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Dozens of migrants die in 30 days 

Eritrean migrants face torture in Libya
 
Dozens of migrants are  reported to have died in the last 30 days
The Missing Migrants Project gave a blow by blow information of how and where the migrants died thus:
Today, June 29, we mourn the death of a father and his son, aged 14, who died when trying to cross the Rio Grande in Coahuila, Mexico. During the search, a third migrant was found who has not been identified so far. Our deepest condolences to their families. One death is one too many.
On june 26, At least three Senegalese migrants went missing in the Senegal River on the border with Mauritania on June 19th. Reportedly, they have been stranded for months in Mauritania due to #COVID19 related mobility restrictions. Pandemic responses must take migrants into account.
Last week, #MissingMigrants recorded the death of a male migrant who was hit by a train in Coahuila, Mexico. Train accidents are the most common cause of death for migrants transiting through Mexico. He was the 10th victim this year.
June 25: Shipwreck alert! Yet another tragedy in the Central #Mediterranean, on June 20th five people lost their lives off the coast of Janzour, Libya. Fortunately, there were 19 survivors. This is the most dangerous and deadliest maritime migration route on earth.
June 19:

Today, a Pakistani migrant died in a car crash in Greece. On June 2, a Mexican migrant died in a car crash in the US. They were both being chased by the police after crossing the border and failing to stop at checkpoints. Irregular entry to a country must never lead to death.

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However, for the same period, we have recorded 31 deaths on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande, 9 in the state of Coahuila and 22 in the state of Tamaulipas
On June 16th, an Omani citizen was shot at the border with the UAE, as he attempted to cross the fence. Irregular entry to a country must never lead to death.
Jun 15
Today #MissingMigrants recorded the tragic death of an Iraqi unaccompanied minor. Baquer and his little sister were trying to reach the UK. He died on the train tracks close to Metz, France. States need to provide safe, legal routes for migrants to prevent their deaths.

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Jun 14
Today #MissingMigrants recorded the death of William, a 23-year-old from Honduras. He drowned in an attempt to cross the Rio Grande, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila. Our deepest condolences to his family. One death is one too many.

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Jun 13
Today #MissingMigrants recorded the tragic death of a Cuban woman in Fronton, Texas. She became fatally dehydrated while crossing the desert. Migrants should not have to risk their lives to seek a better life for themselves.

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Jun 12
Today #MissingMigrants recorded the death of five male migrants in Niger. They all died in different circumstances – one in a car accident, three due to health issues, one we don’t know – but they all died far from home. One death is one too many.

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Jun 11
We would like to share with you Manpreet’s story and how his migration journey came to an end. From India to Veracruz: The Death of a Teenager on his Way to the US.
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May 28
On 9 February 2020, a boat carrying 91 people disappeared without a trace in the Central #Mediterranean.

Before they went missing, they called
@alarm_phone

It’s been 3 months and 21 days since their families last heard from them.

At least 37,535 people have died around the world in their search for a better life since 2014. 37,535 people who died far from home. 37,535 people who will never return to their loved ones. Today on #RefugeeDay we pay tribute to them and we vow to never forget

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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