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Virtual Counselling Helps Migrants Learn More about Return Options from Germany

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:33

Berlin – Making the decision on whether to leave one’s country of origin is rarely one migrants take lightly. Deciding whether to go back home can be equally challenging. A project called Virtual Counselling, recently introduced in Germany, can help address migrants’ concerns.   

Migrants in Germany considering a return to their countries of origin can now contact IOM staff in several African and Asian countries to learn about return and reintegration options.    

Migrants can call and message IOM staff in nine countries of origin to speak in their native language about what reintegration is going to look like in their individual case. Those countries are Armenia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Guinea, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, The Gambia and Pakistan.  

Via social media and online messaging services, IOM staff inform callers about all available reintegration options in each country. This can include, for example, financial assistance for a business start-up, support for housing or medical needs, psychosocial counselling or job counselling.   

This pilot project is financed by the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Since the start of the project, more than 250 virtual counselling sessions have taken place.  

Kobby Benjie is a Ghanaian returnee, who was supported by IOM. “The possibility to talk to a fellow countryman on WhatsApp and ask questions about returning home, is a great help for Ghanaians in Germany,” he explained.   

One reintegration officer at IOM Nigeria, Jude Okoye Jonathan, added: “We get calls from migrants in Germany who had just started to consider a voluntary return and would like to get a first idea of their options. Migrants also ask concrete questions about reintegration support in their countries.”   

He explained: “They trust us, because we speak their language and we are directly at the location where they plan to return to.”  

In Germany, IOM engages with diaspora and important multipliers to raise awareness among migrants about this new counselling offer and to increase trust and transparency in a field active with multiple programmes and stakeholders.   

“It is crucial for a successful reintegration to connect the two ends of the voluntary return process,” said one German return counsellor, who often refers migrants to the new Virtual Counselling. “I very much appreciate this type of collaboration between sending and receiving countries.”   

“With Virtual Counselling, we are able to reach migrants outside of the traditional return counselling structure,” added Monica Goracci, Chief of IOM’s Mission in Germany.   

Around 50 per cent of the migrants who had a virtual counselling session so far, had not yet visited a counselling centre in Germany.    

“Access to timely, unbiased and reliable information is essential to dignified voluntary return and sustainable reintegration, allowing migrants to make an informed decision and take ownership of the voluntary return process in full respect of their human rights and regardless of their status,” IOM’s Goracci added.  

For more information, please contact Sabine Lehmann at IOM Germany, Tel: +49 30 27877817, Email: slehmann@iom.int   

 

Language English Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 17:26Image: Region-Country: GermanyThemes: Assisted Voluntary Return and ReintegrationIntegrationDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM counsellors from eight African and Asian countries and German return counsellors at a joint workshop in Berlin, working on connecting pre-departure counselling with reintegration and how to reach better communities. Photo: IOM 

IOM counsellors from eight African and Asian countries and German return counsellors at a joint workshop in Berlin, working on connecting pre-departure counselling with reintegration and how to reach better communities. Photo: IOM 

IOM counsellors from eight African and Asian countries and German return counsellors at a joint workshop in Berlin, working on connecting pre-departure counselling with reintegration and how to reach better communities. Photo: IOM 

IOM counsellors from eight African and Asian countries and German return counsellors at a joint workshop in Berlin, working on connecting pre-departure counselling with reintegration and how to reach better communities. Photo: IOM 

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IOM, Canada Team Up to Communicate Risks of Irregular Migration in Central America

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:26

San José – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is partnering this week with the Government of Canada’s Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) to raise awareness amongst prospective migrants in Central America about the dangers of irregular migration, through the project Communicating Risks of Irregular Migration in Central America.  

As part of the project, IOM has engaged with communities with high emigration rates from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, to support the development of tailored mechanisms to better inform people of the risks of irregular migration and at the same time, build local capacities to ensure the sustainability of these initiatives.  

“Canada’s support has allowed IOM’s communications efforts to target efficiently more communities in the region.  We are providing people with tools to make informed decisions concerning migration and working with children and adolescents is key to addressing current and future issues,” said Marcelo Pisani, Regional Director for IOM North America, Central America and the Caribbean. 

One key element in this joint approach is strengthening municipal information hubs in these communities, through the development of information materials and training packages for staff to diminish the influence of myths surrounding migration. 

IOM also identified young people as the most at risk of exploitation and abuse, and as such it has engaged with Ministries of Education and schools in communities to train teachers and students on developing activities with peers in their schools to communicate on the risks associated with irregular migration.  

The baseline assessment that IOM has conducted in these countries with more than 230 students, showed that young people can mention at least one risk of irregular migration, but less than 20 per cent can identify trafficking in persons as such; and 25 per cent of them would be willing to migrate and would hire the services of a smuggler.   

These findings are used to develop with their community, participative activities adapted to their contexts. These activities have reached 609 schoolchildren in the last six months, teaching them about irregular migration and the risks it entails. 

“Irregular migration should not be an option to get ahead, we should always try to follow our dreams but in a way, that we keep our physical, emotional and psychological integrity safe,” stated Aracely Acosta, one of the students who participated in a workshop at her school in El Salvador.   

These initiatives complement the efforts made by governments in Central America to promote regular, orderly and safe migration, which are also supported by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM), through the Mesoamerica Regional Migration Program, which aims to support governments in strengthening their migration management capacities. 

For more information contact Tatiana Chacón at the IOM Regional Office in San José, Tel:  +506 2212 5313, Email: tchacon@iom.int 

 

Language English Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 17:20Image: Region-Country: Costa RicaThemes: Capacity BuildingDefault: Multimedia: 

The baseline assessment conducted for the project showed that young people can mention at least one risk of irregular migration, but less than 20 per cent can identify trafficking in persons as such. Photo: IOM. 

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Nigeria Immigration Service, IOM Launch Border Management Information System at Largest Airport to Date

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:20

Abuja – Nigeria, like many countries, recognizes the economic, social and political benefits of international mobility. This week (12/11) the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) officially opened its new Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.  

The Abuja Airport is the second busiest airport in Nigeria, serving approximately five million passengers annually. The MIDAS system, developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), enables immigration and border officials to process travellers more rapidly and professionally, making their border-crossing experience safer and more humane.  

“MIDAS helps the Government of Nigeria to better understand mobility patterns through its statistical information and also ensure that those crossing Nigerian borders do not pose threats to national and international security,” explained Muhammad Babandede, NIS Comptroller General during the commissioning event at the airport.  

MIDAS also enables States to more effectively monitor those entering and exiting their territory by land, air and sea while providing a sound statistical basis for migration policy-related planning.  

To date, the project represents the largest deployment of MIDAS at any airport globally and it will be implemented in four other Nigerian airports welcoming travellers: in Lagos, Enugu, Kano and Port Harcourt. This marks a breakthrough for Nigeria which hopes to establish one of the world’s largest MIDAS data networks. 

“MIDAS improves the effectiveness and efficiency of Nigeria’s air border management by strengthening NIS’ ability to manage and facilitate cross border movements,” added Nicolai Ruge, Ambassador-at-large for Migration of the Government of Denmark.  

The project Enhancing Air Border Data Systems in Nigeria is supported by the Government of Denmark. MIDAS in Nigeria has been also supported by other donors including the Governments of Germany, Japan, Norway and Switzerland as well as the European Union. 

This nationwide system will enable real-time data synchronization between the airports and the NIS Headquarters in Nigeria’s capital to effectively monitor those entering and exiting through the country’s air borders. The system can also send automatic queries to INTERPOL databases and relevant watchlists in order to detect travel documents and individuals potentially linked to transnational organized crime, including human trafficking and migrant smuggling. 

“This is just the beginning. With support of the international community, we will continue investing in strengthening legal, technical and operational capacities of Nigerian authorities in the area of border management in line with international standards and good practices,” said Ivanka Spadina, IOM Senior Programme Manager. 

A set of standard training packages is also being delivered for the country’s immigration officers and government IT focal points as part of the MIDAS roll-out. IOM also promotes a responsible use of biometrics, in full respect of privacy and personal data protection laws and international standards. 

Developed and globally managed by IOM, MIDAS is a fully customizable Border Management Information System (BMIS) for States seeking a non-commercial, cost-effective and comprehensive solution.  

MIDAS has been designed to be compliant with international standards (ICAO and ISO) and is currently operational in over 20 countries globally.  

IOM also ensures that governments such as Nigeria have the full and exclusive ownership of any data recorded by MIDAS. 

