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17 May 2016

IOM Marks International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
Posted on Tues. May-17-2016

Switzerland - Today, 17 May, marks the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This day is a reminder of the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, including migrants, around the world.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and secures under international human rights law, the protection of rights for all people, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or “other status”. Yet the world continues to be a dangerous place for LGBTI people.

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Watch IOM DG William Lacy Swing's Message

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 189,414; Deaths 1,357
Posted on Tues. May-17-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 189,414 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 15 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths through 15 May this year stand at 1,357 on all Mediterranean routes, which is 24 percent lower than last year’s total of 1,792, through the same period.

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Last week, we asked you through our twitter polls to identify whether a person is an undocumented migrant or not. Here’s the definition IOM uses:

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


"Politicians are playing with fire by suggesting that surges in migration can be stopped rather than merely managed.” - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more

Migration in the News
  • The Observer / Guardian interviewed IOM DG William Lacy Swing, who warned that the global  aid system is crumbling under the weight of an overwhelming number of crises, ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul later this month. An Observer Editorial referenced the interview.

  • AP, Euronews/Reuters, USA Today and Mashable reported that the number of migrants passing through the Balkans has dropped dramatically since March, when Turkey agreed with the EU to take back migrants arriving on the Greek islands.

  • AFP reported that according to IOM and the UN, there were virtually no Syrians among the 800 migrants rescued off the coast of Sicily last week, contrary to earlier reports.

  • Haberler reported that Macedonian authorities have sent back to Greece over 11,000 migrants since it closed its borders in early March.

  • DPA reported that some 1,153 migrants were rescued on Monday  between Sicily and North Africa, according to the Italian Coast Guard.

  • CNN reported that according to a UK parliamentary committee, Operation Sophia, the EU naval mission to prevent people smuggling from Libya to Italy, is failing.

  • Bloomberg reported that the poor economy, ongoing insecurity and slow rebuilding are pushing young Somalis to leave the country for Europe and the Gulf.

  • DPA reported that Italy says it will stop irregular migrants from crossing into Austria at the Brenner Pass, amid fears that Vienna may reintroduce border checks there.

  • The Guardian reported that IRC president and former UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has called for an end to the refugee camp system and the reform of international humanitarian institutions.

  • Zimbabwe’s The Standard reported how a Harare woman accepted a domestic job in Kuwait, but fell prey to human traffickers.

  • Reuters reported that Colombia's government and FARC rebels have agreed a roadmap for children under 15 to leave guerilla encampments and re-integrate into civil society. UNICEF and IOM will oversee the process.

  • reported on IOM’s emergency response one month after the Ecuador earthquake.

Trending on the Internet

  • Carnegie Europe published an Op-Ed by ICG CEO  Jean-Marie Guéhenno arguing that the West’s current focus on the refugee crisis in Europe obscures the larger truths of a global crisis of displacement that endangers the international order. This is a crisis largely born out of war.

  • Refugees Deeply’s first installment of a three-part series explores the threats faced by female refugees, especially Syrian women, including the risk of being trafficked into the sex trade on their journeys to Europe and even after reaching its shores.


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