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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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Mediterranean migrants stranded between crisis at home and a sceptical EU

OpEd by Bernd Hemingway, IOM Regional Director for the EU, EEA and NATO

81 itokwj2722UF06 June 2014 - The sea is just warming up, and already the number of migrants and asylum seekers reaching the EU's Mediterranean borders is set to surpass totals for all of 2013. Yet the situation in the Mediterranean is not a crisis of more migrants reaching Europe and overburdening the continent, but an emergency of more migrants needing protection, aid and safe, legal channels, especially for those not covered by existing protection systems who fall into irregular or vulnerable situations. IOM feels it is our collective responsibility - states, institutions and organisations alike - to respond to these challenges in a humane, effective and sustainable way. Read More >>

* This article was first published in The Parliament Magazine

Migrant Boat Arrivals in Italy Top 50,000: IOM Calls for Action

italy10 June 2014 - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing today called for urgent international action and intensified cooperation following the arrival of over 5,470 migrants by boat in Sicily over the weekend. Over 50,000 migrants and asylum seekers have now reached Italy from North Africa in 2014. “The international community must develop a more comprehensive approach to protect migrants and uphold human dignity. No single action is enough to address the root causes of these mixed migration flows, but lives will be saved if action is taken now to help both migrants and countries during the entire length of the migratory route,” notes Swing. More >>

 

 

IOM and EU continue cooperation meetings on global migration issues

1 April 2014 – IOM and EU representatives met today at the IOM Regional Office in Brussels to discuss return and reintegration, climate change, environmental degradation and migration, and follow-up to the UN High-Level Dialogue on International Migration and Development.  As the third consultation at the Heads of Unit/Division level held under the EU-IOM Strategic Partnership, the meeting brought together representatives from the EU External Action Service and the European Commission’s DG Home and DG Devco with representatives from IOM’s Geneva Headquarters and the IOM Regional Office in Brussels. The meeting also prepared the ground for the next EU-IOM Senior Officials Meeting and reviewed respective efforts to support mainstreaming of migration in the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

Caribbean States Meet to Debate Remittances and Diaspora Engagement in Development Policy

22 April 2014 – IOM and the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP by its Spanish acronym), in cooperation with the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), organized a two-day workshop in St. Lucia to discuss strategies and mechanisms for improved use of remittances to increase their impact on the development of migrant communities of origin. Over 25 participants from governments, the private sector, civil society and diasporas of OECS states took part in the event in St. Lucia’s capital city of Castries to share their experiences, debate ideas and carry out project development exercises. The workshop is part of IOM’s European Union (EU)-funded project: "Strengthening dialogue and cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to establish management models on migration and development policies."  More >>

Over 4,000 Irregular Migrants Arrive in Sicily in Three Days

21 March 2014 – An unprecedented 4,457 migrants and asylum seekers have reached Sicily in the past three days. On Wednesday 2,307 migrants landed on the island. A further 550 arrived on Thursday and today (21/3) another 1,600 are arriving today.  Ten more boats, believed to be carrying migrants departing from Libya, have also been spotted in the Channel of Sicily.  Indications are that inflows may increase in 2014 and that migrants – including refugees, asylum-seekers, victims of trafficking, and unaccompanied children – will continue to put their lives at risk while attempting to reach the EU via the western, central and eastern Mediterranean routes, thus lending greater urgency to the need for sustained attention and intensified cooperation. More >>