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02 February 2018

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90 Migrants Reportedly Drown as Bodies Wash Up on Libyan Shores

Posted on Fri. February 02, 2018​

Geneva – At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning (02/02). According to IOM Libya’s Olivia Headon, 10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores – two Libyans and eight Pakistani nationals. Two survivors are reported to have swam to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, Headon said. IOM is working to get more details of the tragedy and to see how best to assist survivors, she continued. 

"According to IOM records, some 29 Libyans were rescued or intercepted in all of 2017, but we estimate the true figure to be much higher,” said Headon. 

In 2017, the 3,138 Pakistani migrants arriving by sea to Italy from Libya were 13th in the overall list of total migrant arrivals (119,369). This year though, they already are the third highest nationality so far, with an estimated 240 reaching Italy in January. In comparison, only nine Pakistanis arrived in Italy by sea in January 2017.


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Mosul residents at a mobile Community Information Centre. Photo: IOM/Nima Tamaddon 2018

Community Information Centres Serve Impacted Communities in Mosul: IOM

Posted on Fri. February 02, 2018

Mosul – After nearly three years under ISIL control – and a nine-month long battle to retake the city – the people of Mosul, including displaced persons returning to their homes, are struggling to access services.

To assist the people of Mosul, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in cooperation with the Government of Iraq, and humanitarian partners have set up mobile Community Information Centres (CICs).

The CICs operate out of mobile caravans that visit neighbourhoods in Mosul twice weekly. The centres are open to everyone and provide essential information and referrals to services offered by local government and humanitarian organizations including health, legal, employment and livelihoods.

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Migration in the News

  • NPR, Sputnik reported that AP on Wednesday published a report detailing the existence of several previously undisclosed mass graves of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar along with shocking details of the systematic execution of victims and attempts to hide evidence of the crime.

  • iPolitics spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing who suggested that Canada increase its talks with the US to solve the issue of irregular migrants at its borders.

  • CNN reported that sixteen Nigerian women are safe after they were threatened with death and tricked to work as prostitutes in return for passage to Spain, Europol said.

  • Radio New Zealand and Marianas Variety reported that authorities at the Marshall Islands' international airport have accosted a suspected agent for illegal adoptions while he was trying to board a flight.

  • The Guardian reported that many of the Nigerian women and girls rescued from the smugglers’ boats by charities or coastguard vessels reaching Italy are trafficked for sex slavery and are assured by their “sponsors” that they will take care of getting the necessary documents for them.

  • Nigeria’s Daily Trust reported that at least 9,000 Nigerians have died trying to migrate to Europe irregularly, NGO Pan African Institute for Global Affairs and Strategy has said.

  • DPA reported that Amnesty International and Oxfam have charged that Italy and the European Union are complicit in the torture and abuse of thousands of migrants trapped in Libya.

Trending on the Internet

  • DW reported that Italy is no longer obligated to receive all migrants rescued by the European Union's border agency from the Mediterranean Sea after Frontex launched its new mission on Thursday.

  • NPR reported that a report by the aid group No More Deaths claiming that Border Patrol agents routinely sabotage humanitarian efforts is also highlighting the tensions between federal agents and volunteers who try to help migrants.


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