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04 April 2018

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EU and IOM senior officials meet to discuss cooperation on global migration issues. © IOM 2018

A Critical Year for Unity in Defining Migration Policy Globally

Brussels – Senior officials from the European Union (EU) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, are meeting in Brussels today (04/04) to strengthen cooperation on some of the most pressing European, neighbourhood and global migration issues, including better protection of vulnerable migrants, the challenge of managing mixed migration flows, and the Global Compact on Migration.   

Ahead of the meeting, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing welcomed the continued strategic dialogue between IOM and the EU, particularly at a time when migration challenges and opportunities lead the political debate and are a fixture on global and European agendas. 

“This is an absolutely critical year for unity in defining migration policy globally. The issues at stake touch all of us, from vast regions, large and small countries, to the most vulnerable of migrants,” said Ambassador Swing. 

“We have a historic opportunity to build a system for human mobility where people can move safely, legally and voluntarily, in full respect of their human rights.  We particularly need to make headway in addressing the movement of the most vulnerable migrants with specific protection needs,” he added.

This year’s meeting – the fifth of its kind since the launch of the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework in 2012 – is being hosted by Christian Danielsson, Director General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement at the European Commission (DG NEAR). 

IOM Director General Swing and Deputy Director General Laura Thompson are taking part in the high-level dialogue together with other senior officials from the European Commission (DG DEVCO, DG ECHO, DG HOME and DG NEAR), and the European External Action Service (EEAS). 

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Migration in the News

  • The Week reported aid agencies have warned that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is facing a humanitarian crisis comparable to that seen in Syria.  
  • CGTN reported that the municipality of Mosul, along with UN Mine Action Service, IOM, UNESCO and GIZ are working on a plan to recycle concrete and metal scrap for sustainable rebuilding and creating livelihood opportunity for locals.
  • Business Insider reported that SAS has joined forces with Global GoalsCast to provide data visualizations about the critical challenges facing humanity. Previously, SAS helped IOM respond to humanitarian crises following earthquakes in Nepal and Pakistan, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
  • Maritime Herald reported that the Italian authorities have confiscated the boat of the NGO, Proactive Open Arms, which is dedicated to the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean and have accused it of encouraging irregular migration. 
  • Qatar Tribune reported about a workshop organised in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund of the GCC and IOM on the basics of management of expatriate workers, and opportunities and challenges in the Arab states of the Gulf.

Trending on the Internet

  • Buzzfeed reported that  a group of volunteers called Pueblos Sin Fronteras, or People Without Borders is leading a caravan of Central Americans which is intended to help migrants safely reach the United States, bypassing not only authorities who would seek to deport them, but gangs and cartels who are known to assault vulnerable migrants.
  • The Daily Mail reported that a teenage Gambian refugee developed a deadly condition, rhabdomyolysis, after squatting for three days during a cramped boat trip across the Mediterranean.
  • Forensic Magazine reported that a team from Goldsmiths, University of London established a so-called counter-forensics used by Forensic Architecture to bring human rights violations to light, using thermal imagery and distress signals, to mobile data to investigate death. It visually attributes systemic responsibility to violence, whether it has occurred in a warzone or at sea.


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