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11 August 2017

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IOM distributes hygiene kits in Damas, Syria in May 2017. File photo: IOM 2017

Over 600,000 Displaced Syrians Returned Home in First 7 Months of 2017
Posted on Fri. August 11, 2017

Geneva – Between January and July 2017, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned home according to reports from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and implementing partners on the ground. Findings indicate that the vast majority of the people returning (84 per cent) had been displaced within Syria. The next highest number of people (16 per cent) returned from Turkey, followed by Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Refugees returning from Turkey and Jordan reportedly returned mainly to Aleppo and Al Hasakeh Governorates.

An estimated 27 per cent of the returnees stated that they did so to protect their assets or properties and 25 per cent referred to the improved economic situation in their area of origin. Other factors people gave IOM and partners as their reasons for returning included the worsening economic situation in the place where they were seeking refuge (14 per cent), social or cultural issues such as tribal links, political affiliations or any obstacle preventing integration in their area of displacement (11 per cent), and the improvement of the security situation in their area of return (11 per cent).

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Dirkou Transit Centre, Agadez Region, Niger. Photo: © IOM/ Monica Chiriac 2017

Trauma Experienced by West African Migrants Highlighted in UN Migration Agency Report
Posted on Fri. August 11, 2017

Niamey – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has released a new report, via its Niger office, profiling migrants passing through its transit centres in West Africa.

The report, funded by the European Union, is based on more than 6,000 voluntary testimonies collected in 2016 from the migrants IOM assisted at its five transit centres across Niger and on analysis by the IOM Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) in Berlin.

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Emergency site established by IOM at Qayara Airstrip in Mosul. Photo: IOM 2017

Mosul Crisis: Population Movement Analysis Report Published - IOM
Posted on Fri. August 11, 2017

Erbil – The IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) has published its latest in-depth report: Mosul Crisis: Population Movement Analysis, tabulating the chronological population movements – especially displacement and returns – that have occurred in northern Iraq since the beginning of the Mosul military operations to 29 June.

The report, published this week, contextualizes an overview of the displacement history preceding the military operations and then the dislocation and return movements of Iraqis during the Mosul crisis.

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Migration in the News

  • TRT, AFP, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Reuters, Global Times, SBS, NPR, CNN all reported that six migrants drowned and 13 went missing on Thursday when smugglers forced an estimated 180 Ethiopian migrants off a boat bound for Yemen.
  • Voice of America reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is heartbroken over the drowning of dozens of migrants off the coast of Yemen.
  • Sky News reported that a dramatic increase in the number of migrants arriving on Spanish shores means it may soon overtake Greece to become Europe's second most popular migrant destination.
  • The New York Times shared footage recorded Wednesday in Playa de los Alemanes in Cádiz province, Spain, in which migrants are filmed scrambling onto the packed beach and pulling a black inflatable dinghy onto the sand.
  • Sputnik quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi who noted that IOM would like to see the 2017 trend for record refugee relocation numbers in the European Union to continue speeding up, and for EU member states to fill their relocation quotas.
  • Nigeria’s The Punch reported that the National Emergency Management Agency received 128 stranded Nigerians who voluntarily returned to the country from Libya. 

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  • The World Economic Forum reported how the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, a document that would certify academic transcript according to European standards will help refugees continue their education.


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