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27 May 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 194,611; Deaths 1,475
Posted on Fri. May-27-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 194,611 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2016, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain, through May 25. Fatalities – including some 100 still missing – IOM estimates at 1,475 through 26 May 2016.  

Flavio Di Giacomo of IOM Rome notes that 37,363 migrants and refugees arrived on Italian shores through 25 May, including all rescued individuals brought ashore so far this week. That total will certainly climb today (27/5), as some 10,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued in the region since Monday, 23 May.

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Migrants passing through a transit town in Niger’s Agadez region. Photo: Amanda Nero / IOM 2016

IOM Records Over 60,000 Migrants Passing Through Agadez, Niger between February and April 2016
Posted on Fri. May-27-2016

Niger - Through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), IOM has recorded a total of 60,970 migrants passing through the transit towns of Arlit and Séguédine in the Agadez region of Niger between February and April 2016. Of this total, 44,890 were recorded leaving Niger, while 16,080 were migrants entering the country. Niger is a transit country for West African migrants travelling to and from Algeria and Libya.

The results of the flow monitoring during this period shows that minors represent 2.9 percent of the flow through Séguédine, which is an increase in the number of reported unaccompanied and accompanied minors heading towards Libya. The proportion of minors through Arlit is 9.4 percent, which includes those coming from and going to Algeria.

The main nationalities of those surveyed heading towards Libya were Nigerians (32 percent), Nigeriens (21 percent), Senegalese (16 percent), Gambians (11 percent) and Ivorians (7 percent). The flow of migrants returning from Libya through Niger, consisted mainly of Nigerians (85 percent), Nigeriens (6 percent), Malians (4 percent) and Burkinabes (2 percent).

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IOM staff interview flood displaced families at an evacuation center in a local school. Photo: IOM / Upali Jayasuriya  2016

IOM to Assist in Wake of Deadly Sri Lanka Floods and Landslides
Posted on Fri. May-27-2016

Sri Lanka - Torrential rains in Sri Lanka have resulted in severe flooding and landslides that have left dozens of people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced. Data from the national Disaster Management Centre shows that 340,150 people are affected across the island, with 237,240 people still in evacuation centers.

IOM has completed preliminary assessments in the worst-hit areas of Kegalle and Rathnapura districts (both located about 80 kilometres from Colombo where more than 35,000 people have been affected), as well as in the urban areas of Colombo and Gampaha.

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


"We are aware that it is because of geography that the most responsibility is, and will continue to be, placed on Europe. However we would also like the global community to show solidarity and recognise that this is a global crisis." - Donald Tusk, European Council President, at the G7 Summit in Japan. Read more here.

Migration in the News
  • AFP, BBC, NYT, and the Wall Street Journal reported that over 100 migrants were feared dead Thursday after two crowded boats capsized off Libya in separate incidents.

  • Anadolu Agency reported that the number of refugees arriving in Greece in May fell to below 50 a day, with zero fatalities between Turkey and Greece, after some 400 people drowned in the first four months of the year.

  • Buzzfeed News reported on the Italian navy’s rescue of over 500 people from a capsized boat, but noted that as more people again try to reach Europe by sea, the number of deaths is also increasing.

  • RT reported that rescuing migrant boats in the Mediterranean may soon push the German Navy’s taskforce to its limits, due to a “shockingly” large number of people in Libya eager to reach Italy.

  • The European Commission announced a further EUR 47 million in new projects, bringing to almost EUR 240 million the amount contracted under a programme to address the immediate needs of refugees and host communities in Turkey.

  • The New Times of Rwanda reported that the US will provide USD 52,000 in emergency aid to Rwandans who lost their homes in landslides earlier this month. 

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  • The Washington Post reported that Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki celebrated Mass on a refugee boat serving as an altar in front of Cologne cathedral in Germany on May 26, in memory of migrants who lost their lives in the Mediterranean. 


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