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08 June 2018

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Participants at the GMFF participatory video workshop in Boa Vista, Brazil. Photo: IOM/A. Nero

IOM Holds Special Global Migration Film Festival Participatory Video Screenings in Brazil

Posted on Fri. June 08, 2018​​

Boa Vista – More than 300 indigenous people of Warao and Eñepas ethnic groups from Venezuela, local authorities and NGO representatives gathered last week (31/05), at Pintolandia Shelter, in Boa Vista, Brazil, for a special edition of the Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF).

The event was organized by IOM, local partners and authorities to present two videos created by 20 shelter members trained in participatory video making by IOM GMFF facilitators over four days. These indigenous people were affected by the situation in Venezuela and left the country in search of basic needs such as food and medicine.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 33,400 in 2018; Deaths Reach 785

Posted on Fri. June 08, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 33,400 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea as of 6 June 2018. So far this month, 1,190 arrivals to Italy, Greece and Spain have been recorded, the majority of which arrived in Spain (47% of total European arrivals).

The 33,400 arrivals since 1 January this year compares with 73,078 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. The number is also significantly lower compared to 6 June last year, with a 55 per cent decrease.

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  • Euronews, Kristeligt Dagblad, the European Commission and the United Nations Regional Information Centre and the UN SDG Action Campaign covered this year’s European Development Days in Brussels where women and girl migration was one of the main topics.
  • Belgium’s VRT reported on the continuing debate on migrant arrivals to Europe and the challenges in managing the migration situation in the Mediterranean as well as the EU and Belgian response. 
  • Deutsche Welle, AFP, Xinhua, and Al Jazeera  reported that at least 46 migrants drowned after their boat capsized off the shore of Yemen on Wednesday, IOM said.
  • North Africa Post and Middle East Monitor reported that Tunisia’s Prime Minister on Wednesday fired his interior minister following the death of migrants off the coast of the North African country in the deadliest shipwreck this year.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM announced on Wednesday that it had repatriated 233 Ethiopian migrants over the past week from war-torn Yemen.
  • IPS shared the ordeals of Cameroonian migrants who traveled through the Sahara in search of greener pastures and are among over 1,300 returnees that IOM has repatriated to Cameroon since it started its operation in sub-Saharan Africa in June 2017.
  • Foroyaa reported about Gambian migrant returnees who recounted their experiences in Libya.
  • CNN and BBC reported that six men who allegedly made fortunes from buying and selling vulnerable migrants have been hit by United Nations sanctions in an unprecedented response to the international slave trade, the Dutch foreign ministry said Thursday.
  • Xinhua, Biometric Update and Nigerian Watch reported that IOM has begun the installation of 10-digit biometric fingerprint readers at Mogadishu's international airport and its seaport as part of efforts to boost Somalia's border management.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that rising populism across Europe is fueling human trafficking in Libya where a growing number of migrants are being trapped in detention centers and sold into slavery, aid officials told a conference on modern-day slavery on Wednesday.
  • Balkan Insight reported that Balkan countries agreed to create a joint database and develop cooperation in a bid to deal with the continuing migrant and refugee crisis and prevent another major influx of people heading for Western Europe.
  • IBNA reported that the migration crisis similar to the one Europe experienced in 2015 shall not be repeated at any price, concluded the participants of the ministerial conference "Facing the migration challenges in the region", which was held in Sarajevo on Thursday.
  • Thomson Reuters reported that worldwide sporting events have a high – and often hidden – human cost in terms of forced labor and modern slavery.
  • Khmer Times reported about the plight of Cambodian villagers, many of them children, who sneak across the border into Viet Nam to sell lottery tickets or beg, their only option to earn income.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that 17 former FARC combatants are ready to start a livestock project with the support of the Colombian Reintegration Agency (ARN), UNDP and IOM.


  • Vogue reviewed an exhibition by designer Osman Yousefzada, Being Somewhere Else, a large-scale, walk-through art installation based on his autobiographical experience of migration.
  • Associated Press shared the story of Majed Abdalraheem, a Syrian refugee who works as a cook at Union Kitchen in Washington.
  • Vice News spoke with an immigration attorney on what life is like for migrant children held in detention centers in the US.