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24 October 2018

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After fleeing war in Syria, distressed refugee children cross a cold, rough sea in an overloaded dinghy. Photo: Nicolas Economou/Oct 2015

Identifying Migrant Bodies in the Mediterranean

(United Nations University) – The International Organization for Migration’s 'Missing Migrants project' is widely regarded as the first comprehensive attempt at collating data on “migrants who have died or gone missing at the external borders of states, or in the process of migration towards an international destination.” 

The reality of undocumented migrant deaths and migrant bodies has been conspicuously absent from border migration narratives and from the rhetoric of many influential actors involved in policy, academia, and the media. Given that the Mediterranean route is the deadliest one in the world (IOM, 2018a), this policy brief seeks to examine undocumented migrant body identification from a human rights perspective that acknowledges the implications on the individuals, the families, and the states involved.

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IOM’s Steadfast Support to Global Resettlement

Geneva – This short animated video showcases the resettlement process, from selection to reception, for one refugee family. It highlights the plight of refugees and IOM’s role in essential aspects of resettlement from health and integration, to ensuring safe and dignified movement.

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