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01 December 2017

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On Tuesday 29 November a flight chartered by IOM Libya carrying 155 Guinean migrants, including 10 unaccompanied minors landed in Conakry. This is the fourth flight since early November. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Moves to Relieve Plight of Migrants Trapped in Libya, Backing AU-EU Plan

Posted on Fri. December 1, 2017

Geneva – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing has committed IOM to fully support this week’s initiative of the African Union with the European Union and Libya’s Government of National Unity, with UN backing to alleviate the plight of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya.

In the wake of shocking reports about rampant migrant abuse and squalid and overcrowded conditions across multiple detention centers in Libya, talks in the Ivory Coast capital Abidjan at the AU-EU Summit this week, are leading to a major stepping up of measures to tackle smuggling and mistreatment of migrants on the central Mediterranean migration route, which claimed 2,803 migrant lives to drowning this year alone.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 164,654 in 2017; Deaths Reach 3,038

Posted on Fri. December 1, 2017

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 164,654 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 November, with just over 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 350,549 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

IOM Rome reported Thursday (30 November) that, according to Ministry of Interior figures, 117,042 migrants arrived by sea to Italy this year – approximately 32 per cent fewer than arrived by sea to Italy up to this time last year.

Since 1 August 2017 a total of 21,825 men, women and children have arrived in Italy by sea from North Africa. That amount is fewer than the totals arriving in August alone both in 2015, and again last year. Overall, the months of August-November 2017 witnessed roughly one-quarter of the migrant total (79,615) that arrived in Italy last year during a similar period and less than half the total (50,667) arriving in 2015 during the same months.

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UN Migration Agency Launches 2018 World Migration Report

Posted on Fri. December 1, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, yesterday (30/11) launched its flagship publication, the World Migration Report 2018, during the 108th IOM Council, in Geneva.

The report, the ninth in IOM’s World Migration Report (WMR) series and the first since IOM became the UN Migration Agency, presents current migration issues in a two-part structure. It combines an overarching presentation of current migration dynamics with in-depth analyses of complex and emerging issues that have been shaping, and posing challenges to, human mobility. The report includes chapters that delve into themes such as transnational connectivity, media reporting on migrants and migration, and violent extremism and social exclusion. 

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Migration in the News

  • AP, AFP and Bloomberg reported that between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants are living in camps in Libya, often under ‘inhuman’ conditions, the chairman of the African Union Commission said Thursday at the close of a summit of European and African leaders.
  • The World Economic Forum ran an op-ed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in which he outlined three new initiatives that will help make sense of migration in an era of ‘post-truth’ politics and ‘fake news’.
  • The New York Times reported that the mid-November broadcast by CNN showing what was described as African migrants being auctioned off at a Libyan slave market – for as little as $100 each, at black-market exchange rates – has set off an international firestorm.
  • Africa News reported that at least 250 Cameroonians returned home from Libya, days after media reports of migrants being traded as slaves in Libya sent shockwaves through sub-Saharan Africa and shocked the world.
  • Al Jazeera published a report explaining who the Rohingya people are, noting that they are an ethnic group, majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar.
  • Nigeria’s This Day Live reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday received 150 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya.
  • Global Citizen reported that for the fourth straight year, more than 3,000 refugees and migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean.
  • IPS published a piece by IOM’s Dina Ionesco which looks at climate migration and how it is central to the Paris Agreement and the Global Compact for Migration.
  • Mauritius’ L’express published an op-ed which noted that when migration is done right, by respecting all the rules and regulations, migrants can contribute actively and positively to host countries.

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  • The Economic Times reported that Indians are the largest migrant group from outside the European Union to settle in the UK but the overall migration in the country has fallen over the last year, according to latest data just released.
  • Al Jazeera reported about refugees and migrants who attempt to master Scottish dialect in Scotland's largest city, Scotland.



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