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31 May 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 204,311; Deaths 2,443
Posted on Tue. May-31-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 204,311 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 30 May, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

After a surge in reported shipwrecks and other incidents at sea during the past eight days, estimated deaths through 30 May this year have risen to 2,443 on all Mediterranean routes - a 34 percent increase over the first five months of 2015.

A week ago, when IOM briefed on the situation on the Mediterranean, we reported that confirmed fatalities were running 24 percent fewer than last year’s total through all of May. That estimate -1,828 on all known migrant routes - was less than half of the final total for 2015, which came to 3,770.

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Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Greece: IOM Report
Posted on Tues. May-31-2016

Greece - IOM Greece has published a report based on interviews with 1,206 unaccompanied child migrants in Greece. Some 508 said that they would not consider returning to their countries of origin because it was their intention to reach a northern European country and 282 expressed the wish to return back to their country of origin. The remainder initially expressed willingness to return home but later changed their minds and decided to stay in Greece.

By the end of the project in late 2014, which was designed to develop standard operating procedures for assisted voluntary return and reintegration of unaccompanied migrant children, 59 of the children returned home with IOM return and full reintegration assistance. Another 41 from Egypt returned home and received post arrival reintegration assistance.

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


"If only there were legal and safe migration routes, nobody would have to die at sea.” - Judith Sunderland, Human Rights Watch. Read more here.

Migration in the News
  • Washington Post reported that the image of a dead baby drowned off Libya has become the latest heartbreaking symbol of the Mediterranean migrant and refugee crisis.

  • RFI reported on search and rescue operations and the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean.

  • Zeit Online reported on the large number of unaccompanied minors crossing the Mediterranean from Libya.

  • Austria’s ORF reported on economic migration from West Africa to Libya and Europe through Niger.

  • Politico reported that according to the Walk Free Foundation, over 1.2 million people are now victims of slavery in Europe, with human traffickers targeting migrants trying to reach the EU.

  • Refugees Deeply published an article by Jeff Crisp of Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre analyzing the historical reluctance of rich countries to admit refugees.

  • AFP published a factsheet on number of migrants and refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Italy from Libya.

  • Al Jazeera reported that rights groups and activists have urged the EU to do more to protect refugees fleeing war and persecution after the recent deaths of scores trying to reach Europe in overcrowded boats.

  • Europe Online Magazine reported that Italian authorities have arrested two men blamed for one last week’s three deadly migrant shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.

  • IRIN reported that growing numbers of Libyans are seeking help from the international community as their country descends further into conflict and chaos.

  • CNN reported that the rescue of 18 Albanian migrants in the English Channel has fueled debate over immigration ahead of the upcoming “Brexit” vote on UK membership of the EU.

  • Jakarta Post reported that the new ASEAN Community promotes the movement of skilled workers, but fails to offer protection to far greater numbers of unskilled workers in the region.

Trending on the Internet

  • Huffington Post reported that Canada Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he wants to end the Canada Border Services Agency's practice of detaining child migrants.

  • The Conversation reported that migrant children are often their parents' translators. Research shows that this can have a negative psychological impact.


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