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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 73,189 in 2017; 1,808 Deaths.

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:29
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Switzerland - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 73,189 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 11 June, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 211,433 arrivals across the region through 11 June 2016.

IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported that since Friday, when IOM last released figures, over 3,000 migrants and refugees have been rescued between Europe and the North African coast, numbers that are not reflected in the official numbers shared by Italian authorities as not all those men, women and children have arrived in port.

Di Giacomo said on Monday that over the weekend, 2,942 migrants were rescued by the joint efforts of NGOs and Italian and international military ships. He added that on Monday a Swedish ship operating under Operation Triton rescued 356 migrants at sea from three dinghies and brought them to Catania. The 79 survivors on one of them had partially sunk and at least 61 migrants who had been on board remain missing at sea. Eight bodies (two men and six women) were also recovered from that same dinghy. At least one other victim was reported in a separate incident, whose remains were brought to Palermo.

IOM Rome also reported the breakdown of main arrivals to Italy by nationality through the end of May (see chart below). Nigerians (9,286 men, women and children) comprised the number one nationality – as they had a year ago – with Bangladeshis (7,106) in second place. The next eight countries were: Guinea (5,960), Cote d’Ivoire (5,657), the Gambia (4,011), Senegal (3,935), Morocco (3,327), Mali (3,150), Eritrea (2,344) and Sudan (2,327).

The arrivals from Eritrea, Sudan, and the Gambia are down from 2016 – even though overall arrivals to Italy by sea have risen – while those from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, Mali and Guinea are all up. In the case of Bangladesh, the increase is from 20 recorded arrivals at this point in 2016 to over 7,000 this year. Through all of 2016, just over 8,000 Bangladeshis made this same journey to Italy from Africa – a level nearly reached this year after only five months.

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported that a Bangladeshi man was among the individuals rescued off Libya last Friday (9 June) when 380 migrants (347 men, 30 women, three children) in three rubber boats were discovered at sea off Azzawya, Libya. During the rescue mission, an armed conflict between the smugglers and the Libyan Coast Guard led to the death of the Bangladeshi migrant and the injury of two other migrants as well as one member of the Libyan Coast Guard.

IOM’s Petré further reported that on Saturday (10 June), 438 migrants (66 women, 368 men and four children) were rescued at sea from four boats off Sabratha by the Libyan Coast Guard. She said four Libyan men were among the migrants. Also in the afternoon of 10 June, eight bodies (all men) were recovered in a boat drifting to shore near Garaboli, east of Tripoli, by the Libyan Red Crescent. IOM is investigating whether other passengers on that boat – possibly as many as 120 – may have drowned. 

This morning IOM Libya reported that on Monday the remains of two African men were retrieved from the fishing nets of local fishermen in Garaboli, east of Tripoli.
IOM Libya reports the total number of rescued migrants off the Libya coast so far in 2017 is 9,111, with the remains of 246 migrants recovered. 

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 2,524 fatalities through 11 June (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – over 70 per cent of the global total.

In recent days MMP researchers have recorded the following incidents: 70 deaths in the Central Mediterranean since Friday (among them, 61 missing, nine bodies taken to Italy); two bodies recovered off the coast of Almeria, Spain (Western Mediterranean), and one death due to a train accident near Tattenhausen, Germany. MMP also added the death of one man found alongside train tracks near the city of Tres Valles in Mexico’s coastal state of Veracruz.

Tres Valles was also the site of the discovery last October of more than 60 migrants found abandoned in the cargo container of a truck. Six men – from Guatemala and Ecuador – were reported to have died in that incident. The latest victim, identified as Juan Carlos González of Guatemala, suffered massive head wounds.

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit:
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at:
For further information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email:
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email:
Kelly Namia at IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email:
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email:
Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email:


Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 16:17Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: 
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UN Migration Agency Raises Awareness of Forced Migration at Seoul Event

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 06:46

Republic of Korea - IOM in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Korea Telecom (KT) have hosted a promotional event: “Moving Stories: Migrants” at the KT Olleh Square auditorium in Seoul.

The (9/6) event, which was open to the public, was attended by over 250 mainly young people. It aimed to raise Korean public awareness of forced migration and to present IOM’s global efforts to address complex migration issues.

IOM ROK Head of Office Miah Park said: “Moving Stories is an opportunity to narrate the lives of often neglected populations, unpacking the realities behind the reported statistics. We hope this occasion will be a turning point for Koreans and migrants in Korea to realize that we all have a part to play in addressing this issue, especially as we try to build open, inclusive and just societies for everyone.”

