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15 December 2015

IOM Monitors Migrant, Refugee Arrivals in Europe

Posted on Tues. Dec-15-2015

IOM estimates 45,255 migrants and refugees have reached the Greek islands from Turkey since the beginning of December. Almost 80 per cent of them crossed into the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) during the same period.

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Migration and Health Strategy for South West Indian Ocean

Posted on Tues. Dec-15-2015

Today stakeholders are meeting in Antananarivo, Madagascar’s capital, to review and endorse an IOM-facilitated migration and health strategy for the South West Indian Ocean region.

The meeting brings together representatives from Madagascar’s Ministry of Health, the National Committee against HIV/AIDS, the Ministries of Mines, Labour, Interior, and Youth; delegates from UNAIDS and WHO, together with representatives from civil society and the private sector.

When properly managed, migration can generate positive socio-economic development at the individual, community, and national level. But the migration cycle can also expose migrants to health problems, including increased vulnerability to communicable diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and measles; mental health issues; occupational health and safety issues; and negative sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

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IOM, Partners Distribute Shelter Materials to Vulnerable South Sudan Households

Posted on Tues. Dec-15-2015

IOM South Sudan and World Vision have conducted a joint mission to Wau Shilluk, Upper Nile State, to distribute urgently needed shelter materials to displaced and vulnerable host community households in the area.

For much of 2015, the population in Wau Shilluk was effectively cut off from all humanitarian assistance due to access restrictions. As a result, many households have been living in dilapidated and crowded shelters, constructed of old materials and vulnerable to rain and flooding.

Relief agencies were unable to conduct frequent needs assessments and distributions, which are crucial in areas such as Wau Shilluk that experience repeated population influxes due to conflict and food insecurity.

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Quote of the day

"First and foremost, children are children. They do not know if they are refugees or migrants. They are simply children." – Marie-Pierre Poirier, UNICEF. More here

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Migration in the News

  • Anadolu Agency reported that at least one child died on Monday after one of three boats carrying refugees sank off Turkey’s western coast, according to the Turkish Coast Guard.

  • Germany’s Tagesschau reported that the influx of refugees into the EU across the Eastern Mediterranean has decreased, but thousands of people are still arriving on the Greek islands.

  • ZEIT online published an interactive graphic of migrant deaths at sea in the Mediterranean based on IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

  • AFP reported that the European Union and UNHCR on Monday launched a joint programme in Athens to house 20,000 eligible asylum seekers in Greece, pending their relocation.

  • Equal Times featured the story of Abu Rabih, a, Izmir-based Syrian people smuggler who prefers to label himself “a humanitarian.”

Trending on the Internet

  • The Economist reported that European businesses would benefit, and refugees would integrate faster, if newcomers were able to start working sooner.
  • Wall Street Journal reported that volunteers are flocking to the Greek island of Lesbos to fill a void and help migrants and refugees arriving by sea from Turkey. But tensions exist with overwhelmed UNHCR officials.

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