GENEVA: At least 30,510 deaths occurred between 2014 and 2018 during irregular migration around the world, the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a report today.
More than 19,000 deaths and disappearances were recorded due to drowning, not only in the Mediterranean Sea but also in the Rio Grande, the Bay of Bengal and many other overseas routes, said the IOM citing data gathered by its Missing Migrants Project.
Nearly half of the five-year total fatalities of at least 14,795 men, women and children were recorded on the central Mediterranean route between North Africa and Italy.
The Missing Migrants Project estimates that at least 17,644 lives were lost at sea on all three trans-Mediterranean routes in the last five years, equivalent to roughly 10 times the number of people who drowned when the luxury liner Titanic sank in 1912.
“Irregular migration poses significant risks to those who undertake such journeys, and safe, legal pathways are urgently needed so that fewer people resort to this option,” said Dr. Frank Laczko, director of IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre.
“Even though many focus on the Mediterranean, the truth of the matter is that people die on migratory routes worldwide,” he said.
Due to the lack of official information on deaths during migration, and a lack of detail on most of those who die during migration, the IOM said the figures are best understood as a minimum estimate.
Deaths recorded during migration throughout Africa comprise the second-largest regional total of the 30,000 deaths logged since 2014, with 6,629 fatalities recorded since 2014.
Nearly 4,000 of those deaths occurred in northern Africa, where a lack of reliable data and extensive anecdotal reports indicate that many more migrants have died than are recorded.
In Asia, where data are similarly scarce, the deaths of more than 2,900 people were recorded during migration, including 2,191 in Southeast Asia and 531 in the Middle East.
At least 2,959 people died migrating in the Americas in the last five years, more than 60 percent of whom (at least 1,871) lost their lives on the border between Mexico and the United States.
There were more than 1,000 deaths in the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean between 2014 and 2018, although the difficulty in obtaining reliable reports — particularly at sea or through remote jungle areas — means that migrant deaths were likely far higher, said the IOM.
Latest weapons being provided to Police
RAWALPINDI: IGP Punjab, Amjad Javed Saleemi on Monday said that in order to promote professional skills of the police force, the cops were being equipped with the latest training facilities to curb crimes.
He stated this while addressing 60th passing-out Parade of 217 ASIs in Police College. Addl. IG Police training (Punjab) Tariq Masood Yasin, Superintendent College Sihala Amir Khaleel Syed, City Police Officer (CPO) Abbas Ahsan, senior police officers, and faculty members were present on the occasion. Smartly dressed contingents of police marched passed in front of the dais. IGP appreciated the high standard of the parade. Addressing the participants he said that in the present age where criminals had to find out new methods of criminal activities, it was imperative that standards of police training would also be improved in accordance with the requirements. He said that the police force was being made people-friendly and the police officers were directed to fulfill their obligation of providing security to the people. He said the police force had rendered great services for maintenance of peace and the officers and officials had presented their lives while discharging their professional responsibilities.
He said they were trying to dispel the negative impression of police by inculcating high moral values and sense of responsibility among the police force. The IGP said those who had been recruited were lucky because they had been entrusted responsibility to safeguard the lives and properties of the citizens. Amjad Javed said that latest weapons had been provided to police to enable them to foil the attempts of anti-state elements. He said that police force had been made service-oriented police by imparting them training of security intelligence, crime central investigation, and other similar disciplines. Commandant Police College Sihala Muhammad Ihsan Tufail on the occasion said that syllabus of college had been reviewed and new disciplines were incorporated in the training modules. He said that the College had imparted training to 90,000 police officials, terming it the best training institute in the country.
CDA removes illegally constructed houses
ISLAMABAD: CDA carried out anti-encroachment operation in collaboration with ICT Administration in Malpur Village and removed structures of newly illegal constructed houses on the state land.
The object of this operation was to remove the structure of newly illegal constructed house from state land. During the operation Assistant Commissioner (Secretariat), ICT has provided magisterial cover, while staff of Enforcement Directorate participated in the operation and also used heavy machinery to demolish the illegal constructions and vacated the state land from the illegal occupants.
During the operation, structures of five under construction houses with outer boundaries got razed down with the help of heavy machinery. Furthermore, the occupants of remaining structures are being served with notices under the law for removal of their illegal constructions at the earliest to avert any loss or damages. It is pertinent to mention here that CDA in collaboration with ICT continues ongoing anti-encroachment operation along the Right of Way of Murree Road, started mid of the last month to eliminate illegal activities and encroachments from the area.
District admin gets 50 Kanal state land vacated!
PESHAWAR: District administration vacated 50 Kanal state land during grand anti-encroachment operation in Mera Kachori, a suburban locality here today.
On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan and Assistant Commissioner (AC), Sara Rehman directly monitored the operation and remained present on the occasion.
Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Town-IV, Waheedur Rehman, SHO Chamkani Police Station, Ahmadullah Khan, officials of Rescue 1122 and other department participated in the operation. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avert any kind of unpleasant incident.
During the operation, the administration demolished over 70 illegal constructions and vacated 50 Kanal state lands. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh has said that anti-encroachment operation would continue and similar action against encroachment mafia in other localities will also begin soon.