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23 February 2016

Mediterranean Migrant, Refugee Arrivals Top 100,000

Posted on Tue. Feb-23-2016

Greece - Migrant and refugee arrivals in Greece and Italy in 2016 this week exceeded 100,000. As of 22/2, Greece alone had received some 102,547 arrivals since the beginning of the year. In 2015, migrant arrivals topped 100,000 in July.

Over 413 migrants and refugees have also lost their lives during the same period, with the Eastern Mediterranean route between Turkey and Greece continuing to be the deadliest, accounting for 321 migrant deaths.

According to IOM Greece, an estimated 42,861 migrants have reached the Greek islands so far in February 2016. The Greek authorities say that they were mainly Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Iranians and Pakistanis. Others were from Morocco, Bangladesh and Somalia.

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Cyprus this week accepted the first of over 500 refugees relocated from Greece. Photo: Cyprus Mail

IOM Helps Syrian Girl Reunite with Family in Cyprus

Posted on Tue. Feb-23-2016

Cyprus - IOM yesterday (22/02) conducted its first family reunification in Cyprus in coordination with Cyprus’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners. The joint action reunited a 7-year-old Syrian girl with her father, mother and siblings.

The girl travelled from Syria via Jordan, where IOM Amman provided her with airport assistance and an escort for the journey. She was reunited with her family at Larnaca International Airport last night (22/02).

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Quote of the day

"Some of these migrants have skills and vocations that can actually put them on the path of regular migration. But because of the absence of information and knowledge they veer off and undertake the path of irregular migration, which has caused them a lot of hazard." Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige. More here

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Migration in the News

  • IRIN reported that a new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Malakal, South Sudan, just days after an attack on a UN Protection of Civilians camp by government soldiers – the challenge of caring for tens of thousands of survivors.
  • Voice of America’s  South Sudan in Focus also reported the Malakal attack, which left 18 people dead.  

  • SPIEGEL Online, Die WELT and  n-tv reported the joint IOM, UNICEF, UNHCR statement on the deaths of child migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean.

  • Politico reported that Europol has opened a European Migrant Smuggling Centre, which aims to help EU member countries to dismantle criminal people smuggling networks.

  • IRIN reported that several European countries plan to ramp up deportations of failed asylum seekers. But deportations are difficult to implement and the number of migrants leaving via IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programmes is still relatively small.

  • Finland Times reported on a seminar on refugee integration held in Brussels that called for greater integration of refugees into the European labour market.

  • Mashable reported that people smuggling gangs earned up to $6.6 billion in 2015, most of which came from trafficking migrants and refugees into Europe, according to Europol.

  • EFE reported that governments and aid groups are mobilizing to help people in Fiji affected by Cyclone Winston.

  • The Guardian Nigeria reported that Nigerian Minister of Labour and Employment Dr. Chris Ngige wants support for the government’s vocational skills programmes to discourage young people from irregular migration. 

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  • Euractiv reported that Portugal has offered to take up to 10,000 migrants and refugees from European countries struggling to cope with the influx to help maintain its own population.

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