Council of Europe Development Bank grants EUR 765,000 to support IOM Croatia's response to the migration crisis
From the beginning of the migration crisis in Croatia on 16 September 2015, more than 650,000 migrants and refugees entered and transited its territory. Fast transit rates posed a challenge for both the government’s and humanitarian agencies' efforts to provide adequate assistance to the migrants.
From 8-9 March 2016 IOM Croatia staff attended a two-day training focusing on counter-trafficking. The training was held at the WRTC in Slavonski Brod and was chaired by Ms. Irina Todorova, Migrant Assistance Division Regional Thematic Specialist (MAD RTS).
The objectives of the training were to provide the participants with an overview of the IOM Migrant Assistance Portfolio and IOM Policy on Protection. Moreover, it provided an insight into current trends and responses, case management and available data collection and analysis tools.
On 7 March 2016, the EU Heads of State or Government held a summit with Turkey to strengthen their cooperation on the migration and refugee crisis. European Council President Donald Tusk chaired the meeting and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu represented Turkey. The meeting was followed by an informal meeting of the members of the European Council.
Turkey introduced new demands, as follows: