Labour Migration Consultations, Repatriation, Effects of Property Ownership, and more
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) welcomed the admission of Barbados as its 175th member. As the foremost intergovernmental organisation promoting humanitarian and orderly migration, the IOM is a component of the United Nations System.
Portugal and India reviewed the mechanisms between the two countries for facilitating international migration and discussed ways to improve labour mobility, in line with a recently signed agreement. The countries intend to devise a framework to foster safe and regular migration pathways for workers, to maximize development benefits for both countries.
Italy accepted 114 refugees from Libya, through a humanitarian corridor set up by Christian NGOs. The move comes in the wake of a high-profile dispute between Italy and France over the former's refusal to take in a rescue boat with over 200 rescued migrants.
86 Pakistani migrants were repatriated last week under the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) programme run by IOM Greece in collaboration with the Greek Police and the Asylum Service of the Greek Migration & Asylum Ministry.
In 2022, Cyprus repatriated nearly 7,000 migrants, according to the country's Interior Minister. Across Europe, repatriations increased by 40% over 2021, according to data from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
Opinion and analysis
This paper by researchers at the University of Warsaw examines the effects of transnational property ownership on migrants' mobility and the likelihood of returning to their country of origin.
From attempting journeys on foot, to stowing away on boats and planes, news reports have carried stories of the terrifying risks irregular migrants take, at times unwittingly. InfoMigrants offers an overview.
In this piece, John Perry argues that US policies and sanctions contribute more to increases in the influx of refugees and irregular migrants, as opposed to official explanations about repression in the countries of origin.