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16 September 2016


Afghan child returnees at the IOM Transit Center at the Torkham border. Photo: IOM

USD 21 Million Needed to Help 400,000 Afghan Returnees from Pakistan By Year-End: IOM
Posted on Fri. September 16, 2016

Afghanistan - IOM is appealing for USD 21 million to provide life-saving assistance to the most vulnerable among the 400,000-plus undocumented Afghans likely to return home from Pakistan before the end of 2016.

The funding request forms part of the UN’s Flash Appeal for Afghanistan, totaling USD 150 million. IOM will concentrate on scaling up assistance to almost 140,000 undocumented Afghan returnees. It will provide transport vouchers to get them back to their home areas, and relief kits with essential items such as clothing, soap, household items and cooking sets through the IOM Transit Center located at the Torkham border.

A further 4,800 families (some 33,000 people) in the districts surrounding Jalalabad City (which hosts the highest densities of returnees) will be provided with emergency shelter ahead of the winter, including insulated tents, gas heaters and blankets, as well as mobile phones, so that their whereabouts can be confirmed.     

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IOM helps asylum seekers to relocate safely from Greece. Photo: IOM 2016

IOM Aids EU Relocation of 5,000 Asylum Seekers in First Year, Urges Renewed Effort
Posted on Fri. September 16, 2016

Greece - As the European Union (EU) relocation scheme reaches its one year anniversary, only 5,000 asylum seekers have been relocated from Greece and Italy to other EU Member States with IOM assistance. The EU programme adopted a year ago was set up to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline EU Member States. Since then, IOM has assisted 4,954 people relocate from Greece and Italy with pre-departure preparation and travel assistance.

Given the slow progress made in the first year, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has called on all EU Member States to step up and fully meet the commitments made under the programme. His comments come ahead of the 19 September UN Summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.

“Relocation was put in place as a vital protection tool with the promise of a shared European response to the challenges of dealing with the migration flows across the Mediterranean. But we see that implementation is clearly lagging,” said Ambassador Swing.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 297,039; Deaths at Sea: 3,212
Posted on Fri. September 16, 2016

Italy - IOM reports that 297,039 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 14 September, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 165,409 people have arrived in Greece and 129,126 in Italy during 2016.

With thousands of migrants and refugees rescued this week in the Channel of Sicily, IOM expects the total number of arrivals to pass the 300,000 mark this weekend. This figure is far short of the 469,869 arrivals recorded by IOM at this point in 2015.

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Migration in the News
  • Voice of America reported that with two weeks remaining in the US fiscal year, refugee aid agencies around the country are scrambling to bring in more refugees to meet a 2016 quota of 85,000 resettled refugees.

  • Kenya’s Capital FM reported that the Japanese government has donated five border patrol vehicles, computers, and furniture through IOM to Kenya’s Immigration Department.

Trending on the Internet


  • The Guardian reported that as a US-driven immigration crackdown forces many to find alternative routes through Mexico, activists fear an increase in trafficking and drownings at sea.

  • Reuters reported that Italy's rising rejection rate for asylum requests is at odds with the stories told by migrants who risk their lives to cross the desert and sea to reach Europe, according to a Rome-based NGO.

  • A Huffington Post blog featured an open letter by 20 leading academics and influencers worldwide asking world leaders do more to ensure refugees obtain an education.

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