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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 72,336 in 2017; 1, 711 Deaths

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:17

Switzerland - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 72,336 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 7 June, with almost 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 207,729 arrivals across the region through 7 June 2016.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that since Tuesday, when IOM last released figures, some 400 migrants had been rescued by the NGO Proactiva and brought to Augusta, Italy.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 2,425 fatalities through 7 June (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – just over 70 per cent the global total.

In recent days MMP researchers have recorded the following incidents: seven migrants died of suffocation inside a truck in Libya; nine migrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan died in a vehicle accident on a highway near Pazardjik, Bulgaria; 21 bodies washed up in Zarzis and Houmt Souk Jerba, Tunisia. Four bodies were recovered by Save the Children in the Channel of Sicily; and one migrant was electrocuted in a train station in Thessaloniki, Greece. MMP added 15 to the total number (112) of deaths along the U.S. Mexico border, because of new data provided by officials of Pima County, Arizona, where many migrants have died during the past decade trying to enter the U.S. across a harsh desert.

Although not yet added to the Missing Migrants Project data base, IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported Thursday (8/6) that the body of one migrant was retrieved this week in Gabes, Tunisia. Petré said the total number of migrant corpses recovered this year in Libya is 236, while 8,293 migrants have been rescued in the Libyan waters so far in 2017.

IOM Libya reported this week that so far in 2017, 4,594 stranded migrants have been able to return from Libya to 18 different countries of origin. Of those, 1,538 have been allocated reintegration assistance.

On 1 and 6 June, IOM helped 337 stranded Senegalese migrants, including one woman and one medical case to return home from Libya. Of those migrants, 119 had previously been in Triq Al Seka detention centre while 91 were in Abu Slim and another 116 in Gharyan Al Hamra detention centres. The remaining 10 migrants resided in the urban areas of the Libyan capital Tripoli.

Two days later, on 8 June, 138 stranded male migrants, including four unaccompanied minors, received return assistance home to The Gambia.

The three charter flights, which departed Tripoli’s Mitiga airport, were coordinated with the Libyan authorities, the Gambian and Senegalese Embassies and respective IOM colleagues in receiving countries.

The charter flights are part of IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return and Reintegration assistance funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund and the UK Department for International Development.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic: http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/090617_Mediterranean_Update.pdf

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

Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:11Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia: 
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IOM´s Data Analysis Centre, Maastricht University Review Determinants of Asylum-Related Migration

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:10
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Germany - The UN Migration Agency (IOM)’s Data Analysis Centre and Maastricht University (Maastricht Graduate School of Governance/UNU-MERIT) recently released a literature review on the Push and Pull Factors of Asylum-Related Migration. The report was commissioned by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) as part of their multi-annual research programme.

Based on a detailed analysis of about 150 pieces of selected academic and non-academic literature, the report provides a comprehensive review of the literature examining factors that influence migration trends, the decisions of migrants to leave their countries of origin, and to claim asylum in the European Union (EU), within a traditional “push/pull framework”. This framework views human mobility as the result of specific factors that either attract an individual to migration (pull factors) or that repel the individual from continued stay in his/her place of usual residence (push factors).

Beyond providing a synthesis of the literature on the determinants of asylum-related migration, the report also assesses the extent to which certain groups of factors have been consistently (or inconsistently) identified as significant in shaping migration patterns and decisions.

Results from the review show there is relative consensus in the literature on the salience of socio-economic factors. Those include (actual or perceived) wage differentials and differences in living standards between communities of origin and destination. The (real or perceived) availability of employment opportunities in destination countries has also been consistently identified as a significant factor in influencing migration decisions.

The presence of various types of networks – e.g., relatives and friends, but also human smuggling networks – that migrants can rely on as a source of information before or during the journey, has also been often identified as very relevant in explaining migration intentions and movements – including forced movements. Most scholars would also generally agree that demand for cheap labour in industrialized countries also shapes human (labour) mobility.

A relative degree of consensus is found on the importance of political factors, particularly when it comes to forced and irregular migration movements. Conflicts, violence, insecurity, political turbulences, and human right abuses all play a key role in migration decisions in different contexts – though comparisons are hard to make across such a diverse body of literature.

In contrast, a number of factors have been less consistently identified in the literature as significant in determining migration.

Demographic variables such as population growth, total fertility rates and population density or size were identified as directly relevant in some studies, but only relevant when combined with additional factors – mainly economic – in other studies.

Some inconsistencies in the literature are also observed on the impact of “proximity indicators” between origin and destination countries – e.g., past colonial ties, linguistic similarities and physical distance.

Environmental factors such as natural disasters or environmental degradation are also likely to be significant triggers of population movements in combination with other factors (e.g., economic insecurity). Separating the impact of environmental change on human displacement is particularly challenging, and some scholars argue that environmental factors are more likely to be significant in explaining internal rather than cross-border migration.

The impact of migration policies and regulations on international migration is still subject of an ongoing debate in the literature on migration determinants: while migration is influenced by regulatory frameworks in countries of origin, transit and destination, the effectiveness of specific policies in certain contexts is still contested. This may be largely due to conceptual and methodological limitations in measuring policy impacts.

Finally, the report notes that migrants constitute a highly diverse group and migration decisions depend on several personal characteristics – migrants’ age, sex, family situation, education or skill levels. Migration decisions and trajectories are also very likely to change while in transit – particularly in the case of irregular journeys, which pose greater risks for migrants.

An online database containing more than 300 resources – including empirical and theoretical studies, as well as reports – was produced as part of the review and can be downloaded here.

For further information, please contact Marzia Rango at IOM´s Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), tel. +4903027877824, e-mail: mrango@iom.int

 

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:06Image: Region-Country: GermanyThemes: Migration ResearchDefault: 
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Syrian Children Participate in Art Workshop before Resettlement to UK

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:06

Lebanon - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) conducted the first workshop of the Building Tomorrow Together art project with Syrian children in Beirut, Lebanon, this week. While their parents attended Pre-Departure Orientation in preparation for their resettlement to the United Kingdom, the children aged between 6 and 10 were encouraged to think about their identities and their future in the UK, through two art activities.

