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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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Brussels Workshop to explore improving access and quality to health services for migrant and ethnic minorities


25 September 2015 -- The EC-funded project Training packages for health professionals to improve access and quality of health services for migrants and ethnic minorities, including the Roma (MEM-TP) will hold a Dissemination Workshop in Brussels on the 2nd of October 2015 at the Borschette Centre in Brussels. The goal of this project is to review, develop, test and evaluate training for health professionals to prepare them to better care for these population groups.

The workshop is being organized by the Andalusian School of Public Health, the Migration Health Unit of the IOM Regional Office Brussels, and the European Public Health Alliance.

The event is financed by the EU’s Health Programme 2008-2013 and is managed by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) and the European Commission's DG for Health &Food Safety.

IOM Responds as Greece Rivals Italy as Point of Entry to EU for Sea-borne Migrants

26 June 2015 -- The Greek islands near Turkey's coast now rival Italy as the top destination for irregular migrants seeking entry into the EU by sea this year, signaling the shift from the central Mediterranean route to the Eastern route. Some 61,000 migrants have arrived by sea to Greece this year, nearly doubling 2014’s full-year total of 34,442. During the current month of June, between 650 and 1,000 migrants are reaching the islands daily. The key points of entry are the Greek islands of Lesvos, Samos, Kos and Chios, with Lesvos alone receiving over half of all arrivals. The smaller islands of Pserimos, Farmakonisi, Agathonisi, Oinousses, Megisti and Gavdos also are receiving migrants, overstretching modest local means to respond.

IOM's Chief of Mission in Greece, Daniel Esdras, warns that the islands are facing shortages in capacity and resources needed to adequately handle the arrivals.  “This is only the beginning. The facts and figures cannot describe the reality of the situation on Greek shores," he said.  Read More>>

IOM Welcomes European Commission Proposals on Migration

14 May 2015 -- IOM is pleased that a number of its key recommendations to the European Union (EU) – including saving lives and sharing responsibility for asylum seekers across all member states – are part of new proposals put forward by the European Commission on Wednesday (13/5) to tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The proposed changes hold out the promise of safer legal migration avenues and improved access to international protection. “These initiatives reflect serious and constructive approaches to a challenge which IOM expects to continue,” said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

IOM stands ready to contribute to the development of sound migration policies that will create improved legal channels for people seeking work and for asylum seekers. It believes that sound labour migration policies are key to a more competitive Europe  Read More>>
  

 

More Europeans Migrate to Latin America, Caribbean than Other Way Around according to new IOM Study

04 June 2015 -- IOM has released a study today that reveals a trend of increased migration flows from the European Union (EU) to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and a marked decrease in the movement of people in the other direction. The new study, “Migratory Routes and Dynamics between Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Countries and between LAC and the European Union” explores migratory flows in and between Latin America, the Caribbean and the EU, with a particular focus on movements in the last five years. 

"Over the past few years, changes in migration flows between LAC and EU countries show, once again, how the flows naturally adapt to the fluctuating socioeconomic realities and their potential as an adjustment tool and a response to economic and structural crisis," says IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson.  Read More>>

 

IOM Calls for a Coordinated Response to “Unravelling” Libya, Danger to Thousands of Stranded Migrants

16 Feb 2015 - As violence escalates in Libya, IOM is calling on world governments to act swiftly to face the growing threat to migrants. Over 1,600 have been rescued from unseaworthy boats on the Mediterranean Sea since Friday (13/2). “This is a clear signal that the situation in Libya is unravelling. We also know this from the fact that Italy and several other nations have already evacuated their citizens from the country,” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said on Monday (16/2). “We must stand ready to assist thousands of extremely vulnerable people who need our help,” he added. IOM pointed to the rescue since Friday of over 1,600 migrants from multiple vessels. This took place just days after some 330 adults and children were reported lost, presumed drowned, the previous weekend.  Read More>>