For more information, please contact Ivanka Spadina, Email: ispadina@iom.int or Jorge Galindo, Email: jgalindo@iom.int at IOM Nigeria

Language English Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 17:17Image: Region-Country: NigeriaThemes: Integrated Border ManagementDefault: Multimedia: 

Abuja Airport is the second busiest airport in Nigeria, serving approximately 5 million passengers annually. Photo: Sascha Pimentel/IOM 2019 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 91,568 in 2019; Deaths Reach 1,091

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:17

Geneva – IOM reports that 91,568 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 13 November, roughly an 11 per cent decrease from the 103,347 arriving during the same period last year.  

Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 50,371 and 22,343, respectively, (72,714 combined) accounting for about 79 per cent of the regional total, with the balance arriving in much smaller numbers to Italy, Malta and Cyprus. Arrivals to Greece are running approximately 75 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are more than 50 per cent lower.  

Deaths recorded on the three main Mediterranean Sea routes through 13 November stand at 1,091 individuals – or about 52 per cent of the 2,117 deaths confirmed during the same period in 2018 (see chart below).  

These 1,091 deaths at sea include several documented only in recent days. IOM’s Missing Migrants Project reported this week that along the Western Mediterranean route, the body of a male Moroccan who died from drowning was recovered on 7 November between Al Hoceima and Chefchaouen, Morocco. The man’s remains were taken to Hospital Mohamed V in Chefchaouen in Morocco.  

The remains of an individual believed to be from North Africa were recovered on 8 November at the Port of Melilla, Spain. He is reported to have fallen from a cargo truck that was on a ferry. 

IOM Italy 

IOM Rome’s Flavio Di Giacomo cited official Ministry of Interior figures of 9,944 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea this year through 13 November, compared to 22,518 at this same time in 2018.  

IOM Libya has reported that through 31 October almost 8,300 migrants have been intercepted at sea and returned to Libya in 2019. 

IOM Greece 

IOM Greece’s Christine Nikolaidou reported on Thursday (14/11) that from Friday (08/11) up to date, the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) participated in at least 23 incidents requiring search and rescue operation off the islands of Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Kos, Symi, Leros, Farmakonisi and the port of Alexandroupoli. The HCG rescued a total of 718 migrants and transferred them to the respective ports. 

Those arrivals, plus others between 6 and 12 November, bring to 50,371 the total number of sea arrivals to Greece this year (see chart below).  

Missing Migrants Project 

2019 is the sixth year of IOM’s efforts to systematically record deaths on migration routes worldwide through its Missing Migrants Project. Since the beginning of 2014, the project has recorded the deaths of 33,984 people, including 2,822 in 2019 (see chart further below). 

Due to the challenges of collecting information about these people and the contexts of their deaths, the true number of lives lost during migration is likely much higher. Missing Migrants Project records should only be viewed as indicative of the risks associated with migration, rather than representative of the true number of deaths across time or geography. 

This week a dataset containing reports of migrant deaths was added to the Missing Migrants Project from the Mixed Migration Centre’s Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism (4mi) surveys in Asia. In total, 67 new incidents were recorded between April and August 2019, for a total of 193 newly recorded deaths during migration. Of these, 112 were reported in Southeast Asia; 75 in South Asia, and another six in North-eastern Europe.  

The information contained in 4mi’s surveys, which is difficult to verify, sheds light on the fact that many deaths during migration go unrecorded and unreported. Testimonies from even this relatively small sample indicate that people on the move across Eurasia face many risks to their life, including sickness and lack of access to medicine, starvation, dehydration, exposure, vehicle accents and violence. 

Migrant deaths in the Americas continue during what may be the deadliest year MMP has recorded in the past six years. In total, at least 634 people have lost their lives in the Americas in 2019, compared with the 517 that were recorded through this point in 2018.  

On the US-México border, skeletal remains of an unidentified individual, believed to be from Latin America were recovered from a ranch near the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint, Brooks County, Texas, USA on 12 November.  

Further south, the body of a 44-year-old man believed to be from Central America, was found on the train tracks near Estación Ochoa, municipality of Pánuco, Veracruz, México on 11 November. He is believed to have fallen from a train. Also, on the 12 November, the remains of two migrants from Cuba were recovered in Luis Gómez Cepeda, Tenosique, Tabasco, México. Both were murdered. They were believed to be a couple traveling together. One was pregnant.  

Missing Migrants Project data are compiled by IOM staff based at its Global Migration Data Analysis Centre 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.  

The report Fatal Journey Volume 4, published 28 June, includes an overview of five years of Missing Migrants Project data (2014-2018) and an update on what is known about deaths during migration in 2019.  

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, click here. Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project.  

See contacts here

Language English Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 17:08Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Press Release Type: Global
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Emergency Response Project for Displaced Communities in Niger Concludes Amid Deteriorating Security Situation

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:10

Niamey – This November, the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s emergency response project Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Affected Populations in Tillabéry, funded by the Government of Japan, came to an end. 

The nine-month project aimed to prevent the exacerbation of the already dire situation in the Tillabéry region by improving the living conditions of the crisis-affected population and increasing the communities’ resilience. 

The northern part of the region of Tillabéry in Niger has been severely impacted by the situation in neighbouring Mali, which has faced ongoing conflict and insecurity since 2012. 

This conflict has led to the displacement of more than 75,000 people, adding to the already existing refugee population of over 56,000 people in the regions of Tahoua and Tillabéry. 

Over 1,250 emergency shelters and 1,250 non-food item kits have been distributed to 6,500 vulnerable individuals. Prior to the delivery of the emergency shelters, trainings were organized for displaced communities on how to assemble the shelters.  

Since the beginning of the project in March 2019, the security situation in the region has continued to deteriorate with several attacks taking place in the region. Considering these incidents, the governor of Tillabéry suspended in May all movement to the region’s northern departments and stressed the need of military security escorts for any crucial movements in those areas. 

These measures taken by the regional authorities led to the suspension of all humanitarian activities in May by the United Nations Resident Coordinator (UN-RC). The measure was then lifted in June with alternative solutions to military escorts found, such as humanitarian corridors allowing humanitarian actors to operate in a secured perimeter. 

Before and during the implementation of the project, IOM worked closely with the Ministry of Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management (MAH) in Niger, the shelter and non-food item working group, Protection Cluster and local authorities, to determine the best course of action. 

To implement the project’s activities in the region of Tillabéry, IOM partnered with local NGO Développement Endogène Durable et Innovation (DEDI), one of the few associations still operating in the conflict-ridden region. 

“This project came at a crucial moment where no other organization had any access to these sites and these communities thought they had been forgotten,” said Edmond Soro, DEDI’s Director. “It has been challenging to implement this project because of the region’s inaccessibility, but it also been highly rewarding to be able to give these communities some hope for the future.” 

The insecurity in the region has also affected the displaced communities’ access to basic health facilities and assistance. Following discussions with the Health Cluster and local health authorities, one of the key components chosen for the project was to carry out health activities for close to 8,000 displaced people living on three different sites in the department of Abala.  

The department of Abala is currently the department with the highest number of displaced people in all of Tillabéry, hosting over 27,000 vulnerable displaced individuals. 

Through IOM’s partnership with NGO DEDI, more than 5,000 children have been vaccinated and over 500 women have benefitted from pre-natal consultations. An additional 500 women and girls have received menstrual kits along with awareness-raising sessions on menstrual hygiene. Malaria prevention outreach sessions were organized, and mosquito nets and medication were also distributed during the length of the project. 

Hadiza, 25, is one of the Nigeriens who fled the border region with Mal i and now lives on the site of Ikerfan in the department of Abala. Four hours prior to DEDI’s visit on the site, Hadiza had a miscarriage and was losing blood. DEDI and the accompanying local doctor treated her on site, and she managed to have a quick recovery. 

“This project has brought some much-needed relief to close to 15,000 people,” said Barbara Rijks, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Niger. “There is an urgent need for basic assistance for these remote communities. Given the continued displacements in the region, international humanitarian aid is still needed to support the needs of vulnerable communities,” she concluded. 

For more information, please contact Monica Chiriac at IOM Niger, Tel: +227 8931 8764, Email: mchiriac@iom.int  

Language English Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 16:10Image: Region-Country: NigerThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesDefault: Multimedia: 

Close to 15,000 displaced people have received assistance through the 9-month Japan-funded emergency response project in Tillabéry. Photo: IOM

Close to 15,000 displaced people have received assistance through the 9-month Japan-funded emergency response project in Tillabéry. Photo: IOM

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Statement by the Principals of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Network on Migration

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 10:08

New York – The Principals of the Executive Committee of the United Nations Network on Migration met yesterday (14/11) in New York to discuss United Nations system-wide assistance to Member States in their implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).  