“I hope to make good friends and wish we could have toys and a garden to play in,” Riyad, ten years old.

During the first session, the children had the opportunity to reflect on their own personalities and express themselves while drawing and writing on a paper doll template.  At the end of the activity the children were encouraged to share their likes and dislikes with others. “I like music and my favourite food is egg.  I want to be a dentist when I grow up,” said six-year-old Asmaa.

In the second activity called A Shared Future, the children filled in a leaf shape with drawings that illustrate what they expect for their future in the UK. All the children highlighted the importance of housing and access to education. “If we have this, everything will be beautiful.  I also hope to make good friends and wish we could have toys and a garden to play in with my little brother,” explained Riyad, 10.

IOM staff in Lebanon will conduct additional sessions with children in the next couple of weeks and IOM staff in the UK will hold two workshops at a primary school in East London.

“The main objective of the Building Tomorrow Together project is to promote an exchange between children waiting to be resettled as refugees and those of similar age in the UK, so they can reflect on who they are as a person, celebrate diversity and think what a positive shared future would feel like,” said Dipti Pardeshi, IOM UK Chief of Mission.

All the material produced by the children in both locations will be pieced together as an art installation. This installation in the shape of a tree, will be exhibited for the first time at the Refugee Week Marketplace at the Southbank Centre in London on 24 June 2017.  IOM staff in Lebanon and the UK will continue to run the workshops in Beirut and at schools in the UK, and the tree will continue to grow as children add their thoughts – symbolised by leaves, roots and people – to it.

The Building Tomorrow Together project is a partnership between IOM, Counterpoints Arts, Refugee Week and Lifeworlds Learning.

For further information, please contact Gabriela Boeing at IOM UK, Tel: + 44 20 7811 6000, Email: gboeing@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:01Image: Region-Country: LebanonThemes: Capacity BuildingResettlementDefault: Multimedia: 

Syrian children in Lebanon reflected about their future in the UK as part of the Building Tomorrow Together art project. Photo: IOM

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IOM, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association Underscore Media’s Role in Disaster Management

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:01
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Republic of Korea - Yesterday (8/6) the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association (KBJA) co-organized the Roles of Communications and Media in Disasters: Responsibilities, Challenges and Opportunities in Disaster Management forum in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK).

The purpose was to examine and discuss media’s role in strengthening humanitarian responses and the forum was attended by over 70 participants from media, civil society, academia and development organizations. The event facilitated an exchange of perspectives on effective emergency communication, identified lessons learned, and charted the way to foster partnership in this field.

“Serving as a key information hub, media can impact the level of donor assistance and inter-agency coordination during emergencies,” said Miah Park, IOM ROK Head of Office. “With increasing Korean engagement in humanitarian assistance in the country and abroad, journalists, medical professionals, humanitarian workers and other relevant stakeholders are recognizing the need to develop their capacities to cope with unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”

Park noted that despite progress in national disaster management frameworks, significant gaps remain in providing timely and effective disaster response. That may be due to limited communications between journalists and the humanitarian actors serving affected communities in the country. She added that in calling for greater efforts in harnessing communications and media in disasters among practitioners, IOM ROK provided a platform to share their practices and guiding principles.

Moderated by Christopher Lom, Senior Regional Media and Communication Officer at IOM Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok, the forum identified key rules and principles in featuring humanitarian media coverage by revisiting real-life examples including the South Sudanese Civil War, Nigeria’s Boko Haram Insurgency and China’s Sichuan earthquake.

“Media need to recognize the power of information in saving lives at the most critical times,” Lom emphasized. “The forum will allow Korean stakeholders to deepen their understanding and be equipped with practical skills to coordinate communications in emergency sites.”

Paul Dillon, Media Officer at IOM Indonesia, and Muse Mohammed, IOM Multimedia Officer, also made presentations based on their emergency communication and coordination experiences.

The forum has been implemented as a part of USAID funded project Building the Resilience on Humanitarian Actors to Disaster in Korea.

For further information, please contact at IOM ROK, Jumi Kim, Tel: +82 (0)70 4820 0292, Email: jukim@iom.int or Seonyoung Lee, Tel: +82 (0)70 4820 2751, Email: selee@iom.int

 

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 15:58Image: Region-Country: Republic of KoreaThemes: Capacity BuildingOthersDefault: 
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UN Migration Agency Tracks Displacement in Drought-Affected Madagascar

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:58

Madagascar - Since 2013, the Greater South of Madagascar (“Grand Sud”) has been experiencing a prolonged drought and below-average rainfalls, affecting 1.8 million people.

Yesterday (08/06), national disaster risk management experts and representatives of the development cooperation community in Madagascar wrapped up a two-day discussion on ways to adapt the UN Migration Agency’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Tools to the Malagasy context, and agreed on a roll out schedule.

The DTM will help gather key data on population displacements, which will help inform the emergency response, including IOM’s implementation of community stabilization and livelihood support initiatives in communities experiencing an increase in the movement of people.

“DTM tracks mobility and displacement over time by monitoring trends, dynamics, needs and flows in populations to provide critical information to decision-makers and those responding to a crisis,” said Daniel Silva y Poveda, IOM Madagascar Chief of Mission, at the meeting. “Since 2004, the DTM has been implemented in over 60 countries worldwide in response to conflicts, natural disasters and complex emergency settings, from small and short-term cases to large-scale, regional and protracted displacement trends and migration crises.”

In late 2016, a rapid assessment was conducted by IOM and the Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC) of Madagascar. The assessment concluded that the drought has resulted in significant and complex mobility patterns in the south of the country, and from the south to other regions of the country, with some villages seeing a 30 per cent reduction in their population.

The study also estimated the impact that these migration trends have had on education, food security, water and sanitation, and protection in the areas most affected.

For instance: a diminished agricultural workforce – which hinders the resilience and capacity of recovery for those who stay behind – pressures limited basic social services in the areas where migrants decide to resettle. Other factors include abuse and exploitation of vulnerable migrants, and child labour.

