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27 April 2022

Hello, and welcome to the news and tools delivery from EDJNet.

After reporting on the backlog of the European asylum systems in the wake of the war in Ukraine, we come back to the topic by looking at how many Ukrainian refugees are there in the European Union, and where they are, thanks to OBC Transeuropa's Gianluca De Feo.

Earlier this month we published two new articles by El Orden Mundial on the sustainability of data centres in Europe and on the controversial relations between Big Tech companies and the EU when it comes to cloud computing services. Both pieces come within the context of PANELFIT, a project that is reaching its final stage, as we explain in this video.

Lastly, a new chapter of the EU Trust Fund for Africa investigation led by Deutsche Welle was published, this time with a focus on Germany.

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How many Ukrainian refugees are there in the European Union – and where?

Since the beginning of the war, over 5 million people have fled Ukraine. Making use of the available data, OBC Transeuropa tried to figure out where they are going, and which were the countries that already hosted the largest Ukrainian communities before the war.

  • Poland is the country that has so far welcomed the highest number of Ukrainian refugees: almost 3 million.
  • Some of the EU countries not bordering Ukraine have begun to communicate official data relating to the arrivals of Ukrainian refugees: almost 380,000 reached Germany, and more than 100,000 Italy.
  • Before the war, Italy, Germany and Poland were the countries that hosted almost 60% of the approximately 1.2 million Ukrainians who lived in the EU: there were, respectively, 246,000, 241,500, and 218,700 Ukrainian citizens.
  • In Italy and Germany, Ukrainians made up 3.9% and 1.8% of the total number of foreigners residing in the territory, while in Poland this percentage was much higher: 33%. In addition to purely geographical reasons, this may partially explain why so many Ukrainians have sought refuge in Poland.
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Other stories  

European cloud services: Big Tech’s profits grow thanks to public sector contracts

José Luis Marín | El Orden Mundial

The giants of Silicon Valley are taking in 70% of the profits generated by cloud computing in Europe. Despite the problems thrown up by GDPR, some of this money continues to flow through beefy public contracts.

Data centres: the last great tech threat to energy sustainability

José Luis Marín | El Orden Mundial

The energy needs of these physical infrastructure, where much of the world’s digital information is stored, have grown exponentially in recent years. While business has been booming, so have concerns about their sustainability and the environmental threats that data centres present.

How Germany manages EU funds in Africa

Kira Schacht | Deutsche Welle

Germany is the biggest state donor to the European Union's Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, which was established in 2015 to curb irregular migration to the EU. Where did that money go? And what comes next?
This article is part of our data unit on the EU Trust Fund for Africa.

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From our partners at the European Data News Hub


Russian gas stop clouds outlook for solar panel supplier

In a glassworks in Tschernitz, a stone's throw from the border with Poland, the roar of the furnaces cannot drown out worried whispers about Russian gas supplies to Germany being cut off.

Five challenges for Macron in new term

French President Emmanuel Macron faces a daunting range of tasks after defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen and winning a new term at the Elysee Palace.

Tools and Tips

An online interface for associating latitude/longitude coordinates with administrative units

Maps are becoming more and more central to the journalistic narrative of international geopolitical events. Latlon2map is a tool developed by OBC Transeuropa's Giorgio Comai that you may find useful if you have a spreadsheet with longitude and latitude columns and would like to have a look at those data on a map, or associate them with administrative units across Europe.
Here's a medium post that explains how the tool works.

You can access the online tool here > 

From the European data journalism community

 Conference  Dataharvest 2022
This year edition of Dataharvest – the European Journalism Conference – will take place in Mechelen, Belgium, on May 19-22. Some EDJNet members will hold talks. More information about them will follow in the next issues of the newsletter and on Twitter.
👉 Only 500 tickets are available, get yours here.

 Grant  Stars4Media NEWS
Stars4Media NEWS is a pan-European funding and coaching programme that supports European news organisations to achieve long term business and newsroom transformation. The third edition of the programme will offer up to €100,000 per project, including up to €88,000 cash support and in-kind tailored coaching and training.
👉 Application deadline: 30 June 2022. Learn how to apply here.

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