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10 January 2018

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Some of the rescued migrants aboard a Libyan Coastguard vessel. Photo: IOM Libya/Eshaebi2018

Up to 100 Migrant Lives Feared Lost off Libya

A Deadly Start to the New Year for Migrants on the Mediterranean 

Tripoli (IOM) - The Libyan Coast Guard reported Wednesday that up to 100 migrants remain missing in the third deadly shipwreck on the Mediterranean Sea since Saturday. Now, barely a week into the New Year there already are reports of close to 200 migrants or refugees dead or missing on the Central Mediterranean route.

By contrast, IOM recorded just 26 migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea lanes during the just-ended month of December 2017, at a time when Mediterranean migrants deaths were dropping sharply. January 2017, for example, had witnessed some 254 deaths. Now, this week’s reports suggest that 2018’s start may be even deadlier.

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On a main street between Plaza del Ecuador and Plaza de la República Dominicana, in Barrio de Hispanoamérica neighbourhood, Madrid. Photo: IPS/Baher Kamal

To Be a Latin-American Migrant in Madrid

Madrid (Inter Press Service) – If you are in Madrid and have some spare time, just go to an area which residents consider a “high class” neighbourhood situated in a district bordering Barrio de Salamanca, one of the richest areas in the Spanish capital.

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Twenty micro-projects have been set up so far in Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, Senegal and Mali for close to 6,000 beneficiaries, including Mamadou (pictured). Photo: Monica Chiriac/IOM

A ‘Young Adventurer’ Drives Home Message About Irregular Migration

Niger (IOM) – We met Mamadou, 23, last year at IOM’s transit centre in Niger. Exhausted and traumatized after his journey, Mamadou couldn’t wait to go back to Guinea-Conakry and reunite with his mother. He felt like a disappointment and an embarrassment to her.

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Natasha: "We need to be aware of our capacities, tolerate differences and always be ready to learn and adapt."
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Migration in the News

  • IANS, Xinhua reported that a total of 1,072 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during the first week of this year, with around 450 each landing in Italy and Greece and the remainder in Spain, according to IOM.
  • The New York Times published a report with footage showing dozens of migrants clinging to a rubber dinghy as they struggle to stay afloat after their overcrowded vessel sank off the coast of Libya.
  • Reuters reported that survivors from a boat that foundered off Libya’s coast on Tuesday said about 50 people who had embarked with them were feared dead, while the coastguard said the number of missing might be as high as 100.
  • Xinhua reported that African government officials attending a ministerial conference on migration, have stressed that an inclusive approach is needed to tackle migration issues.
  • Bangladesh’s News Today reported that victims of sexual and physical violence in the Rakhine state, especially Rohingya women, have been disproportionately affected by the crisis.
  • Arab News reported that Rohingya refugees are still arriving in Bangladesh as violence forces them to leave Myanmar, according to a report by IOM.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Nigerian officials are calling for more international cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, as the country continues to evacuate its citizens from Libya.
  • APO reported that 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.
  • Sweden’s The Local reported that the number of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden reached an eight-year low in 2017, according to data by IOM.
  • AFP reported that Greece and refugee agencies called for the European Union to include ‘vulnerable’ Afghans and unaccompanied minors in the EU’s relocation programme.
  • The Times Kuwait reported that Kuwait will host an international conference in February on the reconstruction of war-torn Iraq, in cooperation with the World Bank and private companies.

Trending on the Internet

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Kenya plans to lift a ban on its citizens working in the Gulf – introduced in 2014 because of abuses – with new safeguards, such as requiring recruitment agencies to pay a security bond so they can repatriate any distressed migrants.
  • The Conversation reported that climate change is triggering a high net rate of migration away from the Vietnamese Mekong Delta provinces with more than double the national average migration.


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