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22 April 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 180,245; Deaths: 1,232
Posted on Fri. Apr-22-2016

Greece - IOM reports that an estimated 180,245 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 20 April.

Latest fatalities stand at 1,232, including nearly 500 believed to have died off Libya earlier this month. Reports first surfaced on Monday (18 April) of the deaths of several hundred migrants – believed to be mainly from the Horn of Africa. A definitive account of the tragedy has yet to be confirmed.

IOM Rome reported Thursday that 237 migrants arrived in Augusta after being rescued in the Mediterranean on 16 April. IOM Italy spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said they described taking a six-day voyage that began in Egypt. Their countries of origin included Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Ethiopia and the Comoro Islands.

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Rescue workers search the rubble for survivors in Ecuador. Photo: IOM 2016

IOM Boosts Funding for Ecuador Earthquake Response
Posted on Fri. Apr-22-2016

Ecuador - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has increased funding from USD 100,000 to USD 500,000  from IOM’s Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) to support IOM’s emergency response following the earthquake that hit Ecuador’s Pacific coast on Saturday (16/4).

The money will fund initial emergency response activities prioritized by the government, in line with a forthcoming Flash Appeal announced this week in Quito. In the appeal, IOM will lead the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) Cluster and co-lead the Shelter and Non-Food Item (NFI) Cluster of aid agencies. It will work in close partnership with Ecuador’s Ministry of Social Inclusion (MIES), UN agencies and international NGOs.

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


"Refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Libya face inhumane conditions. The international community cannot abide this loss of life at the hands of people smugglers." – UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya Ali Al-Za’tari. More here

Migration in the News
  • The New York Times interviewed two migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia about a shipwreck in the Mediterranean last week that they survived, but in which 500 people may have died.

  • AP reported that Britain says it will resettle up to 3,000 child refugees from Syria by 2020.

  • Irish Examiner reported that according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, efforts to limit the number of refugees trying to reach Europe from Turkey are working.

  • Anadolu Agency/ MENAFN reported that according to EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, the refugee crisis in Europe has demonstrated the close ties between Turkey and the European Union, as well as their interdependence.

  • Humanosphere and Sputnik both reported data from IOM’s Global Migration Trends Report 2015, including the number of migrants worldwide - 244 million - and Germany’s emergence as the largest single recipient of first-time individual asylum claims.

  • Nigeria’s Naij reported that Nigerian women freed from Boko Haram captivity are having to prostitute themselves in government-run camps due to inadequate rations.

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  • Australia's SBS interviewed a group of entrepreneurs who say that the future prosperity of Australia depends on immigrants and refugees “who are not taking jobs, but creating them."

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