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11 September 2018

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IOM DG William Lacy Swing (r) with Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board, M. İlker Aycı. Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero

Turkish Airlines and IOM Sign Long Term Partnership to Assist Migrants Globally

Geneva  The promotion of safe, orderly and regular migration is at the heart of the long-term partnership agreement signed yesterday (10/09) between the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and Turkish Airlines, one of the largest carriers in the world.

Signed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee, M. İlker Aycı, the cooperation will focus initially on the Organization’s Migration Application (MigApp), which leverages the widespread use of telecommunications technology to provide practical information about services available to migrants globally.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 73,696; Deaths Reach 1,565

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 73,696 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 9 September, with 32,022 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 128,993 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 298,663 through a similar point (13 September) in 2016.

Spain, with over 43 per cent of all irregular arrivals on the Mediterranean through this year, has outpaced Greece and Italy throughout the summer. Italy’s arrivals to date – 20,319 – are the lowest recorded by IOM since 2014, lower in fact, than arrivals recorded by Italian authorities during many individual months over the past five years.

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  • The Guardian published a report which explains the different types of migrant, how many there are in the world and whether the current crisis is really unprecedented.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that nearly 100 human trafficking victims, including dozens of children forced to work in illegal gold mines, have been rescued in a major police operation in Sudan.
  • The Global Post reported that Spain is considering replacing a razor wire fence in the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla that “separate” Africa and Europe with other measures that “are less bloody and more respectful of the integrity of the people,” according to its Interior Ministry.
  • The Daily Star reported that many Bangladeshis are taking enormous personal risks when they migrate irregularly, especially when there is absolutely no guarantee of a safe landing in Europe.
  • The Washington Post reported about a former fisherman who buries dead migrants washed up on Tunisian shores.

  • Phys reported about a first of its kind nationwide survey to find some connections between drought, conflict and migration in an entire sub-Saharan African country.
  • Euronews reported about new research that reveals that economic development programmes implemented without complementary efforts to improve stability do little to address the real reasons people migrate. In fact, they may sometimes even facilitate migration.