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Libyan Government Officials Receive Human Rights Training from UN Migration Agency

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:12

Tripoli – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is currently holding a three-day training workshop focusing on human rights and identification of vulnerable migrants for staff of Libyan detention centres, the Libyan Coast Guard and other entities involved in rescue at sea operations.

The training, based in Tunis, seeks to build the capacity of the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), Libyan Coast Guards (LCG) and other authorities to ensure that migrants are treated in a way that upholds their dignity and fully respects their human rights. 

Officials from DCIM, the LCG, the Directorate of Coast Security, and the Directorate of Passport Investigation participated in the training, which also included improving the officials' knowledge on identifying vulnerable groups and addressing their needs. Divided into groups, the participants were also given the opportunity to discuss Operating Procedures in order to enhance their referral mechanisms.

“The aim of these trainings is to discuss and address coordination mechanisms among the government officials, particularly when it concerns human rights and protection, and how IOM can assist in strengthening their capacity,” emphasized IOM Project Manager Maysa Khalil. 

The training also included sessions on migrants’ rights; mental health and communicable diseases; the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM); the links between human trafficking and smuggling, as well as external communication and protection. In addition to IOM, UNHCR and the Danish Refugee Council each contributed a session to the training.

Most of the challenges raised by participants were linked to health and protection aspects, particularly in detention centres and during rescue at sea operations, as well as coordination of interventions by international actors.   

“One of the challenges we face is that the migrants are too often stuck at the disembarkation point following a rescue operation,” explained Reyad Altaweni, one of the participants from Zuwara. Altaweni agreed with IOM that the time migrants spend at the disembarkation points needs to be shortened. There is increasingly closer coordination with IOM which improves the humanitarian response in times of rescue at sea operations whereby rescued migrants are assisted with water, food and health assistance, Altaweni added.

The trainings are part of the project, Enhancing Saving Lives at Sea Operations by the Libyan Coast Guards, which is funded by the Government of Switzerland. The project’s overall aim is to enhance saving lives at sea operations by providing lifesaving equipment, targeted infrastructure support and related capacity building.

For more information, please contact IOM Libya:

Othman Belbeisi, Tel: +216 29 600 389, Email:

Maysa Khalil, Tel: +216 29 600 388, Email:

Language English Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:44Image: Region-Country: LibyaThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigrants RightsRefugee and Asylum IssuesDefault: Multimedia: 

An IOM staff member talks about the impact of detention centres on health during a three-day training workshop on human rights for staff of Libyan detention centres. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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316 Somalis Arrive Home from Yemen in Past Four Days

PBN News Germany - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 05:30
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Yemen - After nearly a five month ordeal, 316 Somali migrants have reached Somalia, transported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, overland through Yemen and across the Arabian Sea.  

In February 2017, a smugglers boat, carrying more than 150 Somalis hoping to reach Europe, headed north up the Red Sea on the western coast of Yemen. The boat had originated in Somalia and docked once in the South of Yemen. A few kilometers from Yemen's Al Hudaydah port, the boat was hit, killing 40 persons and severely injuring another 13.  

IOM moved almost 100 Somali survivors of this boat tragedy, who were fit to travel, from Al Hudaydah to Sana’a, Yemen's capital. They traveled safely overland, bisecting war-torn Yemen.  

On 12 July 2017, three buses and an ambulance departed Sana’a to bring the Somali migrants to Aden, where IOM teams in Aden were on standby to receive the group. After a nights rest, IOM helped the group board a passenger boat that sailed from the Aden seaport. Crossing the Arabian Sea in 15 hours on 14 July, the group of Somalis  - 57 men, 25 women, 5 boys and 3 girls – arrived at the Port of Berbera, Somalia.  

An additional group of Somali migrants left Aden on 15 July 2017, with a total of 103 persons (23 men, 22 women, 30 boys and 28 girls).  In order to guarantee a smooth arrival and appropriate reintegration, IOM Somalia welcome the returnees.  

IOM organized the departure of a third group with another 100 Somalis, mainly families with children, on 18 July 2017 from the Aden harbour.   

Over the last five months, while waiting to leave, IOM helped ensure that the injured receive medical care, that they all received food and clothing, and that the most vulnerable women, children, and medical cases received temporary shelter.  

Such operations were organized in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The IOM operations has successfully assisted a total number of 1,306 Somalis in the last six months alone. 

For more information, please contact Rabih Sarieddine, Head of Sub-Office, IOM Aden, Tel. +967 736 088 839, Email, or Saba Malme, Media and Communication National Officer, IOM Sana’a, Tel: + 967 736 800 329, Email: 

Posted: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 11:12Image: Region-Country: YemenDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM staff helps a little girl helped board a boat that will sail from the Aden, Yemen seaport to Port of Berbera in Somalia. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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50,000 Syrians and Iraqis Visit UN Migration Agency, Germany's Family Assistance Progamme Offices in Last 12 Months

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:59

Iraq - Since July 2016, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has assisted in person over 50,000 vulnerable migrants with family reunifications in Germany through its Family Assistance Programme (FAP).

The aim of FAP, which was initiated and funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, is to support family reunification applicants in Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon during the visa application process for Germany. At their offices, IOM helps them to correctly complete the forms and prepare their documents in order to reunite with close family members already granted asylum in Germany.

The FAP project also works to dissuade refugee families from seeking unsafe, irregular migration channels; to support German consular staff; and to help refugees integrate into German society successfully.

Over half a million Syrians and Iraqis have registered for asylum in Germany since 2015 and approximately 355,000 have been granted refugee status, according to the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF). Most of them have arrived taking a perilous boat journey and left behind their family members. As per German laws, those granted refugee status qualify for family reunification.

Eighteen-year-old Abdulrahman and his younger siblings were five of those supported through FAP. In 2015, Abdulraham’s father, Nasser, was one of the million migrants and refugees who crossed into Europe in search of a safe life for his family.
Knowing the risks of the journey, Nasser made the difficult decision to travel ahead of his children. Alone in Turkey, young Abdulraham acted as a father-figure to his younger siblings, living in a one bedroom apartment off money sent back by their father. After Nasser was granted refugee status in Germany, IOM’s FAP programme expedited the process to reunite the children with their parent.

“There are no words to express what this means to have my family in a safe country, surrounded by such generous people,” said Nasser. “My children have lived through tragedy. They lost their good memories. Now, kind German people are helping us to build new, happy memories.”

The family reunification process starts with an online appointment to a FAP centre, where IOM staff ensures the completeness of their documents while assisting them in preparing their application. In Lebanon and Turkey, IOM also supports the Consulates by collecting visa applications on their behalf. 

For parents waiting with young children, a playroom, with toys, books and colouring pencil sets, provides them with some entertainment. Children are also taught basic German language skills, to prepare them for their new lives before travel.

As well as the 50,000 cases processed by IOM’s FAP office in Lebanon, Turkey and Erbil, the three offices have also provided remote assistance to an estimated 162,000 Syrian and Iraqis at an average of 1,400 per month. 

The Family Assistance Programme is part of IOM’s facilitated migration portfolio through which IOM provides tailored operational assistance to states through efficient, cost-effective and non-profit international migration services.

Already in Germany, Mehdi Khalil and his cousin Lazem, are both four months away from their 18th birthday. To ensure reunification with their family members IOM has fast tracked their applications to allow them to get a visa before that date.

