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

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:20

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 (see chart below) 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. 

Mediterranean Developments

As remarkable as Spain’s rise in irregular migration activity has been through 2018, more significant is this summer surge. Over the year’s first five months, a total of 8,150 men, women and children were rescued in Spanish waters after leaving Africa – an average of 54 per day. In the 62 days since May 31, a total of 14,898 have arrived – or over 240 migrants per day (see chart below).

The Western route also extremely deadly, with over 300 fatalities recorded through 1 August – a nearly 50 per cent increase over all of last year’s total: 224.

Most recently, IOM’s Missing Migrant Project recorded a young man drowned off the coast of Tangiers, Morocco on 30 July. He was travelling with two other friends on a small inflatable raft when it capsized off Achakkar, near Tangiers. The two friends survived and were taken by local civil protection authorities to the hospital.

IOM Athens’ Antigoni Avgeropoulou said Thursday that in the three days from 30 July through 1 August, the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) reported at least two incidents requiring search and rescue operations off the islands of Kos and Samos. The HCG rescued a total of 55 migrants and transferred them to those respective islands.  Additionally, arrivals to Rhodes and Lesvos this week bring the total number of sea arrivals to Greek territory since 1 January to 16,114.

April remains the busiest month for irregular migration by land and sea to Greece, with a total of 7,009 men, women and children arriving. February was the lowest with 1,610 (see charts below).


IOM’s Ivona Zakoska reported that arrivals to Bosnia and Herzegovina between January and end of July 2018 reached a total of 10,023, ten times more than the 1,116 reported for the whole of 2017. One third of all registered migrants were of Pakistani origin, followed by 16 per cent of those who declared Syrian nationality and 13 per cent of those who declared Iranian origin.

According to the information received from IOM field staff present in Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are an estimated 4,500 migrants present in the country, mainly in Velika Kladusa (Una Sana canton) close to the border with Croatia. IOM is supporting the Government to increase the accommodation capacities of the official reception centres in the country by refurbishing and preparing the infrastructure to add additional 1,200 places to the existing capacity which is currently less than 600.
Increase in arrivals has been observed also in Albania and Montenegro. An estimated 1,358 irregular migrants attempting to cross the Albanian-Greek border were registered in Albania so far this year, four times the 354 reported in the same period in 2016 and almost ten times more than the 178 reported between January and July 2017.

Moreover, arrivals to Albania at the end of July 2018 exceeded the 752 registered in the whole of 2017. More than half of migrants who arrived this year are from Syrian Arab Republic (55%). Pakistani (10%), Iraqi (8%), Algerian (6%) and Moroccan (5%) are the remaining nationalities registered among the top five nationality groups this year. Similar nationality breakdown is registered also among the 740 migrants who are apprehended on exit from Albania to Montenegro (top five nationalities – 43% Syrian, 25% Pakistani, 7% Iraqi, 4% Libyan and 3% Palestinian).

In Montenegro, authorities registered 2,473 arrivals between January and July 2018, ten times more than 266 registered in the same period last year and 20 times more than 125 reported at the end of July 2016. Further on, arrivals this year are already triple the 807 registered in the whole of 2017. As in Albania, Syrian Arab Republic is the first registered nationality in Montenegro this year (42%), followed by migrants from Pakistan (18%), Algeria (11%), Iraq (8%), Morocco (6%) and Libya (4%).
Worldwide, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented the deaths of 2,332 people during migration to international destinations in 2018 (see chart below).

In Europe, the remains of a 14-year-old boy were recovered by Greek authorities from the Evros river on the Greece-Turkey border on 29 July. According to a forensic expert, it is likely the boy died three months before. In Serbia, two migrants were shot near the town of Dobrinci, 45km northwest of Belgrade, on 1 August, according to Serbian police.

On the US-Mexico border, the remains of five migrants were recovered in the last few days, two of them in Texas and three in California. On 21 July, the remains of a 27-year-old woman from Guatemala were retrieved near Laredo, Texas. According to her family, she left her hometown in Guatemala’s department of Sololá in late May, with the aim of crossing the border into the US. The last time they heard from her was on 7 July, the day she left Mexico to cross the border.

Additionally, remains of a young man from El Salvador were found in an irrigation canal in El Paso County, Texas on 30 July. In California, remains of three migrants were retrieved over a period of four days last month. One young man died of dehydration after crossing the US-Mexico border near Calexico. His remains were recovered in a remote area on 21 July. Three days later (24 July), the remains of another migrant were found in a ranch in Imperial County, California. On 25 July, US Border Patrol officers found the body of the third migrant 17km east of the USBP East Port of Entry in Calexico, California.

Missing Migrants Project data are compiled by IOM staff but come from a variety of sources, some of which are unofficial. To learn more about how data on migrants’ deaths and disappearances are collected, click here.

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: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui, IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int
Atigoni Avgeropoulou, IOM Greece, Tel:   +30 210 99 19 040 ext. 166; M. +30 69 48 92 98 09, Email: avgeropoulou@iom.int
Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Ivona Zakoska, IOM Regional DTM, Austria, Tel: +43 1 5812222, Email: izakoska@iom.int
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Germany,Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: adodevska@iom.int
Myriam Chabbi, IOM Tunisia, Mobile: +216 28 78 78 05, Tel: +216 71 860 312 (Ext. 109), Email: mchabbi@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:40Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia:  Press Release Type: Global
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Yemenis Displaced by Hudaydah Offensive in Need of Greater Lifesaving Support

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:20

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.

Since 13 June, IOM has provided 4,680 medical consultations, antenatal care to 337 pregnant women, reproductive health consultations to 531 individuals and psychosocial support to 500 people, as well as conducting health promotion activities that have reached over 1,600 people.

IOM distributed food rations, basic hygiene items and other essential to over 3,300 displaced people. Shelters materials and other essential aid were provided to 1,400 families, as well as 20,850 hot meals in various areas of displacement.

To ensure their safety and access to humanitarian services, IOM has helped transport over 1,000 displaced people to various locations.   

Having to flee for their lives, the displaced community have very little to support themselves in the places where they are sheltering. From July to the start of August, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), airlifted, through seven flights, roughly 368 tonnes of aid to Yemen.

IOM received them and will ensure the delivery of the goods, which include blankets, kitchen sets, water buckets, sleeping mats, solar lanterns and family size tents, through humanitarian partners to internally displaced Yemenis forced from their homes by the Hudaydah offensive.  

Although health needs are high, the conflict has collapsed Yemen’s health care infrastructure, which was barely coping before the fighting began. Through IOM, the United States’ Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has provided the people of Yemen with 1,800,000 bags of Intravenous fluid from April to July. 

Many of Yemen’s hospitals have closed due to lack of funding – medical staff have not been paid for nearly two years now. Providing medical supplies is a lifeline in a spiralling situation.   

“We are grateful to our donors for their support – it is vital but the displaced communities in Yemen are in need of much more assistance and protection,” said Sarat Dash, IOM Yemen Chief of Mission.  

For more information, please contact Saba Malme at IOM Yemen, Tel: + 967 736 800 329, Email: smalme@iom.int 

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:35Image: Region-Country: YemenThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesDefault: Multimedia: 

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

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IOM Ghana Completes Renovations to Government Shelter for Child Victims of Trafficking

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:20

Accra – Last weekend (28/07) IOM, the UN Migration Agency, joined Ghana’s Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection and Interior; the US Ambassador; the UN Resident Coordinator; key government officials involved in anti-trafficking response; and civil society actors to celebrate the reopening of the only Government-owned shelter dedicated to child victims of trafficking in Ghana.

The renovated shelter will be a safe and secure environment for children recently removed from human trafficking situations. Trained social workers can provide comprehensive and trauma-informed services and assistance, including psychosocial counselling, family tracing, and nutritional feeding.

“For the past eight years, this shelter has not been able to welcome children. This is a rebirth; it’s a new beginning for our children,” said the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba. “Indeed, it’s a renascence in Ghana’s efforts to combat human trafficking. Today’s commissioning is a huge milestone that demonstrates Ghana’s commitment to operationalize this facility and end human trafficking.”

