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18 September 2015

IOM: Latest Data on Europe Migrant Emergency


Posted on Fri. Sept-18-2015

Switzerland - Through two and a half weeks of September, IOM teams have recorded total arrivals to Europe by sea in 2015 at 473,887 men, women and children. At least 182,000 of those migrants have arrived from Syria-making Syrians just under 40 per cent of this year's total. In 2014, Syrians comprised between 25 per cent and 33 per cent of those entering Europe by sea.

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IOM, UPU and Burundi Post Launch "Migration and Development" Integrated Postal Project


Posted on Fri. Sept-18-2015

Switzerland - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday (17/09) signed a Tripartite Agreement with the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and Burundi Post, launching an integrated project which will utilize different components of the postal sector in Burundi to achieve lasting socio-economic development for the rural population as well as for the Burundian diaspora.

 

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Migration in the News

• Appearing as the guest speaker on Azerbaijan's 'This Week in Focus' Trend's web-tv program, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said that he has never seen such a complex situation as the world currently is going through. He also mentioned that the [Azerbaijani] government is doing very good job in trying to help these people until the issue could be resolved.

• In a sit-down interview with The Washington Post, IOM Deputy Director General, Laura Thompson, discussed the hardships of supporting refugees and migrants while underfunded, the European plan to disperse refugees throughout the continent and the U.S. resettlement response.

• A day after Croatia opened its border to migrants, the country changed tack Thursday, closing seven border crossings with Serbia after thousands of people streamed in, CNN reports. It extensively quoted IOM's Eugenio Ambrossi who also said, "The crisis is moving quite fast — and unfortunately is moving much faster than the response that was put in place by all the concerned governments." Ambrosi was also in CNN International on the "The Business View" for reactions on the latest migration developments in Europe, particularly the situation of stranded migrants at the Hungary-Serbia border, stressing that the worrisome situation for migrants all along the WB route from Greece is extremely dire, and that a quicker, more efficient and coherent EU response is needed. He stressed that children arriving in very high numbers should be of particular concern.

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Trending on the Internet

• As Germany struggles with a surge of migrants and has at least temporarily clamped down on new arrivals, they may serve as a symbol of the way forward, New York Times reported. With at least 800,000 migrants expected this year alone, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the nation's biggest businesses have been mounting a vocal campaign to get migrants into jobs as a way of quickly integrating them into German society.

• UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said he is "shocked" after Hungarian police fired tear gas and water cannons to force migrants back from its border and said such treatment of asylum seekers was "unacceptable", BBC reports.

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