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16 Feb 2016 -- European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica today opened a high-level dialogue with IOM in Brussels to exchange views on current and future challenges in the field of migration.
IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Deputy Director General Laura Thompson took part in the annual strategic meeting, together with other senior European Commission (EC) officials and representatives of the European External Action Service.
The overall objective of today’s meeting (formally known as a 'Senior Officials Meeting') was to explore ways to strengthen international efforts to implement the political commitments adopted at the Valletta Summit in November 2015, the Western Balkans Conference and in the Turkey Action Plan.
Discussions focused on pressing topics of common concern for the EU and the IOM including facilitating legal avenues for migration, voluntary returns and reintegration, and strengthening the evidence base to inform policy on migration and displacement. This is the third Senior Officials Meeting held within the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework. Read More >>
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DG NEAR joins the EU-IOM strategic cooperation framework today
16 Feb 2016 – The Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) participated for the first time in the annual EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting today, and on this occasion formally joined the EU-IOM Strategic Cooperation Framework through an exchange of letters in a further sign of the critical importance migration issues hold in Europe and neighbouring regions.
DG NEAR stated that it is largely concerned by migration flows which have impacted most of the countries neighbouring the EU, and is focusing its response to the challenges arising from the need to better manage migration. Operational cooperation between DG NEAR and IOM has already been ongoing in the Neighbourhood South and East as well as enlargement countries. In the context of the current migrant and refugee inflows to Europe, this cooperation has recently been stepped up along the Eastern Mediterranean route.
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28 October 2015 -- IOM yesterday (27/10) launched its flagship World Migration Report 2015 – Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility, during the second day of the two-day high-level Conference on Migrants and Cities in Geneva.
The report, the eighth in IOM’s World Migration Report series, focuses on how migration and migrants are shaping cities and how the life of migrants is shaped by cities, their people, organizations and rules.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. June Lee, the report’s editor-in-chief, noted that while much of the current international discussion about migration trends and policy is at national level, this report takes the migration debate to the city level.
“The report focuses on how migration is shaping cities and how the situation of migrants in cities – how they live, work and shape their habitat – helps to reveal the close connection between human mobility and urban development,” she said.
30 October 2015 -- IOM has released an update to its June 2015 response plan “Addressing Complex Migration Flows in the Mediterranean.” It includes a series of proposed interventions to be implemented through December 2016, some of which are already underway, others are still at the planning stage.
The plan presents IOM’s proposed interventions and reaffirms the collective responsibility of states, institutions and organizations to respond to the situation that the international community is facing in Europe and beyond, in a manner that is centered on the protection of migrants’ rights, as well as enhanced partnership between all concerned stakeholders.
The document details four pillars of a coordinated response, which will be implemented across multiple locations in Europe, parts of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.
01 December 2015 -- A new data brief produced by IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre and UNICEF shows that children make up at least one in five of the 870,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea so far this year.
The share is greatest along the Eastern Mediterranean route from Turkey to Greece and through the Western Balkans, where children make up over one quarter of arrivals. About 10 per cent of arrivals to Italy are children, with nearly three quarters unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
Children are among the most vulnerable of the migrants and refugees travelling to Europe. More than one third of all deaths in the Aegean Sea this year have been of children, many of them infants. Read More>>
23 Feb 2016 -- IOM yesterday (22/02) conducted its first family reunification in Cyprus in coordination with Cyprus’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and partners. The joint action reunited a 7-year-old Syrian girl with her father, mother and siblings.
The girl travelled from Syria via Jordan, where IOM Amman provided her with airport assistance and an escort for the journey. She was reunited with her family at Larnaca International Airport last night (22/02).
"The child was separated from her family for two years after surviving a bombing and the destruction of her house. She was very eager to join her loved ones in Cyprus, who were thrilled to hear she is alive," said Natasa Xenophontos Koudouna, IOM's officer in charge in Cyprus.