UN reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing visited Tripoli to discuss the complex migration and displacement situation with hopes of shoring up technical support to foster a stable environment.
Xinhua, Libyan Express reported that Libya’s Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, met Wednesday in Tripoli with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, to discuss irregular migration and human trafficking in Libya. Reliefweb also ran IOM’s press note on the DG’s visit.
Al Jazeera and Reuters reported that more than 6,000 people have been rescued on the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy in the last few days, as greater numbers take to the sea in warmer weather, according to IOM. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
Los Angeles Times reported that according to IOM, there were 7,763 deaths in 2016, a 27% jump over the previous year with most of the increase occurring in the Mediterranean Sea. It quoted IOM’s Frank Laczko.
Reuters, News 24, Sudan Tribune, AP, Sputnik and AFP reported the attack on an aid convoy in South Sudan that killed two and injured three, including an IOM health officer. They also quoted IOM DG Swing.
Quartz reported that with former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh gone, some young Gambians are abandoning their risky journey to Europe. Last week, for the first time, IOM helped to repatriate a group of young Gambians willing to return home from Libya.
Deutsche Welle reported the European Court of Justice's decision that EU member states are not obliged to issue humanitarian visas to asylum seekers at their embassies. It quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.