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26 June 2018

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In the open truck, migrants vainly tried to shade their bodies from the sun. Photo by Liberian migrant Ju Dennis. Photo: AP Photo/Ju Dennis

UN Migration Agency “Greatly Concerned” by Reports of Migrants Stranded at Algeria-Niger Border

Posted on Tue. June 26, 2018​​

Geneva –  William Lacy Swing, Director General of  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said today that he was ”greatly concerned”  for the fate of migrants who find themselves stranded and left to fend for themselves in the no man’s land desert between Algeria and Niger.

“Irregular migrants, including many pregnant women and minors, should not be left without food or water or expected to walk  for miles in blistering 30-degree temperatures to seek safety in the desert,” he said.

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The IOM Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency to Select Next Director General on Friday

Posted on Tue. June 26, 2018​​

Geneva – On Friday, 29 June 2018, the Council of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Migration Agency, will convene in Geneva to hold a vote for the election of its next Director General.  

IOM’s current Director General, William Lacy Swing, will be stepping down after completing the second of two five-year terms.  

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  • NPR, and The Telegraph reported on more than 13,000 migrants leaving Algeria for Niger in the past 14 months, according to a new report by the Associated Press.
     
  • AFP reported that a total of 616 migrants on board some 20 vessels, including a kayak, were rescued Monday off the coast of Spain, the national rescue service said.
     
  • EU Observer reported that UNHCR is open to separating asylum seekers from economic migrants in proposals currently being bounced around among EU states and the European Commission.
     
  • The European Commission launched a global initiative with IOM called the Big Data for Migration Alliance (BD4M), to unlock the potential of big data sources and provide valuable insights related to migration.

  • CNBC reported that infamous British street artist Banksy is believed to be behind several migration-themed works in Paris, expressing his beliefs towards the migration crisis.
     
  • AFP reported that Guatemala Monday asked the US government to give its migrants Temporary Protected Status after the devastating Fuego volcano eruption.