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26 May 2017

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 60,521 in 2017; Deaths: 1,530
Posted on Fri. May 26, 2017

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 60,521 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 24 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 193,333 arrivals across the region through 21 May 2016. 

IOM Rome reported that, through 24 May this year, 50,267 migrants or refugees have landed in Italy (See chart below), however that does not include all the men, women and children who are believed to have been rescued over the past 48 hours.

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Displaced children in Hammam al-Aleel Camp some of the thousands continuing to flee Mosul. Photo: IOM/ Hala Jaber

Thousands Continue to Flee West Mosul: UN Migration Agency
Posted on Fri. May 26, 2017

Iraq - An average of 10,000 individuals are fleeing from West Mosul and arriving daily at the transit Zone in Hamam al-Alil, according to the military and camp management there.

Last Thursday (May 18) the number of people fleeing West Mosul peaked when some 16,100 individuals passed through the Hamam al-Alil screening site, according to government figures. It was the largest official daily movement of people since the Mosul operation began on October 17, 2016.

With gruelling high temperatures during the day most opt to make the trip in the cooler hours of the night,  leaving and walking several hours before reaching the nearest military checkpoints.

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