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05 February 2018

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Geneva (IOM) – At the end of 2015, the Government of Canada requested the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support the Prime Minister’s commitment to admit 25,000 Syrian refugees from the Middle East.  IOM quickly deployed logistics and operational staff from around the globe to complete the humanitarian operation which spanned three months from December 2015 through February 2016.

IOM worked closely with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), other relevant government counterparts, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and various implementing partners to register, process and move refugees from Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

This photobook features the stories of Syrian refugees as they went through the resettlement process – from selection to reception. 

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DG Swing being interviewed by the BBC in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in 2017. M.Mohammed/IOM

Americans in the UN: From a US Foreign Service Officer to the Head of the UN Migration Agency

United Nations Foundation – As part of its Americans in the UN project to share the stories of Americans who work for the United Nations, the UN Foundation connected with Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Ambassador William Lacy Swing.

At IOM, Director General Swing is working to address the growing needs of over 80 million people in 50 countries.

Formerly a US Ambassador and Under-Secretary-General for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), DG Swing is one of three Americans who currently lead a UN agency.

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Illegal fishing and fisheries crime as a transnational organized crime in Indonesia

IOM's Steve Hamilton co-authors a study that sheds light on human trafficking on fishing vessels in Indonesia.

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Omar: "I have seen with my own eyes what Boko Haram is capable of. It’s not easy to fix what they have destroyed."

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Migration in the News

  • BBC reported that the bodies of 16 people, all from sub-Saharan Africa, apart from one Moroccan, have been pulled from the sea off the coast of Melilla, a small Spanish territory bordering Morocco.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Nigerian migrants that IOM repatriated to Nigeria on a chartered flight from Libya are restarting their lives with help from IOM’s reintegration and support programme.
  • CNN and AP reported that dozens of migrants are believed to have died after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, IOM said Friday.
  • DW reported that after news of Libyan slave markets went around the world in 2017, many migrants stuck in North Africa decided to return home. However, those returning to Nigeria complain that they face the same problems they had left behind.
  • Pakistan Today reported that the Federal Investigation Agency has arrested four human smugglers along with the central character of a human trafficking network linked to the incident where a boat carrying irregular migrants capsized near the Libyan coast, resulting in the deaths of many Pakistanis.
  • BBC reported that an emergency team of British medical staff is returning home after helping to bring an outbreak of diphtheria at Rohingya Muslim refugee camps across Bangladesh under control.
  • The New European spoke with IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi about the European Agenda for Migration which aims to stop the human tragedies occurring at EU’s external borders and also ensure better migration management in Europe.
  • Al Jazeera reported that some of the migrants returned to Afghanistan from Europe were caught up in the Taliban attacks in Kabul that killed more than 100 people.
  • Gulf News reported that refugees who sought asylum in Indonesia looking for resettlement in western countries find they may never leave the country.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that nearly 200 undocumented migrants from Central America have been found hidden in a lorry without food or water in north-eastern Mexico.
  • The New York Times and Al Jazeera reported that at least six African migrants in Macerata, Italy were injured after being targeted during a series of drive-by shootings that appear to have been racially motivated.


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