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12 April 2016

IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing visits Homs, Syria. Photo: Batoul Ibrahim 2016

IOM’s Swing Visits Conflict-Scarred Syria, Calls for Humanitarian Access, Increased Aid

Posted on Tue. Apr-12-2016

Syria - IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing today concluded a three-day visit to Syria calling for humanitarian access to all areas of conflict, while expressing hope that the international community will deliver on aid promises.

“Despite the devastation caused by the armed conflict and their suffering, Syrians everywhere want respite and the opportunity to rebuild their country,” Swing said.

“The international community wants to help them to do so, as soon as conditions allow,” he added, after meeting the UN’s Syria peace envoy Staffan de Mistura in Damascus, ahead of a new round of talks between the government and the armed opposition.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals at 173,761; Deaths 723

Posted on Tue. Apr-12-2016

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 173,761 migrants and refugees have arrived in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain by sea through 11 April 2016. That is an increase of 1,303 arrivals since IOM reported 172,458 arrivals on Friday, 8 April. Just over a thousand landed in Greece, the balance in Italy.

On Saturday, 9 April the Norwegian ship Siem Pilot brought to Taranto, Italy, 294 migrants who sailed from North Africa and were rescued in the Channel of Sicily. Also on Saturday, Greek authorities reported the drowning of at least five migrants arriving from Turkey.

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


"Without significant and determined intervention, the situation (in Lebanon) will only worsen for many hundreds of thousands of refugees at risk of extreme exploitation,"  – Freedom Fund CEO Nick Grono. More here

Migration in the News
  • Prensa Latina reported that according to the VP of Syria’s Council of Ministers Omar Galayanyi, over 1.7 million internally displaced people have returned home after a program to rehabilitate their homes in Damascus and Homs.

  • Al Jazeera reported on the plight of internally displaced Afghans who fled the Taliban, but live in wretched camps because they cannot not afford to pay human smugglers to take them to Europe.

  • The Week, citing Reuters, reported that Macedonia has come under fire for its treatment of refugees at the Greek border. Hundreds of people were injured in clashes with police, who fired tear gas and rubber bullets.

  • Radio Dabanga reported that some 55,500 South Sudanese have arrived in Sudan in the past two months, fleeing food insecurity.

Trending on the Internet

  • New Scientist ran a special report on migration looking at migration in the context of human evolution and featuring a migration timeline.

  • The Telegraph reported that an unemployed West Bengal migrant worker who crossed India in search of a job won  GBP 100,000 in Kerala after buying a ticket from a disabled lottery ticket seller.

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