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23 September 2016

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 300,450; Deaths at Sea: 3,501
Posted on Fri. September 23, 2016

Italy - IOM reports that 300,450 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 21 September, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 166,050 people have arrived in Greece and 130,567 in Italy during 2016.

Totals in 2015 through the entire month of September last year were 518,181 - nearly 50 percent higher than 2016’s totals, with slightly over a week remaining in September.

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Assisted voluntary return and reintegration from Europe is spiking in 2016. File photo: IOM

Over 50,000 Migrants Opted for Assisted Voluntary Return in First Half of 2016: IOM
Posted on Fri. September 23, 2016

Switzerland - IOM assisted 51,031* migrants in the first half of 2016 under its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes. The migrants were from 150 different countries of origin and were returned from 92 host and/or transit countries.

Based on the figures outlined in the first AVRR bulletin the number of AVRR beneficiaries is likely to reach 100,000 by the end of the year.

By comparison IOM assisted 69,540 migrants in 2015 – nearly 60 percent more than in 2014, when it helped 43,786 migrants to return to their countries of origin in a safe and dignified manner.

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Italian Coast Guard rescues migrants and refugees bound for Italy. File photo: Francesco Malavolta / IOM

IOM, UNHCR Host Regional Workshop on Protection at Sea in Southern Mediterranean
Posted on Fri. September 23, 2016

Tunisia - On 21-22 September, IOM and UNHCR jointly organized and facilitated a regional workshop on Strengthening Protection at Sea in the Southern Mediterranean Sea Region in the Tunisian capital Tunis.

The event brought together officials from Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Italy, as well representatives of the EU naval mission (EUNAVFOR Med) and academics to consider the humanitarian challenges faced in search and rescue of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

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Thousands of West African migrants have voluntarily returned home with IOM from Libya since 2011. File photo: IOM

IOM Helps Stranded Burkina Faso Migrants to Return Home from Libya
Posted on Fri. September 23, 2016

Libya - On 20 September, IOM Libya helped 160 stranded Burkinabe migrants, including 13 women, 9 children and 4 infants to return to Burkina Faso from Libya.

The repatriation – carried out in close cooperation with the Libyan authorities, the Burkina Faso Embassy in Tripoli and the IOM office in Burkina Faso – was by charter flight from Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport to the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou.

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Migration in the News
  • AFP, International Business Times, Reuters, Los Angeles Times and  BBC reported that rescuers brought more bodies ashore Thursday after a boat crowded with migrants capsized off the Egyptian coast, leaving at least 55 people dead and dozens missing. Survivors said that hundreds of people may have drowned.

  • Time reported that the UK, European Union and World Bank are working with Ethiopia to create jobs and in the process stem migrant flows to Europe.

  • Gulf News reported that the UAE has announced that it will welcome 15,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years with the aim of sharing the responsibility of addressing the Syrian refugee crisis.

  • Devex reported that the private sector is weighing its response and making commitments to act on migrant and refugee issues, as businesses increasingly recognize that refugees represent significant business opportunities.

  • Brookings asked why Asia is “missing in action” when it comes to accepting asylum seekers and resettling refugees. It cited South Korea’s refugee law under which just 22 refugees from Myanmar were resettled.

  • Forbes reported that women and men are finding themselves drafted into the Philippines’ enormous cybersex industry, often against their will.

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  • New York Times reported that according to a report by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, immigrants do not take American jobs — but with some caveats.

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