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27 September 2016


Crowds welcome the signing of the peace treaty between the government and the FARC in Cartagena. Photo: Presidency of Colombia
IOM Director General Participates in Historical Peace Agreement Signing in Colombia
Posted on Tue. September 27, 2016

Colombia - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing yesterday (26/09) took part in a historic ceremony in Cartagena marking the formal signing of a peace agreement between the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

With the signing of this agreement, Colombia brings an end to a 52-year-long internal armed conflict, considered to be the longest running in the Western hemisphere.

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Migrant Arrivals in Mediterranean Reach 302,149; Deaths at Sea: 3,501
Posted on Tue. September 27, 2016

Italy - IOM reports that 302,149 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 25 September, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. 

By comparison through first nine months of 2015, a total of 508,347 arrivals were recorded crossing the Mediterranean – some 206,000 more than in 2016 thus far.

IOM Rome this week reports that from Friday through Sunday 1,407 migrants and refugees were rescued in the Channel of Sicily. According to the latest data from Italy’s Ministry of Interior, there have been 131,974 arrivals by sea in Italy this year. This is 2 percent more than last year’s figure of 129,375 during the same period in 2015.

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Migration in the News
  • Newsweek reported on the outcome of last week’s UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants and the resulting New York Declaration.
     
  • AP reported on a small group of Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers relocated from Greece to Spain as part of the European Union’s burden-sharing relocation programme.
     
  • Reuters reported that following a deadly capsize in the Mediterranean in which over 160 migrants died, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged more jobs for Egyptians to dissuade them from making dangerous voyages to Europe in unseaworthy boats.

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  • New York Times reported that despite efforts by the French authorities to dismantle the vast camp in Calais known as the Jungle, almost 100 migrants continue to arrive every day, hoping to reach the UK.  

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