With support from the Government of Japan and the BNGRC, DTM will be rolled out in Madagascar’s southern Androy region, with a view to collect systematic information on drought-induced migration.

During the two-day meeting, which was facilitated by IOM, participants had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the DTM processes, and to discuss information management gaps and needs in the context of the drought in the Androy region. The first report is expected in the next few weeks.

For further information, please contact Daniel Silva y Poveda, IOM Madagascar, Tel: +261 32565 4954, Email: dsilva@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 15:49Image: Region-Country: MadagascarThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigration and EnvironmentDefault: Multimedia: 

Villagers in the Androve region in the south of Madagascar where water is scarce and land has become arid. Those who have the means migrate elsewhere. Only the poorest and the elderly remain, surviving on a diet of cactus fruit. Photo: IOM

Children walk/bike tens of kilometers a day to source potable water. Photo: IOM

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IOM to Assist Sri Lanka Flood and Landslide Victims in Worst Affected Areas

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:59

Sri Lanka - Heavy flooding, landslides and flash floods caused by the southwest monsoon have affected some 684,000 people in south and central Sri Lanka. The flooding, which is believed to be the worst in over a decade, has left at least 212 people dead and 79 missing.

IOM initial rapid assessments conducted on 30-31 May in Matara, Kalutara, Rathnapura and Galle districts showed homes and villages swept away by the flood waters and mud slides.

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) estimates that over 2,500 houses were destroyed and nearly 15,900 damaged. These numbers could rise as data from damage assessments is compiled in the coming weeks.

Nearly 22,000 people are still sheltering in over 200 over-crowded “safe sites,” including schools, temples and churches. In flood-affected areas people are expected to return to their homes as water levels recede.

But in landslide-affected areas, people currently staying in evacuation centres or with relatives and friends are unlikely to be able to return to their homes in the short term.

“There will likely be a need to track displacement, return, and site closure. People will need shelter and other non-food relief items (when they leave the sites) and we will need to ensure that aid is distributed at the location most useful and appropriate for each affected family,” said IOM Sri Lanka Chief of Mission Giuseppe Crocetti.

IOM is already supporting the government and humanitarian agencies with displacement tracking maps generated from DMC updates.

The UN Migration Agency plans to provide 3,700 shelter repair kits, 5,000 non-food relief item (NFI) kits and 250 temporary shelters, with funding sought from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The intervention will help an estimated 74,750 people.

On Friday (2/6) the UN Humanitarian Country Team launched an Emergency Response Plan seeking USD 22.7 million to address the critical life-saving and protection needs of 374,000 people in seven districts, targeting four priority sectors, including shelter, food, health and water and sanitation.

As part of the plan, IOM will co-lead the Emergency Shelter and NFI sector, which is appealing for USD 6.5 million for 8,000 shelter repair kits (in-kind or cash), 25,000 household NFI kits, 1,500 in situ transitional shelters, and 100 temporary shelter solutions.

IOM’s sector response for the current emergency will require USD 3.5 million. With nearly USD 1.8 million in the process of being mobilized, IOM will need another USD 1.7 million to fully implement the response. 

To read IOM Sri Lanka’s latest situation report, please go here.

To see the latest map of displacement caused by the floods, please go here.

For more information please contact Giuseppe Crocetti at IOM Sri Lanka, Email: gcrocetti@iom.int, Tel: +94(0)115325300

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:52Image: Region-Country: Sri LankaThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigration and EnvironmentDefault: Multimedia: 

Flood waters flattened many homes in this village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. Photo: IOM 2017

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IOM Highlights Ocean Health, Climate Change, Migration at Inaugural UN Ocean Conference

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:52

United Nations - As part of the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) held a side event on Ocean Health, Climate Change and Migration: Understanding the Nexus and Implications for People on the Move.

In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and co-hosts, the Permanent Missions of Madagascar and Ecuador, the event provided an opportunity to contribute to the conference goal of supporting the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

The Permanent Mission of Fiji also participated, providing opening remarks as the co-president of the Ocean Conference. Permanent Secretary for Indigenous Affairs, Naipote Katonitabua, noted that “the ocean is part of everyday life in Fiji – they are not only linked to livelihoods but are also an integral part of our cultural heritage.”

Moderated by Rosiland Jordan, UN Correspondent for Al Jazeera, the event included a diverse audience of Member State representatives, civil society, academics, scientists, journalists, and NGOs.

Presentations by panelists including John Tanzer (WWF), Jean Randrianantenaina (Regional Maritime Information Fusion Center, Madagascar), Francoise Gail (Scientific Advisor, Ocean and Climate Platform), and Mariam Chazalnoel (IOM), covered key issues including direct consequences that climate change-related modifications to the global ocean have on island and coastal populations as the environment, economy and livelihoods of many of these communities depend on oceans.

Practical examples were provided regarding how these negative impacts influence the migration patterns of affected communities as well as the daily lives of communities receiving migrants.

Ashraf El Nour, Director of the IOM Office to the United Nations, expressed concern about the displacement of communities and impact on human settlements who live near and rely on the world’s oceans for their livelihoods. He noted that, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), 24.2 million people last year were displaced due to natural disasters in the world, principally floods and storms, many of them made worse by the climate change impacts in oceans’ coastal areas.

Slow environmental degradation in coastal areas, such as sea level rise or coastal erosion, are also expected to have long-term impacts on migration as people move preemptively to find alternative livelihoods or are forced to relocate inland.

The thematic focus of the event was directly relevant to several Partnership Dialogues (PD) of the Ocean Conference: PD 2 (Managing, protecting and conserving marine and coastal ecosystems), PD 3 (Ocean acidification), PD 4 (Making fisheries sustainable), and PD 5 (Increasing economic benefits to Small Islands Developing States and Least Developed Countries). Partnership Dialogues are interactive and multi-stakeholder in nature, focusing on recommendations to support the practical implementation of SDG 14.

The Ocean Conference is a key opportunity to bring questions of migration and oceans to the fore, especially as the international community prepares for the COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, this November 2017.

