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12 September 2018

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Migrants boarding a previous charter flight at Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport. Photo: IOM/Hmouzi

IOM Resumes Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights from Libya Following Tripoli Ceasefire

Tripoli (IOM)  A flight to Ghana is the first return flight to leave Libya in the wake of this week’s ceasefire agreement ending hostilities in southern Tripoli and surrounding areas. The reopening of Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport permitted a commercial flight to leave the airport for Ghana on 10 September, carrying 21 migrants, said IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

The migrants – from different districts of Tripoli – expressed interest in returning safely to their home country through IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme. The programme provides a safe pathway home to migrants who wish to return home but have little means of accomplishing that. Upon arrival, the returning migrants will be provided with sustainable reintegration assistance to further aid them when returning to their community of origin.

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Khady's husband disappeared in 2006 trying to reach Europe from Senegal. She still hopes to see him alive again. Credit: ICRC / J. Cendon

'Buried on the Beach': Who are the Migrants Whose Bodies Wash Ashore on the Senegalese Coast?

Senegal (InfoMigrants) – The Red Cross has warned of an increase in the number of migrants departing from the coast of West Africa to Spain. Many die along the way and their recovered bodies are buried directly on the beach without being identified.

The migration route from the West African coast to the Canary Islands or continental Spain is increasingly traveled. It may be just as dangerous as other routes – though much less talked about. 

Lucile Marbeau of the Red Cross in France told InfoMigrants that the number of departures from West Africa, one of the main departure points for migrants heading to Europe in the mid-2000s, has risen over the past two years.

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Izak: "Migration gives us an opportunity to reach new goals, develop ourselves as people, and it frees us from prejudices."

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Alana Murphy biked more than 4,300 miles across the United States, meeting people who came to the country as refugees.

Here are some stories from her time in Michigan. 

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  • The New York Times questioned whether more migrants can be saved after reports of a recent shipwreck off the coast of Libya.
  • Arabian Aerospace reported on the new partnership between IOM and Turkish Airlines to promote safe, orderly, and regular migration starting with support of the Migration Application (MigApp).
  • EBL News reported about China’s human rights development exhibition at the UN Office in Geneva.
  • IRIN News featured a piece on how the economy and strict deportation system are forcing Afghans out of Iran, causing a shrinkage in remittances and deepening the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
  • PRN Africa reported that the UN has called on Nigeria to increase efforts to eradicate human trafficking and help reintegrate victims.
  • GNN Liberia reported that IOM has trained Liberian immigration officers to help them address irregular migration and combat migrant smuggling.
  • Time reported about the planned deployment of 10,000 armed border guards by the EU to protect its external borders from irregular migration.
  • ReliefWeb reported that IOM and the Indonesian Marine and Air Police Corps have trained officials in search and rescue operations, as well as strategies for managing irregular maritime arrivals.
  • VNA reported on a workshop run by IOM and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs which focused on assisted returns of victims of human trafficking in Viet Nam.
  • The Beam spoke with IOM’s Sieun Lee who noted that it is possible to reduce the number of people forced to move due to environmental factors by reducing exposure to risks, building resilience, and putting preventive measures in place.

  • UN News reported that new laws in Hungary and government attacks on civil society in the country fuel “hostility, xenophobia, and discrimination against migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and all those trying to provide them support,” according to UN Human Rights Council experts.
  • The Adviser reported that skilled migrants interested in living and working in regional South Australia would get priority processing, under a plan by the state’s trade minister.
  • Nepali Sansar reported that the Government of Nepal will introduce a new system that provides real-time information to support migrant workers and manpower companies with their respective needs.