In total, IOM has provided over USD 50,000 to refurbish and refurnish the shelter. Through a regional initiative funded by the Kingdom of Sweden to improve direct assistance to child migrants, IOM supported the installation of a new septic tank and compound lighting, as well as funding renovations to the dayroom block, including two classrooms, an office, two staff toilets, a library and a storage room. Through funding from the the United States, IOM oversaw the renovation of two dormitory blocks and their adjacent bathrooms, as well as a dining hall and storage area. The organization also donated tables, benches, cabinets, mattresses, stoves, a freezer, a refrigerator, a television, mosquito nets and lamps.

Support from the United States of America is part of the Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership between the Governments of Ghana and the United States, with funding from the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office). As an implementing partner of the CPC, IOM provides technical support to Government stakeholders responsible for protecting victims of trafficking and prosecuting perpetrators.

“What matters most is that we take a stand on behalf of survivors of trafficking, who have suffered so much as a result of this crime,” said US Ambassador Robert Jackson. “For this reason, I’m very happy that the shelter is almost ready to reopen. In 2015 the reopening of this facility seemed like a dream. I really want to thank IOM and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection for turning this facility into what we see today. I saw it over a year ago, and there is no comparison. Today is really a transformation.”

Since 2016, IOM has trained 150 social welfare officers from the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) on direct assistance to child victims of trafficking. The reopening of a dedicated shelter for child victims of trafficking provides a place for trained social welfare officers to provide assistance that aligns with the recently launched Standard Operating Procedures to Combat Human Trafficking in Ghana. Through US government funding provided through the CPC partnership, IOM plans to support 140 child victims of trafficking while at the shelter, by offering return and reintegration support amongst other initiatives

“As we celebrate this important achievement, we should not lose sight of the fact that the maintenance of the premises and of the new furniture, the scrupulous selection of the staff and above all, the quality of the care that is going to be provided to children in the shelter will be the real indicators of success,” said Sylvia Lopez-Ekra, IOM Chief of Mission in Ghana.

Through the CPC partnership, IOM also collaborates with the Government of Ghana to provide logistical support to law enforcement for operations involving child victims of trafficking and will assist those children who participate as witnesses in criminal proceedings.

For more information please contact Alex Billings at IOM Ghana, Tel: +233 302 742 930, Email: abillings@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:30Image: Region-Country: GhanaThemes: Counter-TraffickingDefault: Multimedia: 

Ghana's Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, Otiko Afisa Djaba addresses delegates. Photo: IOM

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UN Migration Agency, UNHCR Visit Migrant Transit Centres in Algeria

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:19

Algiers – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) delegations in Algeria were invited to participate as observers in visits to the transit centres of Zéralda (Algiers) and Tamanrasset (South of Algeria). This mission observed the conditions under which a group of 297 Nigerien nationals was transferred from the cities Algiers to Tamanrasset. This return convoy was organized by the Algerian authorities from 28 June to 3 July 2018.

As a follow-up to this transfer, IOM and UNHCR were informed about the onward transportation of 355 Nigeriens to in Ghezzam for their return to Niger in cooperation with the Government of Niger.

The mission provided an opportunity for UNHCR and IOM teams to visit these two centres for the first time, as well as other transit facilities along the Trans Saharan route in Laghouat, Ghardaïa, and Ain Salah. Both agencies received detailed information from the Algerian authorities on services provided in these centres and witnessed the Algerian coordination mechanisms amongst the various services and Ministries involved.

The mission also served as a framework for dialogue with the authorities.

UNHCR noted the need for enhanced cooperation in the South of Algeria and for the setting up of procedures for the identification and referral of persons in need of international protection.

IOM highlighted its readiness to further support the Algerian authorities to set up of identification and referral mechanisms for migrants in particularly vulnerable situations or with specific needs requesting assistance throughout the country with a specific focus on the Southern border areas.

IOM and UNHCR believe it is crucial to keep a positive dialogue and call for enhanced coordinated efforts with the Algerian authorities to address the acute challenges and constraints in the management of mixed flows in Algeria.

UNHCR reaffirmed the need to strengthen the asylum system and the protection environment for asylum-seekers and refugees in Algeria in line with applicable international refugee and human rights principles and standards.

IOM is committed to further supporting coordinated efforts in view of providing direct assistance to migrants, including via its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration framework, and the promotion and facilitation of international and regional dialogue on migration governance.

Both agencies remain confident that this dialogue will help move towards enhanced concerted efforts on migration and asylum issues in Algeria.

For more information please contact:
Pascal Reyntjens at IOM Algeria, Tel: +213559570592, Email: preyntjens@iom.int
Russell Fraser at UNHCR, Email: fraser@unhcr.org

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:25Image: Region-Country: AlgeriaThemes: Capacity BuildingIntegrated Border ManagementDefault: Multimedia: 

UNHCR and IOM representatives in Algeria with Algerian authorities in Tamanrasset. Photo: IOM

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Safe Migration Systems: IOM, Viber Team Up in Belarus

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:19

Minsk – More than half of Belarus’ 9.5 million people use the global messenger service Viber, which was created in Minsk more than seven years ago, to quickly exchange messages, receive information, and make phone calls at home and abroad. Now, a new IOM Belarus Viber community has been established to share travel information and inform people about the potential risks they face, including human trafficking.

IOM Belarus and Viber signed the partnership agreement on 30 July, symbolically launching the new relationship on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, to disseminate information and tips about safe migration.

The partnership involves the creation of an IOM Belarus Viber community and the development of promotional activities to reach the target audience.

"The partnership with Viber will be a significant contribution to preventing human trafficking in Belarus," said IOM Belarus Chief of Mission Zeynal Hajiyev.

“The IOM/Viber community will be an innovative supplement to the work of the existing hotlines supported by IOM and run by NGO partners. It will make information available 24/7 in any place in the world.”

Veronika Kesova, Head of Viber’s development centre stressed that safety is one of Viber's major priorities. “To be the partner of an organization like IOM, which takes care of human health and (migration) interests is extremely important for us. We want to help IOM help people to consider all the risks, including the risk of human trafficking when planning to travel. We hope that the new community will help users avoid crisis situations.”

The community is expected to help reach people who don’t feel comfortable calling hotlines and telling operators their problems. According to the hotline statistics, women call the hotline more often, suggesting that men may not feel comfortable receiving consultations in this manner.

Join the IOM Belarus Viber community:  https://vb.me/iombelarus.

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

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:20Image: Region-Country: BelarusThemes: Counter-TraffickingPrivate Sector PartnershipsDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM Belarus and Viber sign the partnership agreement in Minsk, Belarus. Photo: IOM

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UN Migration Agency, Iraqi Government Inaugurate Community Resource Centres in Mosul, Anbar

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:18

Erbil – In the year since Mosul was liberated from Daesh in July 2017, around 870,000 people have returned to the city, according to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). 

As part of the effort to support displaced persons returning home and other vulnerable populations in Daesh occupation-affected areas in Iraq, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Government of Iraq’s Joint Coordination and Monitoring Centre (JCMC) launched two Community Resource Centres in Mosul, which suffered widespread destruction at the hands of Daesh and during the military operations to liberate the area. Through the partnership, IOM and JCMC established a third centre in Fallujah, Anbar Governorate.

In many neighbourhoods of West Mosul, homes and shops have been reduced to rubble. Even those citizens with the resources to rehabilitate their property are unable to do so due to fears it has been booby-trapped by Daesh or is contaminated with explosive remnants of war.

The official ceremony to inaugurate the centres took place on Wednesday, 25 July, in west Mosul. The two centres are located in Al-Jadeda, a severely affected neighbourhood in West Mosul, and in Tahrir, a neighbourhood of east Mosul where returnees live alongside internally displaced persons from other parts of Ninewa. The ceremony brought together representatives from the Government of Iraq, international humanitarian agencies and the local community.

“While the Government of Iraq, the UN and NGOs continue to scale up their support to Mosul, we know that returnee families often struggle to find out what services are available, or how these services can be accessed,” said Siobhan Simojoki, the Head of IOM Iraq’s Mosul Office.

“These Community Resource Centres will help to address this issue and provide information, referral, and a priority set of centralized services. The centres will be open to all people in need – whether returnees, host communities or internally displaced,” added Simojoki.

“The road to recovery in Iraq is long and challenging,” said Marwan Hadi Ahmed, assistant director of the JCMC representational office in Ninewa.

“The community-based services that Community Resource Centres are providing will support communities to recover from the consequences of Daesh,” he added.

