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04 August 2017

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On his second visit to Tripoli this year, UN Migration Agency (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing meets one of 132 Guinean migrants IOM was assisting to return home after being stranded in Libya. Photo: Christine Petre/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Libya Remains Top Priority for UN Migration Agency: DG Swing in Tripoli 
Posted on Fri. August 4, 2017

Tripoli – IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Director General William Lacy Swing returned to Tripoli earlier this week (1-3/08), where he reiterated that Libya remains IOM’s top priority. In what was his second visit to Libya this year, Director General Swing along with Vincent Houver, IOM Deputy Director of the Department of Operations and Emergencies, Othman Belbeisi, IOM Chief of Mission in Libya and other IOM Libya staff met with the Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj. 

The IOM delegation also met with several Government ministers, as well as representatives of the Libyan Coast Guard and the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM). 

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A child recently displaced from Tal Afar waits for humanitarian assistance. Photo: Elham Mohamad Taher / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

UN Migration Agency’s Emergency Unit Assists Newly Displaced from Tal Afar, Iraq
Posted on Fri. August 4, 2017

Erbil – This past week IOM, the UN Migration Agency, sent emergency teams from its Erbil, Iraq, mission to provide front-line non-food item (NFI) assistance to an informal settlement of internally displaced persons (IDPs). The settlers are principally nomadic herders fleeing ISIL’s last remaining major stronghold in Iraq: Tal Afar.

Following the fall of Mosul, 255 families – mostly shepherds with their livestock – fled from villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar to establish an informal camp in Badoush, about 40 kilometres from Tal Afar city, in Iraq’s Ninewa governorate.  

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Migrants Crossing US-Mexico Border Dying at Faster Rate in 2017: UN Migration Agency
Posted on Fri. August 4, 2017

Berlin – A new briefing from the Berlin-based Missing Migrants Project (MMP) at IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre shows that migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border are dying at a faster rate in 2017 than in past years.

Reported MMP’s Julia Black this week: “Some 232 migrant fatalities have been recorded in the first 7 months of 2017, an increase of 17 per cent compared with the 204 deaths recorded between January and July 2016.”

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Migration in the News

  • Balkan Insight reported that while the number of refugees in Bulgaria has fallen significantly, some refugee children still have little or no access to adequate care.
  • Caj News reported that Libya has returned more than 100 Ghanaians arrested for attempting to irregularly cross to Europe via the North African country.
  • Time reported that Italy's parliament voted to allow a limited naval mission to support Libya's coastguard in a bid to curb human traffickers.
  • New Europe reported that according to Human Rights Watch, Italy’s deployment of navy ships to assist Libyan authorities intercept migrant boats in Libyan waters could implicate Italy in human rights abuses against migrants subsequently detained in Libya.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian shared a viral film of a young Syrian woman who filmed her journey from the ruins of Kobane in Syria to Austria. Her footage shows what many refugees face on their perilous journey to Europe.


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