There was strong agreement on the need to reinforce support for both the objectives and guiding principles of the GCM, which is rooted in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The Principals called for the roll-out of the Network workplan, at regional and country levels, to ensure that 2020 sees the acceleration of collective efforts to demonstrate the benefits of international cooperation on migration.  

The importance of effective UN support to the regional reviews of the GCM, scheduled for 2020 and as called for by the General Assembly, was also emphasized as they will inform the first International Migration Review Forum in 2022.  

The Principals further reiterated their commitment to joint advocacy on migration-related issues, with a view to highlighting how upholding the rights and well-being of migrants and their communities and building on best practice in accordance with internationally agreed standards, can strengthen migration governance for the benefit of all.  

Finally, the Principals of the Network urged strong donor support for the Migration Trust Fund as a visible means of demonstrating commitment to an inclusive framework of international cooperation on migration, and support for turning words into action.   

Since the Principals last met in May 2019, the Network has formally launched the Fund and received pledges to its initial capitalization.  The Principals and the Network Coordinator, as Chair of the Fund Steering Committee, IOM Director General António Vitorino, thanked all those who have to date pledged.  

The Network has also launched its first workplan to operationalize its support to Member States.  Since its inception, the Network has seen the establishment or revitalization of an increasing number of regional and country-level migration networks and working groups. These mechanisms will help Member States deliver results on the ground in achieving their GCM objectives, with joined up and coherent support from the UN and its partners.    

The UN Network on Migration was established by the UN Secretary-General to ensure coordinated UN system-wide support to States in implementing the GCM.  It comprises 38 entities of the UN system working collectively to support states in addressing their migration priorities, including as regards upholding the rights and well-being of migrants and their communities.   

The Network operates with an Executive Committee of eight UN entities giving overall guidance and setting priorities.  The Executive Committee includes ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNDESA, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC, with IOM as the Coordinator and Secretariat to the Network.  

For more information visit: http://migrationnetwork.un.org/ or email: unmignet@iom.int  

 

Language English Posted: Friday, November 15, 2019 - 17:00Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Global Compact on MigrationDefault: Multimedia: 

[L to R] Guy Ryder, ILO Director General, Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF, Craig Mokhiber, Chief, Development & Economic & Social Issues Branch (DESIB) Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR NY, António Vitorino, IOM Director General, Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Photo: IOM/2019 

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More than 20,000 People Displaced by Floods in Bangui, Central African Republic

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 16:32

Bangui – Heavy, unseasonable rains in Bangui, Central African Republic for the past three weeks continue to cause significant material damage, displacing at least 20,500 people and exposing to further danger a population that has weathered repeated cycles of violence since 2013. 

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Like most of the displaced, Beatrice and her five children are being hosted by nearby communities, in her case neighboring Maya-Maya district, which is also partially affected by the floods. Her home has been under water for weeks. 

“The situation is very difficult here,” she said. “The neighbors have sheltered us, but we lack everything, and we can’t sleep as there are too many mosquitoes due to the stagnant water. We have no income and our fields are completely flooded. We are afraid for the coming weeks.” 

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty. 

Several other parts of the country have suffered damage, the scale of which is only gradually being revealed. 

IOM has provided 1,000 emergency shelters to internally displaced people. IOM, together with the Central African Red Cross, is currently evaluating the needs of those displaced by the floods but it is clear the delivery of basic health, water, hygiene, emergency shelter and household items remains a priority. 

Last week, DTM carried multi-sector evaluations in the four affected districts of the capital, the majority of which have been partially flooded since rains began on 21 Oct.  The official number of people affected by the floods is expected to rise as the Red Cross, which oversees displacement site management planning, continues to register people living in displacement sites. 

UN agencies such as UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF have already mobilized aid while international NGOs offer support for water, hygiene, sanitation and health needs. 

The Displacement Tracking Matrix makes it possible to observe the movements of displaced persons, identify their main needs and make referrals for humanitarian assistance. IOM in the C entral Afican Republic plans to launch multi-sectoral needs assessments and a households evaluation. 

For more information, please contact Katia Diperi at IOM Central African Republic: Email: kdiperi@iom.int or Florence Kim at IOM Regional office in Dakar: Tel: +221 78 620 6213; Email: fkim@iom.int 

Language English Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 16:15Image: Region-Country: Central African RepublicThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsMigration and Climate ChangeDefault: Multimedia: 

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.  Photo: IOM/Léo Torreton

Christian Nzengue usually uses his pirogue to fish the Oubangui River. For the past three weeks he has been bailing out friends and neighbours in Maya Maya, as three weeks of unseasonable, heavy rains have turned the streets of Bangui, Central African Republic into canals.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

Data collected by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reveals close to 20,500 people forced from their homes by the severe weather are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and endemic poverty.

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Young Filmmakers from Spain, Mexico and Jordan Win Top Awards at PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival 2019

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 03:19

New York – Young filmmakers from Spain, Mexico and Jordan whose films covered the themes of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia won the top awards at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)’s 11th Awards Ceremony of the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, yesterday (13/11).

With filmmakers ranging in age from seven to 25, the PLURAL+ 2019 International Jury selected three videos for the top awards: Seeking Refuge (Spain) which follows the story of a young refugee girl as she tries to adapt to life in a new country; Tags (Mexico) which explores the issues of discrimination and pre-conceived notions; and We are Enough: A Message of Girl Empowerment (Jordan) which examines the expectations placed upon women and girls by society.

In addition, the IOM-UNAOC Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia went to the film Brazilian, But Not Soccer Player (Brazil) by Patrick Melo, which addresses with humour the issue of stereotypes against people from different cities, countries, and cultures.

This year, 25 videos out of a record 1,200+ submissions from almost 70 countries received awards. Young filmmakers came to New York from all corners of the world and had the opportunity to screen their films and say a few words to an audience of more than 200, which included Ambassadors, UN representatives, journalists, filmmakers, and youth. The remaining 21 finalists received awards from the many partner organizations of PLURAL+.

IOM Director General, António Vitorino, and the High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), Miguel Ángel Moratinos delivered opening remarks and presented awards to the young filmmakers.

IOM DG Vitorino said, “Today, we recognize two powerful forces — youth and film. Combined, they hold the power to bring about positive change, to shift divisive narratives, to promote peace and dialogue — put simply, to make a better world.”

He added, “The videos that we will screen today are evidence of the resilience of young people. These youth filmmakers have not allowed the negative narratives of migration — so popularized in contemporary media — to rob them of their empathy.”

For the past 11 years, Plural+ has received over than 3,000 video entries from more than 110 countries. Winning videos have been screened at festivals, in schools and at conferences, as well as streamed online and broadcast on television networks around the world. 

Watch webcast of the event here.

Watch PLURAL+2019 winning videos here.

View social media coverage on IOM NY and PLURAL+ Twitter accounts.

For more information, please contact Joseph Held at cjheld@iom.int and Rahma Gamil Soliman at rsoliman@iom.int

Language English Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 10:08Image: Region-Country: United States of AmericaThemes: Migration and YouthDefault: Multimedia: 

The PLURAL+ 2019 Award Winners who are fighting against all kinds of discrimination, with a camera in their hands, creativity in their minds and passion in their hearts. Photo: PLURAL+ 

IOM Director General, António Vitorino (2nd from right, front row) and UNAOC High Representative Miguel Ángel Moratinos (3rd from right, front row) with the PLURAL+ 2019 winners. Photo: UNAOC 2019

IOM Director General António Vitorino (r) and UNAOC High Representative Miguel Ángel Moratinos (l) during the screening of the winning videos. Photo: UNAOC/IOM 2019

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Joint IOM - UNHCR Press Release - USD 1.35 billion Needed to Help Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and Host Countries

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 09:12

Geneva, 13 November –The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) will today launch a USD 1.35 billion regional plan to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the communities hosting them. 

As of early November 2019, there were approximately 4.6 million refugees and migrants from Venezuela around the world. Nearly 80 per cent are in Latin American and Caribbean countries - with no prospect for return in the short to medium term. If current trends continue, 6.5 million Venezuelans could be outside the country by the end of 2020. 

The 2020 Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) being launched in the Colombian capital, Bogotá, is a coordination and a fundraising tool established and implemented by 137 organizations. These are working across the region, aiming to reach almost four million people - including Venezuelan refugees and migrants and host communities - in 17 countries. 

