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29 June 2018

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IOM-UNHCR Proposal to the European Union for a Regional Cooperative Arrangement Ensuring Predictable Disembarkation and Subsequent Processing of Persons Rescued at Sea

Posted on Fri. 29 June 2018​​

Geneva –  Approximately 40,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in Europe via maritime routes in 2018 to date. This is almost six times less than over the same period in 2016, following a peak in arrivals by sea in 2015. According to EUROSTAT, approximately 30 per cent of those arriving on the European shores were in need of international protection; moreover, some have faced extreme hardship and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous traffickers during the journey.

Despite the reduced arrival rates, new challenges resulting from divergent EU Member State views have revealed a need to revisit regional arrangements to relieve front line states from having the sole responsibility for the disembarkation and further processing of people rescued at sea.

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Young talented composers and musicians from Afghanistan, Turkey, the United States, Austria, and Japan are pictured with IOM Regional Director Argentina Szabados and Bärli Nugent, Assistant Dean and Director of Chamber Music of the Juilliard School. Photo: Lanna Walsh / IOM

World Premieres Make Classical Music History in Vienna, Give Voice to Migration Stories

Posted on Fri. 29 June 2018​​

Vienna – The “Voices of Migration” concert, the first ever musical event of its kind to be held at the United Nations, took place in the Rotunda of United Nations Vienna International Center yesterday, showcasing the richness of culture and art that migration brings. Co-hosted by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the United Nations Information Service (UNIS), the historic concert featured powerful performances, including two world premieres by migrant composers from the Islamic Republic of Iran and Turkey, performed by a diverse group of world-class musicians.

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  • AP reported that European Union leaders vowed Thursday to move forward with plans to screen migrants in North Africa for asylum eligibility to try to stem the flow of those making the perilous journey to the continent by sea. 
  • Al Jazeera’s Inside Story spoke with IOM’s Leonard Doyle and other guests about the meeting of EU leaders in Brussels to discuss how Europe can deal with migrants as deep divisions continue. 
  • PR Newswire reported that Bahrain welcomed the US State Department's 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, which upgrades Bahrain to Tier 1 status in recognition of the Kingdom's longstanding commitment to combatting human trafficking and reinforcing expatriate worker protections. 
  • Crux reported about the recipient of the “TIP Report Hero Acting to End Modern Slavery Award”, Blessing Okoedion, a young Nigerian woman who was once a victim of human trafficking and today an activist for the defense of human dignity. 
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that a year after Italian authorities organised a very public reunion for four-year-old Oumoh and her mother after a perilous solo voyage from Africa, court officials now say the mother has upped and vanished, leaving Oumoh far from home and alone once more. 
  • Online Nigeria reported about a Nigerian lady who has revealed that she was raped by some men while in Libya and is now pregnant. She was assisted to return to Nigeria through an IOM-organised charter flight from Libya.

  • Refugees Deeply reported that that rural stores in Denmark contain vital lessons for making asylum centers work.
  • Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigates the Italian mafia's scams to profit from the plight of desperate migrants and refugees.