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11 May 2017 description

Executive Summary

The proliferation of human smuggling in Libya is both a criminal problem and a feature of Libya’s fracture into competing armed factions. Whilst most acutely perceived on Libya’s coast, it is in fact an illicit trade embedded across the country, encompassing and feeding on the political economy and geopolitics of Libya’s Southern, Eastern and Western borders.

11 May 2017 description

Roald Høvring

THE CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN ROUTE: So far this year more than 43,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy. One out of 35 has died on the same deadly sea journey.

These massive arrivals and the fact that more than 1,150 people have either disappeared or lost their lives while trying to reach Europe since the beginning of the year show that rescue at sea is as crucial as ever.

10 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • From January until the end of March 2017, 276,238 children, under the age of five years, have been screened for acute malnutrition, of which 19,151 children with severe acute malnutrition were admitted to nutrition treatment programmes.

  • UNICEF, in partnership with CARE, has built 26 Tarp-a-tents as temporary learning spaces (TLS) benefiting 2,600 children affected by Tropical Cyclone Dineo which made landfall in Inhambane.

10 May 2017 description

By Steve Scherer

ROME, May 9 (Reuters) - Italy will open new detention centres across the country in the next few months as part of its push to speed up deportations of illegal migrants, despite critics saying that the centres are not only inhumane but also do not produce the desired result.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

10 May 2017 description

In September 2015, the EU agreed on a two-year plan to relocate asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy to other EU Member States. Under this plan, 66,400 asylum-seekers were foreseen to be relocated from Greece, and 39,600 from Italy. Nationalities that have at least a 75 per cent recognition rate at first instance across the EU (based on the latest Eurostat quarterly statistics) are eligible for relocation.

09 May 2017 description
report UN News Service

9 May 2017 – About 6,600 migrants and refugees were rescued in the past few days trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, United Nations authorities have said, as rescuers are on the lookout for up to 245 people missing after two shipwrecks this weekend.

09 May 2017 description
report Save the Children

Save the Children has saved 550 refugees and migrants from the Med in biggest rescue operation to date.

The rescue took place on Friday 5th May, in the midst of four days during which 75 people are thought to have drowned, as the death toll in the Mediterranean continues to mount.

1,150 people are thought to have lost their lives in the Mediterranean in 2017 alone. Altogether 6,000 people arrived in Italy last weekend, bringing the total this year to more than 43,000.

09 May 2017 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Cécile Pouilly – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

In the last 24 hours we have received alarming information on two new shipwrecks in the Central Mediterranean.

The first shipwreck took place on Friday night, when a rubber dinghy sank after several hours of sailing with 132 people on board. Some 50 people were rescued and disembarked in Pozzallo (Sicily) on Sunday, 7 May. Some 82 people are feared dead or missing.

09 May 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency reports that 49,310 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 7 May, with the vast majority arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 187,569 arrivals through 7 May 2016.

Mediterranean Developments

IOM Rome reported over the weekend and into Monday that IOM field staffers at Italian landing points calculated a total of 6,612 rescued survivors from more than a dozen locations since last Friday. Over 190 migrants lost their life in two shipwrecks.

09 May 2017 description
report Xchange

April 2015 was the deadliest month on record for migrants crossing from Libya to Europe with an estimated 1,250 people perishing in just two accidents off Libya. NANCY PORSIA spoke to one of the survivors from that dark month in the Mediterranean’s history who gave her a heartwarming story of hope.

The last time Alì Sohana saw his mother was in the northern Nigerien outpost town of Agadez; a major regional hub for sub-Saharan migrants making their way to Libya, many in the hope of crossing to Europe. It was early 2015 and Alì was just 17-years-old.

09 May 2017 description

49,310 arrivals by sea in 2017
1,309 dead/missing
published 09:00 CET 09 May
363,401 arrivals in 2016

08 May 2017 description

“Depuis vendredi, nous avons vu plus de 6 000 personnes traverser la Méditerranée pour rejoindre l’Italie, ce qui porte le total à plus de 43 000 pour cette année. Ces arrivées massives et le fait que plus de 1 150 personnes aient disparu ou perdu la vie en tentant de se rendre en Europe depuis le début de l’année, montrent à quel point les secours en mer sont plus importants que jamais.

08 May 2017 description

Sea Arrivals

30,617 in Q1 2017
171,132 in Q1 2016

361,709 in 2016
1,015,078 in 2015

Dead and Missing

836 in Q1 2017
732 in Q1 2016

5,096 in 2016
3,771 in 2015

08 May 2017 description

Key figures (Oct 2015 - 12 Apr 2017)
- 5,001 persons relocated
- 10,659 places pledged
- 34,953 target

08 May 2017 description

Since Friday, we‘ve seen over 6,000 people crossing the Mediterranean to reach Italy – bringing the total this year to over 43,000. These massive arrivals and the fact that more than 1,150 people have either disappeared or lost their lives while trying to reach Europe since the beginning of the year show that rescue at sea is as crucial as ever.

08 May 2017 description
report European Union

Vessels deployed by Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, helped rescue more than 2 800 migrants from 20 rubber and wooden boats coming from Libya this weekend.

Majority of the rescued people are believed to have come from Sub Saharan and North African countries, although their nationalities will only be known after the migrants are registered and screened in Italy. Women, some pregnant, and many children were among those rescued.

08 May 2017 description

Italy: Assessing the experiences of unaccompanied children leaving the reception system

In 2016, the number of unaccompanied and separated children arriving in Italy has more than doubled. Over 15,000 children have been accommodated in the Italian reception system as of February 2017. However, an additional **5,252 unaccompanied and separated children have dropped out of both primary and secondary reception centres in southern Italy **since registration, in order to continue their journeys or try their luck elsewhere.

05 May 2017 description

ROMA – En un momento en el que una cifra histórica de personas se ha visto obligada a huir de sus hogares en todo el mundo, un nuevo estudio del Programa Mundial de Alimentos de las Naciones Unidas (WFP, por sus siglas en inglés) demuestra claramente que los altos niveles de inseguridad alimentaria resultan en niveles más altos de migración a otros países.

05 May 2017 description

Between 1 January and 31 March 2017, 24,292 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 29% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (18,777). As in previous years, monthly arrivals were comparatively lower during the winter, due to less favourable weather and sea conditions.

05 May 2017 description

Key Figures
Dead and Missing in 2017 (as of 30 April 2017)