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14 June 2016

Fatal Journeys, Vol. 2 - New Global Report from IOM
Posted on Tues. June-14-2016

Germany - IOM reports in the latest edition of its publication Fatal Journeys Volume 2: Identification and Tracing of Dead and Missing Migrants that over 60,000 migrants are estimated to have died or gone missing on sea and land routes worldwide since 1996.

According to the report released today (14 June), an estimated 5,400 migrants died or were recorded as missing in 2015. In 2016, already more than 3,400 migrants have lost their lives worldwide, this year over 80 percent of those attempting to reach Europe by sea.

The true number of migrant deaths is surely greater, said Frank Laczko, Director of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC). Laczko explained countless deaths remain unknown as a result of migrants dying at sea or in remote areas where fatalities seldom are witnessed or recorded.

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Migrant Arrivals to Europe via Mediterranean Top 210,000 in 2016; Deaths 2,859
Posted on Tues. June-14-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 210,643 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 12 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths so far this year are 2,859 compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015. In other words, fatalities on the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 stand at 1,020 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, although we remain three weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM’s Rome spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo reported Monday that over 3,180 migrants have been rescued at sea and brought to land since IOM’s Friday (10 June) report. He added that the majority of migrants likely sailed from Libya. Other rescue operations were carried out Sunday, whose rescued migrants were to land in Italy Monday and today. IOM estimates 51,965 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year.

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Last week, we asked you about “Debt Bondage” on our #KnowMigration twitter polls. Here is how we define it:



To answer today's migration quiz, go to our twitter poll here.


 

"It’s possible for Europe to create well-functioning migration governance systems with fair assessment of individual requests for international protection while removing hysteria and panic from the equation."  – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein. Read more here.


 
Migration in the News
  • Xinhua and Sputnik reported that IOM welcomed China's application for membership, saying that it is "crucial" for the organization's global significance.

  • Reuters reported that a boat carrying about 200 migrants which had sent out a distress signal off Crete on Monday was spotted safe and sailing to Italy, the Greek coast guard said.

  • New York Times ran an Op-Ed by Australian photographer Ashley Gilbertson on the plight of unaccompanied young migrants leaving Africa for Italy in increasing numbers.

  • Reuters reported that UNHCR expects 248,000 refugees and migrants to arrive in Europe via the Eastern Mediterranean route this year, far lower than the "up to 1 million" it foresaw at the start of the year.

  • Colombo Page reported that authorities in Aceh, Indonesia intercepted a boat carrying at least 35 Sri Lankan asylum seekers bound for Australia but refused to arrest them for immigration violation or have their refugee status processed on shore.

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  • Huffington Post reported that around one in 10 refugees traveling through Europe is pregnant, and better coordinated approaches from states and NGOs are urgently needed to keep women and their newborn babies safe and well.

  • NYT’s Women in the World featured the co-founder of a Greek refuge for women migrants that aims to spread love amid a sea of hatred.

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