Italy has won praise for its handling of these newcomers, yet a recent surge in arrivals has piled pressure on the government
By Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
VENICE, Italy, July 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck.
Cooperation and knowledge-sharing a promising start for progress in refugee and migrant health
This week WHO/Europe launched its first annual Summer School on Refugee and Migrant Health in Syracuse, Italy. The course, focused on managing the public health aspects of migration, welcomed participants and representatives from 30 countries around the world, including government officials and academia. All are committed to a collaborative process for making progress in health and migration.
Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 111,148 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 16 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 241,859 arrivals across the region through 16 July 2016.
33%of international migrants are from G20 countries
50% of international migrants reside in G20 countries
122 million migrants live in G20 countries, representing 2.6% of the total population
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is appealing for US$421.2 million to help provide meaningful alternatives to refugees and others undertaking dangerous journeys to Europe.
The number of refugees and migrants arriving in Europe from Africa through Libya is increasing and, with it, the risks they face crossing the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea. In the first six months of this year, 2,171 refugees and migrants died or went missing in the Central Mediterranean, many others are believed to have died trying to cross into Libya.
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 17 July 2017 - With thousands of refugees and migrants being pulled from the Mediterranean Sea each week, UNICEF is warning that a proposed code of conduct for NGOs carrying out search and rescue missions could put many lives at risk – especially those of children.
99,864 in Q1-Q2 2017
231,463 in Q1-Q2 2016
361,709 in 2016
1,015,078 in 2015
Dead and Missing
2,253 in Q1-Q2 2017
2,896 in Q1-Q2 2016
5,096 in 2016
3,771 in 2015
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 16 Jul 2017): 93,213
Total arrivals (1 Jan - 16 Jul 2016): 79,840
Total arrivals 1 Jul - 16 Jul 2017 9,461
Total arrivals 1 Jul - 16 Jul 2016 9,618
Average daily arrivals in July 2017 so far: 591
Average daily arrivals in June 2017: 784
Dead and missing in 2017 (as of 16 Jul) 2,174
Dead and missing in 2016 (as of 16 Jul) 2,951
Dead and missing in 2016 5,096
According to available data, in the first half of 2017, there were more than 100,000 arrivals to Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain (101,559). This represents a 58% decrease when compared to the same period in 2016 when 239,925 arrivals were registered. This is mainly due to the sharpe decrease in arrivals to Greece.
• Bangladeshi migration to Italy is increasing since the mid-2000s: there are almost 143,000 regular residents (2016)
• 8,131 Bangladeshi migrants arrived by sea in 2016 (4.5% of total arrivals by sea); 7,106 arrived by sea between January and May 2017 (11.8% of the total)
• IOM data show that newly arrived Bangladeshi migrants are prevalently male, single and traveling alone
Trends and key figures
Since 01 January 2017 until 30 June 2017, 102,847 refugees and migrants have arrived in the Mediterranean (Greece, Italy, Spain and Cyprus, including arrivals to the Canary Islands and by land to Spain). Arrivals by sea in this period comprised of 17 per cent children, 12 per cent women and 71 per cent men.
European right-wing extremists have chartered a boat and set sail for the Mediterranean to help obstruct the flow of refugees. The so-called Identitarians are just the latest player in a complex flotilla of groups.
Pan-European members of the right-wing group known as the Identitarian Movement announced this week that they had chartered a ship and were sailing to the Mediterranean to stem the flow of refugees and migrants.
Between 1 January and 30 June 2017, 83,752 persons arrived in Italy by sea. This is a 19% increase compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (70,222). In June, 23,524 persons reached Italian shores, compared to 22,371 who arrived in June 2016.
Between 1 January and 30 June 2017, 11,406 unaccompanied and separated children arrived in Italy by sea, representing 14% of all sea arrivals during this period. This proportion is comparable to the first six months of 2016, when 15% of those arriving by sea were UASC. UASC numbers, however, have increased compared to last year, when 10,640 UASC arrived in the first six months of the year.
103,175 arrivals by sea in 2017
published 09:00 CET 14 July
363,401 arrivals in 2016
Switzerland - IOM, UN Migration Agency, reports that 103,175 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 12 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 240,014 arrivals across the region through 12 July 2016.
CATANIA, Italy, July 14 (Reuters) - More than 1,400 migrants disembarked in Italy on Friday, the first of more than 4,400 who are expected to come ashore during the day after being picked up by rescue boats this week in the southern Mediterranean.
Their arrival comes as the Italian government, looking to stem the flow of migrants into the country, has drawn up a draft code of conduct for non-governmental organisations operating in the Mediterranean.
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As a result of the high pressure on Italy with regards to the migration flow and the lack of solidarity from other Member States, pointing the finger at NGOs undertaking search and rescue (SAR) operations has become the new trend.
Insights from the Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism initiative (4Mi) in Mali and Niger
• The Mixed Migration Monitoring Mechanism initiative (4Mi) collects data on the conditions of mixed migration movements across various regions. It is implemented by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and the Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat.