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07 June 2016

IOM Fears 320 Migrants Missing in Mediterranean as Deaths Approach 3,000 in 2016
Posted on Tues. June-7-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 206,400 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 5 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. No fatalities have been recorded in the Mediterranean since Saturday, 4 June. Deaths so far this year are 2,809, compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities in the Mediterranean in 2016 are nearly 1,000 more than last year’s mid-year total, even though we now are some three weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.

Concerning the Friday, 3 June shipwreck off Crete that IOM reported on last week, we now fear some 320 migrants and refugees remain missing based on testimony received from survivors whom IOM staffers were able to interview in the Italian port of Augusta after their rescue. Those 320 missing (and presumed drowned) are included in the latest fatalities total, and are in addition to bodies recovered last week by rescue crews.

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An earthquake survivor sits oustide her makeshift shelter in Ecuador (File photo). Photo: IOM 2016

Displaced Ecuador Earthquake Survivors Face Lack of Water, Sanitation, Funding
Posted on Tues. June-7-2016

Ecuador - IOM, through its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), has released its second set of findings on the main needs and vulnerabilities faced by people displaced in Ecuador’s Manabi and Esmeraldas provinces in the wake of the country’s devastating 16th April earthquake.

Based on a preliminary assessment made by the Ministry of Housing regarding the shelter situation, 30,000 people out of a total of 73,000 displaced are currently living in planned or spontaneous displacement sites. 

According to the DTM, 15,396 of the people assessed between 17-22 May are located in Manabí, 4,671 in Esmeraldas and 342 in Santo Domingo. The DTM results include people living in government-organized camps, “spontaneous” shelters, open spaces and with host families.

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Last week, we asked you questions about the feminization of migration on our #KnowMigration twitter polls. Here is how we define it:



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"We have to have an adaptation policy (for climate change). The more adaptation you have, the less mitigation you need. The more you prepare, the less you have to lose." – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.


 
Migration in the News
  • IPS interviewed IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the second UN Environmental Assembly in Nairobi on climate change and forced migration.

  • Sputnik reported a joint statement by IOM, WHO, WFP and UNICEF about people fleeing Fallujah in Iraq as fighting intensifies. The agencies highlighted the need for funding for life-saving humanitarian operations.

  • BBC and AFP reported on the migrant boat that sank off Crete on Friday with hundreds feared drowned.

  • Reuters reported that the European Union has proposed expanding a UN Security Council mandate for a European naval operation to allow it to crack down on arms smuggling on the high seas off Libya.

  • IRIN reported that Cairo has long been home to a small community of Eritrean refugees fleeing war and oppression. But local activists say the number of new arrivals heading for Europe has soared over the past year.

  • Arab News reported that Saudi Arabia has donated USD 10 million to IOM and UNHCR to assist 20,000 Somali returnees from Yemen.

  • Berliner Morgenpost reported that 2,800 Afghans have returned to Afghanistan from Europe in 2016.

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  • The Guardian reported that the European Union is considering whether to forge ahead with a plan to work with repressive African regimes in an attempt to stem migration flows.

 

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