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09 Aug 2017 description

Niger is cracking down on smugglers, although those caught up in transporting people across the Sahara need real economic alternatives.

By Michelle Hoffman | 09 August 2017

AGADEZ, Niger – Bashir grew up in this maze-like outpost perched on the edge of the Sahara, and his knowledge of city and desert made him a successful human smuggler taking people over the searing border to Libya for years.

09 Aug 2017 description


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 UN News Service

8 août 2017 – Un total de 1.000 migrants a été secouru depuis avril de cette année dans les zones désertiques, au nord du Niger, par des équipes de l'Organisation internationale des migrations (OIM).

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.

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.

08 Aug 2017 description

Dirkou – A total of 1,000 migrants have been rescued since April of this year in northern Niger by the search and rescue operations of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

08 Aug 2017 description

Conakry – On 3 August, 132 Guinean migrants, including six unaccompanied children, returned voluntarily to Guinea from Libya with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in collaboration with Guinean and Libyan authorities.

William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General, who was in Libya at the time, saw them off at Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport on Thursday. The returnees arrived in Conakry that same evening.

07 Aug 2017 description

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro, expresses concerns over reports of severe shortages of basic necessities, including life saving medical supplies due to the conflict in Derna. This is has a negative impact on people’s health and wellbeing and, if prolonged, would lead to serious humanitarian conditions.

“I urge all parties to consider the safety and the wellbeing of the civilians a top priority and allow for the safe delivery of humanitarian supplies to ensure continued access to basic services, especially health”, said Maria Ribeiro.

07 Aug 2017 description


  • As of 28 July, 11,403 migrants have been rescued off the coastal cities of Azzawya, Tripoli and Subratah. 349 bodies have so far been retrieved.

  • On 20 July, one body was retrieved in Subratah.

  • Four days later, on 24 July, 133 migrants were rescued off Tripoli. On the same day, another 148 migrants were rescued off Azzawya.

07 Aug 2017 description


This report presents the findings of Round 11 of data collection, which took place between 7 May and 8 June 2017. Table 1 displays the number of IDPs and returnees identified across rounds from the beginning of 2017 until present. As can be seen, the number of identified returnees had been steadily on the rise across the four rounds conducted in 2017, mirrored by a gradual decrease in the number of IDPs identified in the country.

05 Aug 2017 description
report African Union

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 703rd meeting held on 20 July 2017, received a briefing on the situation in Libya:

05 Aug 2017 description

Près de 30% des personnes qui risquent leur vie pour traverser le désert vers la Libye pourraient prétendre à une protection internationale une fois arrivées en Europe.

Par Michelle Hoffman

AGADEZ, Niger – Daniel connait bien les dangers de la route vers la Libye. Quand il raconte son périple depuis son Cameroun natal, les détails se bousculent dans un mélange de mots, de gestes et de regards obliques, un sourire furtif barrant parfois son visage. Ce n’est pas l’excitation mais le désespoir qui anime ce perpétuel mouvement.

04 Aug 2017 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 115,109 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 2 August, with almost 83 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 261,228 arrivals across the region through 2 August 2016.

04 Aug 2017 description

Tripoli – IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Director General William Lacy Swing returned to Tripoli earlier this week (1-3/08), where he reiterated that Libya remains IOM’s top priority. In what was his second visit to Libya this year, Director General Swing along with Vincent Houver, IOM Deputy Director of the Department of Operations and Emergencies, Othman Belbeisi, IOM Chief of Mission in Libya and other IOM Libya staff met with the Prime Minister Fayez al Serraj.

04 Aug 2017 description

Nearly 30 per cent of those who risk all to cross the desert to Libya could qualify for international protection status once they reach Europe.

AGADEZ, Niger – Daniel knows well the dangers of the route to Libya. As he recalls his journey from his native Cameroon, the details spill out in a staccato of words, fidgets and sideways glances, an occasional smile dashing across his face. It is not excitement, but despair, that drives the constant movement.