Mixed Migration Hub Trend Bulletin, June 2017
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.
Scope: This bulletin covers mixed migration trends in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Sudan, Tunisia, Greece and Italy.
Terminology: Throughout this bulletin the terms migrant, refugee and asylum seeker are used together to cover all those comprising mixed migration flows. If the original source specifies a particular category, the relevant term will be used.
Sources: Data is drawn from a wide variety of sources, including government, civil society and media.
UN launches the High Level Panel on Migration in Africa
- The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has launched a new process aimed at creating political consensus to address the challenges of migration and save the lives. The process is set in motion by the 14-member High-Level panel established in April last year by the ECA to push migration issues to the top policy agenda by engaging major stakeholders and partners. The Acting Executive Secretary of ECA stated at the launch of the process that restrains of travelling inside the continent as well as the excessive border controls increase the costs and the risks of migration. The process will hold various consultations at the national, regional and global levels and propose recommendations on building and sustaining broad political consensus on the implementation of the international migration development agenda, while taking into account the particular challenges of countries in conflict and post-conflict situations. The report will be submitted to the African Union Summit in July 2018.
UN and civil society organizations meet at the Global Conference on Children on the Move
- On 12 June, 20 UN and civil society organizations met in Berlin for the Global Conference on Children on the Move. The aim of the conference was to ensure that the Global Combacts on migrants and refugees take into account children’s rights and priorities. IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, stated that it is important to ensure that child migration is always in the best interest of the child. He also mentioned that solutions should ensure that children are not left behind and they need to be protected from exploitation and trafficking.
Relocation and Resettlement
As of 9 June, 20,869 persons have been relocated from Greece and Italy to other Eu countries under the September 2015 scheme. On 6 June, The European Commission opened a legal case against Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic for failing to meet their responsibilities as part of the EU bloc and take asylum seekers. The EU’s migration commissioner, Dimitris Avramopoulos, mentioned in a news conference that in spite of repeated calls to abide by the relocation scheme, the mentioned countries did not take the necessary action and had failed to meet their obligations. On the other side, the Polish Deputy Foreign Minister, Konrad Szymanski, stated that the legal case will unncessarily heat up the political tensions and that Poland will defend its legal arguments in the court.
Progress on resettlement continues to be well on track with nearly three quarters (16,419) of the 22,504 resettlements agreed in July 2015 having already been carried out. The total number of resettlements from Turkey under the Statement now stands at 6,254. According to the EU Commission, 25 countries have committed to provide place for migrants.
FTA and IOM sign a memorandum of Understanding
- On 16 June, the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) and IOM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance ethical recruitment, protection of migrant workers, and combating human trafficking in the global labour supply chain. IOM Regional Director of the EU, Norway and Switzerland, Eugenio Ambrosi stated that private sector employers and brands play an important role in migration management and protection of the rights of migrant workers and that the new partnership with FTA will improve the conditions of migrant workers.