Conducted in a talk show format, the evening event featured IOM media and communications experts who shared their experiences from Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and other scenes of forced displacement triggered by conflict or natural disasters.  

IOM Spokesperson for Asia and the Pacific Chris Lom provided an overview of forced migration, which affects over 65 million people worldwide. IOM Indonesia Media Officer Paul Dillon described an operation to free over 2,000 victims of human trafficking from fishing boats operating in Indonesian waters. Photographer Muse Mohammed presented a dazzling selection of his work from displacement hotspots around the world.

IOM ROK and KT also showcased their “Digital Island” project – an initiative that is using information technology to bring development and population stabilization to Bangladesh’s remote and impoverished Maheshkhali Island.

“By sharing stories from people on the move, we hope that our audience can put faces and stories to the numbers we hear on the news and start to care and act,” Park added.

IOM has been raising public awareness of migration in Korea since December 2015, when it collaborated with renowned Korean sculptor Yi Hwan-Kwon to mark International Migrants Day.

For further information please contact IOM ROK. Miah Park, Tel: +82 70 4820 2781, Email: Or Jumi Kim, Tel: +82 70 4820 2324, Email:

Language English Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 16:15Image: Region-Country: Republic of KoreaThemes: Counter-TraffickingInternally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 

Moving Stories official poster. Photo: IOM

IOM ROK Head of Office Miah Park and panelists answer questions at the Moving Stories event. Photo: IOM / Jumi Kim.

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UN Migration Agency Joins Civil Society and UN Initiative Calling for Global Compacts to Protect Migrant Children

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 20:44
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Germany - With intergovernmental discussions leading up to the Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees currently taking place, all parties must work together to address the needs of migrant children consistent with their human rights.

Today (12/06), at the Global Conference on Children on the Move, in Berlin, Germany, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) joined more than 20 UN and civil society organizations to unite around the rights of children, especially children on the move. The conference with more than 250 participants from States, civil society, academia, UN agencies, private sector and individual experts aims to ensure that both Global Compacts – on migrants and on refugees - take into account children’s priorities and concerns.

“Every day at the UN Migration Agency, we work with migrant children. Some have been compelled to move accompanied by relatives or guardians or on their own due to conflict, disasters, fear and despair. Other children migrate in search of better socio-educational opportunities and ultimately to pursue their own development and that of the society they live in,” said William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General, when discussing the preparations for the Conference.

“We want to ensure that child migration is always in the best interests of the child and that when it is not, sustainable solutions are found for children and their families both at home or in a new home elsewhere. These solutions should ensure that children are not left behind and that they are not exploited or even worse: trafficked. All migrant children are entitled to care and protection regardless of their migratory status,” concluded Ambassador Swing.

Different factors contribute to migrant children’s situations of vulnerability, including their age, risk factors at individual, household, community and structural levels, the reasons why they have migrated, and the conditions they face during travel, transit, and at destination.

IOM will continue to strive for migrant children’s wellbeing and best interests across the wide spectrum of activities the Organization is pursuing in support to all Governments, who are ultimately responsible for their protection. IOM values this inclusive partnership and its goals especially as the consultations progress for the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration - a major global process, to which IOM is extending technical and policy expertise as requested by UN Member States.

For further information, please contact Olivia Headon at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 22 717 94 35, Email:

Posted: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 02:40Image: Region-Country: GermanyDefault: 
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UN Migration Agency Appeals for USD 60 Million to Aid Victims of East Africa’s Worst Drought in Decades

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:59

Kenya - The East and Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought the region has seen in decades. Since 2016, repeated failed rains have led to severe food insecurity and to increasing numbers of internal and cross border displacement.

The number of people in dire need of humanitarian intervention in the region continues to grow, estimated at 16 million people in May 2017. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is appealing to the international community for USD 60,655,000 to help displaced people and the communities hosting them in four of the worst affected countries; Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia. The full appeal can be found here.

Impacts of this severe drought include food and water shortage, health and nutrition deterioration, significant livestock deaths and crop production losses. The drought is affecting the region’s main source of water – the river basins. Over the past six months, severe drought conditions have contributed to the displacement of more than 700,000 people within Somalia. While in Ethiopia, 316,128 have been newly displaced since the beginning of 2017 and over 41,000 in Kenya due to the impact of the drought.