The fathers of the young boys – Abbas, 37, and his brother Azdaeen, 43 – together with the nine other children across their two families, cannot wait to join their sons – and to start a new life.

Both men paid for their eldest boys Mehdi and Lazem, 16 at the time, to be smuggled into Germany. It cost them a total of USD 10,000, a combination of money they said they borrowed from extended family members and their life’s savings.

The Yezidi brothers, farmers from Iraq’s Sinjar province, lived a comfortable life. They reared cows and sheep, from which they produced milk and made fresh cheese and yoghurt. They also grew crops and vegetables.

Though not rich, the family needed little and enjoyed the tranquillity of their life and community; that is, until ISIL took over their area, killing thousands of men and forcing tens of thousands to flee. They also took nearly 6,000 women and children as slaves and hostages.
The brothers and their children were lucky enough to escape to the Sinjar Mountains, where they spent a week with very little food and water before being rescued. Since then they have been internally displaced and living in Bajet Kandela camp in Kurdistan’s Dohuk Governorate.

“We can’t wait to get there and be reunited with our boys,” Abbas said. “Here we have nothing left, whereas in Germany we have the prospect of a new life and a fresh start for our children,” he added.

“We had a comfortable life here, then Daesh came and destroyed our homes, all three of them, as well as our farms. We lost everything… and our community was dispersed… They even stripped us of our memories,” Abbas continued, reminiscing on the past.

Mehdi’s mother, Khanso, cries at the mention of her son.

“I miss him very much. He liked to stand in front of the mirror to style his hair after a shower,” she recalled. “Remembering that hurts,” she recalled.

“I miss his hugs and kisses and just want to see him again, to take him in my arms and kiss his eyes,” Khanso said sobbing slowly.

But both the boys’ mothers say, their eventual reunification will also come with some pain because of those they will have to leave behind – elder married daughters and grandchildren.

Perhaps hardest of all is the fact that they may initially have to leave some of the younger children behind.

The reunification process for minors initially only allows for them to be joined by their parents, unless there are exceptional circumstances that mean the extended family should also go in the first phase. Once the parents themselves have been granted refugee status, which provides them with a residency permit, they are able to apply to be reunited with the other children.

“Our joy will be bittersweet,” said Ghazala, Lazem’s mother who will leave behind two married daughters and sons, her two grandchildren as well as some of her younger children.

“Now my thoughts and tears are for Lazem. Then, when I go to Germany, my thoughts and tears will be for those I left behind,” she sobbed. “The hole in my heart will never be healed. I will be missing them instead of Lazem.”

For children waiting with their parents, a playroom with toys, books and colouring pencil sets is available. Children are also taught basic German language skills to prepare them for their new lives before travel.

In addition to the 50,000 cases processed by IOM’s FAP offices in Lebanon, Turkey and Erbil, these offices have provided remote assistance to an estimated 162,000 Syrian and Iraqis at an average of 1,400 requests per month.

For more information, please contact:
IOM Iraq
Hala Jaber, Tel: +964 751 740 1654, Email:
Sandra Black, Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email:
IOM Turkey
Abby Dwommoh, Tel: +90 312 454 3048, Email:

Visit the FAP Facebook page:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:40Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Family ReunificationRefugee and Asylum IssuesDefault: Multimedia: 

Some of the families assisted by the UN Migration Agency under Germany’s Family Assistance Programme (FAP). Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action Endorsed by UN Migration Agency

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:54

Switzerland - On 17 July 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, endorsed the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disability in Humanitarian Action.

The Charter was developed, ahead of last year’s World Humanitarian Summit, by over 70 stakeholders from States, UN agencies, the international civil society community and global, regional and national organizations of persons with disabilities. The Charter had already been endorsed by several UN agencies.

By endorsing the Charter, IOM has committed to ensuring that its humanitarian assistance is more inclusive of persons with disabilities. Conditions can be dire for people with disabilities living in displacement or while migrating; however, forced displacement and unsafe migration can themselves create disabilities, as well. For the purpose of this Charter, persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, psychosocial, intellectual or sensory impairments, which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in, and access to, humanitarian programmes.

The challenges imposed by flight and exile are increased for migrants with disabilities both while they are on the move or living in insecure settings. Factors, such as lack of access to services (including medical care or medications), lack of identification, loss of access to routine support networks, increased risk of harm or exploitation, limited availability of support aids and the difficulties of extreme conditions of travel and inadequate shelter, all contribute significantly greater challenges faced by migrants and displaced people with disabilities.

“Endorsing the Charter will further ensure that IOM tailors its responses to the specific needs of the, often vulnerable, individuals we assist, including those with disabilities, and in line with upcoming international guidance on this particular vulnerable category,” said Vincent Houver, IOM’s Deputy Director of Operations and Emergencies.

IOM intends to strengthen the inclusion of disability in all aspects of its humanitarian response through the application of its protection mainstreaming policy, by promoting equal and meaningful access for all in times of crisis as well as through partnerships in the field. Further guidance will be developed in accordance with the upcoming international guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action.

Since January 2017, IOM has been part of the Inter-Agency Stand Committee’s (IASC) Task Team on disability inclusion in humanitarian action. The primary objective of this group is the creation and endorsement of IASC Guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. It is co-chaired by UNICEF, the International Disability Alliance and Handicap International. The IASC Task Team has rooted its action in the Charter. The release of the IASC guidelines is expected by the end of 2018.

For more information, please contact Olivia Headon at IOM HQ, Tel: +41794035365, Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:39Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Migration HealthDefault: Multimedia: 

Born with a physical disability in his left leg, Ahmed grew up in Aleppo where he worked with other handicapped people through education, advocacy, and case work. Photo: Muse Mohammed / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 111,148 in 2017; 2,359 Deaths

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:52

Switzerland -  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 111,148 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 16 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 241,859 arrivals across the region through 16 July 2016.

Mediterranean Developments


IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that 93,357 migrants had arrived in Italy by sea through Sunday (16 July) with no new rescues carried out over the weekend. The arrival figure surpasses by 13,496 the total at a similar point in 2016 – a 17 per cent increase year-on-year. Meanwhile, IOM Athens reported sea arrivals in the Eastern Aegean this week surpassed 10,000 for the year (10,044) a figure reached last year in early January, a month when over 67,000 (67,415) arrived on similar routes.
IOM Spain is reporting data on several weeks’ worth of arrivals and rescues in waters of Western Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Ana Dodevska reported that last Thursday (13 July) Spanish authorities rescued 48 people while a boat located 170 miles from Gran Canaria was rescued by a Moroccan sea patrol. IOM Spain said that through Saturday (15 July), the total number of sea rescues on Western routes to Spain stand at 7,389, with 115 fatalities.


IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported Monday that through 14 July, a total of 10,994 migrants have been rescued in Libyan waters while the remains of 348 men, women and children have been discovered along the Libyan shores. She explained that on 3 July, four bodies were retrieved in Tripoli; on 8 July, 65 migrants were rescued off Garabouli. And on 10 July, one male body was retrieved in Al Maya, west of Tripoli. On 13 July, 123 migrants were rescued off Azzawya while later that day, 140 migrants (114 men, 23 women and another three children)

These latest fatalities bring the Mediterranean total to 2,359. Although this figure trails the number of deaths (2,996) recorded by this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,256 fatalities in 2017 through 16 July (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – almost three quarters of the global total.

