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2019 International Migrants Day – Humanising Migration Stories

By The Migrant Project

The year 2019 came with its share of migration realities. From Africa to Europe, Asia to the Americas, virtually every continent of the world experienced the global wave of disruption in human movements which resulted in several cases of irregular migration.

The quest for many Africans to reach Europe through the Mediterranean sea has led to the death of over 1,200 lives in 2019. Unfortunately, more persons have died on land than on the Mediterranean sea. A lot more are either in detention in different countries or repatriated to their countries of origin.

These migration stories are often told from the standpoint of economic and political struggles laced with biases, gross negativity, ideological supremacy, sensationalism and mere statistics without recourse to the humanity of those at the heart of the narratives – the migrants.

To this end, the 2019 International Migrants Day – 18 December – seeks to change the narrative on migration under the theme “Humanising Migration Stories”.

How can you humanise migration stories?

1. Use the right terms, drop the ‘illegal’

One of the basic ways to humanise migration is to use the appropriate terminologies. Globally, there is a conscious effort to change the use of “illegal migration or migrant” to “irregular migration or migrant”. Humans are not illegal, although their migration decisions could be irregular to convention processes. Be sure of the usage of terms such as – Asylum seeker, Refugee, Trafficking, Smuggling, etc.

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2. Tell the full story, facts not biases

Migration stories are often about the negativities, deaths and crises. Migrants are doing amazing and positive things all over the world that are underreported or not reported. Avoid the one-sided narrative. Tell the full story – good, bad, beautiful and ugly. Be accurate, impartial, inclusive and fact-based. Your narratives need to be free from economic and political influences, emotion and sympathy but based on facts and transparency.

3. Show humanity, avoid emotions

Humanity is the essence of ethical storytelling. Remember, we are all humans but keep your emotions in check. Avoid victimisation, oversimplification and the framing of coverage in a narrow humanitarian context that takes no account of the bigger picture.

4. Speak for all

Everyone has a story. Ensure that all parties involved have a voice. Speak to those affected by the migration crises; the community of origin, the transit and destination communities, beyond speaking with their representatives.

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5. Challenge hate

Avoid extremism, inflammatory content in text, pictures and videos. Take time to assess whether inflammatory content about migrants or those who seek to limit migration can lead to hatred. Words like “swarms”, “floods” and “waves” should be treated with caution, as should indiscriminate use of “racism” and “xenophobia

MIGRATION FACTSHEET – DECEMBER 2019 …in commemoration of the International Migrants Day – 18 December

1. 272 million – The number of international migrants globally in 2019. This is about 3.5% of the world’s population.

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2. 52 per cent of international migrants were male; 48 per cent were female.

3. 74 per cent of all international migrants were of working age (20–64 years).

4. The top three origins of international migrants are India (17.5 million), Mexico and China (11.8 million and 10.7 million respectively).

5. More than half of all international migrants (141 million) lived in Europe and Northern America.

6. The United States of America is the top destination country with 51 million international migrants which is 19 per cent of the global migration rate.

7. Germany and Saudi Arabia hosted the second and third highest number of migrants worldwide (around 13 million each).

8. International remittances increased to USD 689 billion in 2018

9. The top 3 remittance recipients were India (USD 78.6 billion), China (USD 67.4 billion) and Mexico (USD 35.7 billion).

10. There are over 20.4 million refugees around the world. 52 per cent of the global refugee population is under 18 years of age.

11. The number of internally displaced persons due to violence and conflict reached 41.3 million in 2019

12. More than 1,200 deaths on the mediterranean sea have been recorded in 2019.

13. Almost 120,000 migrants arrived in Europe through irregular migration in 2019.

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NIGERIA/AFRICA

14. With an inflow of $24.3 billion, Nigeria ranked 7th on the list of top countries with international remittances in 2018

15. With more than 2.2 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), Nigeria is ranked among the top 10 countries with the highest number of people displaced due to conflict and violence by the end of 2018.

