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18 June 2018

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Spanish medical staff carried out preliminary health checks on the migrants at Valencia’s port. Photo: Alberto Saiz/AP

IOM’s Director General Swing Praises Spain for Bringing 600+ Migrants to Safety

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency praises Spain’s action bringing over six hundred migrants stranded on Mediterranean rescue ships to safety.

“I’m glad Spain has stepped forward to defuse this crisis, but I fear a major tragedy if states start refusing to accept rescued migrants as was threatened,” said IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing. “Keeping the rescued people at sea is not, of itself, going to dissuade other migrants from crossing to Europe and they too will need to be rescued sooner or later,” he added.

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Signature of the framework agreement between IOM and the Government of Belgium, September 2016. Photo: IOM

Belgium and IOM Collaborate to Reduce High Costs of Money Transfers to Developing Countries

Brussels (IOM) – Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo joins forces with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to build a comprehensive price comparison app for international money transfers (remittances).

Belgium will support the development of MigApp: an app that provides objective information to migrants about migration, and includes a price comparison tool for international money transfers. Remittances are the private funds that migrants send to their home countries. 

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The Aquarius rescue ship arrives to port carrying some 106 migrants in Valencia, Spain, June 17, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Heino Kalis

Boat Caught in Europe's Migration Spat Brings Hundreds to Spain

Spain (Reuters) – Rescued migrants turned away by Italy and Malta arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday, ending a grueling Mediterranean odyssey that became symbolic of Europe’s failure to agree on immigration.

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  • Al Jazeera reported that arguments over who should take responsibility for refugees arriving in Europe are heating up again.
  • Colombo Telegraph ran an op-ed which noted a very pertinent point regarding the need for a two-way free migration of people across the world.
  • PBS reported that Bosnia-Herzegovina has recently seen a new stream of refugees seeking to reach western Europe and it noted how their presence is being used to stoke nationalist sentiment in the country.
  • Xinhua reported that an increasing number of African migrants are trying to reach Europe via Morocco, while the number of migrants who choose the Libyan-Italian route has declined.
  • CGTN reported that the first group of migrants rescued by the Aquarius charity-run vessel has arrived at a port in Valencia on Sunday. The 629 migrants who were refused entry by Italy and Malta a week ago remained at sea for about 36 hours before Spain said it would accept at least some of the migrants.
  • Hindustan Times reported that blue-collar workers from Delhi who fail to undergo a mandatory orientation programme cannot go abroad, with the government refusing them clearance to emigrate, a move that could have a bearing on job prospects of thousands of people.

  • Human Watch Rights reported that the failure by European Union governments and institutions to develop an effective and rights-based policy response to migration causes real suffering and fuels a sense of political crisis around migration.
  • Business Insider spoke with impact investor Rekha Unnithan about her nearly US $1 billion impact investing portfolio, which includes affordable housing, microfinance, and technology to lower the cost of remittance for migrant populations.