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08 December 2017

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Khaled Fattal, a 28-year-old Syrian IT engineer, participates in IOM’s workshop on ITC initiatives to support livelihoods and employment among displaced populations in Gaziantep, Turkey, 5-6 December 2017. Photo: Nadine Al Lahham / IOM

Refugees Looking for Help with Their New Lives in Turkey? There’s an App for That

Posted on Fri. December 8, 2017

Ankara – Syrian refugees in Turkey are leading the way pioneering web-based services that provide access to information their community needs to help them set up a new life. They have quickly won support from international companies and organizations, and now their apps and online platforms provide displaced communities with housing and job listings, translations of Turkish laws, advice on getting residence permits, opening a bank account, and more.

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As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, IOM is organizing activities in the east, south and west of Libya. Photo: Saddam Rachdi / Ehssan wa Takwa Organization 2017

IOM Participates in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence in Libya

Posted on Fri. December 8, 2017

Tripoli –  As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is organizing activities in the east, south and west of Libya. This year’s campaign falls under the overarching theme of Leave No One Behind: End Violence against Women and Girls, which is in accordance with a core principle of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Over 500 passengers from the first of eight charter flights scheduled from Libya to Niger arrived on Wednesday 6 December. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency, Government of Niger Welcome First Charter of Migrants from Libya

Posted on Fri. December 8, 2017

Niamey – Following recent international discussions, the Government of Niger and IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Niger have begun the mass evacuation of the almost 4,000 migrants that have registered for voluntary return at the Embassy of Niger in Libya.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Niger with the Niger Embassy in Tripoli, and under the initiative of President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou and Prime Minister Brigi Rafini, the evacuations officially began this week (06/12) with the arrival of the first of eight charter flights carrying 504 migrants, including women and young children at the Diori Hamani International Airport in Niamey.

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Migration in the News

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, Voice of America and AP reported that the sale of migrants into slavery in Libya may amount to crimes against humanity, the United Nations Security Council said on Thursday, voicing ‘grave concern’ after footage appearing to show Africans being auctioned there sparked global outrage.
  • Reliefweb reported that Libya’s slave trade has shocked African Union (AU) and European Union (EU) leaders into action, leading to urgent meetings and an emergency plan during the recent Africa-Europe summit.
  • RFI featured a podcast on migrants, modern slavery and the slave trade in Libya.
  • Deutsche Welle reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded on Thursday that Libya grant international aid groups better access to refugee camps in the country after meeting with Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj in Berlin.
  • The Libya Observer reported IOM has announced that more than 14,000 irregular migrants have returned from Libya to their countries of origin this year alone.
  • Modern Ghana reported that youth in the Brong Ahafo Region remain defiant in their resolve to travel to Libya en route to European countries regardless of the recent expose on slavery and the murder of black youth from others parts of Africa.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that the Federal Government has identified 5,000 more Nigerians trapped in Libyan detention camps and is working with IOM to repatriate migrants weekly.
  • Nigeria’s Daily Trust reported that some Nigerians in Libya have refused to be repatriated in spite of the ‘unfavourable situations’, according to the Charge d’Affaires of Nigeria in Libya.
  • Xinhua reported that the top UN official for humanitarian aid has warned that the humanitarian situation in South Sudan is dire and humanitarian access remains impeded.
  • The Local Denmark reported that as part of budget negotiations with the government, the Danish People’s Party is demanding changes in rules on family reunification and on the return of asylum seekers granted so-called temporary residence, which would be likely to affect a large group of Syrian refugees who arrived in Denmark in 2015. 
  • UPI reported that the European Commission on Thursday announced it is taking the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland to the European Court of Justice for failing to comply with mandatory quotas for accepting asylum seekers.
  • Reliefweb reported that ahead of the EU leaders' thematic debate on migration to be held on 14 December, the Commission is proposing a political roadmap to reach a comprehensive agreement by June 2018 on how to pursue a sustainable migration policy.
  • Reliefweb reported that a two-day workshop on Labour Migration Policy and one-day training was organized by the Sudan Ministry of Labour and Administrative Reforms.
  • IPS reported about the fresh ordeals Rohingya refugees face in crowded camps in Bangladesh.

Trending on the Internet

  • Hyperallergic reported about Migration Trail, a 10-day interactive story that unfolds in real time as it follows two migrants on their journey to Europe.
  • The Guardian reviewed Human Flow, a documentary by Chinese conceptual artist Ai Weiwei on the subject of migrants and the 21st century migrant condition.
  • AFP featured the story of Bassirou, a Burkina Faso national who is the star student of a novel project aimed at training asylum seekers in one of Italy’s most emblematic crafts: making leather handbags.


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