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15 February 2018

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Massive Data Gaps Leave Refugee, Migrant and Displaced Children in Danger and Without Access to Basic Services

New York  –  Gaps in data covering refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and internally displaced populations are endangering the lives and wellbeing of millions of children on the move, warned five UN and partner agencies today. In ‘A call to action: Protecting children on the move starts with better data’, UNICEF, UNHCR, IOM, Eurostat and OECD together show how crucial data are to understanding the patterns of global migration and developing policies to support vulnerable groups like children.

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A survivor of the truck crash is treated in the hospital in Bani Waleed. Photo: Rabea Salim/IOM 2018

UN Migration Agency Assists Survivors as Migrants Perish in Libya Truck Accident

Tripoli (IOM)  –  At nearly 3:00am on 14 February, a truck accident occurred, leaving 19 people dead and 49 people injured near Bani Waleed in Libya. The migrants on board reported that 180 people were crammed into the truck's cargo containers. They also said that the smugglers' truck crashed when it drove into a large hole in the road; overloaded with people, it became unbalanced. Out of the total migrants involved, approximately 138 were Eritrean, while the remaining were Somali and Ethiopian.

The area where the incident took place was 60 kilometres south-east of Bani Waleed, a transit location on a much-used migration route through the country to the coast. The smugglers were transporting the group of migrants from As Saddadah to Tarhuna.

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1957: Hungarian refugees descend from plane in Bogota, Colombia. A crowd of 15,000 welcomes them. © IOM

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Migration in the News

  • Al Jazeera reported that at least 23 people have been killed when a truck carrying hundreds of refugees and migrants overturned in northwestern Libya. 
  • Anadolu Agency reported that 11 bodies of Pakistanis killed when a boat capsized in Libya earlier this month arrived in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday evening.  
  • CNN reported that global slavery is one of the most profitable criminal industries in the world and yet, it is largely invisible. That is why measuring this problem is so crucial in exposing and ultimately resolving it. It cited ILO, Walk Free Foundation and IOM’s The Global Estimates of Modern Slavery report.
  • Myanmar Times reported that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and UN should work with Myanmar to facilitate the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who remain hesitant to return home, according to the Thai leader of an advisory body consisting of foreign and local experts.
  • Al Bawaba reported that many internally displaced Darfurians are living in camps, but it spoke to one of them who was able to leave in 2010 with the hope of finding a safe place to call home in a new and welcoming country. Eight years later he is still on this journey. It noted that UNHCR, IOM and the British Embassy are helping him to make this move by the end of March 2018.  
  • CGTN reported that as part of a three-day conference, representatives from Kuwait, Iraq, the United Nations, the EU and the World Bank are gathering in Kuwait to discuss efforts to raise 88.2 billion US dollars for the reconstruction of a post-war Iraq. 

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  • EU Observer reported that the vast majority of people arriving on the Greek islands from Turkey to seek asylum are not being returned, as was demanded under an EU-Turkey migrant swap deal. 
  • The Conversation reported that Australia’s skilled migration system has helped us attract hundreds of thousands of highly qualified immigrants since 1988 but one side effect of the policy is that it seem to waste many of these skills.


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