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05 March 2018

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Over 6 million Syrians are internally displaced. Photo: ©IOM

Starting Over at Home

Regardless of their age, Syrians often discover that being internally displaced means starting over with just their memories and determination to someday return.

IOM – After armed groups broke into his home in the middle of the night, 20-year-old Ahmed and his wife knew that they had to flee as soon as possible. They left their hometown in Homs Governorate and eventually reached a camp for displaced persons after a 1,000 kilometres trek. His wife was pregnant at the time.

The young couple welcomed their first child soon after arriving at the camp. But their shelter was not suitable for a baby and they struggled. Ahmed searched desperately for any job to support his family, but did not find any regular work for months.

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Canadian Orientation Abroad: Presenting Best Practice in Resettlement

IOM – Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA)’s Refugee Youth Program Assistant, Shaheera Rahin, recently attended a Migrant Training meeting for IOM pre-departure orientation staff in Oslo.

During her visit to the Norwegian capital, Rahin shared her expertise and COA’s latest programming initiative in the “Refugee Youth Program” – which is jointly implemented by the YMCA of Greater Toronto and COA. COA’s Refugee Youth Program stood out as a strong example in the effective implementation of an innovative approach in refugee youth outreach.

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Liliana: "A lot is happening outside, but what never changes is how kind people can be to you."

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Migration in the News


  • Reuters reported that suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people in an attack on a military barracks in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state late on Thursday.
     
  • Nigeria’s This Day reported that the UN at the weekend demanded for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the attack Thursday night on Rann town in Borno State, which killed aid workers and security operatives.
     
  • Nigeria’s The Guardian reported that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has described the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann, Borno State, as utterly despicable, saying it shows Boko Haram insurgents as Godless and brutish.
     
  • AFP reported that humanitarian work has been suspended until next weekend in a remote town in northeast Nigeria after a Boko Haram attack killed three aid workers, the UN said on Saturday.
     
  • IPS reported that the human costs of the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are borne disproportionately by women and children, whose homes have been pillaged and burned, who are not in school and thus vulnerable to soldier recruitment, and who have now been left with almost nothing.
     
  • AFP reported that at least 49 people were killed in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence overnight in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's troubled Ituri province.
     
  • Asharq Al-Awsat spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing who noted that around 3,000 migrants were lost in the Mediterranean last year, while about 21,000 were rescued and nearly 120,000 have crossed the Mediterranean into Italy.
     
  • Washington Post reported that thousands of Venezuelans are pouring out of their nation in one of the biggest migration crises in Latin American history, causing growing alarm in the region and prompting neighboring countries to rush thousands of soldiers to the border.
     
  • IPS reported that migrants from Bangladesh are on nearly on every corner in the center of Rome. As of 2016, nearly 54 percent of the 142,403 Bangladeshi migrants in the country hold EU long term residence permits.
     
  • Ghana Nation reported that some Ghanaian female migrants allegedly suffering maltreatment and sexual exploitation in Jordan are calling on the Ghanaian government to assist them return home.
     
  • eNCA reported that IOM and the United States have praised the Zimbabwean government’s efforts in dealing with human trafficking and migration.
     
  • Papua New Guinea’s Post Courier reported that its Immigration and Citizenship Authority Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha has met with Thai Immigration Police, IOM and border management system vendors in Bangkok, Thailand this week to explore further efforts to modernise and strengthen PNGs borders.

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  • A Reuters reporter and photographer traveled with a group of migrants as they fled Venezuela. On a bus ride through five South American countries, the Venezuelans dreamed of a better life ahead – but couldn’t forget the broken land they had left behind.
     
  • AFP reported about France’s first official reception centre for migrants which serves as an example of mobility and versatility.

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