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12 September 2017

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Up to Three Quarters of Children and Youth Face Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking on Mediterranean Migration Routes

Posted on Tue. September 12, 2017

New York/Brussels – Migrant and refugee children and youth trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses, with 77 per cent of those traveling along the Central Mediterranean route reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation, and practices which may amount to human trafficking – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and UNICEF said today (12/09) in a new report, Harrowing Journeys.

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Italian Coast Guard rescues migrants and refugees bound for Italy. © IOM/Francesco Malavolta 2014

Violence on Rise for Nigerian Migrants Traveling to Italy, UN Migration Agency Report Reveals

Posted on Tue. September 12, 2017

Geneva – Findings released by IOM, the UN Migration Agency in its latest thematic Flow Monitoring Survey for the central Mediterranean route provide analysis of Nigerian migrants´ profiles and experiences while en route to Italy (direct or witnessed) with regard to human trafficking indicators in 2016 and 2017.

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IOM Seeks USD 26.1 Million to Address Lifesaving Needs. Read more


Shaima: "I don’t want my children to see what I saw; I will work hard so that they have a better life than I had."
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Migration in the News

  • Politico and The Guardian reported that border restrictions in Eastern Europe are forcing migrants to choose more dangerous routes, which increases the risk of death.

  • Nigeria’s PM News reported that  the real number of migrant deaths were far higher than the numbers reported, citing IOM’s Fatal Journeys report.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, ABC News, the New York Times reported that migrant children trying to reach Europe face beatings, forced labour and sexual exploitation, with sub-Saharan African children facing the highest risks, in part stoked by racism.

  • IRIN reported that the risk of drowning is far from the only danger facing migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean route into Europe. Migrants are subject to arbitrary detention, arrest, harassment, bonded labour, slavery, and sexual exploitation.

  • IPS reported that IOM  has appealed for USD 26.1 million to meet the immediate needs of some 313,000 newly arrived Undocumented Myanmar Nationals now sheltering in seven sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

  • Xinhua reported that China's progress in human rights promotion were applauded by a number of senior diplomats and international organizations’ leaders who joined some 800 people at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC featured the story of  Mohamed, a Syrian refugee who fled Aleppo and set up a $3m dollar shoe factory in Turkey that employs 1,000 people.

  • Gallup reported that the European Union’s Migrant Acceptance Index score as a whole is just slightly higher than the global average (5.29).

  • The Guardian has launched a new documentary called Second Innings, about three Afghan boys building a new life playing cricket in London, thanks to a project organised by the Refugee Council.


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