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15 April 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 177,207; Deaths: 732
Posted on Fri. Apr-15-2016

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 177,207 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 13.

Some 5,664 have arrived in the past three days since IOM last reported arrival figures on Tuesday, with another 357 arriving in Messina, Italy, earlier today (15 April). Those migrants reportedly were rescued at sea from voyages leaving Egypt this week.

Virtually all of this week’s arrivals came to Italy and took the Central Mediterranean route from North Africa. Over 4,100 migrants were rescued in the Channel of Sicily by various vessels over a 48-hour period starting Monday night. Nine migrants drowned.

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"What is the Price of a Human Being?": IOM Helsinki Campaign
Posted on Fri. Apr-15-2016

Finland - IOM Helsinki has launched a new counter trafficking public information campaign: “What is the price of a human being?”

Human trafficking in Finland includes labour exploitation and sexual abuse. Reported victims have been both Finnish and foreign nationals.

“The campaign aims to educate the citizens, especially youth about human trafficking and to inform people about responsible consumerism to reduce demand. Raising awareness is key to identify victims,” said IOM Helsinki campaign coordinator Tuija von der Pütten.

The campaign was developed as a public-private partnership, in cooperation with the Ressu Upper Secondary school in Helsinki and the Valve marketing agency. The campaign video was produced by Kennel Helsinki, based on the students’ concept and script.

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Tunisia Launches “Not for Sale” Human Trafficking Awareness Raising Campaign

Posted on Fri. Apr-15-2016

Tunisia - A national awareness campaign to combat human trafficking called “Not for Sale” was launched on April 12, 2016 by the Tunisian Ministry of Justice, with support from IOM Tunisia.

The campaign aims to raise awareness among the general public, and especially young people, of the existence of and risks associated with human trafficking in Tunisia.

The campaign consists of 5 mini-films and one awareness-raising spot. These were developed and produced by 30 young Tunisians, who were trained by experts in audio-visual techniques. Aged 16 to 35, the young ambassadors are students and professionals, all active in Tunisian civil society. They presented their work at the campaign launch event in Tunis on Tuesday (12 April).

“I learned that some practices in Tunisia, such as child domestic labor, are actually a type of trafficking in persons. It is an important issue that I wish to continue tackling in my journalistic work,” explained one of the contributors, Mohamed Slim Gam.

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"Countries in Europe, but also Asia should be more willing to attract migrants and take advantage of the ‘demographic bulge’ of young workers in regions such as Africa."  – World Bank President Jim Yong Kim. More here

Migration in the News
  • Addis Standard reported that the Munich Security Conference (MSC) yesterday convened its first event in Africa. IOM DG William Lacy Swing was expected to take part in the meeting in the Ethiopian capital.

  • The Telegraph used IOM data to present in charts a snapshot of the refugee crisis over four weeks during March and the first week of April.

  • Daily Sabah reported that daily crossings to Greece have dropped to dozens from thousands a day, after the launch of the EU's agreement with Turkey to curb the flow of migrants.

  • Sudan’s Radio Dabanga reported that the number of displaced people sheltering in Sortony in North Darfur is expected to decline.

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  • DW reported that, according to Human Rights Watch, refugees and migrants in Greece are being arbitrarily detained in camps under poor conditions. Many migrants have not been informed why they were being detained.

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