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António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino elected as new Director General of UN Migration Agency

WVNTR – On Friday 29 June 2018, the member states of the IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, elected Portugal’s António Manuel de Carvalho Ferreira Vitorino as the International Organization for Migration’s next Director General. Mr. Vitorino, 61 (DOB 12 January 1957), succeeds the United States’ William Lacy Swing, who is leaving IOM after serving […]

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IOM’s Director General Praises Spain for Bringing 600+ Migrants to Safety

The Aquarius picked up nearly 630 migrants, including over 120 unaccompanied children and seven pregnant women on Saturday (09/06).  Photo: Getty WVNTR – IOM, the UN Migration Agency praises Spain’s action bringing over six hundred migrants stranded on Mediterranean rescue ships to safety. “I’m glad Spain has stepped forward to defuse this crisis, but I […]

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I sold all I had to go to Europe – now I’m home, and broke

WVN – More than 3,000 Nigerian migrants who failed to reach Europe, have been flown home by the International Organization for Migration. Many sold everything to make the trip and aren’t sure how to face their families, writes Colin Freeman. Evans William tells me he sold everything but the kitchen sink to fund his dream […]

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Why we need a global understanding of migration

There are some 258 million global migrants, such as these Syrian refugees attending a class in Jordan. Image: REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed WVN – Humanity has always been on the move. Throughout history, we have migrated in search of new opportunities, as well as to escape persecution, conflict and poverty. Movements of people happen all around […]

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 160,067 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,985

WVN – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 160,067 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 345,544 arrivals across the region through the same period last year. IOM Rome […]

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