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UNHCR - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Date of Publication: 
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) was initiated following the large-scale pop- ulation movements registered throughout Europe in 2015. During 2016, a further 347,000 refugees and mi- grants have arrived in Europe, in addition to the over one million refugees and migrants that undertook the perilous journey across the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. Most refugees and migrants have crossed by boat from Libya to Italy or from Turkey to Greece through the Aegean Sea. Both routes have proved more perilous during 2016 than in 2015. In 2016, 4,690 refugees and migrants died or were reported missing in the Mediterranean Sea, 25% more than in 2015.

In this context, the response during 2017 by humanitarian partners will primarily focus on the relatively static and increasing populations in Greece and Italy. The 2017 RMRP outlines the intended operational re- sponse and financial requirements. It presents a set of measures that will enable the humanitarian com- munity to contribute to the protection of refugees and vulnerable migrants, as well as the human rights of all people involved.

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Research & Analysis
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