For further information, please contact Lanna Walsh at IOM’s Office to the United Nations in New York, Tel: +1 212 681 7000, Ext. 263, Email: lwalsh@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:44Image: Region-Country: United States of AmericaThemes: Capacity BuildingMigration and Climate ChangeMigration and EnvironmentDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM side event at first ever UN Ocean Conference in New York. Photo: IOM / Lanna Walsh 2017

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 71,418 in 2017; Deaths: 1650

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:44

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 71,418 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 04 June, with nearly 85 percent arriving in Italy and the remainder arriving in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. 1,650 migrants and refugees died at sea attempting this through during this period.

This compares with 206,790 arrivals and 2,512 deaths across the region in the same period last year.

Since the last IOM Mediterranean update (02/06), 510 migrants were rescued at sea have been brought to Italy. IOM staff are deployed at the main landing points in Sicily (including Lampedusa), and Apulia to provide legal assistance to those arriving by sea, monitor the reception conditions and support the authorities in the identification of vulnerable groups.

On Monday (05/06), 110 migrants (including 40 women and 3 children) all of African nationalities were rescued in the waters off Zliten by the Libyan Coast Guard. Following the rescue mission the migrants were taken to Al Khums detention centre. So far in 2017, 8,293 migrants have been rescued outside the Libyan coast and 236 bodies have been retrieved.

On Sunday (06/06), according to the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), seven migrants suffocated after being abandoned in a locked van close to the sea. They had been told by the smuggler that they had to wait before being taken to the boat. The survivors (reportedly approximately 30) were transferred to Triq Al Sekka detention centre in Tripoli where they were provided with medical treatment. The bodies of the seven migrants were retrieved by the Libyan Red Crescent.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic: http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/060617_Mediterranean_Update.pdf
 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 further information, please contact:
 Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
 Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
 Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int

 

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UN Migration Agency, EU Boost Access to Health Centres along Turkish-Syrian Border

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:38
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Turkey - Today (06/06), the UN Migration Agency (IOM) handed over medical equipment worth nearly a quarter of a million Euro to Turkey’s Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre to provide medical services to approximately 5,600 migrants and refugees each month in Hatay province, on the Turkish-Syrian border. The equipment was funded by the European Union (EU). 

Approximately, 380,000 Syrians live in Hatay province in a country hosting over 3.2 million people seeking protection.

“Health is a fundamental right for every person and is one of the building blocks needed for a productive society,” said Lado Gvilava, IOM Turkey Chief of Mission. “A healthy population means children can be in school and adults are able to earn a living.”

Under the Temporary Protection Regulation, Turkey offers the right to access basic services, such as health and education for Syrians registered under temporary protection.  However, some Syrians continue to face challenges that affect access to services, including the language barrier, geographical distance, and lack of awareness.

The Saraykent Migrant Health Training Centre aims to overcome these barriers by providing free medical services to migrants and refugees in Arabic.

The handover of this medical equipment is one part of the EUR 6.7 million Enhancing Access to Services, Strengthening Resilience of Host Communities and Facilitating Integration of Refugees project to complement the Turkish government’s efforts to provide essential services to migrants and refugees.  In addition to providing medical equipment, the project also runs two community centres and one medical clinical reaching both the host community and the Syrian population.

Services provided under the project include educational programmes, legal counselling, psychosocial support, vocational training, community outreach and conflict management activities for the migrant and refugee populations in these communities. Since July 2015, over 150,000 Syrians and local community members have accessed the services.  

"EU is committed to support the health sector in Turkey in all possible ways and through all EU financial instruments," said Christian Berger, Ambassador of the EU to Turkey.

"In addition to our EUR 300 million grant to the Ministry of Health, we have also been funding IOM to increase access to a wide range of services for refugees and host communities, including health services. This medical equipment procured under the IOM-implemented project will be used to train doctors and nurses in this very same Migrant Health Training Centre and will then be used, after the training courses are completed, to provide health care to Syrians in a Migrant Health Centre Unit in Antakya," noted Ambassador Berger.

For further information, please contact Abby Dwommoh at IOM Turkey, Tel: +90 312 454 3048, Email: MediaIOMTurkey@iom.int

 

Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:34Image: Region-Country: TurkeyThemes: Migration HealthDefault: 
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'Life is Better' Without Substance Abuse: New UN Migration Agency Campaign Launched in Georgia

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:34

Georgia - Substance abuse by children is a growing problem in Georgia, particularly among migrant populations. The National Centre for Disease Control reports that almost half of school children aged 13 to 16 have smoked cigarettes, 85 per cent have tried alcohol, and 11 per cent have used cannabis at least once.

It is in this light that the UN Migration Agency (IOM) has launched a campaign called Life is Better in partnership with the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the US Embassy in Tbilisi and key governmental counterparts.

Life is Better targets local, internally displaced and ethnic minority youth aged 13 to 14 years old and represents the first ever interactive information campaign aimed at primary prevention of substance abuse. It is being implemented over a two-week period in seven public schools in three regions of Georgia.

“Substance abuse is one of society’s biggest problems in every country in the world and threatens the growth of every society,” said Mike McMahon, Programme Director at the US Embassy for the US State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) in Georgia at the kickoff event. “Youth remain particularly vulnerable so it is upon the families and the schools and our governments to make sure that we fight the scourge of illegal narcotics.”

“The most prevalent drugs other than marijuana among Georgian students are tranquillizers and sedatives consumed without a doctor’s prescription,” said Lela Sturua, Head of Non-Communicable Diseases Department of National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC) confirming that substance abuse among Georgian youth was higher than the average for European countries.

“Today, it is especially significant for me to be here and to address schoolchildren and their parents on the occasion of the International Day for Protection of Children, which encourages all of us to think that we need to care for children’s health, their well-being and development,” said Sturua.

Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials were disseminated by IOM Georgia in close cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia (MoES), NCDC and Ilia State University. The campaign provides youth with sufficient information on facts and risks associated with use of eight psychoactive substances.

“Our joint information campaign aims at raising awareness on the dangers of substance abuse. We speak in one voice with love and care and concern for the best future for Georgian children,” said Ilyana Derilova, IOM Georgia Chief of Mission.