In addition to the two centres in Mosul, IOM and JCMC have opened another in Fallujah, Anbar Governorate. Fallujah was also on a major fault line in the battle against Daesh and suffered widespread destruction and displacement. Since June 2016, when the city was liberated from Daesh, more than 500,000 people have returned.

Over the coming months, a network of partners will collaborate with the JCMC to establish Community Resource Centres in other areas with a high number of returns. These partners are the ACTED, Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Terre des hommes (TDH) Lausanne and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Since Mosul was liberated in July 2017, IOM has implemented 18 community service projects in the city’s most affected neighbourhoods, rehabilitating essential services and infrastructure such as water networks, garbage collection, factories, schools and parks. IOM is also rehabilitating two youth centres in Mosul, supporting families to repair damaged homes, and providing essential medical supplies and health services through two mobile clinics and a specialized ophthalmology unit at Wadi Hajar General Hospital.

“IOM is the first to acknowledge that current support falls short of needs, and that families who have suffered for years in exile or under Daesh occupation need more,” said Gerard Waite, IOM Iraq Chief of Mission. “Despite the significant efforts of the government of Iraq and the generosity of donors however, Mosul’s recovery remains underfunded, and more needs to be done to close the gap.”

For more information please contact:
JCMC: Sadiq Jawad al-Zubaidi, jcmccomsec@gmail.com, +964 770 725 4998
IOM: Sandra Black, sblack@iom.int, +964 751 234 2550

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:15Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 

One of the recently opened Community Resource Centres in Mosul, Iraq. Photo: IOM

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Nigerian Returnees Turn to Peer-to-Peer Advocacy to Address Pitfalls of Irregular Migration

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:18

Lagos – A group of 18 Nigerian migrant returnees, comprised of five females and 13 males from Edo, Delta, and Lagos States, recently gathered in Lagos for a workshop organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

The two-day workshop (24-25/07) aimed to enhance the communication skills of returned migrants under the awareness-raising project Migrants as Messengers, by giving them information gathering, content production, videography and storytelling skills needed to alert potential migrants and their communities to the dangers of irregular migration.

“Migrants as Messengers will enlighten Nigerians on the dangers of irregular migration,” said Mary Owolabi, a returnee from Libya who attended the workshop. “The platform will help a lot of people, particularly the youth, to shift their focus away from dangerous journey,” she added. 

Owolabi travelled to Libya on 23 August 2016 and was among those helped by IOM to return home on 20 June 2017. “I was working with Diamond Bank PLC at Victoria Island Lagos when a friend introduced the idea of travelling abroad to me,” she recalled.

Mary intended to travel to London. She paid 600,000 Naira to fly to London but was tricked into going by road; she ended up in Libya where she was sold into slavery. To regain her freedom, Mary’s mother had to sell all of her properties, including land Mary bought while she was still working in the bank. “I am going to do my best using this platform to ensure that more youth are persuaded against this risky and regrettable journey,” she promised.

“We are using testimonies from returnees to make people who are active on social media aware of the dangers associated with irregular migration. Traffickers and bogas (smugglers) use social media to influence people to embark on the dangerous journey and we want to counter their narratives,” said Marshall Patsanza, IOM Digital Engagement Officer. “We want to ensure that we have an authentic narrative that provides factual first-hand information on the irregular migration journey. Based on their experiences during the journey, the returnees are the most credible voices and they are best fit to be advocates for regular safe migration.”

For Ikuenobe Jude, another participant at the training, Migrants as Messengers is a tool to fight against irregular migration and human trafficking. “We will use the App to discourage our people from this idea of travelling to Europe through the Sahara Desert because the world knows it is not safe, the Mediterranean Sea is not safe, Libya is not safe,” he lamented. “In fact, there is no hope in the sea, no hope in the desert, no hope in Libya. As messengers we will put in more effort to convince vulnerable potential irregular migrants of the danger inherent in the journey.”

The participants also took part in a practical exercise with their smart phones and recording kits; they recorded video interviews amongst themselves. They were taught how to create and produce advocacy material and how to help in the distribution of advocacy material via their social media platforms, online chat platforms and other offline channels.

The Migrants as Messengers project is targeted at potential migrants, community leaders, parents and relatives of aspiring migrants as well as returned migrants. It is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and it is currently being rolled out in Nigeria, Senegal and Guinea Conakry.

For more information, please contact IOM Nigeria:
Ikechukwu Attah, Tel: +234 903 889 1136, Email: iattah@iom.int
Jorge Galindo, Tel: +234 906 273 9168, Email: jgalindo@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:10Image: Region-Country: NigeriaThemes: Capacity BuildingOthersDefault: Multimedia: 

Participants in the Migrants as Messengers training take part in a practical exercise. Photo: IOM/Julia Burpee 

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Chile, UN Migration Agency to Facilitate Family Reunification for Haitians

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 09:17

Santiago – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate family reunification visas in Haiti to relatives of Haitian nationals residing in Chile.

According to data released this year by Chile's government, Haitians represent the largest group of foreigners residing in the country, with Venezuelans the second largest group. The Haitian population appears to be growing; one government official recently noted the need to regularize this flow more efficiently citing a statistic that in 2017 over 120,000 Haitian nationals entered Chile as tourists while only 4,000 of those were recorded as leaving the country.

The MoU signed this week (31 July) specifies that IOM will collaborate by providing support in visa management in Haiti and will provide assistance to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Chile in Haiti to assist visa applicants through the establishment of a Visa Assistance Centre managed by the IOM Office in Haiti.

The main support services that IOM will provide are: design and equipment of facilities for visa-related processing; customized development of secure computing solutions that include tools for applicants such as scheduling online appointments and monitoring and updating of visa applications, distribution of contact information and requirements for the granting of visas by the consular authority of Chile in Haiti, in Spanish, Creole and French; assistance, reception and review of visa applications, and return of documents to the applicants, among others.

Norberto Girón, IOM Chile Chief of Mission, said: "This MoU is happening at a moment when the Migrant Regularization Process led by the Government of Chile has confirmed the large number of Haitians who remain irregular in the country; thus, the opportunity for them to meet with their relatives in Chile is enormous."

Girón added: "I reiterate IOM's commitment to collaborate with both governments, Chile and Haiti, to support a safe, orderly and regular migration between both countries.”

At the signing of the MoU, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Roberto Ampuero, highlighted that the MoU will allow a better service provision to visa applicants and thanked IOM for the technical support which will strengthen the Chilean consular services in Haiti.

This agreement is in line with Article 44 of the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, which establishes that States must adopt "the appropriate measures to ensure the protection of the migrant worker's family unit to facilitate the reunification of migrant workers with their spouses or with those persons who maintain with the migrant worker a relationship that, in accordance with the applicable law, produces effects equivalent to marriage, as with their unmarried children under age that they are in charge of, and with other relatives, for humanitarian reasons, if the host State considers it.”

For more information, please contact José Estay, IOM Chile, Tel. + (56) 2 2963 3710, Email: jestay@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, August 3, 2018 - 15:06Image: Region-Country: ChileDefault: Multimedia: 

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Roberto Ampuero (r) and IOM Chile Chief of Mission Norberto Giron signed a MoU to support family reunification of Haitians.

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UN in Afghanistan Statement on Death of IOM Colleague

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 09:50

Kabul  It is with profound sadness that the United Nations family in Afghanistan confirms that an employee of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) was killed in yesterday’s attack on the Department of Refugees and Returnees in Jalalabad.

Our immediate thoughts are with her family and friends.

The United Nations expresses its deep sense of revulsion at this senseless attack that claimed the lives of at least 13 civilians. Among the 20 others injured was another IOM colleague. The UN wishes him and all the injured a speedy and full recovery.

“I condemn this heinous crime which has already taken the life of one of our brave IOM colleagues  in Jalalabad yesterday and left another grievously injured. It is a loss for IOM, our partners and Afghanistan," said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. 

"Equally tragically the attack claimed the lives of  at least 13 civilians, including an IRC colleague. My heart goes out to the families of all the victims. Everyone in IOM is thinking of our colleagues working in difficult conditions across the country on behalf of the Afghan people in the aftermath of this senseless attack,” added DG Swing.

Our colleague’s life was taken while she was working in the noble cause of assisting some of the most vulnerable communities in Afghanistan. There is no justification for such acts of terror. She is one of thousands of Afghans who form the backbone of the daily work of the United Nations in the country to help the most in need, supporting development and contributing to the restoration of peace and stability.

