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03 July 2018

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UN Migration Agency Presents Recommendations to Incoming EU Council Presidency, Austria

Posted on Tue. July 3, 2018​​

Brussels – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has put forward three recommendations to the incoming Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union that are based on our view that better migration governance –  national, regional and global – benefits the entire migration spectrum: migrants, their home countries and the countries of destination, and requires political courage, evidence-based vision, and a human-centred approach.

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’Holding On' exhibition showcases the stories of internally displaced people by asking them to reflect on their most cherished possessions.

IOM to Unveil New Virtual Reality Exhibition about Internal Displacement in Geneva

Posted on Tue. July 3, 2018​​​

Geneva – On Friday (06/07), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will unveil its new exhibition ‘Holding On’ between 13:00 and 14:00 at the Palais des Nations. The exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement (GP20) and features two personal stories from Nigeria.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 45,808 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,405

Posted on Tue. July 3, 2018​​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 45,808 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 1 July, with just around 36 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (29%) and Spain (34%). A small number of arrivals have been reported landing this year to Cyprus and Malta, 47 and 243 migrants, respectively, or less than 1% of all Mediterranean Sea arrivals. 

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  • Reuters reported that more than 1,000 people have drowned in the Mediterranean this year sailing from Libya to Europe.
     
  • AFP reported that Malta has stopped a second migrant rescue ship from leaving its port just days after another charity boat was impounded after it docked in Malta carrying more than 200 migrants on Wednesday.
     
  • AFP reported that nearly 9,000 migrants have returned home from Libya through a voluntary programme over the past six months.
     
  • UN News reported that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on Monday, declaring that “nothing could have prepared me for the scale of the crisis and extent of suffering” he witnessed there.
     
  • AP reported that a life vest or the inflated inner-tube of a tire are among the few items that migrants carry these days when they arrive on the shores of southern Spain. Identity documents and, increasingly, cellphones make the trip.
     
  • Xinhua reported that China welcomes Portugal's former deputy prime minister Antonio Vitorino being elected as director general of IOM, a foreign ministry spokesperson said Monday.
     
  • The Hill published an op-ed noting that the United States and the United Nations took important steps to respond to the growing humanitarian crisis and increase international pressure to end ongoing human rights violations in Venezuela.
     
  • The Gambia’s The Point reported that the Youth Empowerment Project-The Gambia, a youth empowerment agency, organized a day’s symposium on irregular migration and entrepreneurship in Banjulinding.

  • Strait Times reported that the second floor of a shophouse at Rowell Road is a place where hundreds of Singapore’s migrant workers gather to collect tokens to exchange for meals.
     
  • Al Jazeera reported that child marriage among Syrian refugee children is on the rise. The report shared the stories of two girls who told about their lives as young wives and mothers.