For further information please contact Nino Shushania at IOM Georgia, Tel. +995 32 2252216, Email: nshushania@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:30Image: Region-Country: GeorgiaThemes: Migration and YouthDefault: Multimedia: 

Mike McMahon from the US Embassy, Georgia and  Ilyana Derilova, IOM Chief of Mission celebrate the launch of the “Life is Better” campaign with children and staff at a school in the capital Tbilisi. Photo: IOM 2017

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“Access to Durable Solutions among IDPs in Iraq”: UN Migration Agency, Georgetown University Publish Study

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:29

Iraq - The research study “Access to Durable Solutions Among IDPs in Iraq” released today (06/06) studies the experiences of displaced Iraqis, their adaptation to displacement and durable solutions.

This study was conducted by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of International Migration and the Centre for Contemporary Arab Studies. The study found that only through security will Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) find durable solutions.

More than 3 million Iraqis continue to be displaced by the conflict that began in January 2014. In this context of long-term displacement, the durable solutions study aims to help build a better understanding of IDPs’ realities and progression towards durable solutions, in order to foster stability and integration.

Data was collected through a survey administered to 3,900 Iraqi IDP families living outside of camps in four governorates: Baghdad, Basrah, Kirkuk, and Sulaymaniyah. Qualitative interviews were also conducted with host community members and IDPs. 

Additional planned rounds of data collection will enable comparison of the factors that shape IDPs’ search for durable solutions as they return, resettle and integrate.

Displacement is an effective protection strategy; the study found that personal security in displacement depends on contextual factors, particularly on social connections. The vast majority of IDPs were welcomed by the host communities in Iraq and in Iraqi Kurdistan; only a tiny minority of IDPs reported experiencing discrimination or violence due to their displacement status.

However, IDPs experience a significant worsening in their housing standards and general quality of life as a consequence of their displacement, and moving to slum-like dwellings or sharing houses and borrowing money from family and friends seems to be the most widespread strategy to cope with the decline in living standards.

Factors like unemployment, employment in the informal sector and lost hope in finding a job are all high among IDPs, create a disheartened workforce, and increase vulnerability to exploitation and uncertainty.

The study also notes that displacement is an urban phenomenon. The presence of support networks pulled the majority of IDPs away from rural areas and toward urban locations to connect with family and seek work. This adds to the difficulties in finding appropriate jobs and integrating and adapting to the urban lifestyle. In addition, abandoned fields in rural areas are exposed to long-term damage that may hinder livelihoods upon return.

“This study on Iraqi displacement highlights the importance of safety and security as the main requirement for accessing durable solutions,” said Thomas Lothar Weiss, IOM Iraq Chief of Mission. “Some Iraqis have found durable solutions with assistance from their family, friends and host community members, all of whom we commend. The study also notes that international aid has played an important role in meeting the needs of displaced Iraqis. IOM Iraq in cooperation with humanitarian partners will continue to provide life-saving solutions for IDPs as long as this aid is needed,” added Weiss.

“The combination of a longitudinal survey and in-depth interviews with IDPs and host community members allows us to see trends and flesh them out with concrete examples,” said Rochelle Davis of Georgetown University, Walsh School of Foreign Service. “Moreover, the data collectors’ knowledge developed from following the families over time offers a much more complex and accurate understanding of what constitutes durable solutions for Iraqi IDPs,” continued Davis.

The research was funded by the US State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration through IOM’s Community Revitalization Program (CRP), a multi-dimensional programme that aims to assist returnees, IDPs and host community members affected by protracted displacement through the holistic socio-economic recovery of the communities they call their home.          

The report can be accessed on the IOM Iraq website: http://iomiraq.net/reports/access-durable-solutions-among-idps-iraq.  ...

For further information, please contact IOM Iraq: Sandra Black, Tel. +964 751 234 2550, Email: sblack@iom.int or Hala Jaber, Tel. +964 751 740 1654, Email: hjaberbent@iom.int, or Georgetown University: Rochelle Davis, Email: rad39@georgetown.edu

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:24Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Migration ResearchDefault: Multimedia: 
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IOM Chile Trains Health Officials on Migrants’ Human Rights, Health, Trafficking in Persons

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:23

Chile - IOM Chile recently trained 314 health sector officials to provide them with a detailed understanding and raise awareness about migrants’ human rights, migration and health, and trafficking in persons.

The training, which consisted of 10 workshops with 171 civil servants trained on migration and health and 143 on trafficking in persons, was held in Antofagasta and Santiago between 17 April and 30 May. The training is part of the support that IOM has been providing to the Ministry of Health to enhance migrants’ rights to health by training health workers and creating awareness-building policies in relation to migration.  

The training participants work for the health and municipal services in Arica, Iquique, Antofagasta and the Metropolitan area of Santiago. The methodological and conceptual framework of the training was developed by IOM and the workshop was carried out in close coordination with the Department for Foreigners and Migration and the Public Security Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.   

The content of the counter-trafficking session was based on a manual developed by IOM and the Centre Against Violence Against Women at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The objective of the session was to build the capacity of the health officials and to develop protocols to address the needs of victims of trafficking in health centres.  

Maria Elena Santos, a participant from the Municipal Services in Arica region, said: “I understood that migrants have human rights and need to be treated with dignity and humanity. It's much clearer to me now and I will do my best in my work to keep fighting against abuses of migrants,” she added.  

"These initiatives contribute to the strengthening of the capacities of the Health Services in the regional and local territories and respond to the commitment that IOM has taken with the Ministry of Health of Chile in the promotion of the human rights of migrants and the struggle against trafficking in persons," said IOM Chile Chief of Mission Norberto Girón.  

For further information, please contact Sebastián Mathews at IOM Chile, Tel: +56 02 9633710, Email: iomsantiagopress@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 16:19Image: Region-Country: ChileThemes: Capacity BuildingCounter-TraffickingMigrants RightsMigration HealthDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM side event at the first ever UN Ocean Conference in New York. Photo: Lanna Walsh / IOM 2017

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UN Migration Agency Seeks Funding for Displacement Settlements in Bangladesh Hit by Cyclone Mora

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:56

Bangladesh - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched an appeal for USD 3.7 million to help Rohingya migrants living in settlements in Bangladesh affected by Cyclone Mora. The storm hit the country’s coastline around Cox’s Bazar early on Tuesday.