This young woman, who was 22, lost her husband in a bombing in Kabul three years ago. She leaves behind a six-year old daughter, now an orphan.

“We mourn the loss of our colleague and, in tribute, commit ourselves to re-double our work to serve Afghanistan and its peoples,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The deliberate targeting of civilians and the places where they work, such as the department in Jalalabad, is an appalling crime. The architects of this crime must be brought to justice.

Language English Posted: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 15:49Image: Region-Country: AfghanistanDefault: Multimedia:  Press Release Type: Global
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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 57,571 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,514

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:49

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 57,571 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 29 July 2018. That total compares to 112,375 at this time last year.

Spain is currently the main arrival-by-sea country in the Mediterranean with 22,858 migrants arriving since the beginning of the year and 1,866 of them arriving since 25 July alone. This is approximately 16,345 more migrants than arrived in Spain in the same period in 2017. 

Some 18,392 migrants arrived by sea in Italy so far this year, which is 80.6 per cent less than the same period last year.


IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented the deaths of 2,323 people while migrating to international destinations in 2018. In the Mediterranean alone, 1,514 people have lost their lives at sea since the beginning of the year.

Most recently, six people died and one went missing in the Eastern Mediterranean. On 29 July, a boat in which 16 people were trying to reach the Greek island of Lesvos capsized off the coast of Ayvalik, Turkey. The Turkish Coast Guard rescued nine survivors but tragically, six people drowned, including three babies. One person is still missing. In the first seven months of 2018, an estimated 96 people have lost their lives in the Eastern Mediterranean.

In the Western Mediterranean, three Algerian nationals went missing off the coast of Cherchell, Algeria, when the boat in which they were trying to reach Spain capsized on 20 July. Ten survivors were rescued by local civil protection authorities. On the United States-Mexico border, US Border Patrol agents retrieved the remains of a person in a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas on 26 July.
 

Missing Migrants Project data are compiled by IOM staff but come from a variety of sources, some of which are unofficial. To learn more about how data on migrant deaths and disappearances are collected, click here.

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: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui, IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int
Atigoni Avgeropoulou, IOM Greece, Tel :   +30 210 99 19 040 (Ext. 166), Mobile: +30 69 48 92 98 09, Email: aavgeropoulou@iom.int
Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Ivona Zakoska, IOM Regional DTM, Austria, Tel: +43 1 5812222, Email: izakoska@iom.int
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Germany, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email : chpetre@iom.int
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: adodevska@iom.int
Myriam Chabbi, IOM Tunisia, Mobile: +216 28 78 78 05, Tel: +216 71 860 312 (Ext.109), Email: mchabbi@iom.int

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 16:30Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Press Release Type: Global
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Solomon Islands Government Hosts High-level Roundtable Discussion on Trafficking in Persons

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:39

Honiara — In the lead up to World Trafficking Day, the Immigration Division of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration of the Solomon Islands hosted a high-level roundtable discussion on trafficking in persons in Solomon Islands on Friday (27/07).

The goal of the roundtable was to discuss key issues and priorities for responding to trafficking in persons (TiP) in Solomon Islands, and to gather inputs from a wide range of government stakeholders on the remaining priorities for the National Action Plan against Human Trafficking and People Smuggling 2015 – 2020. The roundtable was organized in partnership with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and Save the Children, with support from the European Union.

The Solomon Islands Director of Immigration Mason Fugui opened the roundtable and highlighted that “trafficking in persons is a global issue affecting vulnerable people around the world, including people in Solomon Islands.” At the roundtable, participants agreed that different types of trafficking are present in the Solomon Islands and increased coordination is needed to respond to the challenges raised by trafficking in persons.

The roundtable was preceded by a three-day workshop for service providers and law enforcement, also organized by IOM, Save the Children and the Immigration Division, with support from the European Union. At the opening of the workshop, Chief Immigration Officer Enforcement and Human Trafficking Christopher Akosawa said “trends of child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in Solomon Islands are at an alarming rate. This workshop is an opportunity to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to combat trafficking.”

IOM Senior Migrant Protection Specialist Jonathan Martens from the IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific delivered sessions on identifying victims of trafficking; interviewing survivors of trafficking; protecting victims of trafficking; and workshop facilitation. Representatives of Save the Children took the lead on sessions related to child trafficking with focus on understanding how children can become victims, understanding the indicators of exploitation and the skills and qualities required for working with children.

For more information, please contact Angelica Neville at IOM Solomon Islands, Tel: +677 22536, Email: aneville@iom.int

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 16:22Image: Region-Country: United States of AmericaThemes: Counter-TraffickingDefault: Multimedia: 

Participants attending the World Day Against Human Trafficking event in the Solomon Islands. Photo: IOM

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Hong Kong Civil Society Task Force Launches Handbook to Tackle Human Trafficking

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:38

Hong Kong SAR IOM, the UN Migration Agency, which acts as the secretariat for the Hong Kong SAR Civil Society Anti-Trafficking Task Force, has launched a Handbook on Initial Victim Identification and Assistance for Trafficked Persons.

The Task Force, which was established in 2016, is a multidisciplinary and collaborative consortium of 27 organizations with the mission to collectively advance anti-trafficking efforts in the Hong Kong SAR. The Handbook’s release follows the endorsement of the Hong Kong SAR Authority’s 2018 Action Plan to tackle trafficking in persons and enhance protection of foreign domestic helpers earlier this year.

The first edition of the publication, available in English and Chinese, represents a major step in Hong Kong civil society’s anti-trafficking efforts, identifying concrete guidelines and resources for front-line social services, anti-trafficking, labour and other organizations. The handbook will guide a variety of service providers, including government agencies, NGOs, public health professionals, social workers, lawyers and others who may encounter trafficking victims in the course of their work. 

Prior to the launch, Task Force members agreed to conduct an initial pilot of the Handbook’s Preliminary and Self-Assessment Forms between August 2017 and June 2018. Among the 424 migrant domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines, who were asked to complete the Self-Assessment form, 85.5 percent of Indonesian and 48.8 percent of Filipinos indicated that they feared negative consequences for themselves or their family if they terminated their employment.

In addition, of the 1,037 potential victims of trafficking who were underwent preliminary screening, 63 were identified as victims of trafficking. This data points to the need for the Handbook’s wide usage and further cooperation among government agencies and NGOs.

“In Hong Kong, the discussion on human trafficking has been long. I am therefore glad to see that civil society has come together, to jointly address this issue through the development of this Handbook. It is crucial to focus attention on the issue and how we can improve collaboration to enhance protection and facilitate assistance for victims of trafficking or those vulnerable and at risk of this crime,” said Secretary General of the HKCTU Lee Cheuk Yan.

Sonny Au, the Hong Kong SAR’s Under Secretary for Security, who officiated at the launch, said: “TIP is a heinous crime that has never been tolerated in Hong Kong.  The Government has always attached great importance to efforts against TIP crimes.  Close co-operation with the local civil society and international counterparts is critical to winning the battle. The Government looks forward to joining hands with the Task Force and all stakeholders to achieve positive results.”

 

Around 150 delegates from the diplomatic community, government agencies, NGOs and the private sector took part in the launch. Legislative Council members, including Kenneth Leung, who delivered the keynote speech, also attended.

For more information, please contact Nurul Qoiriah at IOM China’s Hong Kong Sub-Office, Tel: 2332 2441, Email: nqoiriah@iom.int

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Legislative Council member Kenneth Leung addresses the Handbook launch in Hong Kong. Photo: IOM 2018

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Thousands at Risk of Trafficking Amid Rohingya Refugee Crisis: IOM

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:38

Cox’s Bazar – Thousands of people caught up in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee crisis are at risk of human trafficking, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, counter trafficking experts have warned, stressing that the scourge of exploitation can only be tackled if authorities, local and international agencies, and communities work together.

The call for a multi-actor approach to prevent more refugees and members of the host community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from falling victim to traffickers, came after government officials, military and police representatives, and IOM trafficking experts, yesterday joined a rally and public meeting in the town to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking.

Seventy-eight victims of trafficking have been identified and supported by IOM in Cox’s Bazar in the past ten months. Due to the complex and clandestine nature of the crime, it is recognised that this figure accounts for just a fraction of the true number of men, women and children trafficked during that period.

“The horrific prospect that thousands of people affected by the Rohingya crisis will end up in the hands of traffickers is a risk that must not be underestimated,” said Manuel Marques Pereira, IOM’s Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.

