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29 August 2017

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Italian Coast Guard rescues migrants and refugees bound for Italy. File photo: IOM / Francesco Malavolta 2014

No Migrant Deaths at Sea in Last 20 Days as Mediterranean Arrivals Reach 121,517 for 2017

Posted on Tue. August 29, 2017

Geneva – Since 9 August, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has not received any reports of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. The total count for Mediterranean Sea fatalities has remained at 2,410 for 20 days. Just 19 deaths have been recorded in the region so far in all of August by IOM, a sharp drop from the 689 recorded in August 2015 and 62 last year. 

Some 121,517 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 27 August. This compares with 272,612 arrivals across the region through 27 August 2016. On Monday (28/08), 134 migrants were rescued at sea off Tripoli. So far in 2017, 13,282 migrants have been rescued in Libyan waters.

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The UN Migration Agency (IOM) provides lifesaving equipment to Libyan authorities as part of a wider intervention to strengthen the Government’s humanitarian capacity. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Increases Support for Migrants Rescued off Libyan Coast

Posted on Tue. August 29, 2017

Tripoli – IOM, the UN Migration Agency this week (27-28/08) met with Libyan authorities in Tunis to discuss an initial workplan and the establishment of a coordination body to facilitate rescues at sea. Libyan agencies taking part included the Libyan Coast Guard, the Libyan Red Crescent, the Passport Investigation Department and the General Department for Coast Security and the Border Points.

IOM has provided computer literacy classes and lifesaving equipment to Libyan authorities as part of a wider intervention to strengthen the Government’s humanitarian capacity. Participants have come from the Libyan Coast Guard (LCG), the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), as well as the General Department for Coast Security in Azzawya and Zuwara. The classes aim to improve documentation of sea rescue operations, including the registration of migrants at disembarkation points. Thirty participants took part, all involved in rescue operations.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, AP, Voice of America and The Guardian reported that African and European leaders on Monday backed proposals to screen asylum seekers in Africa as a way to prevent thousands from taking perilous journeys across the Mediterranean. UN Radio spoke to IOM’s Leonard Doyle who said African states that are transit countries need the EU's help if the issue of irregular migration is to be resolved.

  • The Guardian published an editorial which noted that Europe’s strategies must not amount to pushing the problem further away from its shores; rather, it should play a prominent part in solving the migration and refugee crisis. 

Trending on the Internet

  • Quartz reported that millennials in the US are more accepting of refugees than many of their peers elsewhere, according to a World Economic Forum survey of people aged 18 to 35. 

  • The Daily Mail reported that the United Nations called Monday for the immediate release of the most vulnerable migrants held in Libya, many of whom have been subjected to appalling human rights abuses including “extreme violence.”


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