In addition to this, the drought has also triggered cross border movements, particularly between Somalia–Ethiopia and Somalia–Kenya. Due to increased access to beneficiaries and an early response, the numbers of cross border displacements, so far, have been less than in 2011, when the last severe drought occurred. However, cross border movements may increase if humanitarian support is not sustained, especially considering expected below-average rainfall.

Through this appeal, IOM intends to target six million drought-affected individuals from April to December 2017 across Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Djibouti with a combination of lifesaving and early recovery interventions. IOM’s response will provide immediate humanitarian aid, as well as solutions and long-term recovery options to people in each of these four countries, building their capacity to recover.

"Although the impressive efforts from communities, Governments and international actors have so far managed to prevent the current drought escalating to famine, we are still in the midst of a major life-saving intervention and there is need for sustained funding and international support to mitigate what could still deteriorate," said Jeffrey Labovitz, IOM Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa. 

"In the coming months, we are likely to see many more needing humanitarian aid and being displaced, due to the poor rains. In the long run, the need to address root causes and scale up prevention mechanisms will be imperative to support affected communities to fully recover," added Labovitz.

Preventing and addressing the root causes of forced migration is as pressing as immediate humanitarian support. IOM will aim to ensure that the affected communities are able to participate in crafting interventions that mitigate the mid- and longer-term consequences of this drought, with the security that their current pressing needs are being met.

This appeal aims to provide services within the sectors of Shelter/Non-food Items (NFI), Protection, Food Security and Livelihoods, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Health, Early Recovery, Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM), and Flow Monitoring and Displacement Tracking. Interventions will include direct service provision, as well as capacity building of local and national responders.

For further information, please contact Salvatore Sortino at IOM’s Regional Office for East and Horn of Africa in Nairobi, Tel: +254700638444, Email:


Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:54Image: Region-Country: KenyaThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigration and Climate ChangeMigration and EnvironmentDefault: Multimedia: 

Nasibo, 6, sits in an abandoned safe space for children in Doolow, Somalia. Photo: IOM / Muse Mohammed

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IOM, Sheffield Hallam University Launch Global Security App

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:47

United Kingdom - Sheffield Hallam University and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) have launched a mobile phone app designed to enhance the safety and security of IOM staff, while deployed in the world’s most challenging and dangerous environments.

The team at the University's Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) have worked with IOM to develop the security-focused situational awareness dashboard and app.

The project, called SCAAN (Security Communications and Analysis Network), is designed to enhance the safety and security of IOM's field staff, while keeping them up to date during crises and emergencies. The dashboard also allows staff members to report problems to IOM’s 24/7 security team in Manila and get an instant response. The SCAAN app and dashboard uses GPS, direct messaging, calls and reporting features to provide urgent assistance to IOM field staff working in inhospitable and dangerous parts of the world.

“The security of our 10,000+ staff in over 150 countries is of paramount importance and remains a priority for me and the Organization,” said William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General.

“With security challenges increasing worldwide, the safety of staff working in hostile conditions is essential,” said William Wairoa-Harrison, IOM Global Head of Security. “Working with CENTRIC in developing this state of the art tool means that any staff member facing danger can instantly alert us with detailed information enabling a rapid response.”

"The SCAAN dashboard and app is advancing from development, testing and piloting and is currently being rolled out as a pre-release globally to relevant IOM field staff,” said Tony Day, CENTRIC’s lead developer on SCAAN.

"It is vital for IOM staff to have timely and accurate information on emerging situations locally and globally, as well as to ensure that they are accounted for wherever they may be. With SCAAN, they will be able to instantly share details with IOM on their location, their safety and relevant updates from the ground,” he continued. "The aim is to eventually roll this out to other areas of the United Nations and their partners."

SCAAN was launched at the event at the University by William Wairoa-Harrison, IOM's Global Head of Staff Security, Amy Rhoades, IOM Community Engagement Programme Manager, and Professor Babak Akhgar, Director of CENTRIC.

About Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the largest universities in the UK, with more than 31,500 students. As one of the UK's most progressive universities, providing opportunity through widening participation is at the heart of the University. Ninety-six per cent of its young full-time undergraduate UK students are from state schools/colleges and 41 per cent are from low income backgrounds. Sheffield Hallam’s research is characterised by a focus on real world impact – addressing the cultural, economic and social challenges facing society today. Sixty-five per cent of its research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework.

