Unable to see images? Click here

06 March 2018

Comments/questions: editor@iom.int

main banner

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 10,584 in 2018; Deaths Reach 421

Posted on Tue. Mar 06, 2018​

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 10,584 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first nine weeks of 2018, with just over 50 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (27%), Spain (22%) and Cyprus (less than 1%). This compares with 19,824 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

Read on | Share on 

main banner

DDG Thompson (centre) called for improved humanitarian financing structures, during a panel discussion. ©IOM

IOM Deputy Director General Addresses Dubai Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference

Posted on Tue. Mar 06, 2018​

Dubai – IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson yesterday (05/03) called for improved humanitarian financing structures at the 15th Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development Conference and Exhibition (DIHAD).

Read on | Share on 


Migration in the News

  • Africa Times reported that MSF has pulled out of its medical operations in Rann, Nigeria, following last week’s violent attack which left at least four humanitarian aid workers dead, including two IOM staff.
  • Voice of America reported that many people across northern Iraq fled their homes recently, months after Iraq’s battle with ISIL militants was declared victorious. And while people are returning to their homes in droves, in many camps, the population is growing.
  • World Bank reported about young women leaders making an impact across the Pacific, in commemoration of International Women’s Day.
  • Caj News reported that football, aptly called the ‘beautiful game’ has bridged divides in the war-torn Central African Republic.
  • Caj News reported more than 400 migrants have died in the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of the year during attempts to reach Europe.
  • PRI featured the stories of 47 people who died crossing the Mediterranean in a wooden boat, giving faces to the statistics.
  • Kenya’s Tuko shared six lessons every girl child can learn from Amina Mohammed, the first African and woman to serve as Chair of the Council for IOM.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that he Sudanese police had freed 177 victims of human trafficking including 27 women in the capital, Khartoum.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Washington Post reported that Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to Mexico, to immigrants and to the borderless “world of filmmakers” as he accepted Oscars for best director and best picture on Sunday night.
  • The New York Times reported that art students at the New York Academy of Art work to help identify the missing, including migrants.


Media Contacts

For interviews and other media requests, please contact the

IOM Media and Communications team here.