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12 January 2016

Migrants and refugees bound for Italy (File photo). © IOM/Francesco Malavolta

Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 18,872 in First 11 Days of 2016: IOM

Posted on Tues. Jan-12-2016

Italy - Migrant arrivals in Europe by sea averaged over 1,700 a day during the first 11 days of 2016, according to IOM. The period also saw the year’s first fatalities in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, a route that took the lives of almost 3,000 migrants and refugees in 2015. 

Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome says that on Monday (11/1) Italian authorities in Santa Maria di Leuca (Apulia) recovered the body of a drowned woman, reportedly thrown into the sea by smugglers, together with 37 other Somali migrants who made it to shore safely from the same vessel. Up to eight other migrants are still missing. Another 220 migrants were rescued at sea en route to Italy during the period, according to Di Giacomo.

“The migrants included men and women. From Turkey, they travelled to Greece and then to Italy. When the boat was close to the coast, the smugglers reportedly forced them to jump into the water and swim – even those who did not have life jackets. Women who initially refused were beaten,” he noted.

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Migration in the News

  • Foreign Policy shared the story of Nizar, an Iraqi who came to America as a refugee. He described his resettlement process.

  • International Business Times, Xinhua and Italy’s The Local reported that up to seven migrants are missing after allegedly being thrown overboard by people smugglers off Puglia, Italy.

  • AP reported that tightening of border controls closer to Germany and Sweden has left thousands trapped and destitute in financially wrecked Greece.

  • AP reported that Iraqis are buying forged Syrian passports to try to increase their chances of winning asylum in European countries.

  • AFP reported that the number of migrants crossing the Aegean from Turkey to Greece “is still way too high,” according to European Union VP Frans Timmermans.

  • AFP reported that a group of 180 stranded Cuban migrants is to fly from Costa Rica to El Salvador today (12/1.) From there they will travel to Guatemala, Mexico and the United States, which will admit them under a 50-year old law.

Trending on the Internet

  • IRIN reported that the events in Cologne on New Year’s Eve could hardly have come at a worse time for refugees hoping to find protection and a new life in Europe. As reports have emerged that asylum seekers and migrants were among the perpetrators of sex attacks and robberies, a predictable backlash has gained momentum.

  • AP reported that Pope Francis insisted Monday (11/1) that Europe has the means to welcome refugees without compromising its security or culture. He said that the continent bears the "moral responsibility" to care for others who have fled their homes to seek a better life.

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