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17 Aug 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 August 2017 – The European Union's new policy on Mediterranean Sea rescues threatens life and breaches international standards, two United Nations independent human experts today cautioned.

15 Aug 2017 description

15/8/17 Geneva - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 118,227 migrants, including refugees, entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 13 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 265,640 arrivals across the region through 13 August 2016.

15 Aug 2017 description

GENEVA (15 August 2017) – A new code of conduct to be imposed on organizations rescuing migrants and refugees from the Mediterranean Sea could restrict their life-saving work and result in more deaths, a United Nations expert has warned.

The code of conduct, drawn up by Italy with the support of the European Commission, is part of a new action plan designed to support Italy, reduce the pressure of migrant arrivals, and “increase solidarity”.

15 Aug 2017 description
report European Union

In July, there were 15 400 detections of illegal border crossings on the four main migratory routes into the EU as the number of migrants arriving in Italy fell by more than half from the previous month. Spain continued to see the heaviest migratory pressure since 2009.

The total number of detections in the first seven months of 2017 fell by two-thirds from the same period of last year to 127 100.

Central Mediterranean

14 Aug 2017 description

Total arrivals (1 Jan - 13 Aug 2017): 97,247
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 13 Aug 2016): 101,512

Total arrivals 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2017: 843
Total arrivals 7 Aug - 13 Aug 2016: 1,836

Average daily arrivals in August 2017 so far: 65
Average daily arrivals in July 2017: 370

Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 13 Aug): 2,420
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 13 Aug): 3,152
Dead and missing in 2016: 5,096

11 Aug 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 117,795 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 264,381 arrivals across the region through 9 August 2016.

IOM Rome reported Thursday that according to official figures of the Italian MOI, 96,861 migrants have arrived by sea to Italy this year, which is a 3.46 per cent drop from the same period in 2016.

11 Aug 2017 description

117,795 arrivals by sea in 2017

363,401 arrivals in 2016

2,408 dead/missing

10 Aug 2017 description

By Spanish Red Cross

Spain has become the second most popular destination – after Italy – for people seeking refuge in Europe. In response, 2,000 Spanish Red Cross volunteers are present at ports and land borders to provide vital assistance to people as they arrive.

10 Aug 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

  • 226,164 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)

  • 267,002 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)

  • 42,346 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya

  • 95,088 persons arrived in Italy by sea so far in 2017

FUNDING

USD 75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017

POPULATION MOVEMENTS

10 Aug 2017 description

By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African migrants are seeking a cheaper and easier path to Europe with a rising number setting sail for Spain from Morocco using toy dinghies and jetskis, migration experts said on Thursday.

The voyage from Libya across the Mediterranean Sea to Italy remains the most popular route - 95,000 migrants have set sail this year - yet numbers are down compared with 2016, while sea arrivals to Spain from Morocco have more than doubled.

10 Aug 2017 description

At the end of July 2017, the European Asylum Support Office and the Italian authorities signed the Amendment to the EASO Operating Plan to Italy. EASO has started cooperating with the Italian Ombudsperson for Children and Adolescents (Autorità garante per l'infanzia e l’adolescenza) implementing further support measures related to the guardianship system in Italy.

10 Aug 2017 description
report Maplecroft

Modern slavery risks have risen in nearly three quarters of the 28 member states of the European Union over the last year, reveals an annual study from global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.

10 Aug 2017 description

By Umberto Bacchi

LONDON, Aug 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to exploitation, analysts said on Thursday.

The risk of slave labour in farming, construction and other sectors rose across the region, with 20 of the EU's 28 member states scoring worse than in 2016 in an annual global slavery index by British analytics company Verisk Maplecroft.

10 Aug 2017 description

Key figures (October 2015 – 26 July 2017)

10 Aug 2017 description

Naqoura, 18 May 2017 - Ambassador Inigo Lambertini, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Italian Mission to the United Nations, led a delegation of mine action donors to Lebanon from May 15 to 17, 2017. The mission was an initiative of the Mine Action Support Group (MASG), a coalition of Member State donors committed to raising funds and awareness for mine action activities where they are needed most. Italy serves as the current Chair of the MASG. "Italy remains fully engaged in pursuing the objective of a mine free world and in preserving stability in this part of the world.

09 Aug 2017 description

Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 12,656 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 13% of all sea arrivals in this period. This proportion is comparable to the first seven months of 2016, when 15% of those arriving by sea were UASC. UASC numbers have slightly decreased compared to last year, when 13,705 UASC arrived in the first seven months of the year.

09 Aug 2017 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 31 July 2017, 95,213 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 2% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (93,774).

Trends in sea arrivals should be assessed over time, as fluctuations on a monthly basis may be linked to various factors, including weather and sea conditions or the situation in the countries of departure and origin. Geopolitical developments and the capacity of smugglers to organize departures may also affect sea arrivals.

09 Aug 2017 description
report Voice of America

MARTINSICURO, ABRUZZO, ITALY — The thick-set 23-year-old Nigerian woman exudes strength, keen to overcome what she suffered in Libya and Italy before she escaped from the shadows in Rome and jumped on a train heading for Ancona on Italy’s Adriatic coast.

Not that she knew the train’s destination before boarding — she just wanted to flee her tormenters, run from beatings and sexual abuse. But it will take longer than a three-and-half-hour railway trip to forget the torments of the past.

09 Aug 2017 description
  • 116,692 arrivals by sea in 2017

  • 363,401 arrivals in 2016

  • 2,405 dead/missing

08 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

Migrants tell of torture, sexual violence and slavery in Libyan ‘hell'

Three quarters witnessed murder or torture and almost all of the women had been sexually assaulted

Rape, torture and slave labour are among the daily realities in Libya for people fleeing war, persecution and poverty, according to a new report by Oxfam and Italian partners MEDU and Borderline Sicilia published today.