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16 February 2018

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Migrants and refugees arrive at the Greek island of Lesbos. © IOM

UN Migration Agency: Over 1,200 Migrant Children Deaths Recorded Since 2014, True Number Likely ‘Much Higher’

Posted on Fri. February 16, 2018​

Berlin – In 2015, a photo of a Syrian boy found dead on a beach in Turkey after attempting to reach Greece made headlines across the world. Since then, many more children have died during migration, but the true scale of these tragedies is unknown due to a severe lack of data.

Since IOM, the UN Migration Agency, began collecting data in 2014 through the Missing Migrants Project, it has recorded the deaths of more than 1,200 child migrants, nearly half of whom perished while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. This figure represents less than 5 per cent of the total number of migrant deaths recorded during this period by IOM.

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Rohingya refugee children draw their dreams at an IOM psychosocial support workshop in the Kutapalong refugee camp, Bangladesh. © IOM

Rohingya Children Draw Their Dreams: And It Looks Like Home ...

Posted on Fri. February 16, 2018​

Cox's Bazar – When 10-year-old Ansarullah was asked to draw his dream and greatest wish, he drew a house.

So did almost every other of the 25 Rohingya refugee children who took part in a recent drawing activity session run by IOM’s psychosocial support team in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 8,407 in 2018; Deaths Reach 404

Posted on Fri. February 16, 2018​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 8,407 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through seven weeks of 2018. This compares with 12,430 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Migration in the News

  • UN News Centre and Relief Web reported that according to a report by several agencies, massive data gaps leave refugee, migrant and displaced children in danger and without access to basic services.
  • APO reported that 19 migrants had died in a truck accident in Libya.
  • Euronews spoke with a Syrian family as they leave Greece for a new life in Ireland after nine difficult months in a refugee camp.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM has rolled out a mobile app called MigApp to empower migrants in East and Horn of Africa.
  • Eco Watch reported that the world's refugee crisis, which is intimately linked with water availability both in the homelands that people escape and in the camps where they find shelter, is large and growing.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported about a new smartphone app which aims to help migrants in Italy find hospitals, schools and police stations at the press of a button – and quickly seek help if they face abuse or exploitation.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Economist warns that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is once again sliding back into bloodshed.
  • BBC shared the story of Akwasi Frimpong, a former irregular immigrant from Ghana who chased his dreams and is now competing in the Olympics.
  • Shoot Online reported about a new design competition that has been created to engage students around the world and promote inclusion and respect for refugees and immigrants by creating posters for mass-transit locations in a number of major cities around the world.


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