The 2020 RMRP is the result of a wide-ranging field-driven consultation process involving host governments, civil society and faith-based organizations, local communities and donors, as well as refugees and migrants themselves. 

The plan includes actions in nine key sectors: health; education; food security; integration; protection; nutrition; shelter; relief items and humanitarian transport; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). In addition to the emergency response, the 2020 RMRP puts a strong focus on ensuring the social and economic inclusion of refugees and migrants. 

“Only through a coordinated and harmonized approach will it be possible to effectively address the large-scale needs, which continue to increase and evolve as the current crisis deepens,” said Eduardo Stein, Joint UNHCR-IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants.  

“To this end, the RMRP appeal for 2020 is one of the key instruments to mobilize resources for more collective and concerted action.” 

“Despite many efforts and other initiatives, the dimension of the problem is greater than the current response capacity, so it is necessary that the international community doubles these efforts and contributions to help the countries and international organizations responding to the crisis,” Stein said. “More support to governments is needed, with a focus on development concerns in addition to immediate humanitarian needs.”  

The RMRP 2020 is the product of the Regional Interagency Coordination Platform, the coordination mechanism for the response to the Venezuelan refugee and migrant crisis, is co-led by UNHCR and IOM and involving a wide range of UN, NGO and civil society organizations.  

The RMRP 2020 plan will be available at 16:00 Bogotá time (22:00 CET) at the R4V.info portal

 

For more information contact: 

In Geneva: 

Paul Dillon, IOM (pdillon@iom.int) +41 79 636 9874 

Liz Throssell, UNHCR (throssel@unhcr.org) +41 79 3377591  

 

In Buenos Aires: 

Juliana Quintero, IOM (juquintero@iom.int +54 1132488134) 

 

In Panama:  

William Spindler, UNHCR (spindler@unhcr.org) +507 63827815 

Olga Sarrado, UNHCR (sarrado@unhcr.org) +507 6640 0185 

 

For background information please consult the Regional Inter-Agency Coordination Platform website

Language English Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 09:05Image: Region-Country: GlobalThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesDefault: Multimedia: 

Many Venezuelans traveling through the continent do so by foot. Caminantes, or walkers, trek along major highways and through difficult terrain. Many make this journey with just a light jacket, rubber flip flops and a small backpack with the most essential items they manage to carry. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM 

Approximately 4.6 million people have left Venezuela in recent years, leading to the largest displacement in Latin America and the Caribbean’s modern history. Growing numbers of people continue to leave Venezuela. Photo: Juliana Quintero/IOM 

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Joint Statement ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF - Child Labour and Human Trafficking Remain Important Concerns in Global Supply Chains

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 14:46

New information on child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains is revealed in a report compiled by the ILO, OECD, IOM and UNICEF – members of the Alliance 8.7 partnership on child labour, forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Geneva - A new report indicates that a significant share of child labour and human trafficking in global supply chains occurs at their lower tiers, in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, making due diligence, visibility and traceability challenging.  

The report, Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains, provides the first ever estimates of child labour and human trafficking in global supply chains.  

The estimated share of total child labour linked to production in global supply chains varies across regions: 

  • 26 per cent in Eastern and South-Eastern Asia. 
  • 22 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean.  
  • 12 per cent in Central and Southern Asia. 
  • 12 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa. 
  • 9 per cent in Northern Africa and Western Asia. 

“The goods and services we buy are composed of inputs from many countries around the world and are processed, assembled, packaged, transported and consumed across borders and markets,” said ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. “This report shows the urgent need for effective action to tackle the violations of core labour rights that are occurring in supply chains.”  

The report outlines several key areas in which governments and businesses can do more.  

It underscores the critical role of States in addressing gaps in statutory legislation, enforcement, and access to justice (which creates space for non-compliance) and in establishing a framework for responsible business conduct. It also examines how Governments can lead by example by integrating due diligence considerations into their own activities as procurers of goods and services, owners of enterprises and providers of credit and loans.  

Speaking at the Paris Peace Forum, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said “These findings, based on an OECD methodology that’s been applied in various economic and environmental contexts, underscore the need for governments to scale up and strengthen efforts to ensure that businesses respect human rights in their operations and across supply chains. Creating an enabling environment for RBC due diligence must be a key action for governments.” 

The report also outlines a broader preventive approach focused on root causes, including child and family deprivation, particularly in the upstream and outsourced segments of global supply chains operating in the informal economy, where risk is greatest. 

“These results make clear that efforts against human trafficking in global supply chains will be inadequate if they do not extend beyond immediate suppliers to include actors upstream engaged in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, and serving as inputs to other industries,” said IOM Director General Antonio Vitorino. 

For business, the report underscores the need for a comprehensive, whole-of-supply-chain approach to due diligence, involving the assessment, prevention and mitigation of negative human rights impacts, as well as legitimate channels for remediation in cases in which business has caused or contributed to adverse impacts.  

The estimates were generated by combining data on the estimated total number of children in child labour with data on trade flows and value chains within countries and across borders. The same exercise was carried out for human trafficking. 

“Child labour is a serious violation of child rights that has lifelong negative consequences for children’s physical, mental and social development. This report shows that multiple pressures, including poverty, violence and discrimination, increase a child’s vulnerability to child labour. With our partners we are therefore calling for holistic approach that tackles the root causes of child labour, provides access to quality education and strengthens child protection systems.” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. 

The report was compiled in response to a call by the Group of Twenty (G20) Labour and Employment Ministers to assess violations of core labour rights in global supply chains. It offers a unique interagency perspective on the causes of these human rights violations and on the priorities for governments, businesses and social partners in addressing them. The report was produced by the International Labour Organization (ILO), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN’s children’s agency UNICEF. 

The Alliance 8.7 report will be released globally as part of efforts to accelerate action towards the achievement of Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls on governments around the world to end child labour by 2025 and to put in place effective measures to end forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking by 2030. 

The corresponding methodology paper will be released shortly. 

The report is available at www.alliance87.org.  

For more information, please contact: 

International Labour Organization:
Please contact the ILO Department of Communication and Public Information at +4122/799-7912, newsroom@ilo.org 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD):
Please contact Juliet Lawal, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct at +33 1 45 24 97 40, Juliet.LAWAL@oecd.org 

International Organization for Migration:
Please contact Safa Msehli, Media and Communications Division at +41794035526, smsehli@iom.int  

UNICEF:
Please contact Sohini Roychowdhury at +41 22 909 5439, +41 79 533 5264, sroychowdhury@unicef.org 

 

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Report in English:  Ending child labour, forced labour and human trafficking in global supply chains

Rapport en français : Mettre fin au travail des enfants, au travail forcé et à la traite des êtres humains dans les chaînes d'approvisionnement mondiales

Informe en español: Erradicar el trabajo infantil, el trabajo forzoso y la trata de personas en las cadenas mundiales de suministro

 

 

 

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 14:11Image: Region-Country: GlobalThemes: Migration and YouthDefault: Multimedia: 

A new report indicates that a significant share of child labour and human trafficking in global supply chains occurs at their lower tiers, in activities such as raw material extraction and agriculture, making due diligence, visibility and traceability challenging

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Venezuelan, Dominican Musicians Strike Right Note for Inclusion, Integration

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:40

Santo Domingo – A charity musical gala held last week (06/11) by the Venezuelan-Dominican Chamber of Commerce and supported by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), was the perfect occasion to present the Dominican-Venezuelan Symphonic Orchestra and delight the public with a varied programme of classical music and folklore from both countries. 

“There are more than 90 orchestras made up of Venezuelan refugees and migrants around the world. The Dominican Republic had the musicians and talent to create ours,” explained Javier Abi Harb, director of the orchestra, minutes before it started its first performance. 

The orchestra has 50 musicians, 33 Venezuelan nationals and 17 Dominicans, mostly with extensive experience, but also with the participation of young beginners from different music schools in Santo Domingo. 

“The philosophy and methodology of the National System of Youth and Children's Orchestras and Choirs of Venezuela, where many of the musicians that make up this orchestra come from, is inclusion, integration. This orchestra is a sample of that. We have musicians of the most varied ages, origins, and experiences,” said Abi Harb, who was also responsible for the programme that thrilled the audience. 

From Puccini's Oh Mio Babbino Caro, performed by the soprano Paola Prado, to Juan Luis Guerra's La Bilirubina, the orchestra played during the musical gala, held for the benefit of the association dedicated to supporting children in vulnerable situations. 

“It is essential to support the activities of economic and social integration of Venezuelan migrants into Dominican society. No better way to do it than through culture and music,” said Josué Gastelbondo, acting IOM Head of Mission in the Dominican Republic. “This orchestra is an opportunity and an example of intercultural integration. We are pleased to contribute.” 

