IOM - With the arrival of over 3,000 boat people in Sicily over the weekend, the number of migrants who have managed to reach Italy from North Africa since the beginning of the year is almost equal to the total number of arrivals in 2013.
Analysis: Last year IOM joined the European Union, UN and partners in renewed efforts and to protect migrants and save lives in the wake of the drowning tragedy in the waters between Libya, Malta and Italy. The EU set up a special task force, the EU Task Force Mediterranean (TFM), to develop an immediate and practical response. The ensuing Communication on the TFM from the European Commission outlines the concrete actions to be taken.
By William Lacy Swing, Director General, IOM
For several years I have been saying that migration can be summed up by a series of D words: Demographics, Disasters, Demand, Disparities and Dreams. This year I am adding a new D: Desperation. French|Spanish
By Laura Thompson, Deputy-Director General, International Organization for Migration
The International Organization for Migration regards International Migrants Day as a critical opportunity to highlight and celebrate migrants and the many positive contributions that migrants bring to societies around the world. The general public’s image and representation of migrants is too often unbalanced and predominantly negative, and all the more so in these trying economic times.
Calculating migrant deaths in border regions is a great challenge and the true number of deaths remains unknown. The vast majority of governments do not publish number of deaths, and counting the lives lost is largely left to civil society and the media. Several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) exist to track deaths in regions known for high irregular migration flows and dangerous border crossings. French | Spanish
The Global Migration Group (GMG) welcomes the outcomes of the second United Nations (UN) High-level Dialogue on International Migration and Development which took place at the UN General Assembly in New York on 3 and 4 October 2013. Spanish