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13 September 2016

A young Syrian child is lifted to safety by responders from an overloaded boat carrying 55 migrants. File photo. Photo: MOAS/ Jason Florio 2016

Migrant Arrivals on Mediterranean Reach 294,450; Deaths at Sea: 3,207
Posted on Tue. September 13, 2016

Italy - IOM reports that 294,450 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 12 September, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy, where 126,931 migrants or refugees have arrived during 2016.

Italy’s 2016 total is slightly higher than the 122,113 recorded through 12 September 2015. As for the region as a whole, through 2015’s first eight months (1 January–31 August) a total of 354,618 arrivals were recorded crossing the Mediterranean, or some 60,000 more than 2016’s total thus far.                 

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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Netherland's Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation after signing the Memorandum for future cooperation towards a more comprehensive and long-term approach to migration governance. Photo: IOM 2016

IOM, Netherlands Strengthen Cooperation
Posted on Tue. September 13, 2016

Netherlands - IOM and the Government of the Netherlands have agreed on closer bilateral cooperation in the field of migration through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed today (13/09) by Minister Lilianne Ploumen of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

The Memorandum consolidates the strategic relationship between IOM and the Netherlands and defines priorities for future cooperation towards a more comprehensive and long-term approach to migration governance.

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Migration in the News

  • IRIN reported about next week’s UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants and what to expect from it.

  • EurActiv published an op-ed from Eurasylum Managing Director Solon Ardittis who wrote that the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants is an opportunity for states to involve the private sector and local authorities to address the global refugee crisis.

  • CNN reported that a baby boy was born aboard an MSF refugee and migrant rescue vessel operating in the Mediterranean on Monday morning.

  • Handelsblatt reported on the EU-Turkey agreement, referencing the current situation of refugee camps in Greece and the implementation of the deal by the Greek government.

  • Tagesschau and Bild reported on the incident of 2,300 migrants saved by the Italian marine and coast guard off the coast of Libya.

  • Reuters reported that EU politicians worry about "economic migrants" from Africa, saying more must be done to improve living standards there to stem the flow.

  • IRIN reported that humanitarian interventions to detect – let alone stop – trafficking of refugees are woefully lacking, as are efforts to find and punish the perpetrators.

  • Euronews reported that Afghans will likely be the next wave of refugees that will enter Europe.

  • National Observer reported on the plight of Filipinos displaced by an attack by gunmen three years ago in Zamboanga, Philippines.

  • Der Tagesspiegel published an article on environmental migration.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that a British warship will arrive off the Libyan coast in the next few days in an attempt to intercept and arrest people smugglers.

  • France24 featured a documentary on Agadez, the largest city in central Niger, which has become one of the main transit points for undocumented migrants from West Africa who dream of Europe.

  • Huffington Post reported that about 800 substitute educators ― specialists in Greek as a second language ― have been brought on to teach at least 2,000 refugee children and as many as 22,000 migrant children.

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