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16 January 2018

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The first International Forum on Migration Statistics gathered close to 700 statisticians, researchers, policy makers and representatives from civil society. Photo: OECD

Migrant Figures, Migrant Futures: IOM Paris Forum Demonstrates How Data Help Manage Human Mobility

Posted on Tue. January 16, 2018

Paris – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, convenes in Paris this week (15-16 January), the world’s first International Forum on Migration Statistics, with partners Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA).

The latest UN figures suggest that there are 257 million migrants in the world. Migration is one of the most important policy issues globally. Yet, apart from its overall size, very little is known about it. As the late Peter Sutherland, former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Migration noted, “the global community is still struggling to establish basic facts, such as who migrants are, where they are, where they come from and where they have moved to.”

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 1,916 in 2018; Deaths Reach 194

Posted on Tue. January 16, 2018

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 1,916 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 14 January. This compares with 3,046 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.

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The Kutupalong Refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Helps Bangladesh Police Tackle Trafficking Threat to Rohingya Refugees

Posted on Tue. January 16, 2018

Bangladesh – Human trafficking experts from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, are this week working with police in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to help them tackle the threat of human trafficking facing thousands of vulnerable Rohingya refugees living in local settlements.

Tomorrow (17/01), 55 police and other law enforcement officers will attend a workshop run by IOM counter trafficking specialists aimed at raising awareness of different forms of trafficking and identifying ways in which the authorities and IOM can work together to prevent trafficking, identify victims and provide victim support. The training is one of several IOM counter trafficking initiatives in Cox’s Bazar.

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Migration in the News

  • Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) reported that its Governor, Rolf Wenzel, met with the IOM Director General William Lacy Swing to discuss cooperation on migrants.
  • UN News Centre reported that international organizations, policy experts, statisticians and civil society met on Monday at a forum in Paris to discuss accurate and timely information on migration flows and examine how improved data collection can feed into better policymaking.
  • IPS reported that with discussions underway between Bangladesh and Myanmar about the repatriation of more than half a million Rohingya refugees, many critical questions still remain.
  • Canada’s Ponoka News reported about the heartbreaking yet triumphant story of Daniel Kwizera and his family who arrived in Stettler, Alberta recently as sponsored refugees from Ethiopia.
  • The Guardian Nigeria reported that IOM and the European Union on Monday evacuated 132 more Nigerians from Libya.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that seven African migrants, some of whom “could be minors,” were found dead Monday as they tried to reach Lanzarote in Spain’s Canary Islands, authorities said.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that a group of New York artists help identify eight presumed migrants who were found dead on the US border with Mexico through sculpted facial reconstructions.
  • The Times reported that four Africans have been found hidden in a secret boot, engine bay and dashboard of a BMW at Spain’s border with Morocco.


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