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Fatal Journeys Volume 2

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Identification and tracing of dead and missing migrants
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Global Migration Trends 2015

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Snapshot of the major migration trends worldwide 2015
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More Women Making Dangerous Mediterranean Crossing - Many Victims of Abuse

07 Nov 2014 - Despite increasingly dangerous sea conditions, irregular migrants are continuing to across the Mediterranean, bringing the total number of arrivals in Italy this year to 154,075, according to figures newly released by the country’s Ministry of the Interior.  Although October’s number represented a 40 per cent drop from the number of arrivals during September, IOM officials in Rome noted some worrying trends in the flow: among them, the growing presence of women, many considered potential victims of trafficking.

“In 2014 there has been an alarming increase in the number of women arriving: 16,839 in 2014 compared to 7,658 in 2013,” said IOM Italy Chief of Mission Federico Soda. “In particular we have noticed a sharp increase in arrivals of young women from Nigeria."   Read More>>

Saving Migrants Lives: International Migrants Day

18 Dec 2014 -- As we mark International Migrants Day, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is drawing renewed attention to the plight of migrants trying to make their way to new destinations and better lives. 2014 has gone down in history as the deadliest year on record for migrants – more than doubling the number of fatalities in 2013. Saving lives has become the indisputable priority. 

I invite you to take the time to absorb the data, stories and pictures that IOM has put together this year, to listen to the testimonies featured on the special International Migrants Day Website and in the Newsletter

--  Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director 

 

 

IOM at the Ministerial Conference on “Health in the Mediterranean”

5 November 2014 - IOM participated in the “Health in the Mediterranean” Ministerial Conference on October 27th and 28th in Rome where Migration and Health was addressed in one of the four thematic session and policy panels.

Findings from the IOM EQUI HEALTH situational analysis at the Southern EU Borders were presented and IOM promoted equity in health services for migrants, the importance of transnational cooperation and also called upon MS to support efforts to recruit health personnel to be deployed in West Africa as one of the urgent responses needed to help to stop the Ebola outbreak.

The conference was organized by the Italian Ministry of Health and co funded by DG Health and Consumers. Italian Minister of Health, Mrs. Beatrice Lorenzin welcomed IOM’s Davide Mosca, Director of the IOM HQ MHD and Federico Soda, IOM Italy, Director of the Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.

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EVENT:  Call  To  Europe IV Conference: ‘Building  Solidarity  In  Asylum  Policy’

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) is organizing a conference on the 5th of November to bring together policy makers, academics and civil society specialists for a pan-European debate on migration, asylum and refugee policies.

Call to Europe IV 
will focus on the need to construct a new progressive narrative rooted in solidarity, humanity and social justice regarding transversal policies of asylum and the EU neighbourhood.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by:

Massimo D’Alema, President of FEPS and former Prime Minister of Italy

Algelino Alfano, Minister for Home Affairs, Italy

Dimitris Avramopoulos, appointed Commissioner for Migration & Home Affairs (tbc)

Eugenio Ambrosi, Regional Director for the European Economic Area, the EU and NATO of the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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IOM Applauds Italy’s Life-Saving Mare Nostrum Operation: “Not a Migrant Pull Factor”

31 Oct 2014 - IOM has paid tribute – on the occasion of the launch of the European Union (EU) Operation Triton in the Mediterranean – to the heroic work of Italy’s maritime forces in rescuing at sea thousands of migrants seeking safety in Europe.Under Italy’s “Mare Nostrum” operation, some 150,000 so-called “irregular” migrants, many of them from the most troubled nations in Africa and the Middle East, have arrived safely over the past 10 months in Europe, where today many are pursuing claims for asylum.  

“Boat arrivals to Europe are a result of the complex humanitarian crisis near Europe’s external borders – not of the humanitarian life-saving policies that try to assist those in need. At a time when countries in North Africa, the Middle East and East Africa are hosting millions of displaced persons, compared to a few hundred thousand in all of Europe, the European reaction should be balanced and compassionate,” he noted.  Read More>>