News by region: Europe


Backlogs and brutal weather put refugee and migrant children at risk in Europe – UNICEF

20 January – As the extreme cold weather and storms continue to sweep Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, refugee and migrant children are threatened by respiratory and other serious illnesses, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.


UN agencies, partners launch new plan to address plight of refugees and migrants in Europe

19 January – The United Nations refugee and migration agencies along with a host of partners today unveiled a new strategy and appeal to help address the challenges confronting hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants in Europe.


UN refugee agency lauds Europe's rescue efforts in Mediterranean amid 'tragic start' to New Year

16 January – The United Nations refugee agency praised the Italian Coastguard in coordination with Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, for rescuing some 1,500 people from boats on the Mediterranean struggling in rough weather throughout the weekend.


More than 90 per cent of children reaching Italy’s shores are separated or unaccompanied – UNICEF

13 January – Noting that the number of children arriving in Italy by themselves via the sea in 2016 more than doubled over the previous year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today called for urgent and special measures to protect them from trafficking, exploitation and abuse.


International conference is ‘watershed moment’ for Cyprus negotiations – UN envoy

13 January – Speaking in Geneva a day after the start of a United Nations-supported Conference on Cyprus, a UN advisor said the open and frank exchanges at the meeting’s opening confirmed two things: “first that there are difficult issues to overcome; and second that there is a will to overcome them.”


More must be done to assist, protect freezing refugees and migrants in Europe – UN agency

13 January – The United Nations refugee agency is urging European authorities to step up support and security for refugees migrants facing harsh winter conditions, particularly amid reports that people have frozen trying to enter or move across Europe.


'Cyprus can be symbol of hope' the world badly needs, says UN chief Guterres as conference opens

12 January – A United Nations-supported conference on Cyprus opened in Geneva today, bringing together the Greek Cypriot and the Turkish Cypriot leaders in a dialogue chaired by Secretary-General António Guterres.


Cyprus talks ‘on track’ ahead of international conference – UN envoy

11 January – As the United Nations-facilitated talks on Cyprus went into their third day in Geneva ahead of an international conference tomorrow, the UN adviser on the issue has said the discussions are “on track” and while there is still much hard work to do, an “historic” outcome could be reached as part of ongoing reunification efforts.


Migrants battling exposure as freezing temperatures grip Europe, warns UN agency

11 January – Sounding the alarm over the situation of thousands of migrants, asylum seekers and others enduring extreme cold conditions across Europe and Eastern Mediterranean, the United Nations migration agency has appealed for immediate action to save them from freezing to death.


This is the ‘moment of truth’ says UN envoy ahead of international conference on Cyprus

9 January – Speaking ahead of an international conference on Cyprus, the United Nations Special Adviser on the country stressed that the coming days would be crucial for the resolution of the remaining matters, and said that while the path ahead is “going to be difficult,” a solution is possible.