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07 September 2018

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 71,779 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,565

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 71,779 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 5 September, with 31,040 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 125,613 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 289,681 through a similar point (6 September) in 2016. 

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IOM Regional Director Argentina Szabados interviewed by media during the conference. Photo: IOM

“Focus on People” IOM Regional Director Tells Key Academic Conference in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Ohrid  With over one billion people on the move globally, and 250 million international migrants, the scale of the migration phenomenon often masks the fact that every migrant has a unique story. This was the theme of a keynote speech delivered by IOM’s Regional Director Argentina Szabados on Wednesday (05/09) at a conference organized by one of Central Europe’s leading universities.

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  • IISD reported on the results of a pilot study by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) which disaggregates migration data using census records.
  • Benar News reported on cases of Rohingya girls who go missing in the crowded refugee camps of south-eastern Bangladesh.
     
  • Rudaw reported that the number of displaced Iraqis has dropped below 2 million for the first time in four years; some 4 million people have returned to their homes.
  • Newsy reported about Iraqi girls sharing their life experiences through visual storytelling.
     
  • Radio Tamazuj reported that an inter-agency humanitarian convoy has reached Baggari area in Wau State, South Sudan for the first time since it was cut off in June because of renewed fighting.
     
  • Gulf News reported that Spain's parliament approved a draft law which restores free healthcare for undocumented migrants, a right removed in 2012.
     
  • Anadolu Agency reported that the Istanbul-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation has provided aid to over one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh over the past year.
     
  • The Daily Star reported that many Bangladeshi migrant workers who have returned home after being tortured and harassed at their workplaces abroad are in dire need of psychosocial counselling.

  • Xinhua reported that Greece and France have agreed on initiatives to tackle a series of common challenges, especially migration.
     
  • Irish Times reported that hundreds of discarded tents from this year’s Electric Picnic music festival have been delivered to homeless migrants in Calais.