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29 April 2016

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IOM Investigates Fatal Migrant Shootings in Libya’s Bani Walid
Posted on Fri. Apr-29-2016

Libya - IOM Libya staffer Ashraf Hassan met Thursday with Egyptian diplomats in Tunisia to investigate reports of the killings this week of more than a dozen Egyptian men, migrants bound for Europe, who authorities say were shot to death in Bani Walid, near Libya’s Mediterranean coast.

Hassan said the latest information from Libya is that a total of 32 migrants were in the hands of Libyan smugglers—10 of those migrants came from Syria, joined by 20 migrants from Egypt and two Somalis. He said 13 Egyptians were killed by gunfire, in an attack reportedly launched in retaliation for the killing of three smugglers in a dispute with migrants in their custody.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 183,017; Deaths 1,244
Posted on Fri. Apr-29-2016

Greece - IOM reports an estimated 183,017 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through April 27. Latest fatalities stand at 1,244.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo said Thursday that 1,400 migrants rescued through last weekend have been brought to shore in recent days. Additionally, 237 migrants were brought to Italy’s Lampedusa island on Thursday night.

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A Syrian family receives a one-off unconditional cash transfer to help them meet their most pressing needs. Photo: Raber Aziz/IOM 2016

Syrian Refugee Families in Erbil, Iraq Get Cash Aid
Posted on Fri. Apr-29-2016

Iraq - On 27 April, 100 Syrian families living in host communities in Erbil Governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) received a one-off unconditional cash transfer to help them meet their most pressing needs, including food, shelter and healthcare. In total, 440 individuals benefitted from this assistance.

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


"Unfortunately, it is a human phenomenon that the newcomers (in Europe) are always ill-regarded by the old inhabitants of an old population." – Kemal Karpat, Turkish scholar and author.  More here

Migration in the News
  • Europost reported that the European Union relocation of refugees from Greece must be sped up to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

  • MailOnline and Deutsche Welle reported that UN SG Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the Austrian parliament, warned of growing xenophobia in the country after its adoption of stricter asylum laws.

  • Washington Post published a letter to the Editor from IOM DG William Lacy Swing.  He called for action to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, saying that it is inadequate to just count the casualties.

  • Huffington Post reported Norway’s decision to offer financial incentives to asylum seekers who agree to return.

  • ANSA reported that Austria will implement new border controls on its Brenner border with Italy to stop irregular migrants from entering the country.

  • Nepal’s Republica criticized IOM and other international aid agencies for slow delivery of assistance one year after the April 2015 earthquake.

  • El Diario reported on a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking and irregular migration held in schools in Colombia.

  • GuineeConakry.Info reported that IOM handed over agricultural equipment in Katongoro (Boke) as part of a project funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation to help Ebola-affected communities.

Trending on the Internet

  • Huffpost Impact ran a blog by UN ASG Magdy Martinez-Soliman arguing that migration is unavoidable and it therefore makes sense to facilitate and manage it positively, instead of trying endlessly to prevent it.

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