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03 May 2016

"If We Leave We Are Killed: Lessons Learned from South Sudan Protection of Civilian Sites 2013-2016"

Posted on Tue. May-03-2016

South Sudan - "If We Leave We Are Killed” is an independent report that analyses the unprecedented protection and humanitarian response at UN peacekeeping bases in South Sudan, where as many as 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) have sought shelter from a vicious civil war since December 2013.
 
By opening its gates, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), alongside humanitarians, has saved thousands of lives. Conditions for IDPs within the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites can be crowded and harsh, but the sites represent one of the only sources of safety for civilians as they continue to bear the brunt of the conflict.
 
Despite cautious optimism as implementation of the peace agreement moves forward, key stakeholders recognise that PoC sites are likely to remain necessary in the years to come.

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IOM, Economist Intelligence Unit Launch “Migration Governance Index”
Posted on Tue. May-03-2016

Switzerland - As part of its contribution to supporting follow-up and review of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in September 2015, IOM and the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) have published a Migration Governance Index (MGI).

The index, the first of its kind, provides a framework for countries to measure their progress towards better migration governance. It comprises information that offers a means to compare migration policies in a systematic way. The aim is to raise awareness of what good migration governance might look like and it does not try to rank countries’ migration policies.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 184,546; Deaths 1,357
Posted on Tue. May-03-2016

Greece - IOM reports an estimated 184,546 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through 1 May.

Latest fatalities stand at 1,357, which includes reports of at least four deadly shipwrecks off Libya’s coast since Friday (29 April). The fatalities are estimated as 113 men, women and children, according to witnesses who spoke to IOM staffers after arriving in Italy at Catania, Pozzallo, Lampedusa and Trapani.

By comparison, deaths in 2015 through the end of April on all Mediterranean routes totalled 1,733 – 27 percent more than this year. Arrivals through April 30 this year totalled just under than 184,000 - which compares with 2015’s total of 48,636 during the same four-month period.

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For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrivals and fatalities please visit: https://migration.iom.int/europe #MigrationEurope


 

"[Migrants and refugees] are brave, resilient and forward-looking people. They bring needed skills and energy to their new societies.”  – UNSG Ban Ki-Moon. More here


 
Migration in the News
  • Guardian, AFP and Jeune Afrique/AFP reported that up to 100 people were believed to have drowned in two separate shipwrecks off the Libyan coast this weekend, according to survivors who arrived in Italy.

  • International Business Times reported that Libya to Italy could soon become the new major route for refugees hoping to reach Western Europe, according to Germany’s Interior Minister.

  • La Croix reported on the start of the “sailing season” for migrants trying to reach Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.

  • Press TV reported that according to Eurostat, some 88,300 unaccompanied minors traveled to the European Union in 2015.

  • Nachrichtenexpress reported the resettlement of 350 Syrians from Turkey to France, Luxembourg and Finland as part of the EU-Turkey migrant deal.

  • n-tv, Reuters, Finanzen.net and Stimme.de reported on the shift of migratory routes from the Balkans to Libya.

  • Deutsche Welle  reported on internal displacement in Iraq.

  • AFP reported that the European Union is giving an additional EUR 38 million in aid to Haiti, which is coping with drought and a migration crisis with the neighboring Dominican Republic.

  • New York Times reported that the US granted its first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire Louisiana community struggling with the rising water levels and impact of climate change.

  • AFP reported that one year after struggling ashore in Indonesia, hundreds of trafficked Rohingya migrants remain in limbo, living in temporary shelters established across Aceh.

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  • AP reported that Germany now is taking a more proactive stance toward better educating and integrating its more than one million newcomers.

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