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23 February 2018

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IOM seeks to assist 800,000 Syrians with access to clean water in 2018. © IOM

UN Migration Agency Appeals for Nearly USD 194 Million to Help Syrians at Home, in Region

Posted on Fri. February 23, 2018​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched an appeal today (23/02) for USD 193,767,960 to help 3 million Syrians displaced and affected by the conflict in Syria; Syrian refugees living in the region; and the communities that host them.

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Syrian children finish pre-departure orientation sessions in Istanbul just before being resettled in the UK. © IOM

Over 10,000 Refugees Resettled in UK Under Flagship Scheme

Posted on Fri. February 23, 2018​

London –  The United Kingdom is more than halfway towards meeting its commitment to resettle 20,000 people by 2020 through the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), according to new figures revealed yesterday (22/10).

The latest quarterly Home Office immigration statistics show that 10,538 refugees have been resettled under the VPRS – one of the largest global resettlement programmes – since it began.

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Migration in the News

  • Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that on March 1 it will jointly hold with IOM, the “International Workshop on Acceptance of Foreign Nationals and Their Integration into Japan.”
  • Rudaw reported that Iraq must urgently fast-track reconstruction to assist the reintegration of internally displaced people  as they return to their homes following the defeat of ISIS, the UN’s migration agency says.
  • Haiti Libre reported about an IOM project that is assisting 700 migrants and migrants of Haitian origin, returning from the Dominican Republic, carry out income-generating activities to promote their sustainable reintegration in Haiti.
  • Inter Press News reported that the German Government and IOM have launched a voluntary return and reintegration programme which offers operational and financial assistance to foreign citizens, including the citizens of Georgia.
  • AP reported that Swiss customs authorities say the number of undocumented migrants who entered Switzerland last year shrank nearly by half compared to a record influx in 2016.
  • Libyan News Agency reported that IOM has distributed assistance to the displaced people of Tauergha stranded at an area east of Bani Walid in collaboration with the ‘Ayadi Al Kheir’ charity organization.
  • The North Africa Journal ran an op-ed which noted that the burden to end the slave trade in Libya is not only on governments but also on tech companies and other non-state actors.
  • Maghreb Press Agency reported that Morocco is betting on a voluntary-based policy by committing itself to ensuring access to health services for the benefits of its migrants.
  • Green Watch Dhaka reported about the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative, the world’s first human trafficking data portal.
  • PRI reported that the Ethiopian diaspora in the US uses social media to great effect in shaping coverage of events back home, especially the protest movement in Ethiopia over the past two years.
  • Pakistan Today reported that “governments are shamelessly turning the clock back on decades of hard-won protections,” according to Amnesty International in its annual report for human rights in 2017.
  • IPS reported that Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly, has warned that migration should not be politicized.
  • Webster University Geneva reported about the 23rd International Humanitarian and Security Conference which centered on the theme “The Need for Effective Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.”

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times ran a feature on the volunteers who rescue migrants fleeing through the frozen Alps.
  • The Next Web reported that the Vatican is holding its first hackathon to solve problems focusing on three themes:  Social Inclusion, Interfaith Dialogue, and Migrants and Refugees.
  • Marketplace reported that some immigrants returning to Mexico are finding new opportunities.


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