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16. Almost 16,000 Nigerians returned from sixteen countries since April 2017

17. Edo, Delta, Ogun, Imo, Lagos top the lists of Nigerian states with irregular migrants

18. More African migrants die on land than in the Mediterranean sea

19. Around 707,000 irregular migrants are currently in Libya, most of whom are in the worst humanitarian conditions in detention

20. There are 52,518 refugees in Nigeria, with Cameroon topping the list.

SOURCES:

World Migrant Report by UN – IOM Migration – https://publications.iom.int/books/world-migration-report2020

IOM’s MissingMigrants – https://missingmigrants.iom.int/region/mediterranean

IOM – https://migration.iom.int/europe?type=arrivals

The Migrant Project – www.themigrantproject.org

UNHCR – https://data2.unhcr.org/en/country/nga

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Response capacities stretched with hasty return of 40,000 Ethiopian migrants

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Ethiopia – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is urgently appealing for funds to respond to the needs of 40,000 Ethiopian migrants returning from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Over 30,000 have arrived in Ethiopia over the last two weeks, at the rate of over 2,600 people a day. More than 20,400 (68 per cent) are from parts of Tigray and Amhara regions which are in the midst of conflict in Northern Ethiopia that has displaced nearly two million people.

The returns of Ethiopian migrants follow a bilateral agreement between the governments of Ethiopia and KSA.

According to IOM, USD 740,000 is needed to provide assistance for every 10,000 migrants returning. This is for essentials such as medical treatment, supplies for babies and infants such as diapers, clothing, help with finding and tracing family members, and reunifying them or providing alternative care arrangements as appropriate, as well as to respond to protection concerns.

“This sudden upsurge in returns poses a major challenge to our ability to assist the returnees – many of whom require medical and psychosocial assistance, support reuniting with their families, and livelihood options that would help to diminish the appeal of irregular re-migration to KSA and other countries of destination,” says Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission in Ethiopia.

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“Our response is seriously underfunded and barely reaching the needs of returnees in the provision of essential basic and specialized assistance, including for unaccompanied migrant children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and victims of trafficking.”

Many of the migrants will require help to return and reintegrate back into their communities.  Reintegration assistance is therefore vital to supporting the returnees psychologically, and to find work and stability, to help them avoid irregular migration, and exploitation by trafficking and smuggling rings.

The returning migrants are among the target population included in the Regional Migrant Response Plan  2021-2024 (MRP) for the Horn of Africa and Yemen, a USD 99 million appeal launched by IOM and 39 partners in March 2021 to address the protection needs, risks and vulnerabilities of migrants along this route. The MRP is underfunded and urgently requires additional resources to carry out its response, including for this target population.

While recognizing the sovereign right of States to determine their national migration policy and their prerogative to govern migration within their jurisdiction, in conformity with international law, IOM, as part of the United Nations Network on Migration, reaffirms its commitment to keeping everyone safe. It means that all Member States need to ensure that collective expulsions of migrants and asylum-seekers must be halted; that protection needs, including international protection, must be individually assessed; and that the rule of law and due process must be observed. It also means prioritizing protection, including every child’s best interest, under the obligations in international law.

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IOM provides over 1,300 migrants with emergency shelter and assistance on the Canary Islands

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Madrid – As more migrants arrive in the Canary Islands, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has provided shelter, protection services, medical, legal and other types of assistance to 1,361 migrants on Tenerife.

The arrival of more than 23,000 people in the Canary Islands by sea in 2020, particularly in the last three months of the year, strained the reception capacity and COVID-19 has further complicated the response.  In November 2020, the Government of Spain announced “Plan Canarias” to renovate and expand the archipelago’s reception facilities to accommodate and assist 7,000 migrants.

Since 26 February this year, IOM has been operating at the Las Canteras Emergency Reception Facility (ERF) on Tenerife to support the Spanish government in managing the site. The EU-funded facility is an open centre which can accommodate as many as 1,100 people.

“Our priority is to support Spain with site management to provide safe and dignified living conditions and tailored services for migrants who have arrived via extremely treacherous journeys to the Canary Islands,” said Maria Jesús Herrera, Head of IOM’s Office in Spain.

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Today, some 300 migrants are staying at the facility from Morocco, Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau, Sudan, The Gambia, Mauritania and Côte d’Ivoire.

