry associated with the executive in regards to the relocation and resettlement of all the refugees undertaken by Spain in the 2015.

The Assistant High Commissioner for Protection of refugees in the agency of the UN, Volker Turk, appeared this past October 5 in the annual meeting of the Executive committee of the UNHCR, where he warned about the ongoing situation of refugee boys and girls.

Spain will offer more than 3,000 resettlement places for refugees through the System of Relocation and Integration of Applicants and Recipients of International Protection during this year.

The European Commission has petitioned its member states to accept a new plan for the resettlement of refugees in the next two years.


This past Sunday Germany celebrated its national elections. In these elections the conservative bloc led by Angela Merkel (CDU/CSU) has received the worst results in recent elections despite a high voter turnout.

On September 21st, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared an international day of peace, with which they look to promote and strengthen the ideals of peace in every nation and people.

The photographic project “No more” combines images of the Rohinya people with others of recent conflicts such as the Armenian genocide, the refugee crisis in Europe or the civil war in Transnistria in Moldavia.

Muzzon Almellehan: is 19 years old, Syrian, and was named ambassador of goodwill for the UN, becoming the youngest and only refugee to be granted the title, which distinguishes her as a person politically committed to the rights of children.

The Court of Justice of the European Union dismissed entirety the actions brought by Slovakia and Hungary against the decision of the Council of the European Union of 22 September 2015 to assist Italy and Greece in dealing with the massive influx of migrants.

 15,449 refugees are missing to arrive in Spain to fulfill the commitment to host, which expires in a month.

The IOM, United Nations Organization for Migration, reports that 103,175 migrants and refugees entered the European Union by sea between 2017 and 12 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain.


The last two Congregations have wished to express the mission for faith and justice in the key of reconciliation. We are called to be agents of reconciliation in a fractured world. 

The integration of refugees remains a pending task in Spain. The traditional models are becoming obsolete and it is necessary to create new forms of integration more dynamic and adapted to the new times. Befriending was born in 2015 as one of those new forms of integration that involves refugees and civil society in a closer and more real bond.

The Ombudsman's Blog recalls that this 2016 has increased the world's refugee population to the highest level ever recorded. At the gates of Europe last year they called more than one million people requesting international protection, 15,000 of them did it in Spain.

 

 

"My name is Nour, and this is the story of my trip. We started in Libya, the country where I was born, a spring in which bombs flourished instead of flowers. I saw things that no child should see. I experienced things that no child should live. I have known fear, sadness and longing. But now I'm here to tell you it, because no human is illegal."


A group of 184 refugees arrived yesterday in Madrid on a flight from Athens, 164 of them were Syrian nationality and 20 Iraqis. The refugees, among them were 52 men, 44 women and 88 children, who will be welcomed in 17 cities of the Spanish territory. This initiative responds to the fulfilment of the EU's relocation program, and is the largest influx of refugees to Spain thus far.

According to UNHCR, in recent decades the number of LGBTI people turned into refugees and asylum seekers has increased. The High Commissioner recalls that there are still 77 countries around the world that criminalize same-sex relations, and seven that punished them with the death penalty. In many countries lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual or intersex people face discrimination and persecution.

Syria and Afghanistan, two countries with the biggest crisis of refugees today, lowers the number of asylum seekers from, this however grew in the third country from the list, South Sudan. According to data from UNHCR, 800,000 people have fled from the East African country only in 2016, with 3.3 million the total number of Sudanese exiles.

"Most of the world's refugees come to Europe".

Fact: The most refugee-friendly countries are not in Europe: Turkey, Pakistan and Lebanon. For example, according to UNHCR, 94% of Syrian refugees have fled to neighboring countries.

Art is a good tool to raise awareness, awaken empathy and make visible to the spectator realities such as the humanitarian crisis of refuge that we are living today. On World Refugee Day, we recall the initiatives within the different artistic areas that have been carried out in the last year in order to help us all to understand what it is to be a refugee. 

UNHCR celebrated this past 14th of June in the Instituto Cervantes the Madrid the Conference about Reception and Integration of Refugees in Spain. At the ceremony, which included representatives of teh Government, the United Nations, administrations and organizations such as the International Organization for Migration (ILO), the High Commissioner asked the Government for legal and safe channels for a call to solidarity.

Last Saturday, June 17, a demonstration took place in Madrid for the reception of refugees, convened by more than 100 organizations and which concentrated thousands of attendees, to remind the Government that Spain has only received 7.5% of the 17,337 refugees to Those who were promised  asylum.

On Saturday, June 16 at 12:00 at the Esplanade of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the ultra-pedestrian Óscar Pasarín will begin its challenge for refugee people: It will run 1,000 km in 8 days on an urban circuit around the Ría de Bilbao, Arenal and the Euskalduna Bridge, in what constitutes a new record.

Yesterday the International Symposium "The reception and inclusion of refugees: political, social and economic challenges and opportunities" took place, where representatives from several countries that have developed active policies in the area of ​​migration and asylum, such as Canada, Portugal and Sweden, have participated to share their experiences.

Brussels has opened infringement proceedings against three countries in Eastern Europe (Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic) for refusing to meet the reception quota for the asylum-seeker system established in 2015, designed to alleviate pressure The countries to which more refugees have come since that year, such as Greece and Italy.

CentroCentro, the Cultural and Citizenship Center in Madrid, will host on May 26th the exhibition "Welcome Science. In freedom lies knowledge", a project that seeks to make known to scientists exiled from the twentieth century to the present day, in order to raise awareness about the situation of refugees and what they can bring to society.

On June 14, World Refugee Day, the concert "Music breaks borders II" will take place in Seville, organized by associations such as Accem, UNHCR, CEAR, Movement Against Intolerance and Spanish Red Cross.

