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19 April 2016

Entire neighborhoods on Ecuador’s Pacific coast were flattened by the 7.8 earthquake. Photo: IOM 

IOM Releases USD 100,000 from Emergency Fund for Ecuador Earthquake Victims
Posted on Tue. Apr-19-2016

Ecuador - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has approved the release of USD 100,000 from IOM’s Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) to kick-start activities to help people affected by the earthquake that struck Ecuador’s Pacific coast over the weekend.

According to latest reports from the Ecuadorian authorities, the 7.8 magnitude earthquake, one of the largest in decades, has resulted in at least 353 deaths, 2,658 injured and an estimated 40,000 displaced. Numbers of those affected are expected to rise, with many communities still inaccessible following the disaster. 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 178,882; Deaths 737
Posted on Tue. Apr-19-2016

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 178,882 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 17. Latest confirmed fatalities stand at 737. Reports Monday of several hundred deaths of migrants from the Horn of Africa have yet to be confirmed by IOM monitors in the region.

On Friday, April 15, IOM reported some 177,207 migrants and refugees had arrived in Europe via Mediterranean Sea routes, and deaths of 732 men, women and children in 2016.

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IOM Releases Global Migration Trends 2015 Factsheet
Posted on Tue. Apr-19-2016

Germany - IOM’s Global Migration Trends Factsheet 2015 presents a snapshot of the migration trends worldwide for the year 2015, based on migration statistics from a variety of sources.

In 2015, the number of international migrants worldwide – people residing in a country other than their country of birth – was the highest ever recorded, at 244 million (up from 232 million in 2013).

As a share of the world population, however, international migration has remained fairly constant over the past decades, at around 3 percent.

While female migrants constitute only 48 percent of the international migrant stock worldwide, and 42 percent in Asia, women make up the majority of international migrants in Europe (52.4 percent) and North America (51.2 percent).

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"Migration is not the only solution to address gaps in skills and talents in developed economies, but no doubt that it has to be part of the solution."  – William Barriga, IOM Tokyo Chief of Mission. More here

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