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15 January 2016

IOM: Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 23,664 in First 14 Days of 2016

Posted on Fri. Jan-15-2016

Italy - Migrant arrivals in Europe by sea averaged over 1,700 per day during the first 14 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.

Total fatalities recorded for migrants and refugees in the region were 59 through the year’s first two weeks, not including at least 11 people killed in two bus crashes in Turkey last week. Authorities believe the victims were customers of smugglers supervising their journey to launching points on Turkey’s coast.

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Syrian refugees bound for Canada board buses that will bring them to a processing center in Amman, Jordan. © IOM/Muse Mohammed 2015

IOM Helps 10,000 Syrian Refugees to Resettle in Canada

Posted on Fri. Jan-15-2016

Syria - IOM assisted in the safe and orderly resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees from Lebanon and Jordan to Canada between December 11th and January 12th – some 40 per cent of the 25,000 refugees Canada committed to resettle by early 2016. 

IOM has been working with the Government of Canada, UNHCR and other partners in Beirut and Amman since late November to register the refugees for resettlement. Its role includes providing transport, logistics, medical screening, organizing charter flights and escorting the refugees to Canada.

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing saying that ending the war in Syria is the best hope of reducing the flow of asylum seekers into Europe, which continues despite the winter weather.

  • Voice of America reported Swing’s prediction that 2016 will be another critical year for migration to Europe, now that the refugee and migrant crisis has firmly put migration on the world stage.

  • Reuters reported that nine bodies were washed up on Turkey's western coast this week, as the flow of Europe-bound migrants persisted, despite winter weather and the efforts of the Turkish government.

  • AP reported that prosecutors in Cologne are offering a EUR 10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or identification of those who committed sexual assaults and robberies on New Year's Eve.

  • Thomson Reuters reported that forced migration linked to climate change is poised to become a "mega-problem" that could dwarf existing flows of conflict refugees.

  • Al Jazeera, CNN, AFP and other media outlets reported on the arrival of 180 Cuban migrants in Mexico, en route to the US, in an operation facilitated by IOM.

  • Winnipeg Free Press reported that a humanitarian mission to rescue 10 at-risk Somali orphans from Saudi Arabia and bring them to Canada ended successfully. The rescue was supported by Canada and partners including IOM.

  • ANSA Mediterranean reported that Italian Cooperation has allocated EUR 1.4 million to support emergency aid projects in Libya to be implemented by agencies including IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported on the situation of growing numbers of unaccompanied migrant children smuggled into the UK.

  • Daily Mail reported that a second refugee camp capable of holding up to 8,000 migrants is set to open near Dunkirk in northern France in the next four weeks. 

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