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24 June 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 214,861; Deaths: 2,861
Posted on Fri. June-24-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 214,861 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 22 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 over 1,000 ahead of last year’s mid-year total, with one week remaining before 2016’s mid-year point.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi reported on Thursday (23 June) that Libya’s Coast Guard indicated five migrant boats were rescued off the coast near Zawiya with approximately 1,000 migrants on board, with one casualty reported. IOM Libya is currently working to find out more information about the incident and provide those in need with Non-Food Item relief kits and hygiene kits.

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German Ambassador to Libya Christian Much (left) and IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi. Photo: IOM 2016

Germany, IOM to Assist Displaced, Vulnerable, Sea-rescued Migrants in Libya
Posted on Fri. June-24-2016

Libya - Germany and IOM Libya have signed an agreement for a six-month project aimed at providing direct assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs), migrants rescued at sea, detained migrants and other vulnerable migrants in the North African country.

The EUR 1 million project – which runs through 31 December 2016 – will include humanitarian assistance through the provision of Non Food Items (NFIs) to vulnerable IDPs and humanitarian assistance for those rescued at sea, as well as migrants detained in Libya and those vulnerable migrants in urban settings.

The agreement comes at a time of increasing maritime incidents. May 2016 saw a spike in the number of maritime incidents off the Libyan coast, making it the deadliest month to date this year, with 1,086 migrants reported as dead or missing. Between 22 and 28 May alone, over 3,600 migrants were rescued at sea and brought back to Libya.

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"My appeal is that, not only to the authorities but also to the local population: refugees as you know, are not terrorists,” –  UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. more here.



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

Migration in the News
  • BBCReutersInternational Business TimesAbruzzo TV reported that at least 4,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on board 40 vessels were rescued on Thursday (23 June).

  • The Star reported that Canada for Refugees says some 500 families who are ready to travel are stuck in limbo, having to wait for months just to get on a plane to Canada.

  • New York Times ran an OpEd which notes the prejudice aimed at African migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe who will not be welcomed with the same compassion as the Syrians and Iraqis who have come before them.

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  • Times of India reports on the main economic risks and benefits for the EU's remaining members should Britain leave the group.

  • Reuters reported that Interpol launched a public appeal on Thursday for help catching people smugglers who make billions of dollars' profit from the flow of desperate migrants from poor and strife-torn homelands.

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