MMP notes that in recent days it added: one body recovered near Mijas, Málaga, Spain; one death in Sinaloa, Mexico; one body found near Carrizo Springs, Texas, USA; and 24 deaths in the Middle East (data from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on deaths at the Syria-Turkey border since January 2017).

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For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration,iom,int/europe
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants,iom,int

For more information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email:
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email:
Kelly Namia at IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email:
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email:
Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iomint   
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:38Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia: 
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UN Migration Agency, Council of Europe Launch New Publication ‘Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction’

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:48

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Council of Europe have gathered experiences from researchers and practitioners around the world on how migrants have been included and have participated in disaster prevention and preparedness, as well as response and recovery activities.

These experiences are published in a new publication, Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction: Practices for Inclusion, which will be launched tomorrow (19 July) at the United Nations Office in Geneva. The launch will take place in the framework of IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration, which is focusing on Understanding migrant vulnerabilities: A solution-based approach towards a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants”.

The publication highlights the importance and benefits of, as well as options for, integrating migrants into decision-making, policy-setting and implementation of disaster risk reduction initiatives. It builds upon the knowledge and experiences gathered through the Migrants in Countries in Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, a global state-led process for which IOM has been serving as Secretariat, as well as the Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA programme Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees in the Context of Major Risks Prevention and Management.

The publication can be found in the IOM online bookstore:

Geneva-based media are welcome to attend the publication launch, which takes place at 13.30 on 19 July in Room XVIII, Palais des Nations.

For more information, please contact Olivia Headon, IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9435, Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:37Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Disaster Risk ReductionDefault: Multimedia: 
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136 Guineans Return Home from Libya with UN Migration Agency Support

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:46

Guinea - It was 02:23 on Friday, 14 July when the special flight chartered by IOM Libya touched down on the tarmac at Conakry-Gbessia International Airport. On board were 136 Guinean migrants, including seven unaccompanied children, three women and one infant.

The charter flight had left from Mitiga Airport in Tripoli on Thursday. In what is now quite a regular procedure, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, conducted pre-departure interviews and medical examinations and facilitated the acquisition of travel documents and issuance of exit visas for all passengers. The migrants also received additional assistance in the form of kits, including clothing and footwear.

On hand to welcome them at the airport were the different teams comprising government and non-government officials: SENAH (National Service of Humanitarian Affairs), representatives of the Ministry of Guineans Abroad and the Ministry of Social Actions, IOM, the EU delegation in Guinea and the Guinean Red Cross. Among the returnees was a medical case who was directly transported to hospital for medical follow-up.

These migrants, who opted for a humanitarian voluntary return to Guinea, are among the many Guineans living in irregular situations in Libya, often in very difficult conditions. Some of them were held in the Tajoura, Alshok and Alsika detention centers.

Upon arrival in Conakry, the migrants were provided by IOM Guinea with on-the-spot assistance, which included the provision of food as well as non-food items; after which a registration process of all returnees began.

The data gleaned from these questionnaires will enable IOM to better understand the profile of the returnees, to learn more about the reasons for their departure, their migratory path and living conditions in Libya. IOM believes that this information will help to properly align activities relating to their reintegration into the returning migrants’ various communities.

After this profiling step, IOM gave each migrant the equivalent of EUR 50 to cover their transportation to their final destinations.

Within the next three months IOM will be using a programme – partly derived from the initiative of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) – to assess the returnees’ situations on a case by case basis. This will assist IOM in helping returnees find alternatives to ensure their sustainable reintegration in Guinea, under the rubric of a programme entitled: Strengthening Governance of Migration and Supporting the Sustainable Reintegration of Migrants in the Republic of Guinea.

At the same time, IOM hopes to provide continuous psychosocial support to vulnerable migrants and, where necessary, any additional support to address their immediate needs.

Returning migrants residing in Conakry were able to return directly to their homes, while others from different parts of Guinea were accommodated for one night by SENAH at the Matam Transit Centre, from where they will proceed to their final destinations.

Among the returnees was 19-year-old Amadou* who worked as a mechanic in a garage in Libya. After having repaired a customer’s car, the latter refused to settle the bills and instead gave him a serious blow on the face, which removed his incisors, before shooting him on the back with a pistol. He gives thanks to one of his friends who immediately took him to the hospital. IOM Libya later transfered him to a private clinic for care.

Saliou* and Mohamed*, two friends from same neighbourhood are 13 and 14 years old respectively. They admitted having stolen the motorbikes of an uncle in order to finance their trip up to Libya, passing through Mali and Algeria. After arriving in Libya, they were captured by a gang before being locked up. Saliou explained, however, they were lucky as only the older prisoners were beaten. Saliou’s and Mohamed’s parents were at the airport to welcome them home.

As for Fatma*, she returned with her husband who had been working in Libya. She explained that she was forced to leave Libya due to financial difficulties stemming from the political instability the country has been facing these past years. Since the couple had no means to finance their trip back home, they sought help from IOM.

This year through 5 July, IOM Libya has assisted 5,172 stranded migrants (18 per cent of whom are women) return to their countries of origin. Three-quarters of the 5,172 migrants were held in detention centres, of whom, 1,838 were eligible for reintegration assistance.

Thursday’s flight was the fifth chartered by IOM in 2017 to facilitate the return of Guinean migrants from Libya, making a total of 595 Guinea migrants who have been supported by IOM Guinea, in addition to other voluntary returns of Guinean nationals coming from Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco and Niger, who also were stranded on the migratory trail.

The project, Strengthening the Governance of Migration and Supporting the Reintegration of Migrants in the Republic of Guinea, is a joint initiative between IOM and the European Union Trust Fund. Launched in April 2017, it will be implemented over a period of three years and will cover six administrative regions of Guinea: Conakry, Boké, Mamou, Labé, Kankan and N'zérékoré.

As part of this project, IOM Guinea will assist returning migrants (depending on their profiles and needs) to create small businesses, to involve them in a collective and/or community entrepreneurial initiative or to enroll them in professional training programmes.

*The names of migrants have been changed to protect their privacy.

For more information, please contact Lucas Chandellier, IOM Guinea: Tel. +: 224 628 33 86 53, Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:36Image: Region-Country: GuineaThemes: Assisted Voluntary Return and ReintegrationMigrant AssistanceDefault: Multimedia: 
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Belarusian Youth ‘Act. Learn. Share’ to Combat Human Trafficking

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:45

Belarus - ‘Act.Learn.Share’, a summer camp for young adults, kicked off yesterday (17/07) just outside of Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Participants came from across the nation, all united in their desire to learn about and put an end to human trafficking.

The five-day initiative consists of workshops and meetings with experts, trainers and members of the media. The camp brings 18 young activists to learn about the problem of human trafficking, and related issues such as gender equality, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, internet security, and sustainable development. Participants will gain the tools to make their own contributions to counter-trafficking initiatives, spreading their knowledge of the issues and safety precautions throughout their communities.

The aim of the camp is to train future leaders who will participate in events organized by IOM and its partners in the region, or initiate and organize such events themselves. Guest speakers from UN agencies and NGOs will help the participants to develop leadership and communication skills.

Zachary Taylor, deputy UNDP representative attended the first day, and told participants, “The issue of human trafficking is, in its nature, complex and therefore it requires inter-disciplinary approaches and tools if we want to combat it effectively. Belarus’ practical experience in tackling this challenge and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals can work to combat human trafficking from diverse angles.”

