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05 December 2017

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The second part of Fatal Journeys Volume 3 provides an in-depth look at the challenges of collecting data on migrant fatalities in six regions. Photo: Nicole Tung / IOM 2011

IOM's Fatal Journeys Reveals How Data Collection on Missing Migrants Can Be Improved

Posted on Tue. December 5, 2017

Berlin – Since 2014, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented more than 25,000 migrant deaths and disappearances around the world. However, a new report released by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) today (05/12) indicates that this figure does not reflect the true number of deaths which occur during migration worldwide. In many regions of the world anecdotal and unofficial reports indicate that many more migrant deaths and disappearances occur than are recorded.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 164,779 in 2017; Deaths Reach 3,086

Posted on Tue. December 5, 2017

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 164,779 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 3 December, with just over 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 351,076 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Men wait to be seen by the doctor at the IOM-supported Kutupalong Community Healthcare Clinic, which services both Rohingya refugees and the local Bangladesh community. Photo: Olivia Headon / IOM 2017

100 Days Since Start of Crisis, Needs of Rohingya Refugees, Local Community Continue to Grow

Posted on Tue. December 5, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – It is now over 100 days since an upsurge in violence in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State forced some 625,792 Rohingya refugees to flee into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The conditions of the congested settlements, where the refugees are now living, are extremely dire.

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Migration in the News

  • Al Jazeera reported about the migrant slave trade in Libya and what practical measures European and African governments can implement to improve the conditions of Africans detained there and prevent them from being exploited.
  • CNN reported that tens of thousands of Nigerian women have been trafficked into Europe for sexual exploitation. And many of those women come from Benin City, the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. 
  • Ghana Web reported that according to Real Talk Initiative Ghana, a non-governmental organisation, a more detailed ‘psychological’ approach is needed to reintegrate the over 127 Ghanaians who recently returned home from detention camps in Libya. 
  • Euronews and DW reported that last week’s EU-Africa summit was dominated by the catastrophic living conditions of African migrants in Libya. 
  • Reuters reported that Bangladesh plans to allocate more land for camps housing Rohingya refugees as concerns grow over a possible outbreak of disease in crowded, makeshift settlements clustered at the country’s southern tip. 
  • International Business Times published photos by award-winning American photojournalist Allison Joyce of young brides as child marriage is becoming more common at Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. It noted that an IOM investigation recently uncovered documented accounts of Rohingya girls as young as 11 getting married.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that IOM will compensate some 300,000 local residents of Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh who have had to experience difficulties due to the mass influx of Rohingya refugees in the past three months.
  • Egypt Today reported that Egypt received 3-4 million refugees who contribute to Egypt’s economy by USD 800 million, IOM’s Amr Taha said during the mission’s Global Migration Film Festival.
  • DW has launched "The 77 percent", a platform created for the 77 percent of Africa's population who are younger than 35 and feel frustrated as they feel they are losing out on economic opportunities and participation. 

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters published The Rohingya Crisis in Graphics, a selection of data-driven stories about the refugee crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
  • World Economic Forum reported about migrants who were asked by the media about the most common false promises that the smugglers made.


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