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Mediterranean Arrivals Reach 110,699 in 2019;Deaths Reach 1,283. World Deaths Fall

Geneva – The International Organization for Migration reported today 110,669 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea during the year just ended, marking the sixth straight year that at least 100,000 arrivals were recorded on three Mediterranean Sea Routes. The total is only slightly below the 116,273 men, women and children who crossed the Mediterranean in this […]

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Ocean Viking’s SAR Coordinator on the rescue of 112 people from a deflating rubber boat

Early this morning, the Ocean Viking rescued 112 people from a deflating rubber boat 34 NM from the Libyan coast. Among them: 24 women, incl. 3 pregnant & 38 children, the youngest just 3 months old. Photo: SOS Mediterranee Nicola Stalla, Search and Rescue Coordinator onboard the Ocean Viking, comments on the 20th of December rescue. 112 […]

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The International Organization for Migration: Signs New Cooperation Agreement with Somalia

Mogadishu – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today (14/12) signed a new cooperation agreement with the Federal Government of Somalia, which underlines both parties’ mutual interest to strengthen cooperation and to work together on migration issues to promote economic and social development. The agreement was signed in Mogadishu by IOM Regional Director for East and […]

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MIGRANTS SMUGGLED BY LEISURE BOATS ON ADRIATIC SEA: 8 ARRESTED IN GREECE AND ITALY

About 150 migrants, some of which children, were smuggled in unsafe and overcrowded vessels Law enforcement authorities from Greece and Italy, supported by Europol and Eurojust, have dismantled a large organised crime group smuggling migrants by leisure boats / pleasure crafts via the Adriatic Sea. On the action day, law enforcement authorities carried out 13 house searches and […]

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Mauritania Shipwreck Survivors Returned Home by Authorities

Nouadhibou – Mauritanian authorities in coordination with the governments of The Gambia and Senegal today began returning the 87 survivors of Wednesday’s fatal shipwreck to their countries of origin. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been providing humanitarian assistance including medical and psychosocial care to the 78 Gambian and nine Senegalese migrants in Nouadhibou. Sixty-two […]

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At Least 58 Migrants Dead After Boat Capsizes Near Coast of Mauritania

Nouadhibou –  At least 58 people are confirmed dead after a vessel carrying migrants sank as it approached the coast of Mauritania today. Eighty-three others swam to shore and are receiving assistance from Mauritanian authorities, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR. Survivors told IOM staff in Nouadhibou, the second largest city in northern Mauritania, that at […]

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Forced Movement of Migrants in Bosnia Sparks Warning of Humanitarian Emergency

Concern is rising for the welfare of migrants in Bosnia with winter just around the corner. Archive/IOM 2018 Sarajevo – Serious concerns have been expressed in Bosnia at the forcible transfer of large numbers of migrants to an already overcrowded and dangerous accommodation centre. The Vucjak centre, near Bihac on the Bosnia-Croatia border has been […]

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nternational Organization for Migration reports some 170 missing migrants from two major shipwrecks of vessels leaving Africa for Europe over the last 48 hours

Credits: Sea-Watch e.V. Geneva – Over 117 vulnerable migrants are believed to have perished in the winter waters of the Mediterranean Sea on Friday marking the second tragedy in just two days and bringing the total number of migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea to 200 through nearly three weeks of the new year. News of […]

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UNHCR and IOM appeal to European leaders to tackle Mediterranean deaths

Italian Coast Guard rescues migrants and refugees bound for Italy. © IOM/Francesco Malavolta Ahead of this week’s meeting of European Union (EU) Heads of State and Government, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, are together appealing to European leaders to urgently take steps to address this year’s record rate of […]

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UNHCR sounds alarm as Mediterranean Sea deaths pass 1,500 mark

Photo by Frontex More than 1,500 refugees and migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean in the first seven months of this year. The bleak milestone was confirmed after more than 850 lives were lost in June and July alone, marking the Mediterranean crossing as the deadliest sea route in the world. […]

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MAJOR INTERNATIONAL OPERATION DISMANTLES MIGRANT SMUGGLING NETWORK

Europol and Eurojust today supported a joint investigation team (JIT), consisting of investigators and judicial authorities from five different EU Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, the Netherlands and the UK), in dismantling a migrant smuggling network operating across Europe. Participating law enforcement authorities carried out 42 searches across Europe and arrrested 26 individuals (8 in Belgium, 7 in Bulgaria […]

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Gallup Number of Potential Migrants Worldwide Tops 700 Million

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After cooling off in the wake of the Great Recession, worldwide, people’s desire to migrate permanently to another country showed signs of rebounding between 2013 and 2016. Gallup found 14% of the world’s adults — which translates to nearly 710 million people — saying they would like to move to another country […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Approach 43,000 in 2017; Deaths: 962

Switzerland – IOM reports that 42,974 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 April, over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 205,613 through the 19 April 2016. Mediterranean Developments TOTAL ARRIVALS BY SEA AND DEATHS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN 2016-2017   1 JANUARY – […]

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Organised crime network involved in facilitated illegal immigration dismantled in Spain

With the support of Europol, the Spanish Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal network accused of facilitating illegal immigration from Morocco to Spain, as well as trafficking hashish. It is estimated that the criminal network could have facilitated the entry of at least 300 irregular migrants, some of them minors, and made EUR 350 000 […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 11,010; Deaths: 255

Switzerland – IOM reports that 11,010 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 5 February – about 85 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Greece. This compares with 74,808 during the first 36 days of 2016. IOM has registered 4,879 more arrivals since its last report (3/2), of whom 1,596 […]

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U.S. COAST GUARD REPATRIATES 38 CUBAN MIGRANTS

MIAMI — The Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. repatriated 38 Cuban migrants Thursday to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba. These repatriations are a result of three separate at-sea migrant interdictions in the South Florida Straits. In each instance, the Coast Guard helped secure the U.S. border and prevented these sea voyages from ending in tragedy. “We discourage anyone from taking […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 345,440; Deaths at Sea: 4,655

Switzerland – IOM reports that 345,440 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2016 through 20 November, arriving mostly in Greece and Italy. Some 171,264 people have arrived in Greece and 168,542 in Italy during 2016. The total is well below the number of arrivals at this point in 2015, by which time some […]

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US. Coast Guard rescues 14 Cuban migrants stranded on Monito Island, Puerto Rico

The Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez small boat on scene with a Puerto Rico Police marine unit and a Coast Guard MH-65D Dolphin rescue helicopter during the rescue of 14 Cuban migrants, nine men and five women, who were stranded at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on Monito Island, Puerto Rico Oct. 25, 2016.  The migrants were safely recovered […]

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LATEST TRENDS IN MIGRANT SMUGGLING: EPMT one year anniversary infographic

Between early 2015 and the summer of 2016, the picture of migrant smuggling to and within the EU has undergone significant changes. One key development is the shift in migrant smuggling routes used to enter the EU and reach preferred destination countries. In the past weeks, crossings along the Eastern Mediterranean route have increased, whereas […]

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NUMBER OF MIGRANTS ARRIVING IN ITALY UP 12% IN JULY

The number of migrants arriving in Italy in July increased to almost 25,300, up 12% when compared to the same month of 2015. This brought the total number of migrants detected in the Central Mediterranean to nearly 95,000 in the first seven months of 2016, in line with the figure from last year. Nigerians and […]

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