One of the participants, Maria Mukhaeva, chairperson of her local non-governmental youth organization, Youth of Europe for Peace, hopes to share her experience with her peers. “I hope I will use the knowledge and skills I develop [here] to contribute to the development of my organization and educate people who surround me and who I work with on human trafficking and other matters discussed at the camp.”

The youth summer camp is tailored to the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, and is the continuation of the IOM X Belarus campaign launched together with the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Belarus with the support of USAID (

This initiative is organized by IOM jointly with the Ministries of the Interior and Foreign Affairs, NGOs, UNDP, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, and DPI with the financial support and contribution of USAID and private companies, reflecting one of the key 4 P's in the counter-trafficking field – Partnership.

Video and photo updates will be available daily on

For more information please contact Olga Borzenkova at IOM Belarus, Tel: +375 17 2882742. Email

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:35Image: Region-Country: BelarusThemes: Counter-TraffickingMigration and YouthDefault: Multimedia: 

Some of the participants at the summer camp for young adults, which kicked off yesterday (17/07) just outside of Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

Some of the participants at the summer camp for young adults, which kicked off yesterday (17/07) just outside of Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

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UN Migration Agency Provides Emergency Shelter, Assistance to 319 Displaced Families in Zimbabwe

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:42

Zimbabwe - On 15 and 16 July, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) distributed emergency shelter kits and non-food items to 319 households (1,595 individuals) in Tsholotsho District, Matabeleland North Province, who were displaced by floods in February 2017. The aim of this assistance is to provide protection and restore the dignity of displaced households through the provision of emergency shelter materials, cooking utensils, clothes and sanitary materials.

The displaced families stayed at the Sipepa Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp from February 2017 until the end of June 2017, when the Government of Zimbabwe relocated the internally displaced persons (IDPs) to higher ground in the Tshino and Saudweni resettlement areas in the same district.

The support was provided under the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) project Provision of Emergency Shelter and NFI kits to Households Affected by 2017 Displacement Inducing Floods and Tropical Cyclone Dineo in Zimbabwe.

Each household received two tarpaulins and four poles for shelter construction; a shelter toolkit comprising a shovel, hoe, machete, pair of shears, saw, hammer, rope, tying wire and three kilos of nails. A non-food item pack was also provided that included cooking utensils, mosquito nets, clothes, sanitary pads, water purification tablets and a 20-litre bucket with a lid.

In addition to receiving these materials, beneficiaries received training to construct and maintain the emergency shelters. As a demonstration, two shelters were built for the most vulnerable households during this training. The Building Back Better concept was emphasized whereby beneficiaries were encouraged to consider the importance of basic construction measures such as proper site identification and the use of materials that can withstand the common hazards, such as floods, occurring in the area.

‘’The emergency shelter will allow us to enjoy family privacy again,” said Sikosana Moyo, who occupies one of the demonstration houses. “For the first time since we were displaced by floods in February 2017, we truly feel that we have a home and it is a good feeling. The tools in the shelter kit will empower us significantly because these are the basic household tools.’’

‘’This assistance will go a long way in ensuring protection of the affected households especially during this cold period,” said Lily Sanya, IOM Zimbabwe Chief of Mission. “The emergency shelters will enable relocated households to plan for their future in terms of stabilization and recovery.”

Other partners including UNICEF and UNFPA are also providing water and sanitation, education and reproductive health support.

Above-normal rainfall – worsened by the effects of Tropical Cyclone Dineo in March, 2017 – resulted in severe flooding that affected 36 districts in Zimbabwe. At least 2,600 houses were destroyed, leaving thousands of people homeless. The Government of Zimbabwe declared a state of national disaster and appealed for international assistance to respond to the emergency.

For more information, please contact Gideon Madera at IOM Zimbabwe, Tel: +263 4 704285, Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:34Image: Region-Country: ZimbabweThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 

Some of the displaced families in southwestern Zimbabwe who received support from IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

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UN Migration Agency Holds Policy Discussion on Addressing Needs of Stranded, Vulnerable Migrants in East, Horn of Africa

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 10:42
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United Republic of Tanzania - From 18-20 July 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will hold a policy workshop in Zanzibar for government representatives of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania, on addressing the needs of stranded and vulnerable migrants on the Southern migration route.

The workshop is one of the concluding events in a broader European Union-funded programme, which was carried out in close cooperation with the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, and Yemen, as well as several West African countries. Through this project, IOM assisted 404 Ethiopians stranded in Tanzania, who had asked to return home safely.

Every year, hundreds of Ethiopian youth, mainly young men, are intercepted in Kenya and Tanzania as they try to make their way to South Africa and beyond. They often pay smugglers to take them across the border, putting themselves and their families at risk of exploitation and physical harm.

Participants will share experiences on safe and dignified migration processes, especially return. They will also discuss the protection of vulnerable migrants in the frameworks of ongoing regional initiatives, such as the Khartoum process (which Ethiopia and Kenya are members of) and the European Union Valletta Action Plan, as well as global processes like the Global Compact for Migration.

In a series of capacity-building initiatives, Tanzanian law enforcement officers, community leaders, and representatives of media and non-governmental organizations have so far been sensitized on rights-based and protection-sensitive migration management. In addition, a total of 107 biometric registration equipment kits were given to the Ministry of Home Affairs for the registration of irregular and vulnerable migrants, and distributed to Regional Immigration offices across Tanzania. Registering as a migrant in Tanzania allows migrants to reside in the country without fear of deportation, pending confirmation of their status in the country.

Finally, a series of three regional dialogue meetings organized by IOM in this project have resulted in a much smoother workflow in the referral and assistance mechanisms to help migrants in need.

“We must place migrants and their rights, needs and capacities at the heart of our efforts, and we need to address the relationship of migration to critical adjoining policy domains, including development, humanitarian and peace and security, in a truly comprehensive way,” Johari Masoud Sururu, Commissioner of Immigration Services in Zanzibar, ahead of the policy workshop.

For more information, please contact Dr. Qasim Sufi at IOM Tanzania, Tel: +2556892563796, Email:

Posted: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 16:33Image: Region-Country: United Republic of TanzaniaDefault: 
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Mainstreaming Human Mobility in Construction of Foreign Policy Agenda in Ecuador

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:51

Ecuador - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, was invited by Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility to participate in the first working session on the Foreign Policy Agenda of Ecuador 2017-2021, which focused on the topics of human mobility and universal citizenship.

The event took place on Tuesday (11/7) and joined organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ecuador’s Technical Secretariat of the Council for Equality for Human Mobility (CIMH) and its National Secretariat for Planning and Development (SENPLADES).

IOM Ecuador Chief of Mission Damien Thuriaux highlighted the importance of addressing the issue of human mobility in Ecuador in the Global Compact negotiations for a safe, orderly and regular migration. Thuriaux invited the national Government to be part of these negotiation processes and stated: "Ecuador's position in the Global Compact will be crucial to dialogue on all the challenges related to migration and human mobility, which require a global solution under a framework of cooperation among all countries. Ecuador’s Foreign Policy Agenda will be a key instrument to consolidate this position."

