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16 Feb 2018 description

Although European and African efforts to reduce irregular migration have successfully lowered overall numbers entering Europe, some migrants are transiting increasingly hazardous smuggling routes across the Sahara Desert and Mediterranean Sea, risking human rights abuses and indefinite detention. The UN’s voluntary humanitarian return program assisted over 19,000 migrants to return to their home countries from Libya in 2017, up from around 3,000 assisted migrant returns from Libya in 2016. An estimated 400,000–700,000 migrants live in detention in Libya.

16 Feb 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 8,407 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through seven weeks of 2018. This compares with 12,430 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

15 Feb 2018 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

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.

Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.

09 Feb 2018 description

9,483 surveys conducted with migrants in Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in 2017

Focus of the report

This report contains an analysis of the responses provided by migrants and refugees travelling along the Central and the Eastern Mediterranean routes and interviewed under IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) activities in 2017. Male and female migrants are systematically compared.

07 Feb 2018 description
  • 186,768 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE
  • 172,362 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE BY SEA
  • 14,406 TOTAL ARRIVALS TO EUROPE BY LAND

Highlights

03 Feb 2018 description
report UN News Service

2 février 2018 – La Méditerranée continue d'être le cimetière marin de milliers de migrants et de réfugiés. Selon l'Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM), environ 90 migrants se sont vraisemblablement noyés vendredi dans les eaux de la mer Méditerranée après que leur embarcation a coulé au large des côtes libyennes. Parmi ces personnes emportées par les eaux, il y aurait en majorité des Pakistanais.

02 Feb 2018 description

Geneva – At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning (02/02). According to IOM Libya’s Olivia Headon, 10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores – two Libyans and eight Pakistani nationals. Two survivors are reported to have swam to shore, while another was rescued by a fishing boat, Headon said. IOM is working to get more details of the tragedy and to see how best to assist survivors, she continued.

02 Feb 2018 description
report European Union

Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, is launching a new operation in the Central Mediterranean to assist Italy in border control activities.

01 Feb 2018 description

By Steve Scherer

ROME, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The European Union's border agency Frontex launched a new Mediterranean operation called Themis on Thursday, removing the obligation of the previous mission to bring rescued migrants only to Italy.

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30 Jan 2018 description

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 5,502 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 28 January. This compares with 5,288 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017. Italy accounts for approximately 58 per cent of the total, with the remainder split between Spain (22 per cent) and Greece (20 per cent).

IOM Rome reported on Monday (29 January) that 965 migrants have been rescued at sea during the weekend by Italian and international rescue ships, with some still being brought to land late Monday (and so not included in the above table).

29 Jan 2018 description

MILAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Around 800 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean on Saturday as they tried to reach Europe and two bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard, which coordinated the rescues, said in a statement.

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18 Jan 2018 description
report Mixed Migration Hub

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.

Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.

11 Jan 2018 description

Key Figures

119,369 Sea Arrivals
15,779 UASC Sea Arrivals
130,180 Asylum applications
183,681 Persons in reception
11,464 Relocations

Overview and developments

10 Jan 2018 description
  • 176,042 Total arrivals to Europe

  • 164,754 Total arrivals to Europe by sea

  • 11,288 Total arrivals to Europe by land

Highlights

14 Dec 2017 description

Overview

Between 1 January and 30 November 2017, 117,042 persons arrived in Italy by sea.
This is a 32% decrease compared to sea arrivals in the same period last year (173,008). In November 2017, 5,645 persons reached Italy by sea, compared to 13,581 registered at landing points in November 2016. Sea arrivals in November were slightly lower than in the previous month, when almost 6,000 persons reached Italian shores.

05 Dec 2017 description

Since 2014, the International Organization for Migration has recorded the deaths of nearly 25,000 migrants. This figure is a significant indicator of the human toll of unsafe migration, yet fails to capture the true number of people who have died or gone missing during migration. This report, the third volume in the Fatal Journeys series, focuses on improving data on migrant fatalities. It is published in two parts. Part 1 critically examines the existing and potential sources of data on missing migrants.