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21 April 2017

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IOM’s first International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York since joining the UN last year. Photo: IOM/John Walder

IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration Sets Stage for Global Compact on Migration Consultations 
Posted on Fri. April 21, 2017

United States - IOM’s first International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, since joining the UN last year, took place on 18 and 19 April.

Under the theme Strengthening International Cooperation on and Governance of Migration towards the Adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration in 2018, the IDM gathered over 300 representatives of States, civil society and other key actors from all relevant sectors.

Participants discussed recommendations to build coherence within and between the various levels of migration governance, promote cooperation mechanisms on migration, and identify concrete elements for a comprehensive global migration framework.

The two-day workshop was also an opportunity for States and all relevant migration actors to frame the core objectives for the global compact, and ground it in the existing normative structures and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

“The Global Compact presents an historical opportunity to achieve a world in which migrants move as a matter of genuine choice rather than necessity; a world of opportunity to migrate through safe, orderly and regular channels; and a world in which migration is well governed and is able to act as a positive force for individuals, societies and States,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in his opening remarks.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Approach 43,000 in 2017; Deaths: 962      
Posted on Fri. April 21, 2017

Switzerland - IOM reports that 42,974 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 April, over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 205,613 through the 19 April 2016.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported Thursday (20 April) that over 8,360 migrants have been rescuedand brought to Italy since rescue operations were carried out on the high seas between Friday and Sunday (14-16 April). He reported migrants had been traveling on 55 separate rubber dinghies – each carrying anywhere from 110 to150 people – as well as at least three large wooden vessels, carrying 200, 250 and 500 people respectively.

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Migration in the News

  • Zeit Online spoke with IOM’s Leonard Doyle on the dire situation of African migrants in Libya who described how migrants are exploited, enslaved, trafficked, and tortured by smugglers who enrich themselves under the cover of the currently unstable political situation in the country.
  • ANSA Med reported on Eritrean Catholic priest Mussie Zerai’s call on Italy to annul its agreement on migration with Libya.
  • Daily Sabah reported that a growing number of migrants are attempting the crossing to Europe in flimsy, overcrowded boats as the spring weather improves.
  • EFE reported that the United States government's plans for mass deportations of undocumented migrants could trigger further social disruption in Central America's Northern Triangle.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reports about Pakistani migrant workers who shared their stories of abuse and exploitation in Greece.
  • The Guardian reports that a medical charity, Doctors of the World UK, has launched a campaign against government guidance that “makes border guards of doctors” by allowing authorities to access details of undocumented migrants who seek National Health Service treatment.

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