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10 July 2018

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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing with Kuwait Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim. Photo: IOM

Kuwait Provides USD 10 Million to UN Migration Agency for Operations in Yemen 

Posted on Tue. July 10, 2018​​

Geneva – On Monday, 9 July, the State of Kuwait donated USD 10 million in support of the UN Migration Agency (IOM)’s humanitarian work in Yemen.

“Given the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen, the State of Kuwait is determined to support the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people through its collaboration with the international humanitarian organizations,” Ambassador Jamal Al-Ghunaim, Permanent Representative of the State of Kuwait to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, told IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing, during their meeting.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 47,637 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,422

Posted on Tue. July 10, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 47,637 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 8 July 2018. That total compares to 101,392 at this time last year, and over 239,492 at this time in 2016.

Arrivals to Italy, Greece and Spain are about even through 14 weeks. Italy, with 35 per cent of arrivals, remains the busiest destination, barely edging out Spain (34%) and Greece (30%). If these trends persist, Spain looks likely to have had the largest number of arrivals before summer’s end. 

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  • PRI reported that Bosnia is emerging as an alternative route for migrants who are trying to reach northern Europe via neighboring Croatia.
     
  • AP reported that in both the US and Europe, immigration is increasingly a key political fault line even though irregular border crossings are decreasing on both sides of the Atlantic.
     
  • APA reported that top government officials drawn from the ministries of labour and foreign affairs of all 55 African Union member states will meet in Nairobi, Kenya, for a two-day symposium to establish a roadmap to promote the rights of African migrant workers.
     
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that of the roughly 200,000 Rohingyas at risk of natural disasters during the upcoming monsoon, 35,000 have been moved to safety.
     
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Sun reported on how the country is surviving and living with climate change.
     
  • The Conversation published an op-ed which noted that a new plan to set up “controlled centres” to hold migrants once they arrive in EU territory risks bypassing due process and breaching fundamental human rights and international law.
     
  • University of Bristol reported that experts from the UN and other global organisations are meeting in Bristol this week to discuss how to improve the coverage, quality, analysis and reporting of migration data.

  • The Guardian reported that all four 2018 FIFA World Cup semi-finalists – Belgium, Croatia, England and France – all have one thing in common. Immigration.
     
  • Science Daily reported that people from smaller cities are more likely to migrate than people from larger cities, according to a new study by University College London academics.
     
  • Spain’s The Local reported that young migrants are scavenging at a Moroccan rubbish dump to survive while dreaming of life in nearby Spain.