According to the Coordination Platform for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela, R4V, there are currently 30 thousand Venezuelan nationals residing in the Dominican Republic. Most of them have irregular immigration status, a situation that limits their access to opportunities for economic and labour integration. 

Through local organizations and NGOs, IOM has been supporting Venezuelans in vulnerable situations in the Dominican Republic since 2018, as part of the Response Plan for Refugees and Migrants from Venezuela. These initiatives are possible thanks to the financial support of the US State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM). 

For more information, please contact Zinnia Martínez at IOM Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 809 688 8174, Email: zmartinez@iom.int  ​

Language English Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 17:17Image: Region-Country: Dominican RepublicThemes: IOMDefault: Multimedia: 

A symphonic orchestra with musicians from Venezuela and the Dominican Republic made its debut on 6 November in Santo Domingo. Photo: IOM 

The Dominican-Venezuelan Symphonic Orchestra has 50 musicians – 33 Venezuelan nationals and 17 Dominicans. Photo: IOM 

Through local organizations and NGOs, IOM has been supporting Venezuelans in vulnerable situations in the Dominican Republic since 2018. Photo: IOM 

“This orchestra is an opportunity and an example of intercultural integration.” – Josué Gastelbondo, acting IOM Head of Mission in the Dominican Republic. Photo: IOM 

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IOM Ethiopia Rolls Out Community-Based Planning for Displacement Affected Communities in Somali Region

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:39

Jigjiga – Ethiopia recorded 3.04 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) by March 2019 due to ethnic conflict and environmental shocks over the past year, according to International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). 

Since April 2019, the Government of Ethiopia has rolled out a phased plan to return, relocate and integrate those displaced, resulting in tens of thousands of IDPs returning to their places of origin.   

Humanitarian partners, including IOM, are now scaling up use of the community-based planning (CBP) approach to support the government’s return initiative, and to strengthen sustainable return, recovery, and social integration.  

This approach encourages communities to form community-based structures that assist in identifying and prioritising their emergency and recovery needs.   

It also helps displacement affected and host communities, returnees, and other migrant groups to build social cohesion and peaceful coexistence.  

IOM mission in Ethiopia, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Peace, therefore, last week (4-7 November) organized and facilitated a five-day CBP Training of Trainers workshop in Jigjiga, in the Somali Region.  

The meeting was attended by 50 participants, who comprised government officials, support organizations, and community leaders at regional, zonal and Woreda (district) levels.   

The community leaders came from six identified Woredas in Jigjiga with a high number of communities affected by displacement. These are Adadle, Hudet, Moyale, Tuli Guled, Babile, and Erer.   

The training equipped participants with skills to introduce the CBP planning process in their respective Woredas, which will result in the community generating development priorities that they own.   

The workshop also established core facilitation teams (CFT), made up of people with demonstrable technical capacity to roll out the CBP process in the Woredas.   

The CBP approach empowers communities, including vulnerable socio-economic groups such as IDPs, to demand and actively participate in development interventions that are relevant to them.  

This inclusive approach is expected to empower communities to come up with a shared vision for sustainable development. The vision, in turn, generates goals, strategies and projects with clearly defined action plans for implementation.   

More importantly, CBP gives communities the capacity to use community-based monitoring and reflection methods, and accountability mechanisms.   

In his opening remarks, Muktar Husien, DRR and Recovery Director with the Disaster Risk Management Bureau (DRMB), stressed that the Woredas participating will benefit from the CBP process and this would set a good example, to be scaled up throughout the region and country.   

“The Somali Regional Government takes ownership and will fully institutionalize the community-based approach as a tool for the achievement of durable solutions for internally displaced populations in the region,” he added. 

The five-day workshop is part of the Durable Solutions for Internally Displaced People in Ethiopia project, funded by the Swiss Development Co-operation.   

For more information, contact David Coomber, at IOM Ethiopia, Email: dcoomber@iom.int or Eric Mazango, Email: emazango@iom.int ​

Language English Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 16:25Image: Region-Country: EthiopiaThemes: Disaster Risk ReductionDefault: Multimedia: 

Participants in group work discussing community trends and hazard mapping. Photo: IOM 

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Over 20,600 People Displaced by Floods in Bangui, Central African Republic, Hosted by Families

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:38

Bangui – Heavy rains falling in Bangui, Central African Republic, since 21 October, continue to cause significant material damage and make more vulnerable a population already affected by repeated cycles of violence since 2013. Such heavy rains are unusual in November. 

In Bangui, the country’s capital, the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’sDisplacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) estimates that 20,691 people, displaced by the severe weather, are now living in host families, adding pressure on a population already suffering from violence and poverty.  IOM, together with the Central African Red Cross, is currently evaluating the needs of those displaced  by the floods.

So far IOM has provided about 1,000 emergency shelters for internally displaced persons at affected sites during the emergency response phase. Nonetheless, addressing basic needs (health, water, hygiene, emergency shelter and household items) remains a priority. 

Last week, DTM carried multisector evaluations in the four affected districts of the capital,  with the majority of them being partially flooded for three weeks now.  The amount of people affected by the floods is expected to rise as the Central Africa Red Cross is currently registering people living in displacement sites.

“The situation is very difficult here. The neighbours have sheltered us, but we lack everything, and we can’t sleep as there are too many mosquitoes due to the stagnant water,” said Beatrice, mother of five whose house has been flooded for three weeks. Beatrice and her family found refuge in the neighbouring Maya-Maya district, which is also partially affected by the floods.  

“We have no income and arable fields are completely flooded. We are afraid for the coming weeks,” she added. 

The Central African Red Cross oversees site management planning. UN agencies such as UNHCR, WFP, WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF have already mobilised to aid affected communities while international NGOs offer support for water, hygiene, sanitation and health needs. 

However, the needs remain very critical: several other areas of the country have suffered damage, the scale of which is gradually being determined. 

The DTM makes it possible to observe the movements of displaced persons, identify their main needs and make referrals for humanitarian assistance. IOM in the Central African Republic plans to launch multisectoral needs assessments and household evaluations on sites.  

For more information, please contact Katia Di Peri at IOM Central African Republic, Email: kdiperi@iom.int  or Florence Kim at IOM Regional office in Dakar: Tel: +221 78 620 6213; Email: fkim@iom.int

Language English Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 09:00Image: Region-Country: Central African RepublicThemes: Internally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 

An estimated 20,000 people are displaced in Bangui, following heavy rain falls. Photo: IOM/Léo Torreton. 

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Water Systems Completed in Uganda Refugee Settlements with EU, CERF Support

Tue, 11/12/2019 - 09:38

Kampala — Refugees in Kyaka and Kyangwali settlements in Uganda and their nearby host communities are benefitting from two piped water systems that the International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently completed, thanks to a EUR 2 million (UGX 8.3 billion) humanitarian aid package from the European Union. 

This substantial EU funding was complemented by project funds from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).  

The two water systems were part of a one-year project aimed at strengthening the water and sanitation infrastructure for refugees and host communities in Uganda. Following the sudden increase in refugees fleeing into Uganda, there has been a growing strain on water and sanitation resources in Kyaka and Kyangwali refugee settlements. That has led to disease outbreaks, with IOM and its partners racing to meet the needs of the daily arrivals. 

In Kyangwali, IOM used the funds to construct a 25-kilometre pipe network, a 100,000-litre reservoir tank and 30 triple-faucet tap-stands. In Kyaka, the new water system, able to pump 42,000 litres per hour, is expected to serve more than 21,000 people – both refugees and Ugandan host population.  

The outgoing IOM Uganda Chief of Mission, Ali Abdi, hailed the contribution of the donors. “These water systems have again illustrated the decisive support of the European Union and CERF towards safeguarding and improving lives in refugee settlements in Uganda,” Abdi explained. “In both Kyaka and Kyangwali, the water systems remained on paper until the arrival of this funding from the European Union.” 

Speaking about the two systems, the European Union’s Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management, Christos Stylianides said: “Thanks to EU support, safe water will be brought to communities at Kyaka and Kyangwali. It will reduce over-reliance on the distribution of water by trucks, which is not a sustainable method. The challenge now is for communities and the aid organizations involved to work together for strong governance structures to ensure that these systems are maintained in an excellent state.” 

By ensuring that communities have better access to safe drinking water, preventing deadly water-borne diseases, this European Union and CERF funding has  not only constituted a life-saving intervention, but it will also help reduce the risk of gender-based violence against women and girls, who otherwise had to collect water at distant and congested water points. 

