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13 February 2018

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 8,154 in 2018; Deaths Reach 401

Posted on Tue. February 13, 2018​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 8,154 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first six weeks of 2018. This compares with 12,358 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Children broadcast at the UN Mission in South Sudan’s Radio Miraya. Photo: UN Photo/Isaac Billy

UN Migration Agency Hosts Event to Mark World Radio Day

Posted on TueFebruary 13, 2018

Geneva –  To celebrate this year’s World Radio Day, the Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) Network is organizing an event today (13/02) to explore radio’s vital role in communicating with communities.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency will host the event at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

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School children participate in safe migration information campaign. Photo: IOM

IOM Ghana Concludes Safe Migration Information Campaign

Posted on TueFebruary 13, 2018

Accra –  Five communities in the Brong Ahafo region in Ghana last week participated in an outreach and sensitization campaign organized by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS). From 5 to 10 February, the communities of Sunyani, Berekum, Dormaa, Seikwa and Wenchi joined the event, which is part of the Aware Migrants Information Campaign – Engaging West African Communities Programme funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.

The campaign aims to raise awareness among community members, especially youth, regarding the realities of irregular migration. Aware Migrants aims to share the stories of irregular migrant returnees with potential migrants and youth.

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Younes: "Greek is easy to learn! I have Greek friends and classmates at school."

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Migration in the News

  • Euractiv interviewed IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, who noted that EU leaders need to find the courage of unity to manage migration, which has the potential to help the EU economy grow more than expected. But the window of opportunity is closing fast.
  • Pakistan Today and  Express Tribune reported that the bodies of 11 Pakistani citizens, who died in the tragic boat incident in Libya, will arrive at Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Wednesday.
  • The Daily Observer and UNI reported that despite escaping violence in their homeland, the impending cyclone and monsoon season means the Rohingyas now face more life-threatening dangers from the weather and environmental conditions in Bangladesh.
  • KUNA reported that IOM Kuwait Chief of Mission Iman Eriqat said that Kuwait’s initiative and hosting of the Kuwait International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq (KICRI) affirms Kuwait’s humanitarian standing and role in helping the Arab nations.
  • The Guardian reported that since the closure of numerous migrant routes from Libya, a cadre of people smugglers seems to have taken root in Tunisia, preying on the country’s most desperate people.
  • The Nation Thailand reported that embassies in Thailand and international organizations on Monday said that while they cautiously supported the government’s moves on promoting human rights, they were also maintaining a close interest in its commitment to and compliance with human rights principles in line with international obligations.
  • AZ Central reported that despite a dramatic drop in the number of migrants apprehended by authorities at the US-Mexico border in 2017, many continue to risk reaching the United States despite the dangers.

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  • The New York Times reported on how Germany’s new coalition explains Europe’s uncertain future.
  • Reuters reported that most armed groups involved in human smuggling and trafficking in Libya have links to security services, sanctions experts said in a confidential report to a UN Security Council committee seen by Reuters on Wednesday.
  • Euronews reported that as Italy deals with the aftermath of a violent attack on immigrants, muslims in Catania offer an example of how integration can work.


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