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01 March 2016

A Canadian-Syrian refugee family welcomes a new generation of Syrian refugees to Canada. Photo: Steve Russell /Toronto Star / Getty 2015

Canada, IOM Complete Resettlement of 25,000 Syrian Refugees

Posted on Tue. Mar-1-2016

Jordan -Yesterday (29/2) the last charter flight carrying Syrian refugees left Jordan for Canada, fulfilling a promise made by the Canadian government late last year to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees from the region.

Over the past three months, IOM has worked closely with the relevant governments, UNHCR and other implementing partners to register, process and move refugees from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

IOM, which normally resettles around 30,000 refugees a year from the Middle East and North Africa to countries around the world, quickly deployed logistics and operational staff from around the globe to complete the humanitarian operation on time.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016 Near 130,000; Deaths Reach 418

Posted on Tue. Mar-1-2016

Greece - As winter nears its end, IOM estimates irregular migrant and refugee arrivals are now approaching 130,000 in the Mediterranean. The number, reached in nine weeks, falls just short of the total for all seaborne arrivals in Europe as recently as 2014.

The numbers still fall far short of 2015’s total, when over one million seaborne arrivals were recorded. But with ten months left, it now appears likely that last year’s total will be surpassed, possibly before the end of the summer.

Through February 29, unofficial data of arrivals to Greece since January 1, 2015 are at 968,140. With close to 2,000 per day arriving through the first 60 days of 2016, a mark of one million seaborne arrivals in Greece could be met as soon as mid-March, IOM researchers believe.

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Quote of the day

"The first priority is to save lives. The second must be having well-managed, responsible migration policies." – João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the European Union to the UN during the International Dialogue on Migration 2016. 

For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrivals and fatalities please visit: #MigrationEurope


A global database tracking data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes.

Visit #MissingMigrants

Migration in the News

  • DPA reported that Italian church groups have joined forces to sponsor 1,000 Syrian asylum seekers to come to Italy from the Middle East over the next two years.
  • The Nation reported that migrants from countries across Asia and the Pacific play a key role as development actors, but the benefits of migration remain under-acknowledged, according to a new UN / IOM report.
  • RFI reported on IOM Libya’s assisted voluntary return assistance to hundreds of Burkinabé migrants, some of whom have been living in Libya for decades.
  • Reuters reported that scores of Bangladeshi women have been trafficked to Syria, where they were forced into domestic or sex work, according to Bangladeshi police.
  • Germany’s Tagesschau reported on Afghan migrants in Germany who didn’t find the life they expected and opted to return home voluntarily.
  • Huffington Post Canada reported that Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre told the International Dialogue on Migration 2016 at the UN in New York that municipalities must play a key role in accepting newcomers such as refugees.
  • The Daily Beast reported that in Moldova, where cases of domestic violence are common, many abused teens fall prey to human traffickers.
  • BBC Indonesia reported that the number of Rohingya refugees accommodated in Aceh shelters is now down to 75.

Trending on the Internet

  • A New York Times blog featured the work of Marieke van der Velden and Philip Brink, who brought together tourists and migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos - “The Island of All Together.” The project includes portraits, a documentary short and an interactive website.

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