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09 January 2018

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 1072 in First Week of 2018; Deaths Reach 81

Posted on Tue. January 9, 2018

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,072 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during the first week of 2018, with around 450 each landing in Italy and Greece and the remainder in Spain. This compares with almost an identical number – 1,159 – coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.

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Annie Lane, IOM Zambia Chief of Mission, during the ground-breaking ceremony of the protective shelter in Sesheke on 4 January 2018. Photo: IOM

IOM Supports Construction of Protective Shelter for Vulnerable Migrants in Zambia

Posted on Tue. January 9, 2018

Sesheke – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Government of Zambia are supporting the construction of a protective shelter in the country’s border district of Sesheke to offer a place of safety for vulnerable migrants, particularly women and children, and ultimately ensure that they avoid unnecessary detention.

The shelter will receive referrals of vulnerable migrants and provide them with other much needed services, including healthcare, with a view to finding lasting solutions which may include return to the migrants’ country or place of origin.

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A Returnee’s Tale: Meet Patrick, A Returnee from Cameroon

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David: "I love how there is a lot of socializing within Lisbon's local communities themselves."

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Migration in the News

  • The New York Times reported that although Nigerian returnees are relieved to be out of Libyan detention, many worry about getting jobs and sustaining themselves.
  • Xinhua, Latin American Herald Tribune, The Guardian, CNN and AP reported that up to 64 people were believed to have drowned in the shipwreck of a migrant boat off Libya on Saturday, according to IOM.
  • ANSA Med reported that double the number of migrants came to Spain in 2017 compared with the previous year, according to IOM figures.
  • Bangladesh’s The New Nation reported that Rohingya people were still arriving and the New Year brings no end to the reports of violence and fears, which forced them to flee their homes in Myanmar.
  • IPS published an article which noted that while the world’s attention is drawn to the plight of migrants and refugees in Asia and Africa, a small but significant number of irregular migrants continue to arrive in central European countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, placing huge strains on local authorities.
  • Devex reported on how the use of blockchain technology can offer the potential to transform how development work is conducted and how it can combat migrant worker abuse.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Citizen reported that traumatic memories from France’s “Jungle” migrant camp are being recreated on a London stage play entitled “The Jungle”.
  • Herald Scotland reported that Scotland’s tourism industry is “gazing over a cliff”, an expert has warned, with an acute shortage of migrant workers just one of the problems the sector is facing.


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