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18 April 2017

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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing meeting with civil society organizations on 17 April 2017, ahead of the IDM workshop starting today in New York. Photo: John Walder

IOM's International Dialogue on Migration Sets Stage for Global Compact on Migration Consultations
Posted on Tues. April 18, 2017

United States - IOM’s two-day (18-19 April) International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) 2017 meeting with the theme, Strengthening International Cooperation on and Governance of Migration towards the Adoption of a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration in 2018, gets underway at the United Nations in New York later today.

The IDM gathers States and key migration actors from all relevant sectors to exchange views and identify concrete and implementable actions for strengthening international cooperation and migration governance.

It is an opportunity for States and all relevant migration actors to frame the core objectives for the global compact, and ground it in the existing normative structures and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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The Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) rescues migrants in the Mediterranean. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi / MOAS 2017

Mediterranean: Nearly 9,000 Migrants Rescued in One Weekend, as Total Deaths Reach 900 in 2017
Posted on Tues. April 18, 2017

Switzerland - Over the three days between Friday 14 to Sunday 16 April, a total of 8,360 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean by the Italian Coast Guard, the many Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) rescue ships, Frontex, EunavforMEd and commercial ships. 

The migrants were travelling on 55 rubber dinghies, each carrying between 110 and 150 people, and three big wooden boats, carrying 200, 250 and 500 people respectively. Those rescued were brought to various locations in Italy including: Catania, Messina, Augusta, Pozzallo, Palermo, Porto Empedocle, Lampedusa (Sicily), Reggio Calabria, Vibo Valentia (Calabria) and Cagliari (Sardinia). 

A total of approximately 32,800 migrants have been brought to land since the beginning of 2017. The total number of arrivals is predicted to reach about 36,000 in the next two days.

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Migration in the News

  • BBC World Service’s Newshour interviewed IOM’s Othman Belbeisi on the reported modern day ‘slave markets’ in Libya.
  • VOA reported on a group of Africans living in Europe visiting Cameroon and are campaigning against irregular migration.
  • The Chronicle reported that the Government of Zimbabwe and IOM is setting up a diaspora website to facilitate engagement with Zimbabweans resident outside the country.
  • MindaNews reported that IOM will hold a one-day consultation for the Philippine government to review the reintegration framework and enhance the service delivery program for repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers.

Trending on the Internet

  • ABC had on its RN Breakfast show Dr François Gemenneis, a global expert on environment and migration, who believes that better planning could have avoided the European migrant crisis and that the situation could even worsen if governments don't change their approach.

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