Refugee

Impending winter and transit delays without adequate assistance poses real threat – MSF Thousands of refugees and migrants in the Balkans, stranded due to delays at border crossings and registration points, have been exposed to conditions that pose a real threat to their health as assistance fails...
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) was informed that MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) has decided to stop their current search and rescue operation on the Mediterranean Sea. As a result, MSF will no longer provide emergency medical assistance and post-rescue care on board the MY Phoenix as it has...
MSF has reinforced its teams on the Serbian side of the border to Hungary, following the closure of the border which is leading to a rapid increasing number of refugees being stranded on the Serbian side. Part of the MSF team that was working in Roszke (Hungary) for the last weeks is currently...
Open letter to European leaders (Copies sent to Switzerland, Norway, FYROM, Serbia and the President of the European Commission) We send you this letter today, together with a lifejacket belonging to one of the 15,000 people rescued at sea by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since May. This poor...
10 September saw the immediate closure of the Captain Elias camp on Kos island, a makeshift building where authorities have been directing refugees to stay while awaiting their registration papers. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who used the building for medical consultations, is expressing...
The MSF boats Dignity I and Bourbon Argos together with the MY Phoenix, operated jointly with MOAS, yesterday rescued 1,658 people in MSF’s biggest day of operations on the Mediterranean Sea since operations began on 2 May. In six separate rescue operations, the three search and rescue vessels...
In order to increase Tunisian fishermen’s capacity to carry out rescues at sea, MSF has carried out a six-day training with 116 local fishermen in the town of Zarzis. MSF is also carrying out trainings for the Tunisian and Libyan Red Crescents, the Tunisian Civil Protection service and the Tunisian...
An MSF mobile medical team operating in the Idomeni area on the border between Macedonia (FYROM) and Greece received ten people with wounds from stun grenades fired by Macedonian border troops on 21 August. The situation in the area is currently in a state of chaos, with 3000 migrants and refugees...
The situation on the island of Kos over the last two weeks has taken a sour turn as more than 7000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants arrived to the island over the month of July, a two-fold increase compared to June. In the absence of proper reception facilities, most have taken to put up tents...
The latest tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea on 5 August, in which hundreds of people drowned after a boat carrying up around 600 people capsized, underscores the severe lack of adequate search and rescue operations in the area, says Doctors Without Borders/Médécins Sans Frontières. The wooden boat...
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