For further information, please contact:

Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office, Tel: 0114 225 2811, Email

Amy Rhoades at IOM HQ, Tel: +41227179948, Email:


Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:40Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: IOMDefault: Multimedia: 
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IOM Provides Emergency Transport to Somali Refugees in Ethiopia

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:38

Ethiopia - This week, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) assisted 80 newly arrived Somali refugees with emergency transportation from the Ethiopia-Somalia border entry point to Kobe refugee camp in Dolo Ado, in the Somali region of Ethiopia. This latest assistance brings the total number of Somali refugees helped in the border region to 5,397 thus far in 2017. Over 50 per cent of the new arrivals are female while over 90 per cent are under the age of 18.

The latest movement is part of IOM’s emergency transportation assistance provided to newly arriving refugees across Ethiopia, including Somali, South Sudanese and Eritrean nationals. Since September 2016, over 95,000 refugees have been assisted with safe and dignified emergency transport in the Somali, Gambella and Tigray Regions of Ethiopia.

In addition to the severe drought impacting Somalia, the continuing conflict in the country contributed to a surge in new refugee arrivals to Ethiopia in 2017.

Some 2,855 individuals arrived in January alone, with arrivals surpassing the 2017 planning figure of 3,000 individuals by mid-February.

While new arrivals have declined since March, humanitarian agencies anticipate a likely increase in new arrivals during the coming months, given the forecast of significantly below-average April to June rains and the ongoing conflict in Somalia.

Sixty-year-old Kula Ali arrived on the Ethiopian border with his wife and seven children. “We left Somalia and crossed the border because of the drought,” he explained. “It took us two days by minibus to get to the border. We had to pay a big amount and the vehicle was full of people and we only brought a small amount of food and water with us,” Kula Ali said of the exhausting journey.

IOM’s transportation and relocation assistance ensures refugees can access life-saving services in the camps including food, WASH, health, and protection assistance. IOM, in coordination with ARRA, UNHCR and humanitarian partners, is engaged in logistical planning on routing, safety, security, and ensuring the protection needs of refugees are considered during transport. Prior to travel, IOM conducts pre-departure medical screening (PDMS) to ensure refugees are fit for the journey to the camps.

Medical escort assistance is provided to pregnant/lactating women, unaccompanied children, people with disabilities, the elderly and those with chronic medical conditions.

Joséph Nyangaga, IOM Dolo Ado Sub-Office Head, stated that “IOM is scaling up its efforts alongside the drought-stricken Ethiopia-Somalia border to continue transporting Somali refugees in a safe and humane way to refugee camps, where they are provided with lifesaving services.” 

“Little Sun” Solar Lamps Bring Light and Smiles to Women and Girls in Ethiopia

“It looks like a flower, I like it!” smiled Kaira, 16, a student and one of the vulnerable displaced girls who benefitted from IOM Ethiopia’s distribution of dignity kits. The kits include the solar powered Little Sun lamp.

In coordination with the Government of Ethiopia’s Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Bureau (DPPB) and with funding from ECHO, IOM provided a dignity kit and Little Sun solar lamp to 1,265 internally displaced women and girls, aged 15 to 49 years old in the Somali Region of Ethiopia.

The dignity kits complemented 1,000 Emergency Shelter/Non-Food Item (ES/NFI) kits, provided to the families of the women and girls in drought-induced displacement sites in Dolo Ado.

According to data from IOM’s April Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Report, over 60,000 households are displaced across Ethiopia due to the drought currently impacting Ethiopia and countries across the region. The Somali Region of Ethiopia is experiencing the largest impact of the drought and hosts 75 per cent of all households internally displaced due to drought.

On the border with Somalia, Dolo Ado faces not only the humanitarian challenge of internal drought displacement, but also the strain that its five refugee camps put on resources in the area.

Halima, 20 years old, a mother of three and recipient of a dignity kit, explained that her family left their home following the death of all their goats.

Women often carry only items which are deemed essential to the family during displacement, leaving behind personal articles such as clothing and sanitary items. “We walked for three hours and I left all my belongings,” she recalled.

Lack of personal and hygienic items impact the dignity and respect women receive within the community. Dignity kits are provided alongside ES/NFI and include underwear, reusable sanitary pads, body soap, head scarves, and clothing in addition to the new Little Sun solar lamp. The kits are culturally appropriate and hygienic for use by girls and women of reproductive age.

