Geneva – Since 9 August, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has not received any reports of migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. The total count for Mediterranean Sea fatalities has remained at 2,410 for 20 days. Just 19 deaths have been recorded in the region so far in all of August by IOM, a sharp drop from the 689 recorded in August 2015 and 62 last year.
“UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes commitments made today at the Paris meeting on migration and asylum.
I am encouraged by the announcement of a comprehensive plan of action that will support long-term solutions to the complex issue of mixed migration and help address its root causes, in close cooperation with countries of origin and transit and in line with international law.
The summit will include the leaders of Chad and Niger from where migrants cross into Libya en route to Europe.
PARIS, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Getting Europe's migrant crisis under control will be the main focus of a summit of Europe's 'big four' continental powers hosted on Monday by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invited three African nations to the talks in Paris.
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Total arrivals (1 Jan - 27 Aug 2017): 98,228
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 27 Aug 2016): 105,388
Total arrivals 1 Aug - 27 Aug 2017 3,015
Total arrivals 1 Aug - 27 Aug 2016 11,614
Average daily arrivals in August 2017 so far: 112
Average daily arrivals in July 2017: 370
Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 27 Aug) 2,421
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 27 Aug) 3,174
Dead and missing in 2016 5,096
Monthly trend report
Covering mixed migration to, through & from NORTH AFRICA
About: MHub is the regional knowledge hub and secretariat for the North Africa Mixed Migration Task Force, comprising of DRC, IOM, OHCHR, RMMS, Save the Children, UNHCR, UNICEF and UNODC. It promotes a human rights-based approach to ensure the protection of people moving in mixed and complex flows to, through and from North Africa.
In 2017, between January and June, 99,865 refugees and migrants crossed the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa and Turkey. Most crossed the central Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. The top five countries of origin during this period were Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Guinea (Conakry) and The Gambia. In the first six months of 2017, 74% of arrivals were men, 15% children, and 11% women.
Provide Adequate Housing for Homeless Refugees
(Milan) – Police used violence and water cannons to evict a group of squatters, predominantly refugees, in Rome on August 24, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The Italian authorities should conduct a serious and transparent investigation into the use of force by police. Hundreds of people who had been living in the building on the Piazza Indipendenza urgently need alternative accommodation.
Most of the squatters were Eritreans who had been granted asylum
ROME, Aug 24 (Reuters) - Police using water canon and batons clashed on Thursday with refugees who had occupied a small Rome square in defiance of an order to leave a building where they had been squatting.
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- In July, the Italian Cooperation and Development Agency confirmed a EUR 1 million donation to WFP Libya. This generous contribution, the second made by Italy for WFP’s food assistance programme in Libya since 2016, will support almost 80,000 people for one month.
"When residents see a group of immigrants, their first reaction is to stay away, but their attitudes change when they understand what they're doing"
By Vera Haller
FLORENCE, Italy, Aug 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a hot summer morning, 20 young African men donned black gloves and bright orange vests before spreading out along a section of the Arno to collect bottles, food wrappers, and a lone abandoned shoe that littered the river's south bank.
On 21 August 2017, a 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Ischia as well as the near territorial Flegrea coast of Campania, in the province of Naples. The quake struck at 20:57 (18:57 GMT), at depth of 5 kilometres with epicentre five kilometres north-west of Monte di Procida. 31 aftershocks have been registered since then, all of them below 4.0 Richter magnitude. The origin of the earthquake is volcanic.
Trends and key figures
On 21 August 2017, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit the island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. The quake struck at 20:57 (18:57 GMT), at depth of 10.4 kilometres with epicentre 5 kilometres north-west of Monte di Procida.
Two persons died and at least 39 people got injured, with many more still missing.
The earthquake caused buildings to collapse although there is no detailed information available on the extent of the damage at the moment.
The Italian Civil Protection has been sending teams to assess the damage and needs.
By Nichola Jones, IFRC
At least two people are believed to have died and dozens injured following a magnitude 4 earthquake in the Bay of Naples.
Ischia island was the worst hit by the tremor which caused several buildings to collapse including a church and houses. Several people remain trapped under the rubble.
Specially trained local volunteers were on the scene in the aftermath of the quake, followed by extra teams from the mainland to support the rescue efforts.
Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 120,137 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 20 August, with almost 82 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 269,856 arrivals across the region through 20 August 2016.
By Aidan Lewis and Steve Scherer
TUNIS/ROME, Aug 21 (Reuters) - An armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said.
The revelation throws new light on the sharp reduction in migrant arrivals from Italy, which took over from the Aegean route as the main focus of European concerns in the crisis.
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