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28 June 2016


Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals in 2016: 222,291; Deaths: 2,888
Posted on Tue. June-28-2016

Italy - IOM reports an estimated 222,291 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 26 June, arriving in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain. Deaths in the Mediterranean so far this year are 2,888, compared with 1,838 through the first six months of 2015.

The latest two incidents involving fatalities occurred on the Central Mediterranean route, which thus far in 2016 has seen 2,467 migrant drownings, or over 85% of all deaths involving migrants attempting to enter Europe by sea. 

On 14 June, nine migrants were reported drowned off the Libyan coast near the port of Zuwara. On 25 June, last Saturday, 17 migrants were also reportedly lost off Libya. All the victims were reportedly Ethiopians.  Rescued migrants arriving in Brindisi told IOM staff that during their sea crossing they witnessed the migrants falling overboard from their dinghy.

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Displaced people at the Wau UNMISS base. Photo: IOM 

Fighting in Wau, South Sudan, Triggers Spike in Humanitarian Needs
Posted on Tue. June-28-2016

South Sudan - Relief agencies, including IOM, are providing emergency assistance to displaced populations in Wau town, South Sudan, following intense fighting on 24 and 25 June.

The violence has exacerbated existing needs, as insecurity since late 2015 has forced tens of thousands to flee their homes and left over 100,000 people in search of protection and emergency aid.

On 26 June, IOM deployed a surge team of technical and operational specialists to Wau to assist with coordination and distribution of aid. The team delivered health supplies and medicines. Additional relief supplies will be airlifted in the coming days.

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

Migration in the News
  • BBC reported that the bodies of 19 Ethiopian migrants who suffocated to death in a container truck in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been returned home.
  • IFRC reported that the rescue of 3,300 migrants and refugees by the Italian coastguard on Sunday indicates that the number of people crossing the Mediterranean is likely to keep increasing.

  • Canada’s CBC reported that the war in Ukraine, along with Russia's annexation of Crimea, has displaced over 1.7 million Ukrainians.

  • Indonesia’s Serambi reported that IOM has started to interview a group of Sri Lankan Tamil migrants recently stranded in Aceh while trying to reach Australia.  
  • Indonesia’s  Pikiran Merdeka reported that 103 stranded Rohingya migrants are still living in a shelter in Aceh, where they have been for over a year.  

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  • HRW published a joint statement by 100 NGOs ahead of the 28-29 June European Council strongly condemning new European Union policies to contain migration.

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