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03 August 2018

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 58,158 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,514

Posted on Fri. Aug 3, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 58,158 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 1 August 2018. That total compares to 113,283 at this time last year, and over 261,228 at this time in 2016. 

Arrivals to Spain in July overtook those to Italy and have surpassed the total number of arrivals (22,108) recorded in Spanish waters during all of 2017. This year almost 40 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has more than tripled that registered on the route by this time last year.   

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Aid from the United Kingdom arriving in Yemen in response to the Hudaydah crisis. Photo: IOM

Yemenis Displaced by Hudaydah Offensive in Need of Greater Lifesaving Support

Posted on Fri. Aug 3, 2018​​

Yemen – The world’s worst humanitarian crisis deteriorated even further in June 2018 when a military offensive on Hudaydah led to the displacement of nearly half of the city’s 600,000 population. Nearly two months later, the situation remains unstable and the displaced communities in and near Hudaydah are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.  

In Hudaydah, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, provides assistance to displaced communities where they are temporarily residing.

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  • IPS reported that thousands of migrant children in Italy are untraceable and may have been trafficked, according to Save the Children.
  • France 24 reported that while most EU nations are tightening their migrant policies with an eye on their electorates, Spain’s new Prime Minister is welcoming migrants – for exactly the same reason.
  • Voice of America reported that thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are at risk of falling prey to human traffickers who exploit them sexually and for forced labour.
  • Le Sahel reported that Niger had awarded IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete the medal of Officer of the Order of Merit of Niger.
  • Devex reported that 3,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh participated in the first of many disaster preparedness simulations to ready them for the severe weather that rips through the area during the two annual cyclone seasons.                          
  • EEAS reported that IOM and partners are working to tackle the trafficking and smuggling of migrants within and from the Horn of Africa, with support from the EU’s Emergency Trust Fund.
  • Greek Reporter reported that more than 10,000 refugees and migrants have crossed into Greece irregularly through the Greece-Turkey border at Evros in the first half of 2018.
  • Toronto’s  Now reported that France’s World Cup win, with a team composed mostly of players whose families are originally from Africa, has stirred debate in the face of growing anti-immigrant sentiment in many parts of the world.

  • India’s The Telegraph reported that avant garde Italian artist Pietro Ruffo will showcase migration at the Indian Museum in Kolkata in November. 
  • Reuters reported that Colombia has temporarily granted more than 440,000 Venezuelans permission to stay in the country for two years and access to social services, as hundreds of thousands flee the devastating economic crisis back home.