International Migrants Day

2013 The Year of Desperation

 

International Migrants Day 2013
 

This year was costliest on record for lives of migrants who died while crossing international borders IOM says.

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MELILLA, Spain (AP) - They perched atop a barbed-wire laced fence for more than seven hours, hands and feet bloodied, buffeted by chill winds whipping the cliffs of Africa's Mediterranean coast.

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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.

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The Christmas Day drownings of at least 18 Haitian migrants when their sailboat capsized off the Turks and Caicos Islands, has re-focused attention on the crisis of "desperation migration."   French | Spanish

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Spain (PressTV) - Hundreds of people have demonstrated in Spain to show their anger at the death of a number of sub-Saharan African migrants off the coast of the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

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Remittances received in El Salvador from January to October 2013 increased by US$40.5 million or 1.3% in relation to the same period in 2012.  The country’s Central Reserve Bank reported a monthly increase of US$4 million in remittances received in the small Central American nation which has some 3 million nationals living abroad, the vast majority in the United States.

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