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21 July 2017

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IOM staff in Italy, meeting with a migrant. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria
Posted on Fri. July 21, 2017

Rome - Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria.

This is one of the key findings of a new report published by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route, which was released in Italian this week (21 July) by IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome. An English version will be available soon.

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IOM has helped more than 1,770 stranded Nigerian migrants return safely from Libya this year. Through the European Union Trust Fund many will receive reintegration support to restart their lives at home. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency, EU Partner to Provide Returning Nigerian Migrants with Landmark Reintegration Assistance
Posted on Fri. July 21, 2017

Abuja - As of late July onwards, nearly 4,000 Nigerian migrants, who become stranded in European or African countries and wish to return home, will receive reintegration assistance from IOM, the UN Migration Agency. By involving the migrants’ local communities, collective reintegration projects, such as business partnerships between returning migrants and members of their community, aim to discourage risky irregular migration through sustainable work and dialogue at home.

The European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) support is part of the EU–IOM Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants, which was launched in Nigeria on 20 July. Roughly 3,800 Nigerian migrants will receive in-kind reintegration assistance to start businesses, study or cover medical and accommodation costs after they return home from other African countries (an estimated 3,000 migrants) and from EU member states (800 migrants) over the next three years. This represents a major scale-up in the reintegration assistance that IOM provided previously; the Organization supported around 300 returning migrants in the past year.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 111,514 in 2017; 2,360 Deaths
Posted on Fri. July 21, 2017

Geneva - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 111,514 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 244,722 arrivals across the region through 19 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

Charles: “I feel that we can all build a country where things work out better. Together, cooperating.”
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The latest ICAO (the UN International Civil Aviation Organisation) TRIP Magazine has an article, on pages 26-29, about IOM’s Immigration and Border Management work in Mali and on page 7, a brief note about the IOM-ICAO MoU concluded in November last year.  Read more


Watch her speech here.


Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that 23 West African migrants, including a seven-year-old girl, were found alive after being abandoned in the depths of the Sahara.
  • Nigeria’s The Independent reported that 14,000 Nigerians who are mostly victims of human trafficking and other exploitative practices arrived in Italy from January to June 2017.
  • CNN reported that Agadez, Niger is becoming a tinderbox, packed with migrants willing to risk everything and sits in the middle of what the United States refers to as a ring of insecurity.
  • IRIN spoke to some Gambians under pressure to leave Europe after the exit of Gambia’s leader, Yahya Jammeh in January which made Gambians’ grounds for international protection suddenly become shakier.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that by 2020, 60 million people from sub-Saharan Africa are expected to migrate because of desertification. To encourage them to stay in their countries of birth, a project called the Great Green Wall will encourage would-be migrants to enjoy better conditions at home.
  • An IRIN investigation reveals the extent to which Somalia’s pirates are back in business and this time have added smuggling people and weapons to their activities.


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