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13 December 2017

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A volunteer brings daily food rations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at a camp for those fleeing the conflict in Kasai province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, June 7, 2017.

IOM: Humanitarian Situation in DRC Deteriorates to Alarming Level

Geneva (Voice of America) – The International Organization for Migration reports an alarming deterioration of the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), as fighting continues to spread throughout the country, forcing thousands to flee.

The International Organization for Migration reports a humanitarian catastrophe is looming in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It notes spreading violence in parts of the country has forced more than 4 million people to flee their homes, making DRC the African country with the highest displacement population.

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Managing Bangladesh's Sprawling Rohingya Refugee Settlements

Cox’s Bazar (IOM) – With close to a million refugees living in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, managing the sites is an essential part of the humanitarian response to the crisis. Through its site management teams, IOM, the UN Migration Agency helps new arrivals settle and also ensures equity of services across the settlements it manages.

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Refugees use mobile phones to take pictures of a map upon their arrival on Eftalou beach, west of the port of Mytilene, on the Greek island of Lesbos on Sept. 21, 2015. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Getty

Migration in the Age of WhatsApp

Italy (Ozy) – When Abel’s boat reached the shores of Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island, the 17-year-old Eritrean had only one thing in mind. And it was not finding shelter or food – it was getting a smartphone.

He managed to borrow a phone from a local woman and place a WhatsApp call to his brother in Paris. In just a few minutes, they had organized a way for Abel’s brother to send him money to buy his own mobile phone. The young refugee’s face lit up with a huge smile as he hung up. “All is good now,” he said. “He knows I’m OK.”

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The Global Migration Film Festival winning submission will be presented with 'La Cosmopolita'.

Read about how the statuette was created here  |  More about the GMFF here  |  See photos here



Makinata: "If the state told me tomorrow that I could go back, I would, but they won’t because it’s not safe yet."
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Migration in the News

  • Anadolu Agency reported that the number of internally displaced people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has risen to 4.1 million in the past year – from 2 million – and they lack food and other basic necessities.
  • Tasnim News Agency reported that the United Nations on Tuesday warned that more than 400,000 children in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are severely malnourished and could die within months without emergency intervention.
  • TelesurTV reported that nearly 2.7 million people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been displaced internally by conflict, violence or disasters, per the latest figures released by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Africa and Norwegian Refugee Council earlier this December. 
  • Reliefweb reported that IOM has launched a major intervention to help halt the spread of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
  • ANSAmed reported that the second edition of the Global Migration Film festival is ongoing in Tunisia. The thematic film event is organized by IOM in over 100 countries at the same time.
  • Public reported that the 2017 Global Migration Film Festival event in Cyprus, which will take place on December 13, aims to reflect on the migration issues.
  • Xinhua reported that the Portuguese government has officially nominated former deputy prime minister Antonio Vitorino as the next director general of the International Organization for Migration, Portugal’s foreign affairs ministry announced on Tuesday.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that Sudan yesterday called on the international community to help it combat human trafficking.
  • Reliefweb reported that IOM last week held a technical workshop funded by the African Development Bank to facilitate the implementation of a new project to improve access to water and sanitation services in rural areas of Somalia.
  • TV360 Nigeria reported that a fresh batch of 245 Nigerian migrants have been flown back to the country from Libya with IOM assistance.
  • AFP shared the stories of some of the Nigerians who returned from Libya with IOM’s help.
  • Cameroon Radio Television reported that some 162 irregular migrants have returned to the country from Libya.
  • Reliefweb reported front-line officers working with refugees in Jordan have been provided with training aimed to improve their capacity to incorporate mental health and psychosocial support in their work.
  • The City Paper Bogota reported on an exhibition about the memories that have been handed down through generations of eight indigenous communities from remote regions of Colombia.
  • KUNA reported that Kuwait maintains close rapport with international organizations involved in the fight against human trafficking, a Kuwaiti diplomat said on Tuesday.
  • The European Commission announced two EU Trust Fund for Africa-funded programmes: Durable solutions for host populations, refugees and vulnerable migrants in Djibouti, which will be implemented by WFP and IOM; and PROTECT – Protection of Persons of Concern and vulnerable migrants along migratory routes in Sudan which will be implemented by the Danish Red Cross and IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Recode reported about Homeis, a social network aimed at urban immigrants trying to make their way in a new country while keeping ties to the place they came from.
  • Startups USA reported that each year, Fortune Magazine publishes a list of the 500 largest American companies by revenue, among US publicly listed companies and private companies with publicly available financial data. Many of these companies were founded by first- or second-generation immigrants.


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