“It is encouraging that the government, military, law enforcement and other relevant agencies came together with IOM in Cox’s Bazar to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking. We need to show our commitment to working together to end this scourge. But we also need support from the global community to ensure that we have the necessary funding to help prevent people from falling victim to this terrible crime."

IOM is the lead agency coordinating the fight against human trafficking in Cox’s Bazar. It launched its programme in September 2017, just weeks after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar.

The influx brought the total number of Rohingya in the area to almost one million, prompting a massive humanitarian response to meet the needs of refugees and local communities, who struggled to deal with the impact of so many desperate people arriving in an area where many already lived in poverty.

The arrival of so many refugees, most of whom carried little or nothing with them in their flight from Myanmar, also created a new opportunity for traffickers to exploit some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

The calls for a joint approach to ending trafficking among those affected by the Rohingya crisis came as IOM Director General William Lacy Swing described trafficking as a crime “so pervasive it can only be tackled with a global, all-hands approach.”

“A lot of abuse occurs under cover of darkness, when the presence of agencies and authorities in communities and camps is limited," said Dina Parmer, IOM's head of protection in Cox’s Bazar.  "Many of the traffickers use sophisticated methods to ensnare their victims, which means communities often struggle to protect themselves.

"While it is impossible to provide exact numbers due to the secretive nature of this crime, through our work with communities and authorities, we have a lot of anecdotal evidence that thousands are at risk from all forms of trafficking,” she added.

According to Parmer, without access to proper livelihood opportunities, people frequently fall victim to exploitation while seeking labour for survival. Women and girls are at particular risk of trafficking into the sex trade and associated gender-based violence (GBV).

“Tackling this relies of a three-pronged approach of protection, prevention and prosecution. IOM is already working on all three areas in Cox’s Bazar and we will be working closely with the authorities to significantly increase activities over the coming months and in the longer term,” she said. 

Among the key counter trafficking activities currently being conducted or upscaled by IOM’s counter trafficking team in Cox’s Bazar are:

  • Identification and safe referral of victims through a conjoined GBV and counter trafficking programme that works to provide a direct package of assistance to survivors, while working closely with communities and relevant organisations.
  • Over 500 awareness sessions and campaigns are being carried out in communities with more to follow. In recognition of the fact most Rohingya do not read or write, three cartoon stories about trafficking based on real-life cases from Cox’s Bazar have been produced to illustrate the dangers and some of the different methods used by traffickers.
  • Legal assistance to victims.
  • Capacity building on trafficking for over 250 people in the humanitarian community.
  • Working with law enforcement officers to help them to safely identify and refer victims.

“Human trafficking is an intolerable form of abuse that the whole of society must work to end. IOM here in Cox’s Bazar is determined to do everything in our power to protect people from traffickers,” said Parmer.

For more information, please contact Fiona MacGregor at IOM Cox’s Bazar, Tel: +88 0 1733 335221, Email: fmacgregor@iom.int

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 16:35Image: Region-Country: BangladeshThemes: Counter-TraffickingHumanitarian EmergenciesRohingya CrisisDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM Emergency Coordinator Manuel Pereira (2nd left) and Bangladeshi officials mark World Day Against Trafficking in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: IOM 2018

 

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With Public and Private Sectors at Odds, Traffickers Win. Let’s Work Together to Protect its Victims.

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 05:44

By William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General  

The world’s workforce has never been more mobile - from the gardener in California to the banker in Singapore. Whether it’s the dishwasher in Rome or the designer in London, we recognize human ambition is on the move; everyone – skilled or unskilled, with work permits or without – is seeking an identical goal: how to deploy their talents in those markets that reward them best.

Simple economics trigger those journeys that start with a dream of a better life and can result in enormous collective benefits for countries of both origin and destination when done in a safe and orderly way.  

But as we mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons, we also are reminded, sadly, that migrants are too often exposed to disproportionate risks of exploitation and abuse when looking for better employment opportunities away from home.

Every year, millions of migrants are trafficked within and across borders and find themselves trapped in forced labour. In some cases, men and women are coerced into work, enduring violence, threats or psychological manipulation. Often, they find themselves indebted via unfair recruitment processes or employment conditions, all the while facing enormous pressures from their families and communities who may have gone into debt themselves, just to start their job search.

Other forms of exploitation are only slightly more benign – having to toil under dangerous conditions, settling for menial wages, facing hidden deductions and unreasonable restrictions during both work and non-work hours. These abuses, too, harm migrants and violate their rights. 

These types of abuse can occur all along an industry’s supply chain and can be easily concealed among layers of sub-contractors. As consumers, while constantly looking for low-cost goods and cheaper services, we are obligated to consider the workers who make the products we desire and the services we need.  

Trafficking in persons exists today in every country and every economic sector. Whether the business is coffee, clothing or construction, this much is clear: no workplace or community is immune to human trafficking. 

It is so pervasive it can only be tackled with a global, all-hands approach. Consumers, especially, must join their governments, their local business community and work together to demand that decent work standards are met. We must all insist that supply chains are free from human trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

We are already seeing signs of change. A growing number of companies are taking action in their supply chains; more governments are developing new policies and regulatory mechanisms for greater business accountability. Civil society also plays a critical role in advocating for migrants’ rights and ensuring they have access to the protection and assistance services they need. 

One famous example: as recently as 2015 the world became aware of widespread abuse of workers in Southeast Asia fishing grounds. Hundreds of workers laboured in virtual slavery. Governments often lacked the means to enforce protection norms, which many employers learned to ignore.

That is beginning to change. Consumers and large retailers, aware of the negative impact of supply chain abuse, now demand more transparency. And so do governments, passing new laws requiring greater accountability from the multinational merchants that market seafood. 

While these positive trends are encouraging, much more needs to be done. Today, I will focus on a key challenge, which I see as the next frontier in supply chain engagement: mobilizing the private sector to ensure that migrants who have been wronged receive the remedy and justice they deserve. 

Beyond strengthening their due diligence, companies can and must take responsibility for harm perpetrated against their workers and ensure that all possible steps are taken to assist victims of trafficking in their recovery – which they can do by working closely with governments, civil society organizations, international organizations, and the victims themselves. States bear the primary responsibility to address human trafficking and protect trafficked victims. By establishing stronger connections between private sector and public efforts to help victims of trafficking, together we can do the work of rebuilding broken lives.

Earlier this year IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched a set of practical guidelines for companies to address this challenge. In line with the United Nations’ “Protect, Respect, and Remedy” Framework, IOM’s Remediation Guidelines describe the many avenues that businesses can take to offer remediation to victims of exploitation, in partnership with local State and non-State actors.

These routes include facilitating access to victim services and support systems such as medical or psychosocial care; relocating victims to new job environments; offering voluntary return to countries of origin; support for recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration where possible. Businesses should also ensure they have established feedback loops so that they can continually improve reporting mechanisms, protection for whistle-blowers, and prevention of further harm. 

More and more companies are coming together to address the risks they face in supply chains, but remediation for victims of trafficking remains a new area of work for the private sector. We must therefore redouble our efforts to ensure that support for victims of trafficking becomes a key pillar in our work.

IOM’s Remediation Guidelines for Victims of Human Trafficking in Extended Mineral Supply Chains can be accessed here.  

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IOM: Most Victims Trafficked Internationally Cross Official Border Points

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 05:13

Geneva – On the occasion of World Day against Trafficking in Persons (30/07), new data released by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, show that in the last ten years, almost 80 per cent of journeys undertaken by victims trafficked internationally cross through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.  

Trafficking in persons is often seen as an underground activity, linked to irregular migration, and hidden from the authorities and the general public. IOM case data depict a different story, indicating that most trafficking is in fact happening through official border points. This highlights the crucial role that border agencies and service providers at border points can play to identify potential victims and refer them for protection and assistance.  

Women are more likely to be trafficked through an official border point than men (84 per cent of cases, versus 73 per cent for men). Adults are also more likely to be trafficked across official border points than children (80 per cent of cases, versus 56 per cent for children).  

Victims are exploited at some point during their journey in two thirds of cases, meaning that they are likely to cross official borders having already experienced some form of exploitation, while one third may still be unaware that they are being trafficked and may believe they are taking up new opportunities abroad that have been promised to them. 

