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28 August 2018

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 67,122 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,549

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 67,122 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 26 August, with 27,994 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 123,205 (172,362 for the entire year) arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 272,612 at this point in 2016. 

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Argentina Szabados, IOM Regional Director for South Eastern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Photo: IOM

“Migration Policy Increasingly Important” Regional Director Tells European Migration Network

Bratislava – Migration policy is expected to become an increasingly important economic – as well as social – issue for Eastern European and Eastern EU countries. That was the core message given to a distinguished audience of academia, politicians, diplomats and scientists at the sixth European Migration Network Educational Seminar of Migration in Bratislava, Slovakia on 23/8, by Argentina Szabados, IOM Regional Director for South Eastern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Maddalen: "The most beautiful thing that Honduras has given me is the opportunity to start a family."

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