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14 February 2018

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Two Ethiopian migrants travelling across the border into Djibouti. © IOM

World Migration: How Much Do You Know?

Geneva (IOM)  –  So how much do you really know about world migration? Watch this video that presents key numbers and facts about migration discussed in the World Migration Report (WMR) 2018. It also challenges misconceptions on migration often circulated in various media.

Watch video | Download the WMR 2018 here

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Italian emigrants depart Naples aboard an ICEM (IOM predecessor) flight in 1956. © IOM


Rehmat: "I strongly believe that I am now ready to go back home and restart my new life."

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Migration in the News

  • Ghana News Agency reported that IOM’s Paul Dillon encouraged the media to intensify public education on the advantages and risks of irregular migration during the media training in Accra.
  • KTAR reported that the number of migrants who died trying to cross the US-Mexico border rose last year despite a significant drop in border apprehensions.
  • EU Observer reported that around 20,000 people left Libya for their home countries last year under an EU-funded programme, but the project had planned for far fewer, triggering problems for some returnees.
  • Xinhua reported that 8,154 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first six weeks of 2018, less than the 12,358 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.
  • Business Insider and Wall Street Journal reported that Venezuela's deepening turmoil has spurred mass migration to the rest of the region, with about 3 million people having fled the country to escape chronic shortages of food and other necessities.
  • North Africa Post and Morocco World News reported that IOM has saved 1,000 Sub-Saharan migrants abandoned by Algerian authorities in the desert in harsh conditions.
  • Xinhua reported that about 12,500 Afghan refugees had returned or been deported from neighboring Pakistan and Iran during the period of Feb. 4-10.
  • Urdu Point reported that around 800,000 unregistered Afghan refugees have been documented under the Afghan Citizen Card project introduced after the approval of the Federal Cabinet to give them identity.
  • The New Nation reported that the stability, peace and development of Rakhine State are absolutely critical for entire Myanmar to become stable, peaceful and developed, says a Myanmar government report.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that Europe’s policy of using overseas aid to persuade people to stay in their own countries has been challenged by research suggesting the strategy may instead encourage migration. Read the full paper here.
  • News Deeply shared the story of a former refugee who then became an aid worker who says that his experience proves that aid works.



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