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07 November 2017

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Corpses of 26 Trafficked Women Arrive in Italy, as Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 154,609 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,925

Posted on Tue. November 7, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 154,609 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 5 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder arriving in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 337,773 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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An HIV support group meets in the Bentiu PoC site. Photo: Amanda Nero / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017.

IOM Rolls Out Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Services in South Sudan Displacement Sites

Posted on Tue. November 7, 2017​

Juba – Thousands now have access to HIV/AIDS counselling, testing, and treatment in South Sudan since IOM, the UN Migration Agency completed the roll out of comprehensive services at the Bentiu, Malakal and Wau Protection of Civilian (PoC) sites in October 2017, benefiting an estimated population of 171,000 people, as well as the host community.

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IOM trained teams are using building materials donated by UKAid and UNCERF to repair roofs of moderately and heavily damaged homes of 400 vulnerable households. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

UN Migration Agency Supports Dominica Rebuilding Post-Hurricane Maria

Posted on Tue. November 7, 2017​

Dominica – Twenty teams of local tradesmen, carpenters, and assistants, all trained by IOM, the UN Migration Agency on safe construction skills, are rebuilding homes destroyed by hurricane Maria in Dominica. The teams are deployed in Wesley, Calibishi and Woodford Hill, three of the hardest-hit communities on the Caribbean island.

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Marie: "I wish we lived in a world where migration was a free choice, and that everybody would know what equality and dignity mean."
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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s 2017 TRIP Strategy Compendium features contributions from IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing and Florian G. Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management from page 164.


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Migration in the News


  • The Daily Star reported that with no food, money and in constant fear in Rakhine State, Rohingyas are still trickling into Bangladesh.
     
  • BBC reported about returns from Libya and community reintegration in Senegal.
     
  • BBC, UPI and AP reported that Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 female migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean last week as their remains arrived at the Italian port of Salerno.
     
  • The Mark News published an article by IOM’s Dina Ionesco who noted that sudden-onset disasters are displacing tens of millions every year, adding to the existing economic and political causes of mass migration.
     
  • Ghana News Agency reported that the World Meteorological Organization said that it is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record with many high-impact events like catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heat waves and drought.
     
  • South Africa’s Business Day reported that Zimbabweans are opting to flee the country with some migrating to Australia or Europe. For most ordinary Zimbabweans, South Africa still offers the best hope of a better life.
     
  • The Manila Bulletin reported that the Philippines will remain a friendly place not only for tourists but also refugees and asylum seekers. The country implements the Emergency Transit Mechanism, a cooperation agreement with UNHCR and IOM that allows for the immediate evacuation of refugees at risk of persecution.

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  • The Financial Times reported that start-ups and other companies, including many from the technology sector, are also getting involved in managing the biggest flow of displaced people since the second world war, triggering an explosion of social and technological innovation.
     
  • The Guardian published the work of Dutch photographer Joël van Houdt who has been documenting the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world.

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