Missing Migrants

A Syrian Migrant’s Journey from Syria to Europe

On July 21st this year, the Hellenic Coast Guard received an SOS call from a migrant ship southeast of the Greek island of Karpathos.

Children Caught Up in Migration and Refugee Emergency

According to  UNICEF, one child in ten is growing up in a conflict zone.

The families of missing migrants and refugees may never know their fates

An unnamed grave in Mytilene, Lesbos.

First published in The Conversation

In 2015, almost 3,000 people died trying to cross the sea and start a new life in Europe. It was the shocking images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi – who drowned as his family tried to flee the Syrian conflict for the safe haven of the EU – that sparked a global outcry over this tragedy.

The World’s Congested Human Migration Routes in 5 Maps

By Eve Conant, National Geographic
Maps by Matthew Chwastyk and Ryan Williams, National Geographic

Reposted from National Geographic

Desperate men, women, and children fleeing into Europe from the Middle East and Africa are not the only people moving along ever-shifting and dangerous migration routes. Plenty of other nations are also experiencing exoduses or are grappling with becoming transit points, smugglers' routes, or desired end points for migrants. 


Rear View Mirror: When Europeans sought refuge

“We never learn from history.”

How many times have you said, or heard someone else say that. As we witness unprecedented human mobility caused by raging conflicts in the Middle East and other parts of the world, abject poverty, human rights violations and persecution, we are sometimes quick to forget that we have witnessed this many times in our recent history plagued by global conflict.

A Tragedy of Epic Proportions: How to Help the Migrant Crisis in Europe

By Shilpa Nadhan, IOM Washington D.C

A deluge of photos from the past few weeks of refugees and migrants boarding packed trains in Hungary, rushing across borders between Greece and Macedonia and entering the shores of Italy fulminated with an image of a drowned Syrian toddler found on a Turkish beach in Bodrum. This shocking image and the endless stories preceding it are representations of the largest wave of migration in Europe since World War II. Many of the over 350,000 refugees and migrants that have entered Europe this year, according to the International Organization for Migration, are fleeing war, insecurity and political unrest but as the latest stories show, the journey can be just as perilous as the homes these migrants and refugees leave behind. At present, there is no indication that lasting peace and security will be restored in the near-term in countries that include Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Libya, but there are immediate actions and measures to support and protect the thousands who have attempted to enter into Europe.

Night life in the ‘New Jungle’ of Calais

By Amanda Nero

At night, the ‘New Jungle’, the informal migrant and refugee settlement in the port city of Calais, France, comes to life. Several improvised bars, restaurants and shops open after sunset. Its residents gather together to dance, play games, drink and eat. Some make bonfires and chat outside, others play football, and traditional music floats in the air.

Calais & the UK: A Balanced, Unified Approach is Necessary to Save Lives, Respect Human Dignity & Manage Migration

August 17, 2015 - The recent government reaction to the events in Calais has focused on strengthening border control as a primary response.  As many European states, including the UK, take this approach, the complex mixed migration flows and causes of human mobility have been lost in a heated debate characterised by increased security and threats to deport irregular migrants. The reality of what is unfolding across the continent highlights the need for Europe to collaboratively manage the situation in a long-term and rights-based framework, with the initial steps outlined by the European Commission’s European Agenda on Migration as a welcome start to the process.

Missing Migrants Update | 3 August 2015

The Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants arund the world. The aim is to strengthen advocacy and support a more informed policy response.

Global Overview: Migrant Deaths in 2015

Global Overview: 2,865 Migrant Deaths to Date in 2015. More information in missingmigrants.iom.int

Missing Migrants Update | 29 July 2015

The Missing Migrants Project is the only global database sharing key data on deceased and missing migrants arund the world.