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IOM: Mediterranean migrant ships won’t stop until Europe finds ways to let them come legally

Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 7, 2017

Invasion of Europe News….

Sheesh! The International Organization for Migration (IOM) yesterday said, don’t stop the boats and the boat people from Africa and the Middle East, find ways for them to migrate legally to Europe. (See former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott tell the Europeans to turn back the boats, here.)


Scene from the movie that fizzled ‘The Good Lie.’

The IOM was for years a quasi-non-profit organization (getting most of its money from governments) and a US refugee contracting agency whose job it was, and still is, to get refugees ready to fly to your towns and cities. You will see refugees in US airports with blue IOM bags.

Now the agency has been folded in to the United Nations and it is one more reason to sever our ties with the UN!

Here, yesterday, they reported on the number of illegal migrants who have arrived in Europe in 2016.

Switzerland – IOM on Friday (06/01) reported preliminary totals for all 2016 migrant and refugee arrivals to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, as well as estimated fatalities. Arrival totals were 363,348 split almost evenly between Italy and Greece, with much smaller numbers arriving in Malta, Cyprus and Spain. Fatalities and missing migrants reached at least 5,079 although IOM emphasizes that some incidents reported in the month of December and earlier have not been fully accounted for.

According to IOM’s Missing Migrants Project, incidents off Spain, Morocco and Tunisia have been reported whose victim totals could add another 300 or more fatalities to the 2016 total. The year 2016 already is the deadliest for migrants ever recorded by IOM in the region.

The probable addition of several hundred more fatalities recorded in 2016 only deepens the tragedy, said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, who added, Europe’s frustration with a seemingly endless cycle of migrant rescue followed by reports of shipwrecks and more drownings won’t end until governments throughout the region find a way to manage migration comprehensively.

“Migrants and refugees aren’t coming because they believe their lives will be rescued at sea once they leave Africa or Syria or wherever conflicts drives people to seek safety,” Ambassador Swing said. “They’re leaving because they believe their lives will be doomed if they stay. The answer lies in finding creative means to permit safe, legal and secure migration, be that through work visas, family reunification or temporary protected status. [UNHCR is searching for “alternative pathways” to move the third world to the first since most of these migrants are not legitimate refugees.—ed] Instead of doubling down on tactics that don’t work, let’s use this New Year to try something that’s actually new.”


Italy and Greece suffer the most.


Read the whole article, these numbers are way down for Greece, but up for Italy.

See our complete ‘Invasion of Europe’ archive by clicking here.

Editor: I hope to get a lot of things posted today, yesterday was a wipe-out due to computer problems!

6 Responses to “IOM: Mediterranean migrant ships won’t stop until Europe finds ways to let them come legally”

  1. Cathy said

    So the UN can’t do anything to solve the foot problems in Syria, Africa etc. so its answer is to facilitate migration and bring the problems to the rest of the world. No, the answer should be to rid the world of the murderous Islamic regimes. But then, we’re pinning such hopes on an organization now called UN= Useless Nothings, that is being increasingly run by the same regimes. Yes, the statement is correct that says we need to find new solutions.


  2. Ann: Is there any indication that these boat so-called refugees are being solicited/recruited by these organizations? Thank you.


    • Ann Corcoran said

      I don’t know enough about the Mediterranean situation, but we did tell you a few weeks ago about the “rescue” boats seeming to work with traffickers.


    • legion1937 said

      NGOs Smuggling Migrants Into Italy on an Industrial Scale



    The IOM Development Fund, which was established in 2001 with an initial allocation of USD 1.4 million, grew to USD 8.4 million in 2012 due to the support of Member States and successful project outcomes. To date, the Fund has been supported through discretionary income from Member States’ unearmarked contributions and Member State donations specifically earmarked for the programme. The vast majority of funding received goes to project implementation (over 95%) while programme management and administration for the Fund accounts for less than 5% of expenditure.


    Member States which have supported the IOM Development Fund to date are:

    United States of America



    IOM is part of the following external partnerships and frameworks:

    – Inter-Agency Standing Committee

    – United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

    – United Nations Consolidated Appeals Process and Cluster Approach, in which IOM has the lead role in
    camp coordination and camp management in natural disasters

    – Global Migration Group (for more information, please refer to the Statement of the Global Migration
    Group on the Impact of Climate Change on Migration)

    – Climate Change, Environment, and Migration Alliance (CCEMA)
    – United Nations: work with UNCT at country level, and collaboration with UNHCR, UNEP, UNDP and

    – Nansen Initiative Steering Committee

    – Other partnerships, including the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN University (UNUEHS),
    Munich Re Foundation, DARA

    IOM has two funding mechanisms which can be used for migration associated with climate change and

    – IOM Development Fund, created in 2011 to assist developing and transition countries in capacity-building.
    6.4 million USD in 2013.

    – IOM Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism, created in 2011 for emergency humanitarian response.
    Planned balance up to 30 million USD, based on voluntary contributions from Member States and external

    – Most IOM’s funding is in the form of voluntary contributions to projects through external resource
    mobilization. The administrative budget is mainly funded from Member States contributions


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