At the event to launch the water system in Kyangwali settlement, IOM’s Abdi was joined  by the UNHCR team leader, Paul Nsiela, and the Settlement Commandant (under the Office of the Prime Minister), Jolly Kebirungi. Also present were representatives of the International Aid Services (IAS). Commandant Kebirungi said that access to safe water has long been a huge challenge for the settlement, and the new water system would go a long way towards alleviating the situation.  

These new water systems are linked up to and complement already existing structures installed by other aid organizations in order to avoid duplication and make the best use of available resources.  

 

About EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid 

The European Union and its Member States is the world's leading donor of humanitarian aid. Relief assistance is an expression of European solidarity with people in need all around the world. It aims to save lives, prevent and alleviate human suffering, and safeguard the integrity and human dignity of populations affected by natural disasters and man-made crises.    

Through the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid Operations department, the European Union helps millions of victims of conflict and disasters every year. With headquarters in Brussels and a global network of field offices, the EU assists the most vulnerable people on the basis of humanitarian needs.  

About CERF 

CERF is one of the fastest and most effective ways to ensure that urgently needed humanitarian assistance reaches people caught up in crises. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 as the United Nations global emergency response fund, CERF enables humanitarian responders to deliver life-saving assistance whenever and wherever crises strike. 

As an essential enabler of global humanitarian action, CERF’s Rapid Response window allows country teams to kick-start relief efforts immediately in a coordinated and prioritized response when a new crisis emerges. CERF’s window for Underfunded Emergencies helps scale-up and sustain protracted relief operations to avoid critical gaps when no other funding is available. 

 

For more information and Media enquiries, please contact Richard M Kavuma at IOM Uganda, Tel: +256 312 263 210, Email: ugandapiu@iom.int    

Language English Posted: Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 16:30Image: Region-Country: UgandaThemes: ShelterDefault: Multimedia: 

A woman collects water from a new tap stand in Kyaka settlement. Photo: IOM 

IOM Uganda Chief of Mission Ali Abdi (left) is joined by Local Government and UNHCR officials to launch the Kyaka water system. Photo: IOM 

IOM staff talk to community members near an overhead reservoir outside Mukondo health centre in Kyaka settlement. Photo: IOM 

IOM Uganda WASH project manager Getachew Mekuria (left) explains the Kyangwali water system just outside the pump house. Photo: IOM  

Kyangwali Settlement Commandant Jolly Kebirungi (second from left) speaks to officials from UNHCR, IOM and IAS. Photo: IOM 

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Joint Statement IOM, UNHCR and UNICEF - 60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy alone need ongoing support through transition to adulthood – UN Agencies

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:38

Key challenges include discrimination, difficulty finding work, administrative bottlenecks and lack of legal information  

Rome – The estimated 60,000 young refugees and migrants who arrived in Italy as unaccompanied children between 2014 and 2018, and who have since turned 18, require ongoing support to ensure their successful transition into adulthood, said UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM in a new report published today.  

The report, At the crossroad: Unaccompanied and separated children in the transition to adulthood in Italy, highlights the ‘triple transition’ young refugees and migrants face when they turn 18 years old – from adolescence to adulthood, from living in one country to another, and through the emotional pain and trauma experienced when leaving home and during dangerous journeys.  

“The difference between a 17-year-old refugee or migrant who fled conflict or violence and an 18-year-old who has lived through the same traumatic experience is negligible,” said Anna Riatti, UNICEF Country Coordinator for the Migration Programme in Italy. “The potential loss of continuous support for tens of thousands of young people - due to an artificial, age-based distinction, - will put them at further risk of social isolation, violence, abuse and an uncertain future.”  

“Recognizing the complex nature of the children-adult distinction and acknowledging that persons coming of age have specific needs lies at the heart of this research,” said Roland Schilling, UNHCR Representative for Southern Europe.  “Having a clearer understanding of the factors that favour or hinder a positive transition from being a refugee child to becoming an independent, self-reliant and resilient adult will help states step up their efforts to protect not only refugee children, but also their successful transition to adulthood.”  

“The added value of this research is twofold: it highlights vulnerabilities and risks of unaccompanied and separated children during their transition to adulthood, and at the same time emphasizes their strengths, ability to take action and resilience, as well as their potential. Additionally, this research draws attention to the best practices to disseminate,” said Laurence Hart, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean. 

The new report outlines factors that hinder young refugees and migrants’ transition into adulthood. These include slow and complex procedures to obtain legal documents; discrimination and racism; difficulty in accessing education and training and finding work; overcoming emotional trauma as well as the risk of violence, particularly for girls.  

Factors supporting young refugees and migrants during this critical time in life include positive relationships with peers and guardians; access to school, vocational training and employment opportunities, as well as safe and adequate housing.    

In the report, the three UN Agencies provide key recommendations to Italian authorities and the European Commission:  

Recommendations to Italian Authorities 

  • Adopt an inter-sectorial national strategy to increase social inclusion for young refugees and migrants who have recently turned 18, as well a National Action Plan against racism, xenophobia and discrimination.   
  • Ensure the full implementation of Law no. 47/2017 on protection measures for UASC.  
  • Ensure young people have access to psycho-social support, health care, education, gender-based violence prevention and response, training and employment services.  
  • Provide information to young people on the dangers of getting involved in informal and illegal activities such as trafficking and sexual exploitation. 
  • Accelerate procedures to recognise foreign qualifications. 
  • Increase participation of young refugees and migrants in social and recreational activities. 

Recommendations to the European Commission 

  • Facilitate effective cooperation between Member States in assessing the best interests of every child, and in implementing family reunification procedures 
  • Establish a system to collect accurate data and information on current and former unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children to strengthen protection systems. 
  • Earmark resources under the upcoming EC Asylum and Migration Fund to strengthen and scale up the good practices identified in this report. 

Between 2014 and 2018, more than 70,000 unaccompanied and separated refugee and migrant children arrived in Italy by sea, 90 per cent of whom were between ages 15 and 17. It is estimated that at least 60,000 have turned 18 in the past five years.  

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Note to Editor 

At the crossroad. Unaccompanied and separated children in the transition to adulthood in Italy was commissioned by UNICEF, UNHCR and IOM. The research was carried out by the ISMU Foundation in collaboration with University of Roma Tre and University of Catania. The research focuses three regions of Italy that have received, or continue to receive, large numbers of young unaccompanied and separated refugees and migrants - Sicily, Lombardy and Latium. 
 
About ISMU Foundation - Initiatives and Studies on Multi-ethnicity 

ISMU Foundation is an independent research centre founded in 1993 promoting research and training activities on migration, integration and the ever-growing ethnic and cultural diversity of contemporary societies. www.ismu.org  @fondazioneismu @Fondazione_Ismu 

About IOM 
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading UN-related agency in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. 

Follow IOM on Twitter and Facebook. For more information about IOM, visit www.iom.int  

About UNHCR 
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We deliver life-saving assistance such as shelter, food and water, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality. 

For more information about UNHCR, visit https://www.unhcr.org/about-us.html 
 
About UNICEF 
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. 

Follow UNICEF Europe and Central Asia on Twitter and Facebook. 

For additional information, please contact: 

UNICEF Europe and Central Asia: Melanie Sharpe msharpe@unicef.org +41798347401 

IOM in Geneva: Safa Msehli smsehli@iom.int +41794035526 

UNHCR: Elizabeth Throssel, throssel@unhcr.org + 41793377591 

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“The difference between a 17-year-old refugee or migrant who fled conflict or violence and an 18-year-old who has lived through the same traumatic experience is negligible,” said Anna Riatti, UNICEF Country Coordinator for the Migration Programme in Italy.

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IOM Responding to South Sudan Floods Affecting 900,000 People

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:13

Juba – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has scaled up efforts to meet the needs of internally displaced people, refugees and host communities in response to devastating floods that have affected over 900,000 people in South Sudan.

“It was distressing to witness the level of destruction and suffering that the floods have caused,” IOM Chief of Mission in South Sudan, Jean-Philippe Chauzy said following a recent visit to flooded areas in Jonglei region.

“I spoke to one elderly displaced resident who had sought refuge in an overcrowded church standing on a small patch of dry ground in the middle of an insalubrious quagmire. She told me she cannot remember floods of this magnitude.”

More than three months of unprecedented rainfall has submerged entire communities resulting in the temporary mass displacement of people and the disruption of basic services. Thousands of homes and shelters have been destroyed, crops that sustain local livelihoods wiped out, and there are fears the contaminated water will spark an outbreak of disease.

