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16 October 2015

IOM Condemns Death of a Colleague in Burundi

Posted on Fri. Oct-16-2015

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing on Thursday (15/10) expressed his deepest sympathies to the family of Mr. Evariste Mbonihankuye, 32, a member of IOM’s humanitarian team in Burundi.

Mr. Mbonihankuye, who was a psychologist by training and spoke four languages fluently, was killed along with eight other civilians on 13 October 2015, as a result of a close range shooting in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital.

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Mediterranean Migrant Flows: IOM Update

Posted on Fri. Oct-16-2015

Since the beginning of October, IOM reports that over 68,000 migrants have now crossed into Greece, with the majority arriving on the island of Lesvos (41,954). Smaller numbers have arrived on the islands of Samos (10,283) and Chios (6,393).  Despite deteriorating weather conditions, the flow of migrants and refugees arriving at the main entry points continues to average over 4,500 a day.

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"There are not deserving and undeserving migrants. They are only members of the human race who need protection, assistance and support." - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 

Migration in the News

  • DPA, AP and BBC reported that the European Union and Turkey have agreed an action plan to ease the flow of migrants and refugees to Europe, though key elements of the plan remain open.
  • Turkey’s Haberler quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing speaking at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul. He said that countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq will need more support to deal with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
  • UN News Centre and Reuters reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the recent killing of nine civilians and two police officers in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. The dead included IOM staffer Evariste Mbonihankuye.
  • Turkey’s  Anadolu Agency reported that four refugees transferred to Cambodia from Nauru under a deal with Australia have left an IOM-supervised villa in Phnom Penh to join the community, according to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.
  • Romania’s TVR interviewed IOM's Mircea Mocanu in a programme on the EU’s migrant relocation scheme, Romania’s reception of migrants and local authorities’ involvement in the integration process.
  • AFP reported that a wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants from Turkey to Europe sank Thursday near the island of Lesbos after colliding with a Greek coastguard vessel, leaving at least seven people dead, including four children.
  • Public Radio International reports that Tunisian fishermen are being trained to be 'safety nets' for migrants making the deadly sea crossing from North Africa to Italy.

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  • Reuters reports that Swedish authorities will start setting up camps for refugees next week, and tens of thousands could spend the Swedish winter in tents.
  • BBC reports that pregnant asylum seekers in Australia's Nauru migrant camp will not be allowed to come to Australia, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said.
  • Mashable shares a video which shows that in an attempt to get to Britain, migrants who were fleeing from Calais, France hitched a ride with a truck, not knowing that a polar bear named Nissan was stowed inside. The bear was in the process of being transported to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster when the migrants joined him.
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