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25 November 2016

Newly displaced people and families returning to devastated homes need humanitarian aid. Photo: Jenny Sparks / IOM

Mosul Displacement Continues, as Displaced Families Return to Ramadi
Posted on Fri. Nov. 25, 2016

Iraq - Over one month into Mosul military operations, which began on 17 October, nearly 73,000 Iraqis are currently displaced from Mosul and adjacent districts (as of 24 November), according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking. 

Between 19-23 November, there were relatively low rates of movement with a net increase of 450 individuals, and total displacement holding above 68,000. New displacements were recorded on 24 November, when more than 3,800 displaced Iraqis from Merkaz Mosul moved to Khazer MI camp (2,700 individuals), Hasansham U3 camp (720 individuals), and Qayyara Jadah camp (390 individuals); in addition to 540 individuals from Muhalabiya sub-district also arriving to Qayyara Jadah camp.

The majority of the displaced are from Mosul district (88 percent, around 64,000 individuals) and the districts of Al-Hamdaniya (6 percent, over 4,400 individuals), Tilkaif (6 percent, over 4,100 individuals), Makhmur less than 1 percent, 300 individuals) and Telefar (less than 1 percent, 60 individuals). 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 345,676; Deaths at Sea: 4,663
Posted on Fri. Nov. 25, 2016

Switzerland - IOM reports that 345,676 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 23 November, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy.

Some 171,463 people have arrived in Greece and 168,579 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which time some 883,393 migrants and refugees had made the journey.

IOM Rome reported Thursday (24/11) that over 1,300 migrants have been rescued since Tuesday (22/11): the majority of them are not counted in the statistics above. Another eight corpses have been recovered since IOM’s last update, and reports suggest that an unspecified number of migrants are also missing, presumed drowned.

This brings to at least 4,663 the total number of migrant and refugee fatalities in the Mediterranean through 2016. Through 25 November last year, a total of 3,574 men, women and children were reported drowned on this dangerous passage.

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The delegation visits Tripoli port. Photo: IOM

Dutch, German Ambassadors Join IOM Delegation to Tripoli, Libya
Posted on Fri. Nov. 25, 2016

Libya - IOM Libya, accompanied by German Ambassador to Libya Dr. Christian Buck and Dutch Ambassador to Libya Eric Strating yesterday (24/11) visited the main sea port in Tripoli and Triq al Matar migrant detention centre.

During the one-day visit, facilitated by IOM Libya and organized in close collaboration with the Libyan Coast Guard, the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) and the Libyan Coast Security, the delegation met with Libyan Coast Guard and Coast Security officials.

Dutch Ambassador Strating handed over lifesaving equipment, including life jackets, life buoys, foil blankets, torches, satellite phones and first aid kits, which will enhance the Libyan Coast Guard’s capacity, as well as 10 laptops and 10 desktop computers to be used for establishing a data base of rescued  migrants.

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Migration in the News

  • CNN reported that thousands of civilians may be trapped inside the Iraqi city of Mosul after a fourth key river bridge linking the east to the west was destroyed in a US airstrike.
  • AFP reported that a suicide bombing claimed by ISIS killed at least 70 people, mainly Shiite pilgrims, south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Thursday.
  • UN News reported that ongoing unrest and rising inflation have left more than five million people in restive north-east Nigeria facing acute food insecurity.
  • Newsweek reported on a new video suggesting that ISIS – the so-called Islamic State – is expanding its presence in West Africa’s Sahel region.
  • BBC Indonesia reported that Rohingya refugees in Aceh are to be processed for possible resettlement in the US by  UNHCR and IOM.


Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that a four-year old Ivorian girl rescued from the Mediterranean was reunited with her mother after another child recognized her photo from a police officer’s mobile phone on the island of Lampedusa.

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