At Las Canteras, IOM provides meals, core relief items, water and sanitation, maintenance, and Multipurpose Cash Assistance. The Organization also offers protection assistance, which includes vulnerability assessments, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), primary health care, legal information and counselling for family reunification or international protection, and assistance with transfers of eligible vulnerable migrants to the mainland.

IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) is also available to migrants who wish to return to their country of origin.

Marouane, a 27-year-old from Morocco, had arrived at the facility on 6 March. One year ago, he risked a harrowing sea journey towards the islands.

“For three days, you hang out with death, you see it. But if you don’t die, then you get there,” he told IOM in May.

To date, IOM has provided legal counselling to more than 780 people seeking asylum, in cooperation with UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency. IOM also ensured – through close collaboration with the Spanish authorities – the referral and transfer of some 682 migrants to other specialized centres on the islands and the mainland.

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The Organization also works closely with the municipality of La Laguna to engage with neighbourhood associations, the Tenerife council, civil society, citizens and local actors in the interest of transparency, mutual exchange, and social cohesion.

“We consider the people hosted in Las Canteras centre as citizens of La Laguna municipality. We therefore try to collaborate as much as possible so that they also benefit from the activities organized by the City Council,” said José Luis Hernandez, Environment Councillor from the La Laguna City Hall.

Arrivals to the Canary Islands on the Western Africa-Atlantic Route this year have reached 7,309 – more than double the number of arrivals at the same time last year. Some 23,848 migrants have reached Spain irregularly via all land and sea routes so far this year.

The project at Las Canteras,“Supporting the Spanish Authorities in managing an Emergency Reception Facility on the Canary Islands”, is funded by the EU (European Commission, DG Home). The overall management of the ERF is under the coordination of the Site Manager of the Spanish Ministry of Inclusion, Social Security and Migration. 

 

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  • IOM staff welcome a group of newly arrived migrants at the Las Canteras facility on Tenerife, Spain. Photo: IOM

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IOM Ethiopia appeals for USD 40 million to assist additional 1.6 million people in Northern Ethiopia

Addis Ababa – Nearly two million people affected by the crisis in northern Ethiopia desperately need life-saving assistance, including water, medicine and shelter, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said today as it issued an urgent appeal for USD 40 million to help internally displaced men, women and children, including newborn babies.

Since the outbreak of the conflict eight months ago in Ethiopia’s Tigray Regional State, millions of people are enduring unimaginable suffering, including forced displacement, hunger, death, and destruction of private and public property.

In Tigray, IOM has been providing support to more than half a million people, including displaced children, women, men, and vulnerable groups such as pregnant women and persons with disabilities. This includes shelter and provision of essential items such as food, water, clothing, medicine and supplies for babies, as well as sanitation and hygiene services.

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IOM has also been supporting camp coordination and management efforts, providing mental health care to those in need, and producing Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reports to shed light on the evolving situation.

Nearly USD 70 million (USD 69.3M) is needed to respond to the needs of internally displaced populations in northern Ethiopia but only USD 28.7 million has been received this year. IOM needs an extra USD 40.6 million for the remainder of 2021 to be able to continue and further expand its response to help the displaced.

“The nearly two million people displaced by this crisis continue to live in inhumane and undignified conditions and require critical and urgent support,” said Maureen Achieng, IOM Chief of Mission to Ethiopia and Representative to the African Union and UNECA. “IOM Director General António Vitorino said it before, and we say it again: we must act without delay to meet the needs of people in the region.”

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The situation in Tigray remains volatile. In partnership and coordination with other UN agencies, IOM is committed to delivering life-saving humanitarian assistance, to continue reaching people in need. IOM is planning to significantly scale up response programming and increase the deployment of senior IOM staff in the region despite the severe shortage of funding.

IOM’s response is aligned with the Inter-Cluster Coordination Group’s (ICCG) – a cooperative effort among sectors and the Humanitarian Country Team to improve the national response – Northern Ethiopia Response Plan, which estimates that 5.2 million people are in dire need in the worst-case scenario of this escalating humanitarian crisis.

 

IOM’s Global Crisis Response Platform provides an overview of IOM’s plans and funding requirements to respond to the evolving needs and aspirations of those impacted by, or at risk of, crisis and displacement in 2021 and beyond. The Platform is regularly updated as crises evolve and new situations emerge.

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