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UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria

Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria.

This is one of the key findings of a new report published by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route, which was released in Italian this week (21 July) by IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome. Read here

UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria

Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria.

This is one of the key findings of a new report published by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route, which was released in Italian this week (21 July) by IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome. Read here

"Aware Migrants" Campaign: IOM and the Ministry of Interior presented the short movie "Granma"

The Ministry of the Interior - Civil Liberties and Immigration Department and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), presented to the Press the short film “Granma”, produced in the framework of the Aware Migrants Information Campaign.
Born from the work of Horace Communications Agency, the film was developed as the original idea of director Gianni Amelio and produced by Gianluca Arcopinto. The screenplay and direction were entrusted to Italian Daniele Gaglianone and Nigerian Alfie Nze. “Granma” was filmed entirely in Nigeria and its soundtrack includes the song "Challenging death", which is also featured in a music video promoted on social media, especially in Nigeria. Watch the video "Challenging death" 

UN Migration Agency Calls for Stronger Rescue Cooperation and Solidarity with Italy

Switzerland - Ahead of this week’s informal meeting of EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) urges European Union (EU) Member States to reinvigorate cooperation in the shared interest of saving more lives in the Mediterranean, and to help Member States on the EU’s southern border to receive, assist and accommodate people rescued at sea.

Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 95,768 in 2017; 2,169 Deaths

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 95,768 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 29 June, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 230,230 arrivals across the region through 30 June 2016. IOM Rome spokesperson Flavio Di Giacomo reported Thursday (29 June) that 11,639 migrants and refugees were rescued at sea between Saturday and Wednesday (24-28 June). He also reported that while total arrivals to Italy for this year along the Central Mediterranean route are running about 18 per cent ahead of last year’s totals, arrivals for the month of June are virtually identical to similar periods in 2016 and 2015. Read here

Aware Migrants launches new campaign "I remember" video

On Friday 17 2017, IOM launched the awareness-raising video  “I remember”, focused on the dangers of irregular migration through the Central Mediterranean route. “Aware Migrants” is an information campaign based on true stories told by migrants who have made the Mediterranean crossing. The aim of the campaign is not to discourage but to help potential migrants to make informed decisions by disseminating some of the actual risks about the journey across the desert and through the Mediterranean, with a strong focus on the risks faced in Libya.