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08 April 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 172,458; Deaths: 714

Posted on Fri. Apr-8-2016

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 172,458 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea into Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain through 6 April 2016.

Arrivals to Greece over the past seven days (31 March - 6 April) totalled 1,758 men, women and children. IOM calculates this was roughly the daily average over the three months of January, February and March (see chart, below). This is a significant drop from two weeks ago, which saw 5,293 arrivals by sea.

On Tuesday, April 5, the Greek Coast Guard reported that not a single migrant or refugee arrived by sea in Greece – the first “zero day” recorded since last year. 

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Some 60 percent of Ukraine’s 1.7 million displaced are pensioners. Photo: Amanda Nero 2015

Germany Funds IOM Cash Aid to Vulnerable Displaced in Ukraine

Posted on Fri. Apr-8-2016

Ukraine - IOM reported that 4,350 internally displaced Ukrainians (IDPs) will benefit from a new IOM cash assistance project funded by the German government.

Elderly people aged 70 and over, families with three or more children, disabled people and single-headed IDP families, newly arrived from the conflict zone, in 13 regions of government-controlled Ukraine, will receive UAH 1,980 (USD 70) per person in two rounds of payments, the first of which will be distributed from May through July.

According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Social Policy, there are now over 1.7 million officially registered IDPs in the country. Approximately 60 percent of them are pensioners and over 12 percent are children.

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"Failing to educate Syria’s young people will magnify losses, extending the effects of the war long into the future. Denying them the educations they always expected to be theirs is an absurd twist to a half decade of tragedy."  – Meredith Jung-En Woo, Director for Higher Education Support Program for the Open Society Foundations. More here

Migration in the News
  • Huffington Post ran a blog by Matthew La Corte of the Niskanen Center arguing that the U.S. should adopt the system of privately funded refugee resettlement widely used in other countries.

  • Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece by IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker on irregular migrants from the Horn of Africa, who risk a perilous sea crossing and a trek through a war zone to find jobs in Saudi Arabia.

  • Die Welt and cited IOM figures on the number of migrants and refuges who have now arrived in Europe.

  • Anadolu Agency reported that African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights member Pansy Tlakula has voiced concern over the treatment of refugees arriving in the EU.

  • The Guardian Nigeria reported that Japan has approved a $900,000 grant to IOM to help Nigeria to secure its borders and undertake other migration management activities.

  • Radio New Zealand reported that some parts of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands are experiencing their worst drought in recorded history.

Trending on the Internet

  • New Zealand’s NBR reported that according to Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce, more migration is the only way to bridge the current skills gap for ICT companies in New Zealand.

  • AP reported that an Afghan man who worked for the Lithuanian military in Afghanistan has been transferred to the Baltic country from a migrant camp in Greece after pleading for help on social media.

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