Khadija, a fourteen-year-old girl, was trafficked through an official border point between Uganda and Kenya in 2015. Without her knowledge, her father had arranged to marry her off in Kenya, and sent her to Kenya with a man she didn’t know. When Khadija and the man reached the border between Uganda and Kenya, he took her passport and told her he would help her clear immigration. He hid her under the seat of the car until they were on their way to the Kenyan capital. Khadija was transferred to members of her family who were arranging the marriage. Luckily, Khadija was able to contact her embassy, who helped her with IOM support.  

Some victims trafficked through official border points carry forged travel documents (9 per cent of cases), while others do not have their own travel documents (23 per cent of cases).  

The figures presented here are based on data from victims IOM assisted during the last ten years, involving about 10,500 journey legs undertaken by nearly 8,000 victims. The data are hosted on the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), which is the world’s first data portal to include human trafficking case data contributed by multiple agencies. Launched in 2017, the CTDC currently includes case records of over 80,000 trafficked persons from 171 countries who were exploited in 170 countries. 

The final draft of the Global Compact on Migration for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, adopted by UN Member States on the 13 July 2018, calls for whole-of-government approaches to enhancing border management cooperation on proper identification, timely and efficient referral, as well as assistance and appropriate protection of migrants in situations of vulnerability at or near international borders, in compliance with international human rights law. It highlights the need for improving screening measures and individual assessments at borders and places of first arrival, by applying standardized operating procedures developed in coordination with local authorities, National Human Rights Institutions, international organizations and civil society. 

IOM’s new data echo this need and show that national governments should devise and operate robust border management procedures that are sensitive to migrants’ vulnerabilities and protection needs, coupled with well-established systems to ensure that migrants having suffered from violence, exploitation, and abuse are identified and referred to relevant service providers in a timely manner. 

Front-line actors, including border management officials at air, sea and land border-crossing points, can play an important role in facilitating the timely identification of victims and potential victims of trafficking, as well as of traffickers. There is a need to continue developing the capacity of these actors to identify and refer victims of trafficking at an early stage upon arrival, and to strengthen cooperation mechanisms at border points so that victims who are identified upon arrival can be referred to service providers for their protection and assistance. 

It is also important to continue providing training and awareness raising to service providers at border points in departure and destination countries such as airport staff, airline personnel, and railway personnel, and to develop procedures for communication and reporting to local authorities. Leveraging technology at border points could also contribute to improving data collection which, in turn, can help with risk analysis and smarter identification in real-time. 

IOM’s programming provides a unique source of primary data on human trafficking. The organization maintains the largest database of victim case data in the world, which contains case records for over 50,000 trafficked persons whom it has assisted. This victim case data is used to inform policy and programming, including for estimating prevalence and measuring the impact of anti-trafficking interventions. 

Regularly updating policies and interventions based on new evidence is key to improving counter-trafficking initiatives at border points. The new information highlights the importance of leveraging operational data from direct assistance activities to inform counter-trafficking policies and programmes. 

More information about IOM’s Counter-Trafficking initiatives can be found here.  

For more information please contact Harry Cook at IOM HQ, Tel: +41227179111, Email: hcook@iom.int 

Language English Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 - 11:09Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Counter-TraffickingDefault: Multimedia:  Press Release Type: Global
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Sri Lanka Launches New Border Management Strategy

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 11:22

Colombo – The Sri Lankan National Border Management Committee (NBMC) launched a new border management strategy yesterday (26/07) with technical assistance from IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

Endorsed in May this year by the Cabinet of Ministers, the strategy proposes moving towards an integrated border management environment. While still recognizing the autonomy of individual border agencies, integration aims to promote inter-agency collaboration with a view to improving the border environment, including enhanced risk detection and prevention, and increased service to the public, industry partners, businesses and other stakeholders, while maintaining compliance with international standards to align with global security and service standards for border-related matters.

“Today marks a historic date that symbolizes our collective readiness in addressing challenges in Sri Lanka’s border management,” stated Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne in his keynote address as the Chair of the NBMC. He further noted that the strategy introduces a “smart border concept because it aims to move away from reactive to more proactive intelligence driven by risk-based border control.”

Central to border management is upholding and enhancing national security. To this end, all migration and trade should be ideally conducted using intelligence-driven and risk-based principles. This can assist in assessing and quickly clearing the majority of people and goods, while expending resources on people and goods that pose a risk or require interception, such as those involved in transnational organized crime (smuggling harmful drugs and narcotics, contraband, people smuggling and trafficking, or presenting a hazard to public health or a risk to bio-security).

Efficient and effective border management not only contributes to secure borders, but also facilitates the smooth movement of people and goods across borders as well as increasing regional and international trade and transits - a key prerequisite for economic growth and poverty reduction. This includes streamlining movement of people and goods, while also considering security impacts. Development challenges are complex; collaborative and coordinated approaches along with the introduction of enhanced technologies are required to ensure sustainable growth.

As evidenced by the launch of Sri Lanka’s new Integrated Border Management Strategy, agencies involved in border processes are required to review their policies and practices that impact on migration and trade for alignment with efficient, secure and client-focused services.

“Every county must have a strategy to manage entry and exit of people across their borders,” stated Controller General of the Department of Immigration and Emigration Nihal Ranasinghe. “Sri Lanka is no exception. In this context [the] event introducing a new border management strategy for Sri Lanka has a high national significance.”

“At a time when Sri Lanka is experiencing an increased cross-border movement of people and goods as a result of rapidly rising trade and tourism, a revitalized economy, and increased economic and cultural ties with other countries, this new integrated border management strategy can greatly assist the government in achieving the twin objectives of maintaining national security and fostering economic development” commented IOM Sri Lanka Chief of Mission Giuseppe Crocetti.

The development of the Sri Lanka Integrated Border Management Strategy was supported by IOM as a part of a broader technical assistance programme funded by the Government of Australia through its Department of Home Affairs.

For more information please contact Shantha Kulasekara at IOM Sri Lanka. Tel. +94115325354, Email: SKULASEKARA@iom.int

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Mr. Kapila Waidyaratne, Secretary of Defence and Chairman of National Border Management Committee, giving keynote address. Photo: IOM 

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European Union Announces New EUR 2 Million Assistance for Refugees, Host Communities in Uganda

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:51

Hoima, Kyegegwa and Moyo Districts – The European Union's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) has confirmed fresh funding worth EUR 2 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support refugees and host communities in western and north-western Uganda.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will use the funds to deliver life-saving interventions on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and South Sudan, as well as the host communities in Kyangwali settlement in Hoima district, Kyaka II settlement in Kyegegwa district, and Palorinya settlement in Moyo district.

The overarching objective of the project is to neutralize the risk of WASH-related diseases such as diarrhoea and cholera.

Since December 2017, thousands of Congolese asylum seekers have been streaming across the border into Uganda, fleeing ethnic clashes and human rights violations by armed militia in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. According to UNHCR, more than 80,300 Congolese have fled to Uganda since 1 January 2018 – many crossing Lake Albert in dangerous boats and canoes.

The latest EU project activities will benefit 82,700 direct beneficiaries, under a one-year project titled Strengthening Wash Service Delivery for Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda. The beneficiaries will include 14,700 Ugandan members of the communities hosting the refugee population.

This project brings European Union Humanitarian Aid commitments to IOM Uganda in the last 14 months to EUR 4 million. Already EU Humanitarian Aid has been funding IOM’s WASH Service Delivery to South Sudanese Refugees and Host Communities in Uganda – in Yumbe and Moyo districts.

The EU-funded activities in Moyo will complement another IOM Uganda WASH project, funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN-CERF), worth USD 1 million.

Speaking about the new EU funding, the EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said, “The escalation of the crisis in Congo since late last year has created a serious emergency in Uganda, with tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees at risk of deadly diseases. Therefore, the European Union has had to come in with these funds to support the life-saving interventions.”

IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, welcomed the European Union’s continued humanitarian support.

“When you have huge numbers of vulnerable asylum seekers in confined spaces, the support of the EU is particularly significant,” DG Swing said. “Because if you do not provide safe water and sanitation, if people are not helped to build latrines, then you run a risk of losing thousands of already vulnerable people. So, this European Union humanitarian aid is not simply assisting people, it is saving lives.”

KEY INTERVENTIONS
Among the key interventions, IOM will construct a piped water system in Kyaka II settlement, to deliver water to nearly 30,000 people. This water system was earlier designed by IOM under another project funded by the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UN-CERF). The system will be powered by mains electricity and a generator, with an automatic changeover function.

