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18 July 2017

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Some of families assisted by the UN Migration Agency under Germany’s Family Assistance Programme (FAP).

50,000 Syrians and Iraqis Visit UN Migration Agency, Germany's Family Assistance Progamme Offices in Last 12 Months
Posted on Tue. July 18, 2017

Erbil - Since July 2016, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has assisted in person over 50,000 vulnerable migrants with family reunifications in Germany through its Family Assistance Programme (FAP).

The aim of FAP, which was initiated and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, is to support family reunification applicants in Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon during the visa application process for Germany. At their offices, IOM helps them to correctly complete the forms and prepare their documents in order to reunite with close family members already granted asylum in Germany.

The FAP project also works to dissuade refugee families from seeking unsafe, irregular migration channels; to support German consular staff; and to help refugees integrate into German society successfully.

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Born with a physical disability in his left leg, Ahmed grew up in Aleppo where he worked with other handicapped people through education, advocacy, and case work. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action Endorsed by UN Migration Agency
Posted on Tue. July 18, 2017

Geneva - On 17 July 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action.

The Charter was developed, ahead of last year’s World Humanitarian Summit, by over 70 stakeholders from States, UN agencies, the international civil society community and global, regional and national organizations of persons with disabilities.

The Charter had already been endorsed by several UN agencies.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 111,148 in 2017; 2,359 Deaths
Posted on Tue. July 18, 2017

Geneva - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 111,148 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 16 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 241,859 arrivals across the region through 16 July 2016. 

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“i am a migrant” is part of the UN TOGETHER initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for those who have left home in search of a better life. More here

Ahmed: "Together with my wife, we will start again our lives in Iraq. I hope I will be able to visit Greece again but next time, as a tourist!"
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Migration in the News

  • UN Radio spoke with IOM’s Olivia Headon about the International Dialogue on Migration, as well as why helping migrants integrate into host communities is crucial to everyone's wellbeing and should be a part of the Global Compact discussions.
  • DW reported that EU foreign ministers have introduced restrictions in a bid to counter human trafficking.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that European Union foreign ministers met to discuss the political situation in Libya, the North Korea crisis and migration.
  • EU Observer reported that Austria is ready to "protect" its borders amid reported Italian threats to issue provisional visas to thousands of migrants.
  • The Council of Europe reported that its EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and IOM are to publish a joint study on the benefits of involving migrants in disaster risk reduction initiatives.
  • Global Issues reported about IOM’s i am a migrant campaign which allows the voices of individuals to shine through and provides an honest insight into the triumphs and tribulations of migrants of all backgrounds and at all phases of their migratory journeys.
  • GovInsider interviewed IOM immigration and border management specialist Donato Colucci on the sidelines of Interpol World 2017 in Singapore.

Trending on the Internet

  • Irish Times ran an Op-Ed by John O’Hagan, economics professor emeritus, which noted that immigrants could be key in tackling the demographic crises faced by Ireland. 
  • Washington Post reported that after visa delays, an Afghan girls' robotics team arrived in D.C. for a global competition. The team gained attention globally when their visas to compete in the US were initially denied.


Media Contacts
For further comment on today’s news, please contact IOM colleagues listed at the end of each press briefing note. For interviews and other media requests, please contact the IOM Media and Communications team here.