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20 June 2017

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An IOM rehabilitated and refurnished primary health center in Gwer which is equipped with a laboratory, medical test devices and staff to provide services to the town and surrounding villages. Photo: Raber Aziz / IOM 2017

One Third of Iraqis Displaced from Gwer Return as Mosul Displacement Continues
Posted on Tue. June 20, 2017

Iraq - As the battle officially began his week to retake the last few neighbourhoods of West Mosul’s old city from ISIL, about 50 kilometres away people have started returning to the increasingly bustling riverside town of Gwer.

About 11,200 of Gwer’s population of 65,000 initially fled after ISIL briefly took control of the town in 2014. Gwer was retaken by the Peshmerga forces a few days later, but the city remained a volatile frontline with ISIL. Only when the militant group was pushed back, in the lead up to Mosul’s liberation in July 2016, did displaced families feel safe enough to return. Nearly a third of those displaced have now returned.

Last week, the city of Gwer hosted a ceremony attended by the Governor of Erbil, dignitaries from Gwer and beneficiaries from the community to celebrate the opening of the primary health care centre which was rehabilitated and refurnished by IOM with financial support from Canada and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 81,292 in 2017; 1,985 Deaths
Posted on Tues. June 20, 2017

Switzerland - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 81,292 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 18 June, with 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided among Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 215,702 arrivals across the region through 18 June 2016. 

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A detention center in Libya. IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) launched a Detention Centre Profile component on 14 June 2017. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Launches Detention Centre Mapping in Libya
Posted on Tue. June 20, 2017

Libya - In the latest expansion to its activities, Libya’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) launched a Detention Centre Profile component on 14 June 2017.

The first round of assessments profiled 13 detention centres across the East, West and South of Libya, and more centres will be added in future data collection rounds.

DTM’s newly launched Detention Centre Profiles collect information from across detention centres managed by Libya’s Directorate for Combating Illegal Migration (DCIM).

Three of the 13 centres held over 500 migrants present at the day of assessment: Trig al Shook, Gharyan Al Hamra and Trig al Seka.

Seven had health services available and nearly all of them had referral services to hospital for ill migrants.

Using a standard set of indicators DTM provides baseline assessments into the facilities and infrastructure of certain detention centres, including the functionality of electricity, lighting, latrines, the ventilation system, and laundry facilities.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP, AP and Deutsche Welle reported that at least 120 migrants were feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya while trying to make the perilous crossing to Europe.  

  • Xinhua reported that some 930 migrants and refugees have been rescued in several operations in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya.

  • The Economist reported that in Senegal, thousands of men are still attempting a risky passage to Europe.

  • New York Times published an Op-Ed about the United States’ oldest overseas naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 28 Cuban migrants are waiting to be resettled to a country other than the US.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation and Bangkok Post reported that the number of recorded suicides and attempted suicides has soared at Thailand's largest camp for refugees from Myanmar.

  • Bangkok Post marks World Refugee Day and spoke with people who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of asylum seekers.

  • Indonesia’s Serambi reported that the Disaster Risk Reduction Forum in Aceh included a dialogue session to reduce potential threats related to natural disasters.


Trending on the Internet

  • Pew Research Center reported that the United Kingdom is home to nearly 3 million people who were born elsewhere in the European Union and migrated to the UK to work and live. One of the looming questions as Brexit talks get underway is the status of these internal EU migrants.


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