During the working session, emphasis was made on the importance of building a National Human Mobility Plan to include human mobility in Ecuadorian political planning at all levels of government. This will help to implement and promote a human rights-based agenda that highlights the respect of migrants' rights inside and outside the country.
José Luis Jácome, Ecuador’s Vice-minister of Human Mobility, referred to the Human Mobility Law to explain that each government institution has a responsibility to include public policies on human mobility in its work plans. "It's a challenge, but we have to start working on this," Jácome said. He also stressed: "It would be a big mistake to disregard human mobility in the national development plan in the process of constructing our national identity."

Technical Secretary of the Council for Equality for Human Mobility José Sosa referred to Ecuador’s Human Mobility Law as an exemplary norm that could become a reference for other migration policies in the region.  Sosa emphasized the importance in the law of the principle of universal citizenship, and offered the need to promote the return policies of Ecuadorian migrants through embassies and consulates. He explained how the possibility of Ecuador becoming a country of destination for foreign migrants would lead to the establishment of more South-South cooperation agreements to generate more inclusive and regularized migration mechanisms.

This dialogue is the first of eight round tables that aim to contribute to the Foreign Policy Agenda of the new Ecuadorian Government. The agenda will feature topics with implications for Ecuador’s policy both nationally and internationally. After the process is completed on 24 August, additional round tables will discuss relevant topics such as peace building, regional integration and human rights.

For more information, please contact Carolina Celi at IOM Ecuador, Tel: +593 23 934400, Email:

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IOM, ICAO and Ecuadorian government officials take part in the first working session on the Foreign Policy Agenda of Ecuador 2017-2021. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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IOM Tanzania Assists Return of 80 Stranded Ethiopian Migrants via EU-funded AVRR Project

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:51

United Republic of Tanzania – On 13 July, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, helped 80 stranded Ethiopian migrants return to their country.

The Ethiopians – all of them young men, including 26 minors – had been held in three prisons located in two different regions of Tanzania. They asked IOM for support to go back home. With this latest round of returns, from Tanzania alone, IOM has now assisted 404 Ethiopian migrants since 2016 through the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) project. 

Prior to their departure by air from Dar es Salaam, IOM provided each migrant with new clothing and shoes and a fit-to-travel medical examination. Upon arrival in Addis Ababa, the returnees were received by IOM staff before travelling onward to their home villages with IOM’s assistance. They will also be given a reintegration package that can include vocational training, starting small businesses or re-enrolling in school, etc. These reintegration support packages will be provided in partnership with the various agencies within the Government of Ethiopia.

Many Ethiopian migrants leave their homes in search of a better life in South Africa. They pay smugglers for a journey which takes them to Kenya, then – often on boats – to Tanzania, and finally on to South Africa. However, in many cases, they are intercepted in Tanzania and prosecuted for unlawful presence in the country. Following the hearings, they are held in detention, for long periods of time.

“I never thought this moment would come to be reunited with my family,” said Ermias, 20 years old, just before boarding the plane to Addis Ababa. “I promise to be a good ambassador to my fellow youth and encourage them to use regular means to travel, or else they will end up in similar situations to those I have experienced,” he said.

“As this project closes, we realize the need for continued support for migrants from Ethiopia and elsewhere, who are stranded and in urgent need of assistance,” said Dr. Qasim Sufi, IOM Tanzania Chief of Mission. “We’re grateful to our donor, the European Union, for this important initiative, which has provided a new beginning for so many of them. At the same time, we must continue to support the Government and strengthen its capacity to stop networks of smugglers who shamelessly exploit people in distress.”

The assistance provided was part of the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) project funded by the European Union entitled, Addressing the Needs of Stranded and Vulnerable Migrants. This multi-country project covers Tanzania, Yemen and Morocco, supporting vulnerable migrants in each of the participating countries, the respective host countries, the main countries of origin, and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that work to assist migrants.

For more information, please contact, Dr. Qasim Sufi at IOM Tanzania, Tel: +255 682 563 796, Email:  

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Young Ethiopian migrants wait to board their flight home from Tanzania. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 103,175 in 2017; 2,357 Deaths

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:49

Switzerland - IOM, UN Migration Agency, reports that 103,175 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 12 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 240,014 arrivals across the region through 12 July 2016.

Mediterranean Developments


1 JANUARY–12 JULY 2017

1 JANUARY–12 JULY 2016

Country of Arrival







2,206 (Central Med. route)


2,526 Central Med. route)



37 (Eastern Med. route)


376 (Eastern Med. route)


(as of 8/07)





(as of 11/07)

114 (Western Med. route)

(as of 30/06/16)

87 (Western Med. route)

Estimated Total





Data on deaths of migrants compiled by IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.
All numbers are minimum estimates.
Arrivals based on data from respective governments and IOM field offices.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that, as of 9 July, 86,121 migrants had arrived in Italy by sea. He explained that the total does not include most of the 7,721 migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean route between Monday (10 July) and Wednesday (12 July); by Thursday evening only about 900 of those recently rescued men, women and children had been brought to land.

Di Giacomo listed the rescues as follows:

  • 767 on Monday (10 July)
  • 2,778 on Tuesday (11 July)
  • 4,176 on Wednesday (12 July)

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported that on Thursday (13 July), 263 migrants were rescued at sea in two separate incidents. In the morning, 123 migrants were rescued off Azzawyah, five of whom were transferred to a hospital where they received medical assistance from IOM partners. Some hours later, a further 140 migrants were rescued off Tripoli. Upon disembarkation, these migrants received medical assistance and were transferred to Trig al Shook detention centre.

Through to 13 July, nearly 11,000 migrants (10,994) have been rescued in Libyan waters in 2017.

IOM Libya also reported that on 10 July, the remains of one man were found in Al Maya, west of Tripoli. The total number of bodies retrieved so far in 2017 is now 348.

This latest confirmed fatality is not included in today’s Mediterranean total of 2,357. Although this figure trails the number of deaths (2,989) recorded by this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,228 fatalities in 2017 through 12 July (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – almost three quarters of the global total. MMP reports a substantial increase in fatalities in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean Sea compared to this time last year, but fewer deaths in the Middle East and South America where, so far in 2017, MMP has processed no reports of confirmed fatalities. Deaths are also up in Europe, South Asia and Southeast Asia and virtually identical to levels recorded by this time last year in the Horn of Africa region and along the US-Mexico border. The one region where fatalities are substantially down this year from 2016 is North Africa, where 265 have been reported dead this year, compared to almost 900 by this time last year. MMP researchers explain the discrepancy in that IOM’s receipt of data from the region tend to arrive quarterly rather than on a daily or weekly basis, as occurs in other parts of the world.

The newly listed fatalities in the MMP database since IOM’s last report on July 11 include: four deaths in the Western Mediterranean (three victims’ bodies recovered off the coast of Al-Hoceima, Morocco, by the Moroccan Coast Guard; one body retrieved southeast of Malaga by the Spanish Coast Guard); and one death in Ventimiglia, Italy, near the French border (vehicular accident).

Jan 1–July 12









Middle East



North Africa



Horn of Africa



Sub-Saharan Africa



Southeast Asia



South Asia



East Asia



North America






Central America






South America






For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit:
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at:

For more information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email:
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email:
Kelly Namia at IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email:
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email:
Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email:                      

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Ukraine Adopts New Migration Strategy Developed with UN Migration Agency

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:49

Ukraine - The Government of Ukraine adopted a new State Migration Strategy Wednesday (12 July), which will inform national migration policy for the next eight years.

