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28 November 2017

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Migrant Drownings Top 3,000 for 4th Straight Year, Despite Reduced Migrant Crossings of Mediterranean

Posted on Tue. November 28, 2017

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency, is reporting that a grim weekend of death has resulted in the confirmation of at least 3,000 migrant or refugee deaths on Mediterranean Sea routes through 26 November 2017, marking the fourth consecutive year that IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) has reported this total.

Deaths across the Mediterranean since the October 2013 Lampedusa tragedy – a shipwreck that took the lives of over 360 victims – now have surpassed 15,000, or more than 50 per cent of all migrant and refugee deaths worldwide over these last four years.

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“Our Organization is taking a leading role in increasing the access to this critical information in order to strengthen counter-trafficking interventions,” said IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing. Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero

Family Members Linked to Nearly Half of Child Trafficking: New IOM, Polaris Data

Posted on Tue. November 28, 2017​

Geneva – Almost half of identified cases of child trafficking begin with some family member involvement, according to new data released by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

These statistics, which are critical to human trafficking prevention efforts and the identification and protection of survivors, are based on data released by The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), the world’s first human trafficking data portal to include such data contributed by multiple agencies.

The extent of family involvement in the trafficking of children is up to four times higher than in cases of adult trafficking, suggesting the need for more prevention efforts specifically targeting children and their families. In addition, boys are more likely to be recruited by a family member than girls.

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A woman waits to receive humanitarian aid with her child, having arrived in the Rohingya refugee settlement only moments before. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2017

Violence Drives Further 1,800 Rohingya Refugees to Cross to Bangladesh as Pope Appeals for Tolerance

Posted on Tue. November 28, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – In just three months an estimated 624,251 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, fleeing violence and oppression in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State. Of these, over 1,800 have arrived in the past seven days. This brings the total population of Rohingya seeking safety in the district to over 836,000. 

“Although the number of people arriving is far lower than the first few weeks of the crisis, hundreds of refugees continue to cross the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar daily,” said Andrew Lind, the UN Migration Agency (IOM)’s Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar. “People are still arriving in the settlements with horrifying accounts of physical and sexual abuse, harassment and murder. All of them fear for family members left behind in Myanmar,” he added.

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Migration in the News

  • Xinhua reported that France has requested a Security Council meeting for Wednesday on human trafficking and the selling of African migrants as slaves in Libya.
  • NBC News reported that more than 15,200 children arrived alone in Europe this year after completing dangerous migrant journeys.
  • IPS reported that many migrant performers are spicing up Johannesburg’s Heritage Day celebrations, organized each year by Inqama, a Zimbabwean youth cultural group headquartered in Johannesburg.
  • Los Angeles Times reported about a man’s quest to raise money to build a new cemetery for migrants who died on their way to Europe.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that at least 171,000 civilians and their host communities have benefitted from the recent expansion of HIV/AIDS services conducted by IOM.
  • Jordan Times reported about IOM’s global ‘i am a migrant’ campaign.
  • Nigeria’s Punch reported that the Government was exploring the possibility of sending an aircraft to bring back Nigerians who were stranded in Libya, some of whom were said to be trafficking victims.

Trending on the Internet

  • Euro News reported that life in Germany remains a struggle for many migrants who fled war-torn homes.
  • Al Jazeera posted a video showcasing the work of a Syrian artist who paints world leaders as refugees.



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