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09 October 2018

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2018 Nobel Peace Laureates Dr. Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad. Ms. Murad became a prominent activist against sexual violence after IOM resettled her in Germany. Illustration: Niklas Elmehed/Nobel Media

IOM Congratulates Nobel Peace Laureates Nadia Murad and Dr. Denis Mukwege

Erbil – The UN Migration Agency, IOM, congratulates the 2018 Nobel Peace Laureates Dr. Denis Mukwege, a Congolese doctor and advocate, and Nadia Murad, a prominent Yazidi human rights activist, for their efforts to end the scourge of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

For Ms. Murad, the prize comes more than three years after she escaped her ISIL captors in Iraq and resettled to Germany as part of the Humanitarian Admission Programme, jointly implemented by the German State of Baden-Württemberg and IOM Iraq, in close partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq.  

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 86,436 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,783

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 86,436 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 7 October, with 39,445 to Spain, the leading destination this year. In fact, since late September’s arrivals were reported, Spain in 2018 has now received via the Mediterranean more irregular migrants than it did throughout all the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 combined.

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IOM staff are present in the facilities to ensure safe and functional accommodation conditions. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Houses Over 2,000 Vulnerable Migrants, Refugees Transferred from Aegean Islands

Athens — From 1 July through 5 October IOM, the UN Migration Agency, provided safe accommodation to 2,272 vulnerable migrants and refugees who were transferred from the North-eastern Aegean islands to mainland facilities by the Greek government. Some 889 children, 393 girls and 496 boys were among those relocated from the islands in efforts to ease the strain on island capacity and hardship for these groups. 

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  • AFP reported that Morocco's Royal Navy has rescued 615 migrants from 31 boats that ran into trouble in the Mediterranean over the weekend while trying to reach Spain.

  • Info Migrants reported that Slovakian Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said that his country may accept several Syrian orphans.

  • The Libya Observer reported that the Undersecretary of the Libyan Ministry of Interior for Migration, Mohammed Al-Shibani, stressed the need to cooperate with international organizations during his meeting with IOM officials.

  • Gulf News reported that Saeed Al Kaabi, UAE’s Humanitarian Operations Director for Yemen, has met with representatives from a number of organisations working in Yemen to discuss a joint humanitarian response in the conflict-ridden country.

  • Harare 24 and Zimbabwe’s Pindula reported that Zimbabwe and South Africa are exploring ways of regularising legal labour migration between the two countries to curb the exploitation of undocumented migrants.

  • Xinhua reported that a top official in Iraq's eastern province of Diyala said that over 10,000 displaced families are still unable to return home because of security concerns and a lack of infrastructure.

  • The Guardian reported that migrants in Riace, Italy’s ‘hospitality town’, are fighting to save mayor Domenico Lucano who gave them a new home and revitalised his community by welcoming foreigners.

  • WARC reported on research which found that new migrants in Australia are optimistic that their financial situation is going to become significantly better. This motivation sees migrants quickly become sophisticated consumers, offering big opportunities for brands.