The new document was developed to replace Ukraine’s 2011 State Migration Concept, which needed to be updated to reflect the latest global and local developments. Among them, the unprecedented forced migration from the Middle East, Ukraine’s relationship with the European Union, and the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and most EU Member States. Large scale displacement also continues in the country, with about 1.6 million people officially registered as internally displaced persons.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, contributed to the development of Ukraine’s Migration Strategy, at the Government’s request and with the support of the EU. The latest migration strategies of seven EU and Eastern Partnership countries – Bulgaria, Georgia, Finland, Hungary, Moldova, Poland and Slovakia – were examined and discussed when drafting Ukraine’s Migration Strategy.

The Head of the State Migration Service of Ukraine, Maksym Sokoliuk, thanked the EU Delegation to Ukraine and IOM for their support in the development of the document. “The State Migration Strategy is a road map which will further facilitate reforming the migration system and enhancing migration management in Ukraine,” Sokoliuk said.

The strategy introduces new elements to the migration policy, for the benefit of citizens, Ukrainians abroad and foreigners in Ukraine. It suggests reintegration programmes for returning Ukrainian migrants, activities promoting repatriation, and cooperation with Ukrainian diaspora worldwide – it is estimated that up to 20 million people of Ukrainian origin live outside the country’s borders. Considering the needs and rights of foreigners, the strategy envisages the facilitation of regular migration to Ukraine, retention of highly qualified foreign specialists, and regularization of irregular migrants who have families or work in Ukraine.

The document also stresses the need to further develop migration management information and communication systems, which will support identification of persons and document security, simplify the provision of administrative services and ensure effective information exchange with Interpol and European databases of authentic and false documents (PRADO and FADO).

“To implement the strategy, Ukraine will need to draft specific legislative acts and action plans,” noted Manfred Profazi, IOM Ukraine Chief of Mission. “We are ready to support the Government in further enhancing its migration policy framework for the benefit of all concerned.” 

For more information, please contact Varvara Zhluktenko at IOM Ukraine, Tel: +38 044 568 50 15, Email:

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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announces the approval of the country’s Migration Policy Strategy. Photo: Government of Ukraine 

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International Dialogue on Migration Discusses Migrant Vulnerabilities in Preparation for Global Compact for Migration

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:49

Switzerland - Key actors in the Global Compact for Migration process will convene on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Office in Geneva to explore and better understand migrant vulnerabilities through IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration.

The global compact is a major intergovernmental process, to which IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is extending technical and policy expertise as requested by Member States until its culmination in September 2018. It presents an historical opportunity for achieving a world in which migrants move as a matter of choice rather than necessity, through safe, orderly and regular channels, and in which migration is well governed and able to act as a positive force for individuals, societies and States.

This meeting, the second such Dialogue so far this year, is being held by IOM to create a space for governments and relevant actors to discuss solution-based approaches towards a global compact that reduces vulnerabilities and empowers migrants. Participants will explore all aspects of migrant vulnerabilities from a policy, cooperation and practical perspective.

Remarks will be made by high level guests including:

  • William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General
  • Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana
  • Ahmed Hussen,  Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship of Canada
  • Nanette Thomas, Minister of Political and Public Affairs of Sierra Leone
  • Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh
  • Anna Makakala, Commissioner General of Immigration Services of Tanzania
  • José Luis Lacome, Vice Minister of Human Mobility of Ecuador
  • Khadijetou Mbareck Fall, Minister Delegate for Maghrebian and African Affairs, and Expatriate Mauritanians of Mauritania
  • Marina Del Corral, Secretary General of Immigration and Emigration of Spain
  • Peter Thomson, President of the General Assembly (via video message)

Contributions will also be made by other senior representatives of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, diaspora, private sector, diaspora and academia. In total, 42 speakers will contribute to seven panels scheduled over the two-day event.

The outcomes of this discussion together with those of the first Dialogue held on 18-19 April 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York will be gathered in a publication, which will input into the global compact stock-taking meeting to take place in Mexico in December.

Media are welcome to attend this Geneva event. To register, please email

For more information, please contact Olivia Headon at IOM HQ, Tel: +4227179435, Email:

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Key actors in the Global Compact for Migration process will convene to explore and better understand migrant vulnerabilities through IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)

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UN Migration Agency Identifies Additional Displaced Population from West Mosul

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:49

Iraq - As the battle to retake west Mosul approached its conclusion this week, the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reported an estimated 380,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – or over 63,000 families – newly recorded east of Mosul city.

This week, the IOM Iraq DTM published its Round 74 report. Updated as of 30 June 2017, it covers displacement and return movements across the country.

The report recorded a total of 3,351,132 individuals (558,522 families) displaced since January 2014 and dispersed across 104 districts and 3,654 locations in Iraq. For the same period, the DTM identified 1,952,868 returnees (325,478 families).

Country-wide, the total number of identified IDPs increased by approximately 11 per cent (331,098 individuals). The increase is due largely to the completion of the DTM joint data collection exercise carried out in cooperation with local authorities in east Mosul.

This collaboration enabled the identification of approximately 380,000 additional individuals who were displaced from west to east Mosul.

These results included pre-emptive displacements, recorded as early as January 2017 prior to the military operations in west Mosul, in addition to those IDPs who transited through the Hammam Al-Aleel screening site and then moved to out-of-camp settings in east Mosul through the area of Kokjali.

On 19 February 2017, the overall number of individuals displaced due to Mosul operations dramatically increased with the launch of the west Mosul offensive. Significant population movements to out-of-camp locations in hard-to-access areas, most notably in east Mosul, began to be reported.

While many sought shelter in camps, a significant number of those displaced opted to stay in recently retaken areas in east Mosul. In response, the DTM expanded its methodology to report flow-monitoring movements at strategic spots such as the Hammam Al-Aleel screening site.

Throughout this same period, the DTM closely collaborated with local authorities to support the establishment of a joint information collection system to gather consistent data on IDPs within the city of Mosul as a consequence of the military operations.

In the last few months, DTM seconded its staff to local authorities to conduct joint field visits and collect direct information – at the neighbourhood level – on IDPs who fled west Mosul and are now in east Mosul. This data collection system established by IOM Iraq’s DTM revealed a number of previously unrecorded anticipatory IDPs as well as locating those who opted to live outside of camps.

The findings of this exercise have now been integrated into the regular DTM Emergency Tracking, following several rounds of triangulation and direct validation on the ground by governmental and non-governmental sources. The sharp increase in IDP figures visible on the Mosul portal is attributed to the integration of these new findings rather than to a specific event.

Based on the DTM new findings a total of 1,048,044 individuals (174,674 families) have been displaced from both east and west Mosul as of 13 July.
Of these IDPs displaced by Mosul operations, more than 825,000 individuals (137,000 families) continue to be displaced, 95 per cent of whom have been identified at neighbourhood/village level in Ninewa governorate, while another 5 per cent are distributed across 12 governorates.

Another 222,732 IDPs have now returned. DTM continues to closely collaborate with national authorities to harmonize IDP data findings across the country.

DTM will strive to update these records on a weekly basis, as joint field visits continue to be conducted throughout the 70 neighbourhoods covered in east Mosul. Collaboration with local authorities is ongoing to expand the system to west Mosul and refine the tracking of returnees across the city.

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said: “These new findings provide a more comprehensive understanding of the enormous crisis before us. IOM Iraq will continue to work with national and local authorities, to verify IDP movements, and provide necessary humanitarian assistance to the full extent of our resources.”

