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19 January 2018

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In no man’s land between Bangladesh and Myanmar, a Rohingya woman holds her child. Photo: Muse Mohammed / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

UN Migration Agency Appeals for USD 1.4 Billion to Help over 80 Million People in 50 Countries

Posted on Fri. January 19, 2018

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for nearly USD 1.4 billion to address the needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries in 2018. These vital funds will support people displaced within the borders of their own countries, migrants, refugees and the communities that host them, people returning to their areas of origin and people experiencing or recovering from conflict and natural disasters.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 2,583 in 2018; Deaths Reach 199

Posted on Fri. January 19, 2018

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 2,583 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 17 January. This compares with 3,156 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017.

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IOM held a training on referral mechanism for irregular migrants and Victims of Trafficking in Somaliland on 8–11 January 2018. Photo: Askar Dayib Abdirahman/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2018

UN Migration Agency Holds Training on Trafficking and Irregular Migration in Somaliland

Posted on Fri. January 19, 2018

Somaliland – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with support from the Government of Japan earlier this month held a training on trafficking, irregular migration and the establishment of a referral mechanism for irregular migrants and Victims of Trafficking (VoTs) in Somaliland.

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Migration in the News


  • France24 spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing on making the case for safe migration in view of the millions of migrants who risk their lives every year making treacherous journeys because policymakers in the countries they seek to reach offer them little alternative.
     
  • AFP reported that Spanish authorities have detained two men allegedly responsible for a boat carrying migrants to the Canary Islands, seven of whom drowned.
     
  • AP reported that Algeria and Morocco are increasingly popular points of departure for economic migrants and asylum-seekers whose arrivals more than doubled last year along the hazardous Western Mediterranean passage into Europe.
     
  • DPA reported that a 3-month-old baby died overnight on a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean after the vessel had trouble reaching shore quickly, the Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms said on Thursday.
     
  • Rudaw reported that the Iraqi government has decided to close nearly 400 schools established for displaced Arab students in the Kurdistan Region, a move some of the students and teachers describe as forced return.
     
  • Australia’s DFAT reported that the Australian Government together with IOM is providing further support to combat the outbreak of highly contagious and deadly diphtheria amongst Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who have fled violence in Myanmar.
     
  • Nigeria’s Awoko reported about Sierra Leonean returnees from Libya who have received integration packages from IOM to start new businesses after their migration ordeal in Libya.
     
  • AFP reported that Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth noted that nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya.

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  • Al Jazeera reported about African Americans who are moving to Africa, noting that an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 African Americans live in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, for instance.
     
  • The New York Times reported that a death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German.

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