The cyclone, which brought 117 km/h winds and heavy rain, tore into the makeshift settlements and host communities. The settlements house over 130,000 ethnic Rohingya, who are also known in Bangladesh as  Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs). 

The storm destroyed 25 per cent of shelters and left as many as 80 per cent damaged. Food and fuel supplies were destroyed, electricity lines were cut, and health and sanitation infrastructure was also badly damaged.

The IOM appeal, which aims to help up to 80,000 people in the makeshift settlements and host communities between now and year end, will target health, water, sanitation, shelter and protection. 

IOM emergency response staff working in the settlements say that repairs to water and sanitation facilities are a top health priority. The storm knocked out 243 latrines, as well as tube wells that desperately poor residents depend on for clean water.

Shelter and non-food relief items, including plastic sheeting, mosquito nets and blankets, are urgently needed for the estimated 17,000 families who lost their homes.

Infrastructure, including water and sanitation, has come under increasing strain in Cox’s Bazar in recent months. Since violence erupted in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State in October 2016, over 75,000 UMNs have crossed the border to seek safety in Bangladesh.

Most of the affected are now living in makeshift settlements around Cox’s Bazar, where IOM provides site management and coordinates the work of other aid agencies in three settlements housing 103,000 people.

The UN Migration Agency, which has worked with Undocumented Myanmar Nationals and host communities in Cox’s Bazar since 2014, also provides water, sanitation assistance, shelter, healthcare and protection from gender-based violence in the three settlements.

For a copy of the appeal please click here: https://www.iom.int/sites/default/files/country_appeal/file/IOM-Banglade...

For more information, please contact Shirin Akhter at IOM Bangladesh, Tel. + 880 1711 187 499, Email: sakhter@iom.int, Tel. + 880 1711 187 499.

 

Language English Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 17:52Image: Region-Country: BangladeshThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigration and EnvironmentDefault: Multimedia: 

Residents of Kutupalong, one of the settlements, repair a roof torn off by the storm. Photo: IOM

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UN Migration Agency Supports Refugees Returning to Nigeria after Fleeing Boko Haram

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:50

Nigeria - From 24-31 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) registered more than 3,600 Nigerian refugees in the small Nigerian border town of Pulka after they returned from Cameroon. IOM is supporting the returnees – most of whom originate from Pulka – by providing shelter, non-food items and psychological first aid, and monitoring population movements.

Since early April, the Nigeria Immigration Service has registered the return of more than 12,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon. The Borno state government is directing many from congested entry points – notably, Banki, another border town – to Pulka, deemed to be their place of origin.

However, water supply is extremely limited in Pulka, as is shelter. The town also faces continuous security threats from Boko Haram. The humanitarian community expects the mass return could cause further displacement as returnees reclaim their houses, pushing out displaced families who took shelter in them and creating further housing challenges.

As an immediate response to the new arrivals in Pulka, IOM built awnings to shelter the families from extreme sun and heavy rain. Five hundred shelters will be built to relocate families living in a medical clinic to ease pressure on the town.

IOM is building another 500 shelters to house more than 3,000 people in Gwoza, a town 20km south of Pulka, where water is more accessible, making it better suited to host such an influx. IOM has drilled one well in Gwoza and has planned two others.

IOM has delivered household items for 1,000 families in Pulka to address the needs of the local community and the returnee population. The household kits include kitchen utensils, bedding, water purification tablets, soap, and other hygiene products. IOM teams are registering the new arrivals to assess numbers and shelter needs, and will do comprehensive biometric registration in Pulka next week.

This initiative is part of IOM’s growing rapid response to major challenges in Nigeria’s volatile north-eastern region, where Boko Haram violence has displaced more than 1.8 million people. The response also addresses challenges relating to increasing sand storms and heavy rain, which devastate camps and local infrastructure in the region.

Storms are also creating unforeseen challenges for local communities and displaced persons. Heavy rains in Maiduguri and nearby areas last week deprived at least 1,457 people of shelter. IOM will replace shelters that were completely destroyed and is also providing nearly 900 shelter kits, comprising tarpaulin, wood, nails, rope and tools, so families can repair damaged structures assisted by the Organization’s site facilitators. IOM is also repairing lavatories, as well as the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Centres and other camp facilities that were hit by storms.  

“These responses are guided by our Displacement Tracking Matrix team’s rapid assessments of needs and numbers, following storms and large-scale population movements,” explained Frank Santana, Rapid Assessment and Response Officer at IOM Nigeria.

“The best added-value we have in this emergency response is the ability to assess situations quickly and share information with partners,” he added, referring to IOM’s weekly Emergency Tracking Tool on population movement and flash reports, which follow incidents such as suicide attacks and storms.

For further information, please contact Julia Burpee at IOM Nigeria. Tel: +234 906 228 2406, Email: jburpee@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 17:46Image: Region-Country: NigeriaThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigrant AssistanceDefault: Multimedia: 

As an immediate response to the influx of refugees returning to Pulka, IOM built several tents to protect families from sun and heavy rain. Photo: IOM/Julia Burpee 2016

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Over 40 Migrants Die of Thirst in Sahara Desert as Mediterranean Arrivals Top 71,000, Deaths 1,650

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:46

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 71,029 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 31 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder arriving in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 205,858 arrivals and 2,512 deaths across the region through 31 May 2016.

Since the last UN Migration Agency (IOM) Mediterranean update (30 May), 1,271 rescued migrants have been brought to Italy.

Meanwhile, reports indicate that up to 40 migrants died of thirst in northern Niger when their vehicle broke down during an attempt to reach Europe via Libya.

Nigerien officials said babies and women were among the 44 migrants found dead. Details about the tragic incident were provided by six survivors who walked to a remote village where they said those they were travelling with, mostly from Ghana and Nigeria died of thirst. The deaths were later confirmed by the mayor of Agadez, a remote town on the edge of the Sahara.