Internally displaced person (IDP) sites in Ethiopia are often informal settlements characterized by makeshift shelters with inadequate lighting.

Halima explained: “There is no light at night, and I use a torch to carry out my household chores such as washing clothes and cooking food.”

Internally displaced women and girls can be highly vulnerable, and protection issues are a primary concern in displacement sites. Through the partnership with Little Sun GmBH, IOM’s provision of solar lamps will equip displaced women and girls with safe, sustainable and clean lighting solutions to improve their day to day activities and have a positive impact on their lives. The lamps also limit the exposure to hazardous forms of lighting such as candles, firewood and kerosene lamps, thereby reducing fire risks and negative health consequences.

The donation of solar lamps was made possible through IOM Ethiopia’s partnership with Little Sun GmBH – a social business enterprise which designed and produced the lamps and supported the project with corporate social funding.

“This will help me study at night and will replace firewood, which is what I normally use to light the books I use for school,” Kaira enthused. “I will read my biology book tonight – I want to be a doctor when I grow up.”

IOM’s transportation service for refugees in Ethiopia is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

For further information, please contact Joséph Nyangaga, IOM Dollo Ado, Tel: +251 92 7 167 626, Email:


Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:28Image: Region-Country: EthiopiaThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMigration and EnvironmentDefault: Multimedia: 
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IOM, Latin American Parliament Discuss Global Compact on Migration

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:28

Panama - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) are holding a High Level Parliamentary Dialogue on Migration in Latin America and the Caribbean today (09/06). The topic of the discussion is Realities and Commitments towards Global Compact.

This discussion is the main event of the Palatino XXXIII General Assembly in Panama City with the main purpose of the meeting being to promote a discussion about the status and the development of a Global Compact for safe, orderly and regular migration, as well as to encourage parliamentary action on this topic. Additionally, a regional document will be formulated as input to establish the global compact.

Some 200 delegates are expected to attend, including Clarissa Azkoul, IOM Deputy Chief of Staff, and Kailash Satyarthi, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate in 2014.

The regional dialogue on migration will bring together six panels, plenary sessions, and interactive round-tables, discussing topics such as the human rights of migrants, the impact of regular and irregular migration, international cooperation, global governance of migration and smuggling of migrants, and human trafficking. Other concerns to be addressed include the contributions of migrants and the diaspora to sustainable development, and migration due to climate change or armed conflict. 

Azkoul congratulated the members of Parlatino, in particular Blanca Alcalá, Mexican Senator and President of Parlatino, for leading the proposal to dedicate the General Assembly to migration and its global compact.

“The importance of involving Parliaments to the discussions and to the formulation of concrete proposals for the global compact is indisputable,” said Azkoul. “IOM extend their congratulations for this initiative and I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our will to build a long-term shared agenda with Parlatino.”

The Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, which was approved on 19 September 2016 in New York within the framework of the 70th first session of the United Nations, set in motion a process of intergovernmental consultations and negotiations, culminating in the planned adoption of the global compact for migration on the occasion of an intergovernmental conference on international migration that will take place in 2018.

For further information, please contact Jorge Gallo at IOM San José Regional Office. Tel: +506 2212-53-52, Email:


Language English Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:21Image: Region-Country: PanamaThemes: Capacity BuildingGlobal Compact on MigrationDefault: Multimedia: 
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IOM-DTM Workshop Strengthens Humanitarian Response to Gender-based Violence for IDPs in Iraq

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:20
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Iraq - In response to the need to address and mitigate the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) for displaced Iraqis, IOM and humanitarian partners will be more efficiently collecting and analyzing data on population movements as well as on the safety conditions of displacement sites across the country.

A workshop held this week (6-8 June) in Erbil, Iraq, brought together IOM, GBV experts and other partners to find synergies within their respective databases and identify GBV mitigation strategies for field operations.

Throughout the workshop, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), partners reflected on data collection for GBV mainstreaming and developed a list of recommendations to improve and facilitate means of data sharing in support of activities on the ground.

Workshop participants included: experts from Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM-IOM’s body for data collection); Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM); Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH); Protection and Shelter staff; and representatives of local and international NGOs working in the field of gender-based violence response.

GBV Area of Responsibility Coordinator Jennifer Chase said: “Preventing, mitigating, and responding to gender-based violence is the responsibility of the humanitarian community as a whole. Only in this way will we improve the lives of women and girls, in Iraq and globally.”

