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IOM Governing Council Opens in Geneva

Posted on Tue. Nov-24-2015

IOM’s 106th Council, which opens today, will this week consider applications for IOM membership from five States – the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, the Republic of Kiribati, the State of Eritrea and Saint Lucia. IOM is currently comprised of 157 Member States.

Four of the five applicants for IOM membership in 2015 are island nations impacted by rising sea levels due to global warming – a growing concern for IOM and other agencies concerned with environmental migration. The fifth applicant, Eritrea, is one of Africa’s largest senders of migrants and refugees to Europe. Nearly 80,000 Eritreans have arrived in Italy by boat in the past two years.

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