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06 February 2018

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Irregular migrants atop freight train, ‘La Bestia’ which takes them through Mexico towards the US.

Migrant Deaths Remain High Despite Sharp Fall in US-Mexico Border Crossings in 2017

Posted on Tue. February 06, 2018​

Berlin – The number of migrants who died crossing the United States-Mexico border in 2017 remained high, despite a 44 per cent decrease in border apprehensions reported by the US Border Patrol between 2016 and 2017.

In 2017, 412 migrant deaths were recorded compared to 398 in 2016, according to IOM, the UN Migration Agency. This data was compiled by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project based in Berlin.

“The increase in deaths is especially concerning, as the available data indicate that far fewer migrants entered the US via its border with Mexico in the last year,” said Frank Laczko, Director of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, which collects the data for the Missing Migrants Project.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 7,511 in 2018; Deaths Reach 390

Posted on Tue. February 06, 2018

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 7,511 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first five weeks of 2018, with about 62 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece and Spain, both at roughly 19 per cent. This compares with 10,078 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

On Monday (05/02) IOM Rome reported Italy’s official Ministry of Interior figures indicate some 4,723 migrants arrived by sea to Italy this year, which is roughly a 45 per cent decline from the same period last year, when 8,427 arrivals were recorded.

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Migration in the News

  • The Guardian reported that the Democratic Republic of the Congo is close to its breaking point as fighting spills into previously stable areas.
  • RFI Africa reported that African radio journalists are being trained to report on irregular migration through the “Aware Migrants” campaign.
  • UN Web TV spoke to some of the winners of PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival, a joint initiative of UNAOC and IOM that invites the world's youth to submit original and creative videos focusing on the themes of migration, diversity and social inclusion.
  • Voice of America reported that international aid groups are warning countries hosting Syrian refugees in the Middle East and the West against forcing them to return to their war-torn country.
  • Reuters reported that clashes between two of Ethiopia's largest ethnic groups have forced around one million people to leave their homes.
  • IPS reported that UNHCR has launched a global appeal to support displaced persons amid South Sudan’s rapidly deteriorating humanitarian situation.
  • Xinhua reported that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in collaboration with IOM held a training workshop for criminal justice practitioners in Swakopmund, a coastal town of Namibia.
  • iNews Guyana reported that Guyana has thrown its support behind a global pact designed to have nations facilitate and manage the safe migration of local and foreign nationals, according to Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge.
  • Grist reported that experts warn that countries like the United States are currently adopting policies that indicate climate migrants will be met with closed doors as opposed to open arms.
  • Telesur reported that almost 17,000 Salvadorans waited anxiously Sunday after completing thousands of applications for renewal of the United States Temporary Protection Status (TPS) program which is set to end in September 2019, the Foreign Ministry of El Salvador reports.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported that Israel has started handing out notices to 20,000 male African migrants giving them two months to leave the country or risk being thrown in jail.
  • The Guardian published an op-ed by Chinese artist, activist and former refugee Ai Weiwei, who noted that refugees must be seen to be an essential part of our shared humanity.


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