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12 June 2018

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Nearly 630 migrants abroad the rescue vessel Aquarius make their way to Spain. Photo: Getty

IOM Director General Welcomes Spain’s Offer of Safe Habour for Migrants Aboard Aquarius

Posted on Tue. June 12, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency has welcomed the decision by Spain to offer a safe harbour to over six hundred migrants – including scores of children and seven pregnant women – who have been waiting aboard a rescue vessel since Sunday (10/06)

“I’m glad Spain has stepped forward to defuse this crisis, but I fear a major tragedy if states start refusing to accept rescued migrants as was threatened,” said IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing. “Keeping the rescued people at sea is not, of itself, going to dissuade other migrants from crossing to Europe and they too will need to be rescued sooner or later,” he added.

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The UN Migration Agency, reports that 35,504 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea as of Sunday, 10 June 2018

Migrant Arrivals in Europe Significantly Down Despite Aquarius Controversy

Posted on Tue. June 12, 2018​​

Geneva – As the Aquarius rescue vessel it's journey to Spain, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 35,504 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea as of Sunday, 10 June 2018. This compares with 73,748 arrivals across the region during the same period last year. So far this month, 2,746 arrivals to Italy, Greece and Spain have been recorded, the majority of which arrived in Spain. The 14,330 migrants, who are registered as having arrived by sea to Italy this year is 76.81 per cent lower than that reported last year in the same period, which was recorded as 61,779.

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House destroyed by shelling in Luhansk Region where IOM provides cash assistance to vulnerable residents. Photo: IOM/2018

Ukraine “Europe’s Largest Crisis”: IOM Regional Director on Visit to Eastern Ukraine

Posted on Tue. June 12, 2018​​

Kyiv – “Ukraine is the largest displacement crisis in Europe since the Balkan wars,” according to Argentina Szabados, IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Regional Director for Southeastern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. “Now in its fifth year, with thousands dead and 1.5 million displaced, it is scandalous that this conflict remains largely forgotten.”

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  • BBC reported that Spain's prime minister has said the country will take in the rescue ship stranded in the Mediterranean to help avoid a humanitarian disaster.
  • UN News reported that more than 9,000 Rohingyas have been affected by heavy monsoon rains and the number is expected to rise as the rains continue. It quoted Manuel Pereira, IOM’s Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Real Times reported that the Consumer Goods Forum in Singapore has called on businesses around the world to play their part in the fight to end all forms of forced labour. It quotes IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Global Times reported that the UN’s specialized agency for the postal sector will partner with African governments and IOM to lower the cost of remittances flowing into the continent.
  • Algeria Times reported that the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and IOM have signed a co-delegation Agreement on the implementation of the small scale cross border trade initiative in five border posts within the region.

  • CNN reported that the United States imposed sanctions against six men for their involvement in human trafficking and smuggling of migrants in Libya.