In Kyangwali settlement, Hoima district, the project will motorize a borehole drilled earlier by UNHCR to deliver water in a sustained manner to at least 7,000 individuals.

The project will also build two 50 cubic metre rainwater-harvesting tanks to supply water specifically to schools and health centres not served by the piped water system in Kyangwali and Kyaka II.

It is projected that by bringing safe water closer to the populations, the interventions will also help reduce the incidence of gender-based violence in the two settlements and reduce over-reliance on the expensive and unsustainable trucking of water.

The project will also conduct and coordinate comprehensive hygiene promotion campaigns in Kyangwali and Palorinya settlements, provide hygiene kits and support the construction of household, communal and institutional latrines.

Additionally, IOM will support a range of related activities, including soap-making and recycling and bio-composting of waste to make manure and poultry feeds.

 

Summary of some of the key Interventions

LOCATION

INTERVENTIONS

Kyaka II settlement

- Piped water system
- Support establishment, training and equipping of water management board and user committees.
- 50m3 water tanks
- 152 latrines for persons with special needs
- 8 blocks of institutional latrines
- Solid waste disposal system
- Medical waste disposal facility

Kyangwali Settlement

- Piped water system
- Support establishment, training and equipping of water management board and user committees.
- 50m3 water tank
- 4 institutional latrine blocks
- 700 household latrines
- 800 latrines for Persons with special needs
- Solid waste disposal system
- Medical waste disposal facility
- Train, equip and deploy 20 hygiene promoters and 10 village health team members for Sebagoro

Palorinya settlement

- 500 household latrines
- 500 latrines for Persons with special needs
- 4 blocks of institutional latrines
- Solid waste disposal system
- Medical waste disposal facility
- Train, equip and deploy 10 hygiene promoters

 
For further information please contact Richard M. Kavuma, IOM Uganda, Mobile: +256 772709917 / 700 646 403; Email: rmkavuma@iom.int
 

Language English Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 16:35Image: Region-Country: UgandaThemes: Community StabilizationHumanitarian EmergenciesRefugee and Asylum IssuesDefault: Multimedia: 

Jerrycans 'queuing' up for water in a Ugandan refugee settlement. The ECHO funding will build a piped water system in Kyaka II and Kyangwali settlements in western Uganda. IOM/Peter Nzabanita 

The water reservoir tank for the newly constructed piped water system funded by ECHO in Bidibidi refugee settlement, northern Uganda.  Photo: IOM/ Abubaker Mayemba 

 

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IOM Niger’s Voluntary Return Assistance of Migrants Eclipses 2017 Totals

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:50

Niamey –The UN Migration Agency’s (IOM) assisted voluntary return efforts in Niger have already eclipsed figures from last year, largely fuelled by the distressing outflow of migrants across the Algeria-Niger border. The mission reports this week that more than 10,000 migrants have been assisted to date, compared to roughly 7,000 in all of 2017.

“The IOM team is working tirelessly to facilitate voluntary returns and provide protection assistance to all West African migrants, whether rescued from the desert or requesting our assistance while in Niger,” said IOM Chief of Mission in Niger, Giuseppe Loprete.

Close to 90 per cent of the more than 8,000 rescued migrants were discovered during 84 search operations near the border towns of Arlit and Assamaka.

Despite the fact that more than half of the roughly 12,000 migrants who have arrived at IOM’s six transit centres in Niger so far this year lack any form of identification, IOM has managed to process over 5,000 requests for travel documents thanks to the efforts of consulates, embassies and Nigerien authorities.

“We thank the Government of Niger and all West African countries for the provision of valid travel documents, which remains our main concern due to the lack of documentation among migrants,” said Loprete. “None of this would be possible without the continued support of the European Union.”

IOM assists all migrants, Nigeriens or third-country nationals, who wish to return home. The main countries of origin for those who have received voluntary assistance this year were Mali, Guinea-Conakry, Cameroon, Niger, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso.

The latest group of 391 migrants stranded at the border arrived on 13 July. Of this group, 315 were assisted and transported to the transit centre in Arlit two days later; 64 made their own way to that location and nine decided to head back to Algeria from Assamaka.

Condé was among one of the recent groups to be repatriated from Algeria to Niger, after having spent two years abroad. “I will surely never travel without papers again. We may not have everything at home, but if you have enough strength and determination, you can make a life for yourself anywhere,” said the Guinea-Conakry national.

Together with his wife, Condé is now waiting to be assisted with voluntary return at IOM’s transit centre in Agadez.

The numbers of people seeking help has exploded in recent years. In 2015, 1,721 migrants were provided voluntary return to their countries of origin. In 2016, the figure almost tripled, to over 5,000. May 2018 saw IOM assisting an all-time peak of nearly 3,400 migrants with voluntary return.

Accommodation at the transit centres is voluntary: people are free to leave when they choose. All migrants arriving at the centre are registered and profiled, and provided shelter, food, water, and medical and psychosocial assistance. 

IOM arranges airline and bus reservations for all migrants wishing to return to their countries of origin and has provided escorts from airports and bus stations.

“Over the last three years, the EU and its member states have contributed to consolidating the approach and making these returns safe and dignified. There has been excellent cooperation. Our aim now is to reinforce it by including additional options to voluntary returns, such as community development, job creation and micro-finance support linked to our reintegration programme, both in countries of transit and origin,” Loprete said.

The six transit centres in Niger are supported by the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM) funded by the European Union and co-financed by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the Department for International Development (DFID), the German Cooperation and the governments of the Netherlands, France and Switzerland.

The EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration together with the MRRM programme are funded by the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa.

For more information, please contact Giuseppe Loprete, IOM Niger at Tel: +227 9219 9503, Email: gloprete@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 16:40Image: Region-Country: NigerThemes: Assisted Voluntary Return and ReintegrationEUTFMigrant AssistanceDefault: Multimedia: 

Migrants assisted at IOM’s transit centre for women in Niamey. Photo: IOM 

 

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New Insulin Supply Renews Hope for Diabetic Libyans

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:49

Tripoli – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in close collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and the Libyan Ministry of Health, has assisted seven municipalities in Libya with a supply of much needed insulin with the support and funding of the Italian Government.

According to WHO, 13.7 per cent of Libyans are diabetic, and the availability of insulin remains the most pressing need for patients. With the support of the Italian Ministry of Interior, the Libyan Ministry of Health, and WHO, IOM provided insulin in seven days to seven municipalities in the east, west and south of the country, namely Tobruk, Benghazi, Sirte, Sabha, Zintan, Gharyan and Tripoli. The insulin was distributed by the municipalities to local health institutions.

“Continuing to receive assistance is our most important concern, as we do not wish to give people hope and then take it back from them,” said Omran al-Omyani, Health Committee Head of the Municipal Council in Zintan. “The last time we received medicine, the quantity was not sufficient for all. We also have another batch of medicine in the east, but we have not been able to bring it here due to lack of proper transportation.”

The health sector in Libya has been deeply affected by the ongoing conflict. Due to lack of stability, getting supplies and resources to health institutions has been one of the main challenges faced by the Libyan Ministry of Health.

“This campaign is part of IOM’s expanding support to Libyan Health System in reaching out to its communities,” said IOM’s Health Programme Manager, Dr. Arif Hussain. “The intervention was coordinated closely with the Libyan Ministry of Health, the seven targeted municipalities and WHO to ensure that affected patients are guaranteed access to much-needed healthcare.”

Under the current crisis and limited government resources especially for the health sector, IOM is scaling up its support to Libyan communities and authorities. In March 2018, the organization provided much needed medical equipment to the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) to improve early detection of TB, especially MDR (Multiple Drug resistant) TB cases and provided vaccine (cold) boxes for the immunization programme. IOM is also in the process of providing equipment and supplies to selected health facilities including primary health care centres and secondary care hospitals, besides capacity building interventions for the health care providers. 

Additionally, IOM continues to provide direct health assistance to migrants once they are returned to the Libyan shore at disembarkation points, as well as essential medical care in detention centres in Libya.  

