Ventimiglia, Italy- As a consequence of the ever-stricter border policies in place in Europe since the sharp increase in migration in 2015, the Italian town of Ventimiglia, near the French border, has turned into the main transit point for migrants trying to reach other EU countries from Italy. Since the end of 2016, Médécins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started providing maternal care and mental health support to migrants in transit to France, who are stuck at the border with no access to basic health care.
Regional mixed migration summary for June 2017 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Puntland, Somalia, Somaliland and Yemen.
Terminology: Throughout this report the term migrant/refugee is used to cover all those involved in the mixed migration flows (including asylum seekers, trafficked persons, smuggled economic migrants, refugees). If the caseload mentioned refers only to refugees or asylum seekers or trafficked persons it will be clearly stated.
Situational overview: Security situation remained volatile, with continued targeting of civilian infrastructure.
Protection concerns: The Government passed amendments to revise criteria for inclusion in the targeted financial assistance programme.
Assistance provided: In June, UNHCR provided non-food items (NFIs) and emergency shelter assistance to more than 1,000 people.
Help for Libyan Coast Guard Risks Complicity in Abuse
(Milan) – Italy’s deployment of Navy ships to assist Libyan authorities intercept migrant boats in Libyan waters could implicate Italy in human rights abuses against migrants subsequently detained in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today.
114,287 arrivals by sea in 2017
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Italy fears aid groups are facilitating people smuggling from North Africa and encouraging migrants to make the perilous passage to Europe
By Isla Binnie and Antonio Denti
ROME, July 31 (Reuters) - Five aid groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean refused to sign up to the Italian government's code of conduct on Monday, the Interior Ministry said, but three others backed the new rules.
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Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 114,287 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 30 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 256,828 arrivals across the region through 30 July 2016.
Highlights in June
• President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf opened the High-level Panel on International Migration in Africa in Monrovia. The High Level Panel, established by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) seeks to make recommendations to build and sustain political consensus on implementing the international migration development agenda. The panel will hold consultations at the national, regional and global levels, and will report to the African Union Heads of State Summit in July 2018.
Published 09:00 CET 28 July
113,433 arrivals by sea in 2017
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Médecins Sans Frontières formally informed the Italian Ministry of the Interior today that it would not be signing the Code of Conduct for NGOs operating rescue ships on the Mediterranean.
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 30 Jul 2017): 94,740
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 30 Jul 2016): 91,894
Total arrivals 1 Jul - 30 Jul 2017 10,988
Total arrivals 1 Jul - 30 Jul 2016 21,672
Average daily arrivals in July 2017 so far: 366
Average daily arrivals in June 2017: 784
Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 30 Jul) 2,378
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 30 Jul) 3,121 Dead and missing in 2016 5,096
The international debate packages the problem neatly, but offers few solutions for Africa.
31 JUL 2017 BY / BY TUESDAY REITANO
Combating human trafficking has become one of the biggest global challenges, attracting high-level pledges of support from world leaders, especially in the West.
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.
(Milan, July 27, 2017) – Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni announced on July 26, 2017, that the Italian Defense Ministry is drawing up operational plans to deploy Italian navy ships in Libyan waters following a formal request by the Libyan Government of National Accord. On July 27, French President Emmanuel Macron said France would create what he called “hotspots” in Libya this summer to identify asylum seekers.
240,188 Libyans currently internally displaced persons (IDPs)1
249,298 returned IDPs (returns registered in 2017)
42,028 registered refugees and asylum-seekers in Libya
94,385 persons arriving in Italy by sea so far in 20172
75.5 million required for IDPs and refugees in Libya in 2017
Thursday, 27 July 2017 18:17 GMT
"This all makes sense only if we can limit the arrival of migrants in Italy"
Tripoli government invited Italy into its waters
Some 600,000 boat migrants have come to Italy since 2014
Mission hinges on parliamentary support
Libya Presidential Council denies permission given (Adds Tripoli denial)
By Steve Scherer
European Commission - Press release
Brussels, 26 July 2017
Today, the Commission has adopted its 14th progress report on relocation of asylum seekers within the EU and resettlement of refugees from outside the EU.