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20 March 2018

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 12,983 in 2018; Deaths Reach 495

Posted on Tue. Mar 20, 2018​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 12,983 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 11 weeks of 2018, with about 47 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (30%), Spain (22%) and Cyprus (less than 1%). This compares with 21,058 at this point in 2017.

IOM Athens’ Kelly Namia reported Monday that on Saturday a boat capsized off the island of Agathonisi from which three people were rescued while 16 bodies were retrieved by the Hellenic Coast Guard. Authorities believe at least three people remain missing. Of the 16 bodies, nine were children.

Three survivors (two women and one man) managed to reach the shore. According to the Hellenic Coast Guard eight victims were from Afghanistan, six from Iraq and two have not been unidentified. Of the children, five were from Afghanistan and four were from Iraq.

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Internally displaced Congolese live in extremely harsh conditions in Tanganyika’s Magloire collective centre. © IOM

Japan Supports UN Migration Agency Assistance to Returnees, Displaced in DRC

Posted on Tue. Mar 20, 2018​

Kasai – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has received USD 900,000 of funding from the Government of Japan to assist 200,000 returnees, displaced people and members of host communities affected by the crisis in Kasai, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

Since conflict erupted in August 2016 in the Kasai central province, a complex humanitarian crisis has emerged and rapidly spread throughout the region. As a consequence of the conflict, the Greater Kasai region now hosts an estimated 1.4 million of the country’s 4.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Some individuals also fled from the violence to neighbouring Angola.

With a gradual stabilization of the security situation, people started to return home in 2017, particularly in Central Kasai – nearly 700,000 people have returned to date. However, security incidents and inter-community tensions persist, causing new displacements.

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Migration in the News

  • ANSA reported that IOM is continuing its efforts to repatriate migrants in Yemen, where the ongoing conflict has put foreigners at risk of abuse, violence and death.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Agadez hosts thousands of vulnerable people from different corners of Africa, and there are signs that the flurry of humanitarian activity might be drawing in more.
  • AFP reported that governments should focus on “greener” policies to improve the supply and quality of water, the United Nations said.
  • Australia’s The Mandarin reported on how collaboration between like-minded national governments can improve pre-migration health assessments through information sharing, collaborative learning and increased capability in countries of origin.
  • All Africa reported that Rwanda has reiterated its readiness to receive African migrants from Israel and Libya. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said that they are still waiting to reach an agreement for migrants in Libya within the context of the African Union.
  • Euro-Mediterranean Monitor reported that Syrians whose asylum requests were turned down faced death or torture following return to Syria.
  • El País reported that Italian authorities in Catania, Sicily have ordered the detention of the Spanish ship Open Arms for promoting “illegal immigration and criminal association.”
  • Reuters reported that Colombia proposed on Monday that the International Monetary Fund provide assistance to help several hundred thousand Venezuelan refugees who have fled an economic and political crisis to neighboring countries, officials at the G20 summit said.

Trending on the Internet

  • SBS reported that the Australian government will create a new visa to compete with other countries for ‘high-tech skills and talent’, with companies allowed to sponsor migrants for jobs paid more than $180,000.
  • Migration Policy Institute published an online guide that links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally.


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