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Arrivals by sea: the number of female potential victims of trafficking from the Côte d’Ivoire is increasing

Rome 18 October - On the occasion of today’s celebrations for the European Day against Trafficking, IOM published a briefing on a new exploitation phenomenon, recently identified following an analysis of migratory flows along the Central Mediterranean route.In the last year, IOM’s anti-trafficking teams have detected an increase in the presence of women and girls from the Côte d’Ivoire at the main landing points in Italy. “We have reason to believe that many of these women and girls are victims of trafficking for the purpose of labor exploitation, and sometimes even sexual exploitation”, explained Laurence Hart, Director of the IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean.


After having survived the bombing of the Tajoura Centre, she has now been saved at sea off the coast of Lampedusa. The dramatic story of a migrant coming from Cameroon

Lampedusa 4 October - The night of Wednesday 2 October, 72 people were rescued by the Italian Coast Guard and brought to the island of Lampedusa. Conditions on board were dramatic and, due to severe weather, the rescue proved extremely difficult. Those present onboard included young Bengali males and women from West Africa. The migrants left Zwara, Libya, the night of Monday 30 September.

World Day Against Trafficking – IOM: Necessary to keep attention high on the phenomenon along diversified routes


Rome, 30 July 2019 – Today, 30th July, is World Day Against Trafficking, one of the most serious transnational crimes in the world and one of the most complex human rights-related challenges of our times.

Protection of migrants in Libya is of major concern to IOM

29 March  2019 - In relation to the activities of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya, IOM would like to clarify that we follow the UN position indicating that Libya cannot yet be considered a safe port.

IOM in Libya is present at the disembarkation points to deliver primary assistance to migrants that have been rescued at sea. However, following their disembarkation rescued migrants are often transferred to the government run detention centres over which the Organization has no authority or oversight. The detention centres are closed and the detention of men, women and children is arbitrary. The unacceptable and inhumane conditions in these detention centres is well documented.

In general the situation in the country remains very dangerous, IOM cannot guarantee the protection of migrants in Libya

Urgent need to guarantee disembarkation in a safe port for the 47 migrants and refugees on board the “SeaWatch3” for 7 days

Roma 26 January - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and UNICEF express their serious concern in relation to the situation of the 47 migrants and refugees who were rescued by the "Sea Watch 3" last Saturday, and for whom a safe port for disembarkation has still not been found.

IOM Welcomes Malta’s Safe Harbour and EU Solidarity for Sea Rescue Survivors, Appeals for Swifter, Reliable Solutions


Floriana/Rome/Brussels – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) commends the Maltese authorities for providing a safe port for the disembarkation of the 49 migrants rescued by the Sea Watch 3 and Sea Eye boats. IOM also notes the contribution of those EU Member States that have agreed to step up and operationalize EU solidarity, as well as the European Commission for its role in coordinating the agreement.

A safe harbour is urgently needed for the 49 migrants stranded for days in the Mediterranean

Rome 2 January 2019 - The International Organization for Migration expresses its concerns regarding the conditions of the 49 migrants rescued several days ago in the Mediterranean, for whom a safe port has not yet been guaranteed. It is urgent and necessary that European States show a sense of responsibility and solidarity for the migrants and refugees, granting the 49 persons in question a safe harbour as soon as possible.


18 December - Migration is the great issue of our era. Migration With Dignity (#WithDignity) is the theme of 2018’s International Migrants Day, which we observe today (By António Vitorino, Director General IOM)


UN Migration Agency Concludes 109th Council Session

Geneva – IOM Director General António Vitorino this week (27-30/11) addressed a gathering of the Organization’s member 173 states and welcomed IOM’s newest member – Uzbekistan – while presiding over a range of panels and programmes at his first IOM Council Session since assuming his position at the beginning of October. Read here


IOM Resumes Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights from Libya Following Tripoli Ceasefire

Tripoli – A flight to Ghana is the first return flight to leave Libya in the wake of this week’s ceasefire agreement ending hostilities in southern Tripoli and surrounding areas. The reopening of Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport permitted a commercial flight to leave the airport for Ghana, carrying 21 migrants, said IOM, the UN Migration Agency. Read the news