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13 June 2017

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 73,189 in 2017; 1,808 Deaths
Posted on Tue. June 13, 2017

Switzerland - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 73,189 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 11 June, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 211,433 arrivals across the region through 11 June 2016.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that since Friday, when IOM last released figures, over 3,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued between Europe and the North African coast, numbers that are not reflected in the official numbers shared by Italian authorities as not all those men, women and children have arrived in port.

Di Giacomo said on Monday that over the weekend, 2,942 migrants were rescued by the joint efforts of NGOs and Italian and international military ships. He added that on Monday a Swedish ship operating under Operation Triton rescued 356 migrants at sea from three dinghies and brought them to Catania. The 79 survivors on one of them had partially sunk and at least 61 migrants who had been on board remain missing at sea. Eight bodies (two men and six women) were also recovered from that same dinghy. At least one other victim was reported in a separate incident, whose remains were brought to Palermo.

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A women’s handball team posing for a group photo after their psychosocial activity in Baghdad.

IOM Provides Psychosocial Support for Children from Mosul
Posted on Tue. June 13, 2017

Iraq - According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking over 25,000 individuals have been displaced from west Mosul in the last five days alone as fighting between ISIL and Iraqi forces draw closer to the old city where an estimated 118,000 people are believed to be entrapped.

A large percentage of those escaping are children.

In IOM’s constructed emergency site in Qayara’s airstrip, of the 49,564 internally displaced persons (IDPs), 28,387 are children (14,336 boys and 14,051 girls).

In IOM’s second constructed emergency site, Haj Ali, of the 34,561 IDPs, 20,390 are children (10,368 boys and 10,022 girls).

Humanitarian organizations estimate that nearly 55 per cent of Mosul’s IDPs are children.

Most children have gone through a perilous journey when escaping from ISIL reign under which they witnessed horrific acts, from beatings, to executions and displays of violence by the group, against those they deemed sinners.

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A global database tracking data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes.
Please visit: MissingMigrants.iom.int


IOM DG William Lacy Swing’s video message to the Global Conference on Children on the Move being held in Berlin yesterday.


“We need a new set of strategies to combat human smuggling and reduce the profits in the industry. This means moving beyond just border control and returns. Where mobility is restricted, then smugglers benefit.” –  Tuesday Reitano, deputy director at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Read more here.


Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that African migrants, despite the risks of dying or living in deplorable conditions, continue their arduous journey to Europe.
  • EFE reported that people smugglers are increasingly relying on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, to find their customers.
  • AFP reported that the Nigerien city of Agadez has found its local football team boosted by an unexpected influx of new players: migrants in limbo awaiting passage to Europe.
  • AFP reported that Sudanese security forces have stepped up their patrols along the 600-kilometre frontier with Eritrea in a bid to curb migrant smuggling.
  • The New Nation reported that Ethiopia's government is warning it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month as the number of drought victims in the East African country has reached 7.8 million.
  • CAJ News reported that more than 5,000 Somalis have fled the drought and conflict in their country and sought refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia this year.
  • Belarus News reported that Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko presented Belarus' experience in migration flows management at an OSCE-CEI High-Level Panel Discussion.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that IOM will provide necessary medical supplies to a major dialysis unit in Erbil, northern Iraq, with Kuwaiti financing.
  • Donia Al-Watan reported that a study conducted by IOM and Georgetown University found that only through security will Internally Displaced Persons find durable solutions in Iraq.
  • Xinhua reported that Ethiopia is urging undocumented nationals residing in Saudi Arabia to take advantage of the three-month amnesty, which came into force on March 29.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reports that the European Commission will decide to open legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc's migration crisis.
  • The Economist reports that according to the OECD, the number of college-educated migrants heading to its member countries grew by 70 percent between 2001 and 2011.


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