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09 June 2016

A Syrian refugee family leave Amman, Jordan for resettlement in the United States. Photo: IOM

Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. Spike

United States - The number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States increased dramatically in May and early June, marking a significant surge in the pace of resettlement for a program that has become a lightning rod for critics of the Obama administration, reports Laura Koran for CNN.

In fact, more Syrian refugees have arrived in the U.S. over the last five weeks than in the previous seven months, according to State Department data. Since May 1, 2,019 Syrian refugees have been admitted to the U.S., while only 1,736 were taken in over the first seven months of the fiscal year.

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Scotland has the highest level of university-educated migrants in the whole of the European Union. Map: The Telegraph.

Mapped: How Britain has the Most University Educated Migrants in the European Union

United Kingdom - Immigrants in Britain are better educated than the natives, official statistics reveal, with more than half of all foreign-born residents in the UK educated to degree level, write Daniel Dunford and Ashley Kirk in The Telegraph.

This is the highest proportion in Europe, with Ireland having the next highest share - at 44 per cent.

Of the total UK population, less than one in three people went through higher education, which ranks the country seventh in Europe.

Of the 35 regions with the highest share of university-educated foreign residents, only two are from outside of the UK - the Bulgarian region hosting the capital, Sofia, and the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

Britain has all of the top fifteen, according to figures released by Eurostat for 2011, the last year for which data is available.

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Migration in the News
  • AP/New York Times reported that the Greek island of Crete is becoming a new destination for migrants from the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Sputnik reported that the European Court of Justice has issued a landmark ruling declaring that it is wrong to imprison migrants caught illegally entering the EU’s visa-free Schengen area.
  • Deutschlandfunk and Switzerland’s Aargauer Zeitung reported on the growing number of unaccompanied child migrants arriving in Europe – around 7,000 this year.
  • Tagesspiegel interviewed researcher Heidrun Friese on migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • Switzerland’s Watson reported on the growing death toll in the Mediterranean.
  • Somaliland Press ran an Op-Ed by Maximilien von Berg noting that 25 years after the territory’s independence, Somaliland remains legally unrecognized.
  • Kuwait Times reported the launch of IOM Kuwait’s second human trafficking awareness-raising campaign in shopping malls around the country.
  • Indonesia’s reported on the launch of IOM X’s video “Open Doors”, which aims to prevent the exploitation of domestic workers in Southeast Asia.

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  • BBC talked with Afghan migrants in the French Channel port of Cherbourg who are considering whether to try and reach the UK in small boats.


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