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13 May 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 188,075; Deaths 1,357

Posted on Fri. May-13-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 188,075 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 11 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Latest fatalities stand at 1,357. By comparison, deaths in 2015 through 11 May on all Mediterranean routes totalled 1,792, which is approximately 32 percent higher than 2016’s total thus far.

Over the past two days around 800 migrants have been rescued on the Central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy, including Egyptians, Sudanese, Somalis and a number of migrants from the Comoro Islands.

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Over 417,000 Internally Displaced in Libya: IOM Report

Posted on Fri. May-13-2016

Libya - IOM Libya this week released its latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) report. The DTM Round 3 provides a comprehensive overview of the latest numbers and mobility patterns of internally displaced persons (IDPs), asylum seekers, migrants and returnees in the country, providing a baseline for full country coverage to be used for coordinating and planning humanitarian assistance.

The report identified 417,123 IDPs in Libya, half of whom are under the age of 18. This number is a result of three waves of displacement – the first taking place in 2011; the second from 2012 to mid-2014, and the third and largest, which began in mid-2014.

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


"We can afford to help, and we know what we need to do to handle large movements of refugees and migrants. Yet too often, we let fear and ignorance get in the way.” - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Read more

Migration in the News
  • AFP reported that at least 800 migrants were rescued off the coast of Sicily on Thursday, among them at least 150 Syrians.
  • Xinhua reported that as the European Parliament again debates the necessity to reform and harmonize European asylum rights, the number of refugees in Greece continues to rise, approaching 55,000.
  • Sputnik reported that six months after the Malta Summit at which the European Union agreed with its African neighbors to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, over 600,000 have made the journey and over 1,600 have died.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM Slovakia handles 30- 40 human trafficking cases every year. The victims are mainly Slovaks who are trafficked abroad to work, often to Britain.
  • The Guardian reported on the changes in the Dominican Republic’s citizenship rules that sparked an exodus of undocumented Haitian descendants. Months later their plight in camps on the border between the two countries is desperate.

Trending on the Internet

  • Bloomberg reported that the refugee route to Europe via Italy is becoming busier and, for the first time since April 2015, saw more arrivals than the route from Turkey through Greece.
  • The Guardian reported on research from the London School of Economics that blames the 2008 recession, rather than the rise in the number of EU migrants, for lower real salaries in the UK. It notes that migrants paid more into the UK economy than they took out.


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