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20 May 2016

IOM Assists 7,000 Victims of Human Trafficking Globally in 2015
Posted on Fri. May-20-2016

Switzerland - Nearly 7,000 victims of trafficking were assisted by IOM in 115 countries during 2015. The victim assistance caseload, which is the largest in the world, increased by approximately 9 percent compared to the previous year.

The majority of victims assisted by IOM in 2015 were trafficked for the purpose of labour exploitation (74 percent). Construction, domestic work and fishing were amongst the top sectors in which individuals were exploited. A fifth of all victims assisted by IOM in 2015 were trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. A further 5 percent of all individuals assisted were trafficked for the purpose of both sexual and labour exploitation.

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IOM Helps 171 Stranded Senegalese Migrants Return Home from Libya
Posted on Fri. May-20-2016

Libya - IOM yesterday (19/05) facilitated the return of 171 Senegalese migrants, including one medical case to Senegal. Of the group, 161 had spent several months in detention centres. This repatriation – done in close cooperation with Libyan authorities, Senegal’s Embassy in Tripoli, the IOM office in Senegal and IOM office in Algeria – was carried out by a charter flight, which departed from Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport and arrived in Dakar, Senegal yesterday evening.

This latest repatriation was instigated after the IOM organised visit by eight West African embassies in Libya to Abu-Saleem and Al-Gweea immigration detention centres on 2-3 May (previously reported here).  

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Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) trucks loaded with UN, ICRC and IOM food, nutritional supplements, medical, educational and hygiene supplies reach Harasta in Rural Damascus. Photo: SARC 2016

Inter-Agency Humanitarian Aid Reaches Besieged Population in Harasta in Rural Damascus
Posted on Fri. May-20-2016

Syria - For the first time in four years, this week (18/05) Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) trucks loaded with UN, ICRC and IOM food, nutritional supplements, medical, educational and hygiene supplies were mobilized from Damascus to provide assistance in besieged area of east Harasta in Rural Damascus (less than 15 km north of Damascus).

It is estimated that 10,000 people will benefit from the supplies. IOM provided 25 wheelchairs for children and adults with disabilities. IOM staff were also part of the convoy.

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


"The main misconception is that refugees are a burden – But that’s incorrect. While of course the primary motivation to let in refugees is that they’re fleeing death, once they arrive they can contribute to the economy.” - Philippe Legrain, senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics. Read more

Migration in the News
  • AP reported that a European Commission report revealed that women and unaccompanied minors are especially vulnerable to human trafficking, usually in the form of sex slavery.

  • News Deeply published an OpEd by Solon Ardittis, director of Eurasylum, who noted that adopting a viable "strategic agenda" on managing migration flows at the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit could serve as a dry run for the UN meeting on refugees in September.

  • UNFCC reported that a group of experts on human migration presented during the latest UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn key findings about the link between climate change and migration, and highlighted the importance of reliable data, able to measure climate migration.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian noted that an EU report warns that children have become the preferred target for criminal gangs amid concern over thousands of minors disappearing from official view.

  • World Economic Forum reported on how entrepreneurship is taking root in Europe's migrant camps like Idomeni in Greece, which is home mostly to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans.


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