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12 January 2018

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres at a UN and IOM relief distribution in eastern Dominica last year. File photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Welcomes UN Secretary General’s Report – Making Migration Work for All

Posted on Fri. January 12, 2018

New York – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, welcomed Thursday (11/01) the release of the UN Secretary General’s report, Making Migration Work for All. The Report comes at a crucial time in the process to develop a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, and will serve as an important contribution to global discourse on international migration.

Making Migration Work for All provides a forward-looking analysis and vision, and a principled approach to thinking about contemporary challenges around migration, and how to address them,” said Michele Klein Solomon, IOM Director for the Global Compact for Migration.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 1,476 in 2018; Deaths Reach 192

Posted on Fri. January 12, 2018

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,476 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 11 January, with around 600 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.

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré cited Libyan Coast Guard sources Wednesday (9 January) who reported that up to 100 migrants remain missing in the third deadly shipwreck on the Mediterranean Sea since last Saturday (6 January). Now, less than midway through January there already are reports of close to 200 migrants or refugees dead or missing on the Central Mediterranean route.

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Iraqi returnee family in the village of Wana, west of the city of Mosul, carry away relief kit supplied by IOM. Photo: Raber Aziz / IOM 2018

Number of Returns Exceeds Number of Displaced Iraqis: UN Migration Agency

Posted on Fri. January 12, 2018

Erbil – For the first time since the beginning of the Iraq crisis in December 2013, the number of people returning to their area of origin has surpassed the number of people displaced in the country.

Over the past four years, the country has been deeply affected by the conflict with ISIL, which led to the displacement of nearly six million people. Prime Minister Abadi announced Iraq’s victory over ISIL on 9 December 2017; by the end of 2017 IOM, the UN Migration Agency, identified 3.2 million people, who have returned back to their place of origin, while a staggering 2.6 million remained displaced.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that flags flew at half-mast in Mali on Thursday as the government announced 48 of its citizens drowned in the Mediterranean in a single day over the weekend, all trying to reach Europe.
  • Mail Online reported that a group of migrants crossed the Italian Alps in a bid to reach France amid freezing conditions.
  • UNICEF USA reported that for survivors of sexual trafficking, the shame and isolation that follow can be devastating.
  • Irish Times published an Op-Ed calling on Europe to face up to human trafficking and refugee reception in 2018.
  • Nigeria’s 360 NoBS reported that in the wake of the increased rate of human trafficking being experienced by Nigerians trying to migrate to Europe via Libya, actress and producer Stephanie Linus has recently arrived in Italy to give support to rescued people and raise her voice against such human rights violations in partnership with MSF.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported that volunteers try to find a safe place to sleep for undocumented men, women and children each night in a park in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on photojournalist Narciso Contreras’s work on human trafficking in Libya and shared his experience photographing the unfolding migrant crisis in Libya.


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