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The UN Migration Agency (IOM) Media Briefing | 4 July 2017
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“i am a migrant” is part of the UN TOGETHER initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for those who have left home in search of a better life. More here

Carol: "I am lucky that nobody hurt me. I never saw the others again. People need to know what this route is like; they need to know the truth."
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2017 Global Migration Film Festival: Call for Entries. Promote the film festival and our call for film submissions.


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“A welcoming attitude and humane assistance to all arriving migrants regardless of their legal status is the best, and only way, to start a mutually beneficial process.” –  Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director. Read more here.

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UN Migration Agency Calls for Stronger Rescue Cooperation and Solidarity with Italy
Posted on Tue. July 4, 2017

Switzerland - Ahead of this week’s informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) urges European Union (EU) Member States to reinvigorate cooperation in the shared interest of saving more lives in the Mediterranean, and to help Member States on the EU’s southern border to receive, assist and accommodate people rescued at sea.

“Starting with Mare Nostrum, Italy has consistently shown its will and determination to deploy the means and capacities to save lives and handle the hundreds of thousands of people arriving at its shores over the past several years across the Mediterranean, and in the process, have saved several hundred thousands of lives,” said IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 101,210 in 2017; 2,247 Deaths
Posted on Tue. July 4, 2017

Switzerland - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 101,210 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 3 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 231,503 arrivals across the region through 3 July 2016.

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UN Migration Agency Launches New Assisted Voluntary Return, Reintegration Map in Egypt
Posted on Tue. July 4, 2017

Egypt – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Egypt launched its revamped Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) Map (http://avrr.eg.iom.int/) on 4 July 2017 to provide policymakers, development partners, civil society, private sector, academia and the donor community with updated information on stranded Egyptian migrants who opted to return home voluntarily and non-Egyptian migrants wishing to voluntarily return to their home countries.

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