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19 January 2016

Migrants lining up to cross the Greek border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) (File photo). © IOM/Amanda Nero 2015

Migrant Arrivals in Greece in January Spike 2,100 Percent from a Year Ago: IOM

Posted on Tue. Jan-19-2016

Greece - Since the beginning of 2016, IOM estimates that 31,244 migrants and refugees have arrived in Greece by sea. This is some 21 times as many as the 1,472 recorded by the Greek Coast Guard for the whole of January 2015.

The number suggests that the number of maritime arrivals in Greece in 2016 may significantly exceed the record 853,650 migrants who arrived in Greece by sea in 2015.

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Egypt Launches First Household International Migration Survey

Posted on Tue. Jan-19-2016

Egypt - Egypt’s Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) has published its Egypt Household International Migration Survey (EGYPT – HIMS) with IOM support.

The project is part of regional project – Regional Household International Migration Surveys in the Mediterranean (MED-HIMS) – and is the first of its kind in Egypt.

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Migration in the News

  • IRIN reported that the planned relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other European Union states has failed, with only 272 relocated in the past four months.

  • PRI’s The World compared photos of immigrants landing on Ellis Island in the US a century ago with those of Syrian refugees arriving in Europe today.

  • Bloomberg reported that at least 60,000 people are still living in camps six years after the Haiti earthquake.  Another 55,000 Haitians have been returned to Haiti from Dominican Republic since June 2015, adding to the number of internally displaced, according to IOM.

  • PressTV reported that Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said all male Muslim refugees should be incarcerated in EU asylum centers to protect women on the streets.

  • Bulawayo24 reported that non-EU immigrants, including Zimbabweans, will have to earn at least UKL 35,000 a year to be allowed to live and work in the UK indefinitely, under new immigration rules that come into effect in April.

Trending on the Internet

  • "The Secret of Immigrant Genius.” Having your world turned upside down (by migrating) sparks creative thinking, according to Eric Wiener writing in the WSJ.

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