Prior to the flooding, nearly two-thirds of the affected areas reported critical levels of malnutrition primarily affecting children and pregnant women.

On 26 October, the Government of South Sudan declared a state of emergency in 32 counties in Jonglei, Upper Nile, Warrap, Eastern Equatoria and Northern Bahr el Ghazal regions, a development that was commended by humanitarian partners in the country. 

Through an integrated and coordinated response to the ongoing crisis, IOM in support of the government, has:

  • Participated in the initial assessment missions in most affected locations and distributed aquatabs to 3,680 households.
  • Released Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), shelter and non-food items (S/NFIs) such as aquatabs, blankets, mosquito nets, tarpaulin sheets, rubber ropes, collapsible jerry cans, and water filter cloths to be distributed to an initial 1,500 households targeted in the heavily affected town of Pibor in Jonglei. In addition, IOM continues the prepositioning of supplies from the capital Juba and Rumbek to Bor in Jonglei to support the emergency flood response with the overall target of assisting 70,000 flood-affected households.
  • Supported six implementing partners to provide flood-related lifesaving relief to affected communities through the Rapid Response Fund (RRF).
  • Produced a set of maps providing geo-referenced analysis of more than 250 locations affected by the flooding.

IOM has also provided plastic sheeting, mosquito nets, blankets and sleeping mats to 16,711 flood affected population in the Abyei Administration Areas.

Despite concerted efforts by IOM and other humanitarian partners, assistance has not reached some communities due to impassable roads and flooded airstrips leading to increased unmet needs for vulnerable communities.

“Access constraints to some of the affected areas are putting pressure on the flood response,” said Chauzy.

“And while IOM continues to borrow against relief items meant for the dry season to respond to this emergency, there is need to replenish supplies that will be needed this coming year, especially given the anticipated long-term humanitarian needs as a result of the flooding.”

IOM’s emergency response to flood-affected populations in South Sudan and the Abyei Administration Area is supported by DFID, ECHO, OFDA and USAID.

 

The heavy rains have hit areas that were already facing high humanitarian needs. Across the 32 flooded counties, more than three million people were in need of assistance even before the rains. Sixty-three per cent of the flood-affected counties are classified as facing extreme levels of Acute Malnutrition Phase 4 (critical), mostly impacting children and new mothers. 

Critical needs include access to safe drinking water, anti-malarials and other basic drugs, and plastic sheets to be used as temporary shelters. The degradation or loss of crops and other sources of livelihoods, and an estimated 17,000 hectares of productive land affected by the flooding will cause longer-term humanitarian needs and reduce food security into 2020.

An additional USD 61.5 million, not budgeted within the current Humanitarian Response Plan for South Sudan, is needed to support those most in need of assistance, ensure protection of the most vulnerable and avert loss of life.

 

For more information contact, Liatile Putsoa at IOM South Sudan, Tel: +211912380104, Email: lputsoa@iom.int or Paul Dillon at IOM HQ Geneva, Tel: +41796369874, Email: pdillon@iom.int

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Flood waters have ruined rural, agrarian-base economies across the region, threatening livelihoods and raising the spectre of further serious food shortages in areas where acute malnutrition affects almost two-thirds of the population. 

Flood waters have ruined rural, agrarian-base economies across the region, threatening livelihoods and raising the spectre of further serious food shortages in areas where acute malnutrition affects almost two-thirds of the population.  

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IOM Welcomes First US Bound Refugees Resettled in FY 2020

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:12

Washington DC – More than 600 refugees landed in the United States this week, marking the first arrivals of US fiscal year 2020. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomed the refugees who come from a variety of countries.

“Resettlement can be one of the only solutions for the most vulnerable populations in search of protection,” said Michel Tonneau, IOM Global Programme Coordinator for the United States Refugee Admissions Program. “We are pleased to continue collaboration with partners to ensure that refugees are treated with dignity and can be safely resettled to the US.”

IOM works closely with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration to provide case processing support, pre-departure health assessments and cultural orientation, as well as transportation support for refugees.

A group of 25 Congolese refugees were the first to arrive on Tuesday morning at Washington Dulles International Airport before continuing to their final destinations. Due to ongoing violence, the families fled to neighbouring Rwanda where they remained in limbo for years.

Almost half of the refugees resettled in the US in fiscal year 2019 were from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Several others arriving this week are also Congolese.

Their resettlement journeys resemble the story told in  One Way Ticket, a feature film co-produced by IOM that follows two Congolese refugees travelling to their new homes in the US. As part of the Global Migration Film Festival, IOM will host screenings of this film in numerous countries from 28 November to 18 December.

“Films have the power to show audiences the different needs and perspectives of migrants and refugees,” said Amanda Nero, the festival’s director. “I hope this film sparks discussions around the long-lasting effects of forced migration and the challenges of resettlement.”

For more information, please contact Liz Lizama at IOM Washington, Tel: +1 202 716 8820, Email: elizama@iom.int

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IOM staff welcomed the first refugees resettled in the US for fiscal year 2020 on Tuesday (05/11) at Washington Dulles International Airport. (Credit: IOM/Omar Rachibi) 

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Over 40,000 Migrants Assisted with Voluntary Return and Reintegration from Niger Since 2015

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:12

Niamey – This month, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reached a milestone of 40,000 stranded migrants participating in IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme from Niger to their countries of origin.

IOM’s AVRR programme in Niger began five years ago to respond to the need for stranded migrants to return to their homelands in West Africa.

Since Niger’s May 2015 adoption of law N° 2015-36 criminalizing irregular migration, there has been a growing wave of requests for assistance to return by approximately 1,700 migrants assisted in 2015, 5,000 in 2016, 7,000 in 2017, and 16,000 in 2018. Close to 12,000 migrants participated in the AVRR programme between January and the end of September this year.

Most migrants registered in IOM’s six transit centres since 2015 are from West and Central Africa, mainly from Mali (24%), Guinea (23%), Senegal (9%) and Nigeria (5%). Forty-three percent of the migrants assisted were young males between 18-24 years of age.

Nevertheless, as one of the largest transit countries feeding the Central Mediterranean Route, this migration path has often led to mistreatment, exploitation or abuse during their journeys. Once stranded in Niger, migrants are often unable to pursue their journey northwards or to return to their country of origin on their own.
 
At IOM’s open and voluntary transit centres, stranded migrants receive direct assistance, including accommodation, water, food, access to medical care and aid in receiving travel documents. Psychosocial support, recreational activities and vocational trainings are also available.
 
This year, close to 65 per cent of the migrants assisted at IOM’s centres arrived without any identification or travel documents. The Government of Niger issues travel documents to migrants from countries who have no consular representation in Niger. Approximately 93 per cent of the migrants assisted at IOM’s transit centres in Niger reported that they did not plan to migrate again in the future.
 
In 2019 only, over 37,000 medical consultations were performed at IOM’s transit centres in Niger, with an average of 17 urgent medical cases per week.
 
These operations are organized in the frame of the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration and the Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism (MRRM), supported by the European Union.

“This programme offers migrants in distress a dignified return and some basic assistance to get back on their feet in their country of origin,” declared Barbara Rijks, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Niger. “We are thankful for the Government of Niger, consulates, embassies and governments in countries of origin, and IOM missions who all work together to support migrants on this journey.”

IOM also continues to sensitize migrants and community members on the risks of irregular migration and its alternatives. Close to 500,000 migrants and community members have been reached since 2015.

As Niger is a country of origin, transit and destination for migrants, IOM provides AVRR support for migrants stranded in Niger who wish to return to their country of origin, as well as for Nigerien migrants who wish to return to their community of origin in Niger.

MRRM is a comprehensive programme that aims to provide direct assistance to migrants in transit and carries out activities to promote viable alternatives to migration, to inform individuals about safe migration and to encourage activities that ensure that migrants can contribute to the economy in their country of origin.

For more information, please contact Monica Chiriac at IOM Niger, Tel: +227 8931 8764, Email: mchiriac@iom.intor Florence Kim at the IOM Regional Office for West and Central Africa at Tel: +221 78 620 62 13, Email: fkim@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 16:15Image: Region-Country: NigerThemes: Assisted Voluntary Return and ReintegrationDefault: Multimedia: 

Over 42,000 migrants have been assisted with voluntary return and reintegration from Niger since 2015. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac

Writing on a wall of IOM’s transit centre in Agadez where 42,000 migrants have been assisted with voluntary return and reintegration from Niger since 2015. Photo: IOM/Florence Kim 

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UNAOC, IOM Awards Ceremony to Celebrate Youth Filmmakers from Around the World

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:12

New York – The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced Friday (8 November) the annual Awards Ceremony of the Plural Plus Youth Video Festival (PLURAL+) will take place on Wednesday 13 November at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The goal of PLURAL+ is to ensure youth engagement in pressing social issues, both at local and global levels, by making their videos available through a variety of media platforms and distribution networks.