Amnesty International warns that the Moroccan authorities are denying access and assistance to humanitarian aid to a group of Syrian refugees who are trapped in a desert area on the border between Algeria and Morocco. Amongst the group there are at least 10 children, several pregnant women and two men who need urgent medical attention.

The Fine Arts Circle of Madrid, together with the association for refugees and migrants Accem, presents its XV Cycle of Refugees in the Cinema, with the purpose of sensitizing the spectators on the reality of the asylum from many different perspectives.

On June 8, the Jesuit Service to Migrants launched the 2016 Annual Report on Immigration Detention Centers in Spain (CIE), which marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of these institutions. The publication addresses the "poor" living conditions in which the inmates live and the "anguish generated by deprivation of liberty" prior to expulsion.

This Thursday, June 8, will be the presentation of the Report on Foreigners' Internment Centers (FIC). In 2016,25.66,  on average daily repatriations were prepared by the Jesuit Service of Migrants (SJM). Read the full report

The effects of climate change are affected each time more planet zones, with devastating results. Close to 64 million people have found in today’s low risk of becoming environmental refugees, according to United Nations figures, due to natural disasters such as floods, storms, droughts or desertification, or some other variant of climate change such as loss of crops, famine, overpopulation or conflict. 

Researchers and programmers of the Carnegie Mellow University of Pennsylvania have created an interactive map showing refugee flows that have taken place in the world between 2000 and 2015. With this project, they have sought to help people better understand the global refugee crisis and put it in perspective to extinguish myths.

Spanish cooperation, allied with private companies in the electricity sector, has presented the Shire Alliance project, which aims to provide electricity and electricity to the Adi-Harush refugee camp in Ethiopia. In 2014 there lived more than 34,000 people (according to UNHCR data), and since 2010 has no night lighting.

The Spanish Comissioner of the Helping Refugees (CEAR) denounced a “terrible humanitarian situation” which live more than 62,000 asylum-seekers trapped in Greece in a new report, presented last 26th, concluding that European Union policies have made the country "a refugee mousetrap".

Do you imagine the main political leaders as if they were refugees, evicted and homeless? The artist Abdalla Al Omari has portrayed some of them to see what they would look like if they were in the skin of vulnerable people like himself, who had to seek asylum in Belgium because of the war in his country. 

New technology can help humanitarian crises such as the current refugee crises. Many of them have access to their mobile phones and, as a result, it has promoted the idea of world volunteers to create applications that can be offered as help: from key information for their travels to translators, medical or legal assistance or help to reunite with their relatives.

International Amnesty, Oxfam Intermón, FundiPau and Greenpeace have started a campaign to denounce the export of Spanish arms and requires greater transparency, warning of these weapons that could contribute to committing violence on international rights in conflict like in Yemen.

"Syria has not always been at war": is the idea of which part the website created by UNHCR and Google, Searching for Syria, a project that explains how the country was before and after the conflict started in 2011 with the aim of approaching the dimensions of the current refugee crisis.

The ONU Agency for Refugees warns that the number of requests for asylum on sexual orientation has grown in Spain, while there is no official data since the Ministry of the Interior does not distinguish these requests. According to the organization, countries where more applicants arrive are Gambia, Cameroon, Morocco, Algeria and Venezuela.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed 186 dead and 14,000 affected in the last three weeks as a result of the cholera epidemic that has had an impact in Yemen, a country  that has been harmed due to armed conflict and famine. According to ACNUR figures, there are 200,000 refugees and 300,000 internally displaced. 

The campaign #VenidYa, backed by a hundred NGOs, aims to make pressure so that Spain, committed to hosting 17,337 refugees and who only has reached 7.5%, act to receive the 16,033 missing before the deadline, the 26th of September.

The conflict in the city of Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has forced 20,000 people to look for refuge in the neighboring state, Angola, following the Angolan authorities. This number is twice as high as the number of refugees registered one month ago. 

The collective Walking Bordersthat brings more than 15 years of work with immigrant communities, who have published the “Across the Border” report, a publication filled with field work. The authors´objective is to provide a voice for the foreigners whose rights are in a vulnerable state.

In the article titled “Arrival of the refugees” from May 3, the State Defense Department described his visit to the internment center that takes in approximately 400 migrants out of 4,000 in Trapani, one of the main pickup points in Italy. In this center, the refugees are given medical examinations and identifications in order to be distributed into other european countries, such as Germany, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and Holland. 

Once a refugee has entered a safe country and have their basic needs covered, the application for those seeking asylum in Spain comes with numerous obstacles especially when it comes to rent. These are mostly due to the situation that cause a  lack of housing and an increase in prices, the requirements imposed by owners and real estate and, in addition, cases of racial or xenophobic discrimination by those who rent.

The United Nations Commissioner for Refugees reported several problems that the Syrian refugees encountered when trying to access higher education in their host countries. The interruption in their studies was due to the unexpected fleeing caused by the outbreak of war. Some common issues  that reside in their new countries are  the lack of paperwork or not having a valid residence. These common obstacles difficult the enrolment and delay their studies.

According to figures provided by UNHCR, Canada received a total of 46,000 refugees in 2016, the highest number since 1976, when an Immigration Law was passed. It is the largest sample of altruism in the country in thirty years, the previous high of 1980, when the number of refugees received due to the collapse of South Vietnam was more than 40,000 people.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) warns that hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees are being sold in "slave markets" and exploited in Libya on their way from Africa to Italy. Men are forced to work or their families are asked for ransom, while women are sexually exploited.

Deportations of asylum seekers from Afghanistan by several European countries are increasing, according to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE). In recent weeks, three countries (Germany, Austria and Sweden) have deported a total of 44 refugees of that nationality by air, while Finland and the Netherlands have scheduled flights for this week.



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