News Highlights: Renewed offensive from Eritrea feared in Tigray, More refugees face unsafe Mediterranean routes, Frontex fails to provide information

In this week’s news highlights: Fear for civilians, refugees and forced conscripts as threats emerge of renewed offensive from Eritrea on Tigray; Allegations of mass sexual violence in Tigray; Tigray’s population in severe humanitarian crisis; Renewed violence in Darfur, Sudan; Ethiopian journalist found dead in Tigray; UNHCR warns of acute risks for refugees and migrants on Mediterranean routes; Departures from Tunisia overtake departures from Libya in 2020; 80 migrants and refugees returned to Libya, 300 returned so far this year; Frontex fails to provide information in internal pushback investigation; More than 370 rescued refugees land in Sicily; EU-Turkey meeting on migration; Two smugglers jailed over the deaths of Vietnamese people locked in a lorry truck; Danish Prime Minister wants zero refugees; Lowest number of refugee resettlement in twenty years.

News Highlights: First shipwreck of the year off Libya, Frontex Director under scrutiny, Desperate humanitarian needs in Tigray

In this week’s news highlights: Dire needs as population and refugees in Tigray region face hunger and starvation; Amidst relocation, refugees at Sudanese border require supplies; Witness report of killings in Axum; At least 43 sea casualties off Libyan shores; Frontex Director under pressure amidst allegations of illegal pushbacks and misleading MEPs; EU Court of Justice rules it prohibited to deport minors without ensuring adequate reception services; IOM advocates reform of European migration policy under current EU Presidency; Major COVID-19 outbreak among asylum seekers in Kent barracks; 150 migrants and refugees attempted to climb over the fence into the Spanish enclave Melilla; Long-term accommodation needed in Bosnia and Herzegovina for refugees and migrants; 1.3 millions of migrants left the UK in one year; In the fight against COVID-19, vaccination for refugees and migrants are critical; Migration expected in 2020 falls short due to COVID-19. 

For frequent updates about the situation in the Horn, please see the EEPA Horn situation reports.