IOM’s GBV Specialist Monica Noriega said: “Regardless of the sector in which we work, promoting the safety, health, dignity and privacy of the persons we seek to assist is our core responsibility. To prevent and mitigate GBV we act in partnership, and information is key.”

Of the more than three million people internally displaced by the ongoing conflict in Iraq, over 734,000 are currently living in camps and an additional 457,000 are based in critical shelter arrangements. Protection concerns arise in these environments, especially for women and girls, who can be at greater risk of gender-based violence due to lack of gender-segregated showers and latrines, adequate lighting, door locks, privacy for families and access to health and legal services.

“Iraqi women, men, boys and girls who have been forced to flee their homes continue to face further challenges in displacement, including serious protection concerns. IOM Iraq and humanitarian partners strive to identify these vulnerabilities to enhance risk mitigation and operational response. Information sharing facilitates our joint action to protect these populations,” said Thomas Lothar Weiss, IOM’s Chief of Mission for Iraq.

Since 2014, IOM-DTM has worked to improve information gathering and response in Iraq, and in coordination with GBV Specialists, incorporated protection concerns and standard operating procedures (SOPs) that include the Protection Cluster and the Child Protection and GBV Sub-Clusters. 

The SOPs outline: type of data collected, data sharing frequency, levels of data sensitivity and data protection policies; they also facilitate continuous collaboration to ensure capacity for improved data collection on protection-and usage.

These tools are being reviewed and enhanced, to refine and improve indicators, trainings and data collection mechanisms. Data is essential to anticipate and identify concerns and risks that displaced populations may face.

The DTM Integrated Location Assessment analyses displacement and return movements of conflict-affected people, including vulnerabilities and protection issues. The report and data are available at:

With an estimated 90,000 displaced Iraqis living in informal settlements, IOM Iraq DTM ran a second round of the Safety Audit (February-March 2017), focused on identifying GBV risk levels in informal sites in Baghdad, Diyala, Najaf and Salah al-Din governorates. This information is presented in a geo-portal to visualize and facilitate understanding of the most critical protection concerns identified at the informal site level. The Safety Audit and Geo-portal were conducted and developed with support from SIDA and the US State Department, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM).

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

Cumulatively, from 18 October 2016 to 8 June 2017, IOM Iraq’s DTM has tracked and confirmed the location of more than 530,000 individuals (88,486 families). Of these, more than 386,000 are currently displaced and more than 144,000 have returned. This cumulative displacement figure represents an increase of 13,000 individuals over the past week.

Click to download the latest DTM documents:

DTM Mosul Operations Factsheet – 8 June:

DTM Mosul Operations Snapshot – 8 June:

West Mosul Displacement Overview – 8 June:

For further information, please contact IOM Iraq:

For media inquiries:
Sandra Black, Tel. +964 751 234 2550, Email:
Hala Jaber, Tel. +964 751 740 1654, Email:

For DTM and GBV research inquiries:
Laura Nistri, Email:
Aliyah Sarkar, Email:

Posted: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 16:18Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Capacity BuildingDefault: 
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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 72,336 in 2017; 1, 711 Deaths

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit:

Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at:

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

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IOM´s Data Analysis Centre, Maastricht University Review Determinants of Asylum-Related Migration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Syrian Children Participate in Art Workshop before Resettlement to UK

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact Gabriela Boeing at IOM UK, Tel: + 44 20 7811 6000, Email:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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UN Migration Agency Tracks Displacement in Drought-Affected Madagascar

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 09:58

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact Daniel Silva y Poveda, IOM Madagascar, Tel: +261 32565 4954, Email:


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

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

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

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:59

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:52

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:44

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact:
 Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email:
 Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email:
 Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact Abby Dwommoh at IOM Turkey, Tel: +90 312 454 3048, Email:


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'Life is Better' Without Substance Abuse: New UN Migration Agency Campaign Launched in Georgia

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report can be accessed on the IOM Iraq website:  ...

For further information, please contact IOM Iraq: Sandra Black, Tel. +964 751 234 2550, Email: or Hala Jaber, Tel. +964 751 740 1654, Email:, or Georgetown University: Rochelle Davis, Email:


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IOM Chile Trains Health Officials on Migrants’ Human Rights, Health, Trafficking in Persons

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:23

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information, please contact Sebastián Mathews at IOM Chile, Tel: +56 02 9633710, Email:


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

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