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15 December 2017

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IOM will mark International Migrants Day on 18 December with a series of worldwide events including a Geneva award ceremony for the Global Migration Film Festival.

UN Migration Agency DG Makes Urgent Call for ‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move’ for International Migrants Day

Posted on Fri. December 15, 2017

Geneva –  Ambassador William Lacy Swing, Director General of IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, is making an urgent call for “Safe Migration in a World on the Move” as International Migrants Day approaches on Monday, 18 December 2017. 

The Organization will mark International Migrants Day (IMD) with a series of worldwide events including a Geneva award ceremony for the Global Migration Film Festival. The festival, in its second year, includes many public and private sector partners participating with IOM missions in over 100 countries.

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The portal communicates global data on migration through visualizations, infographics and videos.

Germany, UN Migration Agency Launch First Global Migration Data Portal

Posted on Fri. December 15, 2017

Berlin – Germany’s Federal Foreign Office and IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC) will launch today (15/12) the Migration Data Portal in Berlin. The Migration Data Portal brings together the key facts and figures about global migration trends in one place for the first time. 

“Especially in critical times, such as those we are facing today, it is our task to ensure that responses to migration are based on sound facts and accurate analysis,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

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Quaid Mohammed shares a small makeshift shelter with several of his children in an IDP camp in the Lahij govenorate of Yemen. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM

UN Migration Agency Responds to Displacement Caused by Fighting in Yemen’s Capital

Posted on Fri. December 15, 2017

Sana’a – Renewed clashes between rival forces at the end of last month have affected several parts of Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. In addition to the 234 casualties it caused, the brutal fighting triggered large-scale displacement to neighboring governorates.

In response to this sudden displacement, IOM, the UN Migration Agency immediately began providing humanitarian assistance to displaced people and people affected by the conflict using prepositioned stocks of relief including shelter building materials, mattresses, blankets, winter clothes and personal hygiene items.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 167,724 in 2017; Deaths Reach 3,095

Posted on Fri. December 15, 2017

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 167,724 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 13 December, with just over 70 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 358,018 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Migration in the News

  • Thomson Reuters reported that many Rohingyas reported making an arduous trek lasting between 5 and 15 days along hilly and waterlogged roads – but the hazardous journey did not prevent many of them from carrying a solar panel with them.
  • UNB reported that the government of South Korea has pledged $500,000 more through the UNFPA for the Rohingyas, who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State and taken refuge in Bangladesh.
  • New Telegraph reported that some Nigerian returnees from Libya shared that many of them had to drink and eat animal leftovers in order to survive in the desert.
  • AFP reported that around 15,000 African migrants will be repatriated from Libya in the next two months under an emergency plan to stop abuses there, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said.
  • India.com reported that the Indian diaspora is the world’s largest with slightly more than 15.6 million Indians residing overseas, according to IOM’s World Migration Report.
  • Phnom Penh Post reported that out of four Southeast Asian countries, migrant workers from Cambodia have the worst experiences, according to a study released by ILO and IOM.
  • IANS reported that Morocco plays a key role in the field of international migration and has made great efforts by adopting a humane approach, which is a model in the region, an IOM official has said.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reported about the work of an Albanian migrant who has been assembling a stone sculpture near the Hudson River in Manhattan.
  • Reuters reported that Australia’s population is expanding at the fastest pace in the developed world as skilled migrants flock to the resource-rich nation


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