Joel Millman

"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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