Guiseppe Loprete, IOM Chief of Mission in Niger said this latest tragedy was a grim reminder that probably more migrants die in the Sahara desert than in the Mediterranean, but due to the inhospitable nature of the region, it was virtually impossible to know the exact number.

The six survivors, a woman from Nigeria and five men from Ghana were taken to the IOM transit centre in Dirkou. Local authorities are still looking for other survivors and IOM staff are currently working to identify bodies and bury the deceased.

Said Loprete, “The survivors will later be transported to IOM's transit centre in Agadez where they will receive medical, psychological and protection assistance. Once they are ready, we will help them with assisted voluntary return to their countries of origin.”

Loprete added, "The migrants are often lied to and cheated on their way to Europe. Smugglers usually run away with their money and they find themselves in the middle of nowhere, in a country they don’t know, trying to gain enough money to either continue the route or go back home. While in the desert, they are often abandoned by the drivers so they remain stranded for days at a time under the desert sun with no food, water or shade."

He added that most West African migrants leave their countries of origin due to poor economic opportunities as they dream for a better future in Europe. “Tragically many never get the chance to live that dream,” said Loprete.

The Niger to Libya route is the one most sub-Saharan African migrants take when trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean sea. Each week, thousands of migrants are crammed into pick-up trucks for the days-long ride, often with only enough room for a few litres of water attempting to cross the Sahara desert, one of most inhospitable and deadliest places on earth.

Meanwhile, IOM’s Missing Migrants Project (MMP) has recorded 2,300 migrant deaths worldwide (up to 31 May) this year (see chart below), with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths, about two thirds of the global total.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic: http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/010617_Mediterranean_Update.pdf
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 further information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Kelly Namia at IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int

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Japan Supports Ebola Response in DR Congo: UN Migration Agency

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:45

Democratic Republic of the Congo - Seventeen cases of Ebola (12 suspected, three probable and two confirmed) have recently been reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the World Health Organization.  So far, four people have died of the disease. The outbreak currently remains confined to the Likati Health Zone, where the Congolese Minister of Public Health was officially notified of the outbreak on 11 May 2017.

The Government of Japan and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) are supporting the Government of the DRC in combatting the current Ebola outbreak, by providing funding and technical support to better monitor mobility patterns and population flows at borders. 

“Although the DRC has experienced and managed a number of Ebola outbreaks in the past, control measures must be taken to minimise risks," said Jean-Philippe Chauzy, IOM Chief of Mission in the DRC. "These include monitoring mobility patterns and population flows, identifying areas where populations gather and ensuring that strategic sites, such as affected health zones and border crossings, have health screening and hand washing facilities, and that activities communicating about risks of Ebola are carried out." 

This funding will allow IOM to increase its cooperation with the DRC’s Ministry of Health and the National Programme of Hygiene at Borders (PNHF) to carry out three levels of population mobility mapping in the affected areas and border sites. 

IOM and its partners will also identify points with high population movements through a participatory mapping approach, and monitor the population flows as well as the health screenings. 

In order to prevent the virus spreading to neighbouring Central African Republic, IOM will also support efforts to strengthen cross-border collaboration and preparedness in border areas. 

IOM’s response in the DRC draws on the Organization’s experience and expertise in addressing public health emergencies from the angle of migration and human mobility. Its activities contribute to the National Ebola Response Contingency Plan.

Over the past year, IOM has been rolling out population mobility mapping in the DRC to quantify population movements and identify sites vulnerable to public health threats. A total of 145 Ministry of Health officials were also trained and deployed at border posts as part of the response to a recent yellow fever outbreak.

The Japanese funding will also allow IOM to expand its training for health personnel deployed at border posts, and to carry out population mobility mapping to help tackle the current Ebola outbreak.

For further information, please contact Aki Yoshino at IOM DRC, Tel: +243 829 715 652, Email: ayoshino@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 17:39Image: Region-Country: Democratic Republic of the CongoThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigration HealthDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM staff map out ebola response in DRC. Photo: IOM

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Returnee Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Guatemala Receive Reintegration Support

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:41

Guatemala - On 31 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM), together with the Governments of Guatemala and the United States, opened the Welcome Room in La Aurora International Airport for returnee unaccompanied migrant children and families, with the purpose of improving their post-arrival assistance. 

Airport facilities were renovated and equipped to be suitable for returned children, adolescents and their families. This work was carried out by the Guatemalan Office of the Attorney General, the General Directorate of Migration, the First Lady's Secretariat for Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health, and the Secretariat for Social Welfare.

They provided additional spaces for a wide range of services, and improved the infrastructure of health clinics, kitchens, sanitary facilities, storage sections, breastfeeding and lactation rooms, and playrooms. In addition, industrial security products were delivered, along with household appliances, computer equipment, electronic devices, board games, cradles, chairs, and desks, among other items.

The Welcome Room is part of efforts to create comprehensive reintegration assistance. The room has a daily capacity of around 150 people. This year, from January to April, 1,095 children and adolescents were returned to Guatemala from Mexico and the United States.

The inauguration event was headed by Patricia Morales, the First Lady of Guatemala, Todd Robinson, the US Ambassador to Guatemala and Jorge Peraza, IOM Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

“We recognize the progress that Guatemala has made and we reiterate our commitment to keep providing immediate assistance. We will continue to support the strengthening of national response capacities and the exchange of experiences, and ensure returnees' reintegration with special emphasis on promoting and ensuring respect for human rights,” said Peraza.

The initiative is part of the Return and Reintegration project implemented by IOM in the Northern Triangle of Central America, with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in order to strengthen governmental capacities through infrastructure optimization, humanitarian assistance, inter-agency coordination and information management.  

