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Mediterranean Situation
Refugees and migrants continue to take their chances aboard unseaworthy boats and dinghies in a desperate bid to reach Europe. The majority of those attempting this dangerous crossing are in need of international protection, fleeing war, violence and persecution in their country of origin. Every year these movements continue to exact a devastating toll on human life.

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UN Chiefs Call for International Solidarity to Address Migrant and Refugee Flows in Libya

UNHCR - IOM - OHCHR, 10 Feb 2017

Switzerland – The Director-General of the International Organization for Migration William Lacy Swing, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Libya Martin Kob... Read more


UNHCR Statement on the Senior Officials’ Meeting on Migration in Valetta

UNHCR, 10 Feb 2017

Brussels, 10 February 2017- UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomed today renewed commitments taken at this week’s Senior Officials’ Meeting on migration in Valletta, Malta, and called for the full inclusion of refugees in all migration-related EU actions. “I am encouraged by the reiterated engagem... Read more


Joint UNHCR and IOM statement on addressing migration and refugee movements along the Central Mediterranean route

UNHCR - IOM, 02 Feb 2017

Ahead of the informal meeting of the European Council in Valletta tomorrow, we call on European leaders to take decisive action to address the tragic loss of life on the Central Mediterranean route and the deplorable conditions for migrants and refugees in Libya. To better protect refugees and migr... Read more


UNHCR conducts training on Refugee Law for the Libyan Coastguard and Navy

UNHCR, 01 Feb 2017

Tunis, Tunisia – 1 February 2017. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is conducting a two-week course on human rights and refugee law for the Libyan Coastguard and Navy. The training is being held on an Italian ship crossing the Mediterranean Sea. “This training represents an important opportunity t... Read more


Recommendations to Malta and Estonia for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

UNHCR, 30 Dec 2016

The Republic of Malta and the Republic of Estonia will successively hold the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) in 2017 in a challenging context. In 2015, over one million refugees and migrants undertook dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea in search of safety. The capa... Read more

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Sea arrivals
Last updated 23 Feb 2017
2016 sea arrivals
Last updated 31 Dec 2016
Source - Government 
Dead and missing
Last updated 23 Feb 2017

  Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan for Europe (January to December 2017)

  Weekly Report - Europe

  Italy Country Update - December 2016


As 300,000 cross Mediterranean this year, UNHCR calls for admission pathways for refugees and speedy relocation out of Italy and Greece
20 Sep 2016
Greek Volunteers share UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award
06 Sep 2016
6,800 people rescued off the coasts of Libya in 54 different SAR events between 29 and 30 August.
30 Aug 2016
How media framed Mediterranean tragedies: an analysis:
30 Aug 2016
... Atletas refugiados se presentan ante el Comité Olímpico Internacional: “Es el inicio de nuestras vidas”, afirma corredor sursudanés
03 Aug 2016
End of large scale pre-registration on mainland Greece
01 Aug 2016


IOM Portal - Routes
Migration flows - Europe
UNHCR Greece website
UNHCR Greece website
Mixed Migration Hub - North Africa
The MHub is the public platform of the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, a joint initiative of UNHCR, DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS and UNODC.
UNHCR Spain website
UNHCR Spain website
Malta Asylum trends
Statistics and Analysis of Asylum Applications and Decisions - Malta


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