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21 June 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,691; Deaths: 2,861
Posted on Tue. June-21-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,691 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 19 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths so far this year are 2,861 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 almost two weeks shy of 2016’s mid-year point.


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The Government of Japan has released USD 500,000 to support IOM’s response to the Ecuador earthquake. Photo: IOM 2016

Japan Donates USD 500,000 to IOM Ecuador to Support Earthquake Relief Operations
Posted on Tue. June-21-2016

Ecuador - The Government of Japan has released USD 500,000 to support IOM’s response to the 7.8 earthquake that struck the country's Pacific coast on 16 April and left approximately 80,000 people displaced.


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


"If you don’t solve problems at the root, problems will come to you." –  Filippo Grandi, UNHCR chief. Read more here.



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

Migration in the News
  • The Week, Buzz Feed, BBC and CCTV- America reported that the number of people fleeing conflict and persecution around the world has reached an all-time high, according to an annual report from the United Nations.

  • A Foreign Policy op-ed notes that to prevent an irrevocable right-wing backlash, Europe must turn away the world's tired, poor, and huddled masses.

  • CBC reported that Italy’s collaborative program between the community, church groups and the country’s foreign and interior ministries functions as a humanitarian corridor for migrants, providing a safe alternative to smugglers' routes.

  • AFP reported that  more than 130,000 people of Haitian origin living in the Dominican Republic risk deportation because it is nearly impossible for them to renew their temporary residency permits.

  • IRIN reported that Myanmar’s new government will soon announce a plan to repatriate refugees in Thailand.

  • Channel News Asia reported that by signing the refugee convention, the Indonesian government could move even further in showing solidarity with the international community, says the United Nations.

  • Des Moines Register featured the Tameem family, the first Syrian refugees in Iowa.

  • BBC Mundo published a story about "cultural coding" classes for refugees in Norway.

Trending on the Internet

  • Global Citizen reported about a group called New Humans of Australia (NHOA) which celebrates the voices of refugees and migrants who have now come to call Australia home.

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