IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 27 June 2015]

IOM / International Organization for Migration [to 27 June 2015]

Selected Press Releases
IOM Responds as Greece Rivals Italy as Point of Entry to EU for Sea-borne Migrants
Greece – The Greek islands near Turkey’s coast now rival Italy as the top destination for irregular migrants seeking entry into the EU by sea this year, signaling the shift from the central Mediterranean route to the Eastern route.

IOM Joins Forces with Interpol to Combat Child Trafficking in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana
Côte d’Ivoire – Forty-eight child victims of trafficking have been rescued and 22 alleged traffickers have been arrested pursuant to the AKOMA Police Operation carried out at the beginning of June 2015.

IOM Reaches over 5,000 Syrians Affected by Conflict in East Aleppo
Syria – IOM, as part of the UN OCHA-led inter-agency convoy organized from Damascus, this week reached Aleppo in Northern Syria, where an estimated 324,800 people remain in need of humanitarian assistance.

IOM Launches Online Course on Access to Labor Justice of Migrants
Costa Rica – Aiming at providing information on access to labor justice of migrants, IOM has launched a virtual course to help people easily understand topics regarding labor migration, justice and access to rights.

IOM Launches Research on Human Trafficking and Exploitation of Mobile Populations in Crises
Switzerland –New research just launched by IOM confirms that trafficking in persons and other forms of exploitation occur in times of crisis yet remain largely overlooked in the context of humanitarian response.
Undertaken in a time of unprecedented, diverse and simultaneously ongoing crises, with more and more people on the move or displaced, the research confirms that crisis situations can exacerbate existing vulnerabilities to and manifestations of trafficking in persons. In certain contexts, crisis-induced forms of trafficking emerge.

IOM, USAID Support Colombia to Advance Peace Process with Guerrillas
Colombia – The Colombian government, through the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, has opened a virtual course called Learn about the Peace Process. The course looks to disseminate information about what is taking place at the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC guerrilla group in Havana. The course is designed for any interested citizen, be they Colombian or foreigner.

IOM: Displacement in Iraq Tops 3 Million
Iraq – Latest Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) identified 3,087,372 internally displaced persons (514,562 families) in Iraq from January 2014 through 4 June 2015.

IOM Carries Out Fifth Evacuation by Boat of Migrants Stranded in Yemen
Djibouti – Following four successful evacuations by boat undertaken since 10th June, IOM evacuated 175 additional Ethiopian migrants stranded in Yemen.

IOM, Microsoft Step Up Fight against Human Trafficking with New Crowdfunding Portal
Thailand – IOM and Microsoft Tuesday announced the launch of, the first crowdfunding portal that enables the public to directly support the voluntary return and sustainable reintegration of individual human trafficking victims. Through each victim’s story, 6Degree will also foster greater public understanding about human trafficking, a crime that affects 20.9 million men, women and children around the world.

IOM Congratulates Government of Mali and Signatories to Peace Agreement
Mali – IOM believes that the halt in the fighting in Mali observed during the past weeks will continue and pave the way for the return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees to their areas of origin.

Resettlement in Germany for Group Previously Detained in Egypt
Egypt – Forty-two migrants, who had been detained in Egypt for several months, arrived in Kassel, Germany last week to be resettled under the German resettlement programme.