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25 July 2017

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Displaced Iraqis arrive in Hammam Al-Alil transition zone, south east of Mosul. Photo: Raber Aziz / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency: With Mosul Retaken, Donor Support Now Paramount for Thousands of IDPs
Posted on Tue. July 25, 2017

Mosul – With the battle for West Mosul all but over last week, evidence of a humanitarian calamity that is now just beginning to unravel paints the picture of a crisis that may go well beyond previous expectations, reports IOM Iraq’s Hala Jaber.

Crossing one of the floating bridges over the Tigris River that splits Mosul into twin eastern and western sectors, stark differences emerge quickly as changes in scenery appear unexpectedly.

In this tale of two cities, all indications show East Mosul to be recovering at a rapid pace, with much of its life returning to normal and a significant portion of services restored; West Mosul’s rise from the ashes is expected to take much longer. 

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Syrian refugees crossing the Serbian-Croatian border. File photo: Francesco Malavolta / IOM 2015

New UN Migration Report Shows Complex Evolution of Pathways, Cost of Eastern Mediterranean Route
Posted on Tue. July 25, 2017

Vienna – New data released by IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, reveals a complex evolution of migrant arrivals in Europe via the so-called Eastern Mediterranean Route. The Agency’s main findings are that the cost of getting into Europe has increased significantly when compared to 2016, the routes have changed, and different countries of destination are being prioritized.

Many migrants are now paying upwards of USD 5,000 to get into the European Union, with those coming from Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan being charged the most. Greece and Bulgaria are being used as transit countries into the Western Balkans, with Northern Europe as the goal destination. While the most popular destination up to June 2016 was overwhelmingly Germany, migrants now seek to get to France, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Austria and Denmark as well. 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 112,018 in 2017; 2,361 Deaths
Posted on Tue. July 25, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 112,018 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 23 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 250,586 arrivals across the region through 23 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

Shireen: "My father’s intellectual talent was his access to the United States."
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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


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Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that Libya’s coastguard rescued at least 150 migrants who were trying to reach Europe on Monday.

  • Nigeria’s The News reported on Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration’s remarks at the Global Compact for Migration consultations at UN Headquarters in New York that migrants from developing countries sent USD 429 billion to their countries of origin in 2016.

  • Provideo Coalition reported about IOM’s second Global Migration Film Festival which aims to showcase films that capture the promise and challenges of migration for those who leave their homes in search of a better life and the unique contributions migrants make to their new communities.

  • AP reported that interior ministers from 14 countries and the European Union agreed Monday to boost cooperation to tackle the migrant crisis along the deadly central Mediterranean route during a meeting in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.

  • The Korean Herald/ANN reported that a total of 30 refugees from Myanmar are expected to arrive in South Korea next week, as part of a United Nations-led refugee resettlement programme.

  • Reuters reported that islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a new study. 

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  • Al Jazeera reported that about three million Nepalis, some 10 percent of the population, work abroad and remittances make up 32 percent of Nepal’s GDP.

  • New York Times reported about the Temporary Museum, a pop-up exhibition inside the Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam, a former prison that is now a center for asylum seekers, where those who fled are presenting works that help the public understand their migrant experience.


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