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07 September 2017

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UN Migration Agency Launches New Missing Migrants Website

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency has launched its new Missing Migrants Project website: https://missingmigrants.iom.int/. The Missing Migrants Project tracks migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, who have died or gone missing while migrating to an international destination.

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Marco Minniti said Italy has defended his dialogue with tribal leaders to reduce the numbers seeking to cross the Mediterranean. Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo

Italian Minister Defends Methods that Led to 87% Drop in Migrants from Libya

The Guardian (Rome)  – In his eight months in office, Marco Minniti, the austere Italian interior minister, has overseen a huge reduction in the number of African migrants and refugees reaching Italian shores from Libya, writes the Guardian’s Diplomatic editor Patrick Wintour.

At the last count in August, the figure was 87 per cent down on the previous year.

A former communist with deep connections with Italian intelligence and the levers of the Italian state, Minniti is one of the most controversial politicians in Europe. His success in reducing migrant flows has won him praise and popularity on the right and notoriety on parts of the left.

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6 Reasons Why Data Governance is the First Step to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Linkedin (IOM)  – Data governance is probably the least visible factor of effective data- driven approaches to programming. However, it is the most impactful such that when done and if done right, the returns of having a robust Data Governance strategy are immeasurable.

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Nahil: “Even if you have everything and are enjoying your life abroad, you will always feel like a stranger.”
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Migration in the News

  • The New York Times, Voice of America and CNN reported that the European Union’s top court ruled that Hungary and Slovakia were obligated to accept migrants under a quota system.
  • The Hindustan Times ran an article explaining the history of the Rohingya Muslims.
  • AP reported that aid agencies were struggling to cope with the nonstop arrivals of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh.
  • IPS reported that while refugees get global attention, Ethiopia’s internally displaced people are being overlooked and are in desperate need of international assistance.
  • Nigeria Today reported that 121 stranded Nigerians, including two pregnant women, returned home with assistance from IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Back in 2015, the Globe and Mail reported on a ‘lucky few’ Rohingya who had gained refugee status in Canada, after enduring horrific journeys, lost friends and left loved ones behind in Myanmar.
  • The Guardian shared the story of Brian White, a student who faced losing his place at Oxford University because of uncertainty over his immigration status and recently won his battle to remain in Britain indefinitely.


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