For further information, please contact Melissa Vega at IOM Guatemala, Tel: +502 2414 7401, Email: mevega@iom.int, or Alba Amaya at IOM El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras Office, Tel: +503 2521-0511, Email: aamaya@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 17:35Image: Region-Country: GuatemalaThemes: Assisted Voluntary Return and ReintegrationImmigration and IntegrationMigrant AssistanceDefault: Multimedia: 

The inauguration event was headed by the First Lady of the nation, Patricia Morales, the US Ambassador to Guatemala, Todd Robinson and IOM's Chief of Mission for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Photo: IOM

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Global Shelter Cluster Launches Landmark Humanitarian Publication, Shelter Projects

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:33

Switzerland - The scale and complexity of the world’s current crises exceed the capacity and resources of any one humanitarian agency. Through reforms in coordination and collaboration over the last 10 years, international actors are striving to better cope with modern humanitarian challenges.

Today (02/06), Shelter Projects 2015–2016, published by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) on behalf of the Global Shelter Cluster, was launched in Geneva, Switzerland. It contains over 40 new shelter case studies, contributed by 20 humanitarian agencies, covering shelter responses to major emergencies including, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South Sudan, Lake Chad Basin and Ukraine.

Every two years since 2008, the Global Shelter Cluster has produced the publication, Shelter Projects, to share operational knowledge and experience of humanitarian shelter and settlement responses. The publication sheds light on the strengths, weaknesses and lessons learned that can be reflected in future responses to manmade and natural disasters.

"Shelter Projects helps us learn by sharing honest stories of what did not work, as well as stories of what did work in past humanitarian shelter responses," said Joseph Ashmore, IOM Shelter and Settlements Expert and Global Shelter Coordination Focal Point, at the launch event. "By supporting learning,  this publication helps us to better meet the shelter and settlement needs of some of the most vulnerable people on earth," added Ashmore.

Representing the vast shelter response experiences of over 300 field practitioners, this core product of the Global Shelter Cluster has been used for shelter programming and strategy development, advocacy, workshops and training, and for research purposes.

Shelter Projects 2015-2016 is available for download at: www.shelterprojects.org.

For further information, please contact Joseph Ashmore at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 9225, Email: jashmore@iom.int

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Number of Displaced Libyans Declining: UN Migration Agency

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:24

Libya - Continuing a trend that started in late 2016, the number of Libyans displaced throughout the country has been steadily declining, as people return to areas from where they were displaced, particularly in the regions of Benghazi and Sirt.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has identified 256,615 internally displaced persons (IDPs), 227,866 returnees and 351,382 migrants in Libya.

These new findings are a result of IOM’s latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Libya. The full reports can be found here: Migrant and IDP information packages. The information packages present data gathered on IDPs, returnees and migrants in March 2017 through interviews with 1,021 key informants. The informants include representatives of baladiya (municipality) offices, local crisis committees, and others in the community with knowledge about IDPs, returnees and migrants in their communities.

The report shows that IDPs were mainly displaced from Benghazi, Sirt, Misrata, Ubari and Alkufra. Twenty-four per cent were displaced in 2016, 45 per cent in 2015 and the remaining 31 percent between 2011 and 2014.

Eighty-seven per cent of IDPs were accommodated in private shelter settings and the remaining 13 per cent were residing in informal settings, public buildings, schools, unfinished buildings or other forms of public shelter.

In addition to reporting on IDP and returnee shelter settings, the report also provided a general overview on the status of health, education, security, nutrition, livelihoods and access to market in each baladiya.

The main nationalities of migrants identified were Nigerian, Egyptian, Sudanese, Chadian, Malian and Nigerien.

Of the migrants identified, 35 per cent had been in the country for at least 12 months; 33 per cent had been present for between 6 months and a year, and the remaining 32 per cent had been in the country for less than six months.

The Migrant Report also summarizes findings from 686 interviews that IOM staff conducted directly with migrants across nine different regions in the country.

Seventy-one per cent of the 686 migrants surveyed began their migratory journey from one of the countries bordering Libya (Egypt, Sudan, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia) and the remaining 29 per cent departed from other countries in Africa, mainly from Nigeria, Mali, Burkina-Faso, Senegal and Ghana. Nearly 70 per cent of respondents paid less than USD 1,000 for their journey.

On average, the migrants interviewed were 29 years old and 70 per cent had been unemployed in their countries prior to departing. The main sectors of work for those employed before they left were agriculture, raising livestock, the fishing and food industry, followed by construction, water supply, electricity and gas sectors, and retail, sales and manufacturing trades.

Libya’s Displacement Tracking Matrix collects data on mobile populations in Libya to facilitate evidence-based humanitarian and policy interventions. All reports, methodologies and datasets are available at: www.globaldtm.info/libya.

For further information, please contact Daniel Salmon at IOM Libya, Tel: +21629235097, Email: dsalmon@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 17:15Image: Region-Country: LibyaThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 
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IOM, EU, Turkey Cooperate on EUR 8.5 Million Migration and Border Management Projects

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:15
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Turkey - Millions of migrants and refugees have passed through or settled in Turkey in recent years, with over one million making the sea journey to Greece since 2015.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has enhanced its partnership with Turkish authorities through two new projects funded by the European Union and the Turkish Government, to the amount of EUR 8.5 million. The two projects will increase coordination along Turkey’s European borders and strengthen national policies and frameworks relating to migrants and refugees in Turkey.

“Our 25-year partnership with the Turkish Government has become even more critical as migration takes centre stage in global discussions,” said Lado Gvilava, IOM Turkey Chief of Mission. “Nearly 3.8 million migrants and refugees reside in Turkey, the vast majority – nearly three million – being Syrians under temporary protection,” he added.

One project – Supporting Turkey’s Efforts to Manage Migration – worth EUR 5.5 million – aims to help the Turkish Government better manage migration. The project will reinforce migration management capacity, strengthen government institutions and help regional governments to work together to understand migratory patterns and challenges. 

The other, a EUR 3 million border management project, Regional Cooperation on Border Management with Greece and Bulgaria, Phase 2, continues cooperation with Turkey, Bulgaria and Greece to enhance joint actions, strengthen legal and regulatory frameworks, and help tackle irregular migration and cross-border crime.

For further information, please contact Abby Dwommoh, at IOM Ankara, Tel: +90 312 454 3048, Email: MediaIOMTurkey@iom.int

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Opening of a common contact centre between Turkey, Greece and Bulgaria, which received technical equipment from IOM. 

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