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10 June 2016

MICIC Guidelines to protect migrants experiencing conflict or natural disaster.

IOM Welcomes Guidelines to Protect Migrants
Posted on Fri. June-10-2016

Switzerland - IOM today (10/6) welcomed the publication of the “Guidelines to Protect Migrants in Countries Experiencing Conflict or Natural Disaster” by the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative.

Almost all countries host a migrant population and no country is immune to conflict or natural disaster.  IOM’s experience has shown that migrants were among those worst affected in every humanitarian crisis of the last decade.  

“We have a collective responsibility to improve protection for vulnerable migrants in countries experiencing crisis,” said IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing.  “States, international organizations, employers, recruiters and civil society all have a role to play in ensuring that migrants and their particular needs and vulnerabilities are taken into account in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from crisis.”

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 207,260; Deaths 2,856
Posted on Fri. June-10-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 207,260 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 8 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain.

Deaths so far this year are 2,856, compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities in the Mediterranean in 2016 are over 1,000 more than last year’s mid-year total, although we now are some three weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.

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"The fence (between Mexico and the US) has a very powerful psychological impact on our culture. It represents the tragedy of the thousands of people who have died trying to cross it… of those who left their families to look for better opportunities or to escape violence or even death… It's like a wall of tears." – Mexican artist Ana Teresa Fernández. Read more here.

Migration in the News
  • AFP reported that 2,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, and another 1,000 on Wednesday, according to the Italian Coast Guard.
  • Guardian UK reported that UK Border Force officers detained three migrants, believed to be Iranian, as they tried to cross the English Channel in a small boat.
  • The Irish Examiner reported that Italian authorities are looking into claims that they arrested the wrong man in a major Eritrean migrant-smuggling investigation.
  • Humanosphere reported that while Europe tries to stop the flow of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, pending legal challenges in Europe may overturn the deal with Turkey that has helped to limit the number of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece.
  • AFP reported on a play called “Boat of Death” performed by Sudanese artists to highlight the perils that sea crossings pose to irregular migrants.
  • EFE reported that a Moroccan NGO has called for international help to locate 58 Moroccan migrants who are missing after the sinking of a boat on 27th May in the Mediterranean.
  • Germany’s N-tv reported on IOM’s reintegration programme in Northern Iraq for returnees from Europe.
  • IPS reported that water scarcity, conflict and the refugee exodus are megatrends in West Asia, according to the UNEP.
  • The Diplomat ran a feature on the situation of Indian migrant workers in the Middle East. It noted that India will soon emerge as one of the largest migrant-sending countries of the world.

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  • AP reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the Greek Island of Lesbos on June 18th to assess the migrant situation and show his solidarity as part of the effort to formulate a global response to the crisis which has seen hundreds of refugees and migrants dying in the Mediterranean.


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