Since 2009, UNAOC and IOM annually have invited youth filmmakers from around the world to submit short videos exploring the topics of migration, diversity, social inclusion, and the prevention of xenophobia.

“There are 38 million migrants under the age of 20. For 11 years, PLURAL+ has given youth a global stage to lead dialogues around social inclusion, diversity and migration,” said IOM Director General António Vitorino. “The initiative is committed to empowering the voices of our future in combatting the harmful, anti-foreigner narratives found in some of today’s media.”

In 2019, PLURAL+ received a record number of entries – over 1,200 videos from nearly 70 countries. Twenty-five finalists, representing 18 countries, have been selected for PLURAL+ awards this year, including three International Jury Award winners and one winner for the Prevention of Xenophobia Award. Other finalists are receiving awards from the many partner organizations of PLURAL+.

“The success of PLURAL+ is a clear sign that young people around the world are hungry for opportunities to have their voices heard,” said the High Representative for UNAOC, Miguel Ángel Moratinos. “Today, more than ever, PLURAL+ is a critical platform for youth that allows them to express their views on the challenges facing our world.”

The PLURAL+ winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on 13 November, and they will have the opportunity to present their work and receive their awards from the members of the PLURAL+ International Jury.

High Representative Moratinos and DG Vitorino will attend the ceremony which will begin at 10 am, continuing until 1 pm in the ECOSOC Chamber.

To participate in the PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony, people are invited to RSVP at this address https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/rsvp/and to visit https://pluralplus.unaoc.org/ for more information.

For more information, please contact in New York, Rahma Gamil Soliman at the IOM Office to the United Nations, Tel:  +1 917 515 7454, Email: rsoliman@iom.int and Thibault Chareton at the UNAOC Office, Tel: +1 646 306 8780, Email: thibaultc@unops.org

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The winners of PLURAL+2018 award for age group 13-17 with the International Jury Member Marcia Mayer at the PLURAL+ 2018 awards ceremony and 10th year anniversary. United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: IOM/Avery White 2018 

The winners of PLURAL+2018 award for age group 13-17 with the International Jury Member Marcia Mayer at the PLURAL+ 2018 awards ceremony and 10th year anniversary. United Nations Headquarters in New York. Photo: IOM/Avery White 2018 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 89,997 in 2019; Deaths Reach 1,090

Fri, 11/08/2019 - 09:12

Geneva – IOM reports that 89,997 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through 6 November, roughly an 11 per cent decrease from the 101,185 arriving during the same period last year.

Arrivals this year to Greece and Spain are at 48,804 and 22,339, respectively, (71,143 combined) accounting for about 79 per cent of the regional total, with the balance arriving in much smaller numbers to Italy, Malta and Cyprus. Arrivals to Greece are running approximately 75 per cent ahead of 2018’s totals from this time. Arrivals to Spain are more than 50 per cent lower.

Deaths recorded on the three main Mediterranean Sea routes through 5 November stand at 1,090 individuals – or about 52 per cent of the 2,098 deaths confirmed during the same period in 2018 (see chart below).

These 1,090 deaths at sea include several documented only in recent days.

In the Central Mediterranean, some 88 survivors rescued by the NGO Sea-Eye’s ship Alan Kurdi on 26 October disembarked in Taranto, Italy on 3 November, after a week at sea. Survivors reported to IOM staff present at disembarkation that when the ship was threatened by an unknown Libyan vessel, which fired warning shots while the rescue operation took place, several people on board got scared and jumped into the water. A boy from Ghana is reported missing.

Also, in the Central Mediterranean, the remains of two people, believed to be from North Africa, were recovered on 31 October from a boat found adrift off the coast of Tertenia, Sardinia, Italy. The remains were transferred to the morgue of Lanusei hospital.

IOM Italy
IOM Rome’s Flavio Di Giacomo cited official Ministry of Interior figures of 9,944 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea this year through 30 October, compared to 22,232 at this same time in 2018. IOM Libya has reported that through 31 October almost 8,300 migrants have been intercepted at sea and returned to Libya in 2019.

IOM Spain
IOM Spain’s Ana Dodevska reported on Thursday sea arrivals to Spain, through 3 November have reached 22,339 compared to 49,254 at this time last year. While monthly arrivals to Spain are lower this year overall, fatalities on the Western Mediterranean route remain high – with 324 deaths reported through ten months of this year, compared to 675 at this time in 2018.

IOM Greece
IOM Greece’s Christine Nikolaidou reported on Thursday (07/11) that from Friday (01/11) up to date, the Hellenic Coast Guard (HCG) participated in at least 13 incidents requiring search and rescue operations off the islands of Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Kos, Kalymnos, Farmakonisi, Symi, Samothrace, Megisti and the port of Alexandroupoli. The HCG rescued a total of 346 migrants and transferred them to the respective ports.

Those arrivals, plus others between 30 October and 5 November, bring to 48,804 the total number of sea arrivals to Greece this year (see chart below).

Missing Migrants Project
2019 is the sixth year of IOM’s efforts to systematically record deaths on migration routes worldwide through its Missing Migrants Project. Since the beginning of 2014, the project has recorded the deaths of 33,775 people, including 2,613 in 2019 (see chart below).

Due to the challenges of collecting information about these people and the contexts of their deaths, the true number of lives lost during migration is likely much higher. Missing Migrants Project records should only be viewed as indicative of the risks associated with migration, rather than representative of the true number of deaths across time or geography.

In addition to the Mediterranean, sea crossings from the north-western coast of Africa to the Canary Islands (the so-called ‘Western Africa route’ to Europe) was the scene of at least one shipwreck in the early hours of Wednesday (6 November). A boat overturned in a rocky area near the municipality of Teguise, in the island of Lanzarote. Four of its occupants were able to reach the beach, where they received emergency medical assistance from a Red Cross team. Those survivors reported that there were 15 people on board. Salvamento Marítimo, Spain’s public rescue service launched a-rescue operation, during which the remains of four people were found that same Wednesday (6 November), while five more bodies were retrieved on Thursday, (7 November). Two people are believed to be missing.

This tragic incident took place just a few days after another shipwreck was documented on this route. On 29 October, an oil tanker rescued 29 people from a cayuco sailing 607km south of Gran Canaria, as well as the remains of four people. 

According to testimony from survivors of that craft, a fifth person went missing at sea.

In 2019, 93 people have reportedly lost their lives on this route, more than double the 43 deaths recorded in all of 2018.

Migrating by irregular means not only to, but also within, the European continent remains dangerous for people on the move. Recently (31 October) Slovenian authorities discovered remains of two men in the Kolpa/Kupa river, near the municipality of Vukovci, Slovenia. Authorities believed they drowned while trying to enter Slovenia from Croatia. A few days later, a young man was killed in a car crash in the Egnatia Odos highway in northern Greece, near Thessaloniki.

In 2019, IOM has documented 100 deaths during migration on the European continent, a slight increase over the 98 deaths documented in the same period of 2018.

Migrant Deaths in the Americas continue during what may be the deadliest year MMP has recorded in the past six years. In total, at least 629 people have lost their lives in the Americas in 2019, compared with 515 recorded through this point in 2018.

On the US-Mexico border, two migrants recently drowned while attempting to cross the Río Bravo into Texas from Tamaulipas: on 31 October, Mexican civil protection authorities found the remains of a man near Matamoros, while a few days later, on 4 November, the body of another man was found near Ciudad Miguel Alemán. In 2019, at least 107 people have drowned in the Río Bravo, including 90 men, nine women and eight children.

In the Caribbean, three people drowned while trying to cross the Massacre river from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. The remains of two Haitian men were recovered near the municipality of La Vigía, Dajabón on 31 October, while a four-year-old girl who was travelling with them is still missing.
 
Missing Migrants Project data are compiled by IOM staff based at its Global Migration Data Analysis Centre 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.

The report Fatal Journey Volume 4, published 28 June, includes an overview of five years of Missing Migrants Project data (2014-2018) and an update on what is known about deaths during migration in 2019.

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, click here. Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project.
See contacts here.

Language English Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 16:05Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: IOMDefault: Press Release Type: Global
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