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28 July 2017

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Fatima, 45, walked out of her house in West Mosul in search of water for her children, when a bomb fell nearby, killing her 19-year-old daughter and severely injuring Fatima’s legs. Her youngest boy, 10-year-old Adam, lies by her side, still in shock. Photo: Raber Y. Aziz / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency: Over 830,000 Remain Displaced Outside Mosul
Posted on Fri. July 28, 2017

Mosul – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, released data this week from its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) estimating some 839,118 individuals (139,853 families) remain displaced in the aftermath of heavy fighting to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

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Korean officials welcome Myanmar refugees at Incheon airport, 25 July 2017. Photo: IOM 2017

South Korea Welcomes 30 Myanmar Refugees from Thailand
Posted on Fri. July 28, 2017

Seoul – A group of 23 Myanmar refugees from refugee camps in Thailand arrived this week at Incheon International Airport in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Another family of seven, who had been scheduled to travel with these refugees, were delayed for health reasons and will arrive in Korea next week.  

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 113,433 in 2017; 2,377 Deaths
Posted on Fri. July 28, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 113,433 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 26 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 251,172 arrivals across the region through 26 July 2016.

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Migration in the News

  • Devex spoke with IOM Somalia’s Chief of Mission Gerard Waite about the organization’s strategies for responding to Somalia’s crisis in which 2 million people are now internally displaced.
  • AFP reported that France will set up processing centres in Libya for asylum seekers trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean, President Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday.
  • Politico reported that the European Union should strike deals with West African countries to stem the influx of migrants reaching Italy from Libya, according to an architect of the 2016 migration deal between the EU and Turkey.
  • Maritime First reported that Italy is to deploy several ships in Libyan waters by the end of August to fight human trafficking and stem a flood of immigrants, a government source said on Thursday.
  • DPA reported that seven people who lured Nigerian women to Italy "with voodoo rituals" and then forced them into prostitution have been arrested in Nuoro, Sardinia, Italian police said.
  • iNews Guyana reported that the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, said that the Government of Guyana is committed to working with and engaging the Guyanese diaspora as it possesses valuable skills, resources and talents, which can contribute to the growth and development of the country.
  • El Heraldo de Saltillo reported on a recent workshop that gathered government officials, NGOs specializing in LGBTI rights and NGOs working with migrant populations in Mexico City to discuss the specific vulnerabilities this group faces when they migrate.
  • The Cambodia Daily reported that IOM is working with NGOs in Cambodia and Malaysia to repatriate six of 30 Cambodians who sought shelter at the country’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur following a July 1st crackdown on undocumented migrant workers.

Trending on the Internet

  • ANSAmed reported about Okike, a film featuring migrants as the lead actors who talk about their everyday lives, hopes and difficulties once they arrive in Italy to look for a future.
  • Catholic News Service reported that Pope Francis will launch in September the "Share the Journey" campaign, a two-year program of Caritas Internationalis to promote encounters between people on the move and people living in the countries they are leaving, passing through or arriving in.


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