As of DTM Round 74, the returnee population increased by 8 per cent (139,188 individuals) for the same period.
The two governorates with the highest increase in returnee population were Anbar (8 per cent or 69,108 individuals) and Ninewa (25 per cent or 67,530 individuals).

Given the available information and the DTM methodology, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) has revised the planning figures for the humanitarian response to 3.4 million internally displaced persons.

In total, 123 of the IOM Iraq Rapid Assessment and Response Team staff and 9,500 key informants across the country cooperated with the DTM to provide data for its latest report and findings; these can be found at the link below:

IOM’s DTM actively monitors displacement across Iraq. These DTM products and information about DTM methodology can be found on the DTM portal:

The latest DTM Emergency Tracking figures on displacement from Mosul are available at:

The latest DTM Mosul documents are available on the following links:
Mosul Operations Factsheet – 13 July
Mosul Operations Data Snapshot – 13 July
West Mosul Displacement Overview – 13 July

More photos and videos here.

For more information, please contact IOM Iraq:
Hala Jaber, Tel: +964 751 740 1654, Email:
Sandra Black, Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email:

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Recently displaced families arrive in camps outside of West Mosul. Photo: Raber Aziz / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

More photos and videos here.

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UN Migration Agency Helps Nearly 100,000 Migrants Return and Reintegrate in 2016

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:46

Switzerland – Today (11/07), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that they helped 98,403 migrants return home voluntarily in 2016. This assistance was provided through the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes and highlighted in their latest report, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration 2016 Key Highlights.

This represents a 41 per cent increase to 2015, when 69,540 migrants were provided with return and reintegration support. The people assisted in 2016 from 110 countries were returned to 161 countries and territories of origin.

According to the report’s findings, nearly one third of migrants assisted by IOM AVRR programmes were female and nearly one quarter were children. Of the total assisted, 1,253 were unaccompanied migrant children, 995 were migrants with health-related needs, and 895 were identified as victims of trafficking.

As in 2015, the European Economic Area (and Switzerland) was the region from where most migrants returned (83 per cent), while South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and the Central Asia remained the region to where most migrants returned (49 per cent).

Germany was the host country from where the largest number of migrants assisted by IOM returned (over 54,000 migrants), followed by Greece (6,153) and Austria (4,812). The number of returns from these countries increased in 2016, in comparison to 2015, and together accounted for nearly two thirds of the total.

With approximately 17,976 migrants assisted, Albania remained the country to where the largest share of migrants returned, followed by Iraq (12,776) and Afghanistan (7,102). West and Central Africa, East Africa as well as the Horn of Africa are regions which registered important intraregional flows.  

The report provides an overview of global and regional trends for 2016, and a comparison between 2015 and 2016. It also highlights concrete activities related to key themes, which were of particular significance in 2016: AVRR from transit countries, innovative initiatives to assist migrants in vulnerable situations, partnership and cooperation projects conducted to enhance the provision of assistance to migrants, and research and evidence-based programming applied to AVRR. Voices of returnees are also echoed through direct testimonies shared in the report.

“The current migration dynamics show that assisted voluntary return and reintegration has to be part of any comprehensive and effective migration governance,” said Anh Nguyen, Head of IOM’s Migrant Assistance Division, in the Geneva headquarters. “The impact that return has on host countries, transit countries, and countries of origin, and most importantly on migrants and their communities, cannot be neglected. AVRR remains one of IOM’s core assistance and represents a win-win situation for all concerned, as it provides a humane, dignified, and cost-effective way to return home and to reintegrate within communities,” concluded Nguyen.

To read IOM’s AVRR 2016 Key Highlights report, please click here.

For further information on IOM AVRR programmes, please click here.

For further information, please contact Nazanine Nozarian at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9314 or Email:   

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Sri Lankan Returnee engaged in livelihood activity under reintegration support. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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UN Migration Agency, Global Fund Supports Iraqi Ministry of Health to Combat TB

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:46

Iraq - Iraq has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) rates in the region, with more than 15,000 individuals infected annually, according to statistics from Iraq's Ministry of Health. In response, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Iraq is providing urgent multi-stage medical support to TB patients across the country.

IOM’s Emergency Health Program supports the Iraqi Ministry of Health’s (MoH) National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), focused on assistance to displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and vulnerable host community members, in cooperation with WHO and Health Cluster partners. In the last three months, IOM provided initial screening for more than 3,000 presumptive TB cases.

IOM’s TB in emergencies programme is based on extensive experience with TB prevention, diagnostic and treatment services. Its services aim to reduce avoidable morbidity and mortality through awareness, preventative and curative services.

Since 2014, as part of its Emergency Health Program in Iraq, IOM has been implementing a TB program, working hand in hand with Iraqi’s Ministry of Health and local authorities, with support from the Global Fund.

IOM with Iraq’s NTP and MoH representatives have designed interventions to fight TB. These include awareness raising, medical staff training, support to screening facilities, and early detection and diagnosis of TB cases among Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in emergency sites and camps.

Initially, IOM Iraq’s TB in emergencies activities were carried out in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), and in Kirkuk governorate. This year, IOM expanded its TB activities to operate in 12 governorates across the country: Anbar, Baghdad, Basra, Diyala, Duhok, Erbil, Kerbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, Ninewa, Salah al-Din and Sulaymaniyah.

IOM carries out initial screening at camps and in host communities; diagnostic tests to confirm cases are carried out at NTP laboratories. Between 2014 and 2017, IOM supported detection of more than 300 TB cases by NTP health facilities among IDPs and Syrian refugee populations in the KRI and Kirkuk.

According to Iraq’s NTP, in 2016 some 7,246 TB cases were identified – 47 per cent male and 43 per cent female – with age groups ranging between one to four years old (164 cases) and upwards to 65 and older (1,075 cases).  Of the total, 305 individuals were IDPs.

Of the total number of patients, 29 per cent were cured, 62 per cent completed treatment, 3 per cent (240 individuals) died; other cases were transferred, or did not complete treatment.

This year, NTP has confirmed a rise in the number of TB cases identified; this is mostly due to TB patients coming from Mosul, and IDPs in remote areas or hard to reach locations, for whom there has been a delay in diagnosis and treatment, or addition to interruption of treatment due to accessibility problems to reach health services.

IOM’s multi-stage TB program involves several steps, starting with awareness campaigns in IDP camps and informal settlements. IOM then performs initial screening for all IDPs, who come forth, believing they have symptoms of diseases.

An IOM TB team then offers transportation to suspected TB patients from the camp or informal settlement to a NTP centre.

At the NTP centre a specialist provides patients with a comprehensive physical examination, radiological investigation, tuberculin skin test, sputum smear and culture, drug susceptibility testing.

When results are received, NTP identifies those with TB. Treatment is provided either directly by IOM or through a referral system, in cooperation with NTPs and health partners. This year with Global Fund support, IOM is providing anti TB medication to patients through NTP’s pharmaceutical department.

TB patients are put on a strict six-month medication plan, including directly observed treatment (DOT), and given high protein TB food packages to enhance their physical strength.

Additionally, a person from the patient’s family is appointed to support and monitor the patient, and this family member is responsible to report any difficulty or failure to follow the assigned medical plan. IOM teams also conduct follow-ups on the patient’s progress once a week.

