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18 January 2018

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Returnees from Yemen receive fishing support. Photo: A.K. Abdulkadir/IOM 2017

Somalis Fleeing Yemen Conflict Supported to Scale-Up Fishing Ventures

Somalia – With the ongoing conflict in Yemen, Somalis are returning home by the hundreds. To assist returning Somalis to better reintegrate and to promote peaceful coexistence between the returnees and their host communities, IOM, the UN Migration Agency donated fishing equipment and boats to local fishing cooperatives in Mogadishu.

Three small-size fishing cooperatives comprising 64 members benefitted from this donation, which was made possible with support from the United States Department of State.

The cooperatives are made up of three categories of people with varied vulnerabilities: Somali returnees from Yemen, members of host communities and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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Rateb and Daniah with their son, Imad. Photo: Rádio Renascença 2017

Stranded in Turkey

Lisbon/Istanbul (Rádio Renascença) — Rateb just wants to hug his family, who live in Lisbon. Ghossoun left Saudi Arabia for Syria after seeing images of children killed by the regime. Nurse Alaa used to rescue civilians in Damascus, until he was badly wounded.

Turkey hosts over 4 million refugees. Some still dream of Europe, which pays to leave them where they are. Turkey treats them as “guests”, but how long can someone live in another’s home?

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Awa: "My heart was heavy to leave them but I had to attempt the adventure, see what was outside. I had to live my life."

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Migration in the News

  • Voice of America, UN News Centre, Modern Ghana, Business Insider, DailyMail, La Presse, La Vanguardia and other media outlets reported that according to IOM, many people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will die if international donors do not plug the enormous funding gap that is depriving millions of people from receiving crucial humanitarian assistance.
  • PRI reported that wild elephants have long roamed around Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar district where camps are being built for Rohingya refugees. While there have always been occasional and sometimes deadly encounters between humans and elephants in the region, radical environmental changes wrought by the refugee influx have ushered in a dramatic escalation, according to wildlife experts.
  • IRIN reported about the five key questions on migration policy whose answers will shape how 2018 really plays out for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • IT Online reported that investing in migration data could potentially bring huge benefits for migrants and governments alike. It mentioned IOM and OECD’s International Forum on Migration Statistics held in Paris this week.
  • Pakistan Today reported that police in Slovenia say they have found 20 migrants from Pakistan in a van that crashed after entering the country irregularly from Croatia.


Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that humanitarian groups report agents routinely destroy supplies left in the Arizona desert, condemning migrants to die of thirst.
  • Al Jazeera reported that El Salvador is seeking to reach an agreement with Qatar to allow Salvadoran migrants who are forced to leave the United States to work temporarily in the Gulf country.



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