For more information, please contact Maya Abu Ata at mabuata@iom.intor Safa Msehli at smsehli@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 16:45Image: Region-Country: LibyaThemes: Migration HealthDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM, WHO and Libyan Ministry of Health deliver much needed insulin in Libya. Photo: IOM 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 55,001 in 2018; Deaths 1,504

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:48

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 55,001 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 25 July 2018. That total compares to 111,753 at this time last year, and over 250,000 at this time in 2016.
Arrivals to Spain (see chart below) this month have overtaken those to Italy. To date just over 38 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has more than tripled those registered at this time last year. 

Arrivals to Italy trail Spain by almost 3,000; a week ago the gap was less than 200. Greece counts about 28 per cent of all arrivals. Significantly, Greece’s arrivals thus far in 2018 are running more than 5,000 ahead of last year’s totals on this date, an increase of better than 50 per cent.

Arrivals to Italy, on the other hand, are down over 80 per cent compared to 2017.

IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented the deaths of 1,504 men, women and children seeking to cross the Mediterranean in 2018 – more than half of those deaths since 1 June.

Most recently IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented the deaths of 10 people who went missing in the Western Mediterranean. On 24 July, 32 survivors were rescued from a sinking boat by the Moroccan Navy after more than two days at sea. According to their testimonies collected by Spanish NGO Caminando Fronteras, 10 people drowned before they were rescued.

Deaths in the Western Mediterranean in recent months have reached devastating levels, with 304 fatalities recorded by the Missing Migrants Project between January and 25 July 2018, far outpacing the 124 recorded in the equivalent period of 2017 – and the 224 recorded as drowned or missing during all of last year.

IOM notes the passing of the 1500th Mediterranean fatality in 2018 – which occurred this past week – marks the fifth consecutive year that sad benchmark has been reached. Despite the steep drop in the volume of all arrivals across the region, 2018 remains one of the deadliest on record – on a per capita basis – simply because so many fewer crossers are being recorded.

The mark of 1,500 deaths was reached in 2014 on 28 July, the latest date IOM’s Missing Migrant Project has for that milestone, and just a few days later than this year’s date. In 2015, 1,500 deaths were recorded by 18 April, while in both 2016 and 2017 those dates were 25 May and 19 May, respectively.

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported that on Wednesday (25 July) the remains of two migrants were retrieved (two men of African descent) in Tajoura.  She noted that same day 31 migrants (all men, including one boy) received medical and protection assistance as they were disembarked by the Libyan Coast Guard. The migrants had been lost at sea for over more 12 hours without water and food after embarking on a small rubber boat in Sabratha. Two migrants originated from Ghana and the rest are from Bangladesh. Following humanitarian assistance, all were transferred to Trig al Seka detention centre.

So far this year, 12,162 migrants have been returned to Libyan shore, Petré said.

IOM Libya’s Petré reported on two sets of Voluntary Humanitarian Return charters completed from Libya in the past 10 days. On 17 July, IOM assisted 136 stranded migrants to return home on one chartered flight (127 migrants) to Mali and nine migrants returning on three commercial flights to Sierra Leone (1), Ghana (4) and Burkina Faso (4).

On 24 July, IOM assisted 166 stranded migrants to return home on one chartered flight (159 migrants) to Mali and seven migrants on two commercial flights to Algeria (5) and Ethiopia (2) including four medical cases and two unaccompanied migrant children.

IOM Libya has assisted 16,591 since the scale-up phase started 28 November 2017 and a total of 29,721 migrants have returned home from Libya with IOM’s assistance since 1 January 2017. 

IOM Madrid’s Oussama El Baroudi reported Thursday that total arrivals at sea in 2018 have reached 20,992 men, women and children, irregular migrants who have been rescued in Western Mediterranean waters through 25 July—or over 1,400 arriving since IOM’s last report on Monday, 23 July. With this month’s figures Spain is the Mediterranean’s most-sought destination for irregular migrants traveling by sea, surpassing Italy and Greece.
El Baroudi also shared preliminary overview from Spanish authorities on the top five groups entering Spain by sea from 1 January through 25 June. “Sub-Saharan Africans,” as one category, comprise the largest slice entering irregularly via Spanish waters in 2018. That category was followed, separately, by Guinea (Conakry), Morocco, Mali and Ivory Coast.
Additionally, 3,125 migrants have attempted to enter Spain irregularly via the country’s African enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, according to Spanish authorities (see chart below).


As remarkable as Spain’s rise in irregular migration activity has been through 2018, even more important is its recent surge. Over the year’s first five months, a total of 8,150 men, women and children were rescued in Spanish waters after leaving Africa – and average of 54 per day. In the 55 days since May 31, a total of 12,842 have arrived – or just over 230 migrants per day.

At this present rate, IOM believes irregular migrant arrivals by sea to Spain could well pass the total for all of last year – 22,108 – before this month’s end on Tuesday.

IOM Athens’ Christine Nikolaidou said Thursday that IOM has learned from the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) of at least at least three incidents from 23-25 July requiring search and rescue operations off the islands of Lesvos, Kos and Chios. The HCG rescued a total of 90 migrants and transferred them to those islands. Another 87 landed without intervention on Rhodes and Oinouses – bringing to 177 the total arrivals during those three days.

Through 25 July, the total number of sea arrivals to Greek territory since 1 January is 15,528.

April remains the busiest month for irregular migration by land and sea to Greece, with a total of 7,009 men, women and children arriving. February was the lowest with 1,610 (see charts below).


IOM's Balkans team reported Thursday an estimated 1,468 new irregular migrants have been apprehended by authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania during July thus fasr in 2018—more than ten times the 134 registered in all of July 2017. In total, since the beginning of the year, there have been 12,735 apprehensions in the respective countries.
The majority of irregular migrants were registered in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a total of 9,056. According to the information received from IOM field teams, migrants are predominantly crossing to Bosnia and Herzegovina from neighbouring Serbia and to a lesser extent, from Montenegro. Their aim is to continue their journey towards EU countries. Therefore, migrants mainly are located in the North-Western part of the country in the areas around Bihać and Velika Kladuša. It is estimated that approximately 3,500 migrants currently are in the country.
Irregular migrants are also continuing to transit through Albania and Montenegro, where authorities registered a total of 3,679 individuals. Based on DTM flow monitoring data, there were 2,356 arrivals to Montenegro, over ten times the 226 reported between June and July 2017. In Albania, DTM field data collectors tracked 1,323 migrants—seven times the 178 registered at the end of the second quarter of 2017. In addition, authorities in Albania reported that 682 migrants were apprehended while trying to exit the country towards Montenegro.
Pakistan, Syrian Arab Republic, Iran, Afghanistan, Algeria and Iraq are the most common countries of origin declared by the migrants intercepted in all three countries between January and July 2018.
Worldwide, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project has documented the deaths of 2,291 people during migration to international destinations in 2018 (see chart below).
On the US-Mexico border, three people died in recent days while trying to cross into the United States. On 24 July, US Border Patrol officers responded to a distress call regarding two Mexican nationals, a father and son, who were lost in a ranch near Sullivan City, Texas. When they found them, they were taken to the local hospital, where the father died of cardiac arrest. On the same day, Mexican civil protection authorities recovered the body of a young man from the Río Bravo/Grande, near the first international bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas.
On 22 July, the remains of a Mexican woman were recovered from a ranch near Laredo, Texas. She died of dehydration shortly after crossing the border. Additionally, the Missing Migrants Project team received information from the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office regarding remains recovered in Hidalgo County, Texas, in the first half of 2018. The remains of 17 migrants have been retrieved by Sheriff’s deputies along highways, on ranches or in the river between 1 January and 30 June 2018. 
In North Africa, an Egyptian man was shot at the Al-Baydan security checkpoint south of Ajdabiya, Libya on 24 July.
Missing Migrants Project data are compiled by IOM staff but come from a variety of sources, some of which are unofficial. To learn more about how data on migrants’ deaths and disappearances are collected, click here.

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: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Hicham Hasnaoui, IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int
Atigoni Avgeropoulou, IOM Greece, Tel:   +30 210 99 19 040 ext. 166; M. +30 69 48 92 98 09, Email: aavgeropoulou@iom.int
Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Ivona Zakoska, IOM Regional DTM, Austria, Tel: + +43 1 5812222, Email: izakoska@iom.int
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Germany, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel. +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: adodevska@iom.int
Myriam Chabbi, IOM Tunisia, Mobile: +216 28 78 78 05, Tel: +216 71 860 312 (Ext. 109), Email: mchabbi@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 - 16:50Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia:  Press Release Type: Global
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