After two months, IOM brings the patient back to the NTP centre for another round of tests. If the results are negative, the patient is deemed cured. If, however, the results are positive, then the patient must continue with the full-term, six-month plan, after which a third round of check-ups is conducted.

If the six-month evaluation concludes that the patient continues to have TB, the medical plan is extended for another three months. IOM, in coordination with NTP, continues follow up through the entire duration until the patient demonstrates complete recovery.

“The conflict in Iraq has created enormous humanitarian challenges, including placing additional strain on the health system, and the exacerbation of health needs. Many displaced Iraqis have limited access to medical services, which increases health risks,” said IOM Iraq’s Chief of Mission, Thomas Lothar Weiss. “IOM Iraq is pleased to work together with Iraq’s Ministry of Health and humanitarian partners to educate vulnerable populations about the risk of tuberculosis and to support prevention and treatment.”

Due to the Mosul conflict, after months of grinding urban warfare, 827,628 individuals (137,938 families) are still in displacement. After a nine month assault to oust ISIL from the once two-million strong city, the Government of Iraq declared on Sunday that Mosul has been retaken. Military operations in Mosul led to the displacement of more than one million individuals to camps and out-of-camp locations.

Some IOM Iraq activities in Emergency Sites Qayara and Haj Ali in Ninewa governorate, were temporarily paused at the end of last week due to security concerns. As of this week, activities have fully resumed. The two sites together host nearly 80,000 displaced Iraqis.

IOM Iraq’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is now weekly releasing figures of IDPs who transit through Hammam al-Aleel screening site – from the beginning of West Mosul operations. The cumulative figure of IDPs from West Mosul, who transited in Hammam al-Aleel (since 25 February 2017), stands at 695,677 individuals.

IOM’s DTM actively monitors displacement across Iraq. The latest DTM Emergency Tracking figures on displacement across Iraq are available at:

All DTM products and information about the DTM methodology can be found on the DTM portal:

For further information, please contact IOM Iraq:

Hala Jaber, Tel: +964 751 740 1654, Email:
Raber Aziz, Tel: +964 750 465 9204 Email:
Sandra Black, Tel: +964 751 234 2550 Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 16:30Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Migration HealthDefault: Multimedia: 

A patient waits to be treated for TB in IOM Iraq Medical Clinic. Photo: Raber Aziz / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 101,417 in 2017; 2,353 Deaths

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:46

Switzerland – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 101,417 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 239,492 arrivals across the region through 9 July 2016.

OM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that as of 9 July, 85,200 migrants arrived by sea to Italy – just under 10 per cent above levels compiled through the same period last year. IOM reported that over the past weekend some 140 migrants had been rescued at sea and were brought to Italy Monday.

IOM Rome Monday released nationalities’ breakdowns for arrivals by sea during the first six months of 2017 (see chart below). Nigerians comprised the largest group, with over 14,000 arrivals, followed by citizens of Bangladesh, with 8,241. That is roughly the same total for all Bangladeshis arriving in 2016. Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Gambia, Senegal and Mali all showed increases in arrivals compared with the same period last year, as did Morocco. Both the Sudan and Eritrea showed sharp declines – the latter by nearly 50 per cent, from 9,016 arrivals in 2016 to 4,536 so far this year.

Late Monday IOM Rome learned 767 migrants had been rescued yesterday in seven separate operations led by military and NGO vessels. IOM Athens, meanwhile, reported this week that since IOM’s last report on 7 July, just 16 individuals arrived by sea to any of the Greek islands.

IOM Rome’s Di Giacomo said that on 8 July, 65 migrants were rescued east of the Tripoli by Libyan fishermen operating off Garaboli. Based on the migrants’ eyewitness testimony, around 35 people went missing whom fishermen were unable to save. 

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré had further details from that incident, reporting that among the migrants rescued are 13 women and unaccompanied minors, as well as 11 cases with burn injuries, four of whom required hospitalization.

IOM Libya also had this detail regarding a recent incident in Libya’s eastern desert: According to the Libyan Red Crescent in Tobruk, the total number of migrants found dead in the desert is close to 40. So far the Red Crecent has recovered and buried 21 bodies, 20 of which were identified as Egyptian, with the one remaining individual found without identification papers leaving his country of origin unconfirmed. There are remains of other victims still in the desert, IOM’s Petré explained, as the Libyan Red Crescent lacks proper vehicles necessary to recover them.

Additionally, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) this week reported that the remains of a total of 33 migrants were recovered off the shores of Tunisia during the month of June. Added to the 14 discovered in May, MMP noted that these confirmed deaths of 47 migrants over the past two months far exceeds the total (18) for all of 2016 and nearly matches the 50 recorded in all of 2015. MMP said 46 migrants were discovered dead along Tunisia’s shores in 2014.

With these latest reports, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) notes total deaths on the Mediterranean this year have reached 2,353. Although that figure trails the number of deaths (2,964) that were recorded at this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,223 fatalities through 9 July this year (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – almost three quarters of the global total. 

The more than 100 victims recorded in MMP’s database since IOM’s last report on 7 July include: 40 migrants found dead in the Jaghbough desert south of Tobruk, Libya; 35 missing from a shipwreck off the coast of Libya; 10 bodies recovered on coast of Tunisia; and two drownings along the US-Mexico border.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit:
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at:

For further information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email:
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email:
Kelly Namia at IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email:
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email:
Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email:

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Gallup: Less than 0.5 Per Cent of Adults Worldwide Actively Preparing to Migrate

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:46
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Germany - Today the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched its report, "Measuring Global Migration Potential, 2010-2015", which analyses people´s migration intentions globally for the period 2010–2015.

The findings by IOM’s Global Migration Data Centre (GMDAC) show that less than half a per cent of adults worldwide (23 million) are actively making preparations to migrate abroad. The most popular destination for those planning to migrate is the US followed by the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, France, Canada, Germany and South Africa. One in three adults surveyed plans to migrate to a developing country.

Half of those planning to migrate live in just 20 countries, including Nigeria, India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the countries with the highest number of adults planning to migrate abroad. West Africa, South Asia and North Africa are the regions with the largest migration potential.

The study is based on international survey data by the Gallup World Poll.

"This unique global survey provides an important insight into people's migration intentions and the profile of those most likely to migrate," said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

The share of the adult population planning to migrate abroad has increased moderately at the global level but more rapidly in certain regions. Adults planning and preparing to migrate are more likely to be male, young, single, living in urban areas and more likely to have completed at least secondary education.

The number of people planning to migrate seems to be a good predictor of actual flows of people as recorded by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Eurostat and UN DESA. Further analysis of migration potential may contribute to developing migration scenarios and forecasting. However, it is important to note that measuring potential migration is not the same as measuring actual migration. There are many reasons why a migration plan may never be realized including policy restrictions, a lack of resources or a change of heart.  

The Gallup World Poll conducts nationally representative surveys in over 160 countries. These surveys provide an indication of who is planning to migrate, which countries have the highest number of potential migrants, and which countries people would like to move to.

IOM Director General Swing added that the new study illuminates one trend that has been emerging for some time, which he explained was the “wide range of countries, both rich and poor, that are attracting migrants."

For further information, please contact Jasper Dag Tjaden, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), IOM  Berlin, Tel: +49 30 278 778 22, Email:

Posted: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 16:28Image: Region-Country: GermanyThemes: Migration ResearchDefault: 
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