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23 May 2017

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84 Stranded Migrants Returned from Yemen 
Posted on Tue. May 23, 2017

Yemen - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) transported 84 stranded migrants from Al Hudaydah Port in Yemen to Djibouti on 21 May. Following a hiatus due to rough seas and security challenges, this was the first voluntary humanitarian return organized out of Yemen in two months.

Most were Ethiopian nationals. The group consisted of 29 unaccompanied migrant boys, seven women and 48 other vulnerable cases. Seven migrants had severe injuries; some were receiving medical care and temporary shelter from IOM in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. As soon as they were well enough to travel, IOM transported the migrants by bus to Al Hudaydah earlier in the week. 

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Displaced families in Salah al-Din, Iraq receive sealing-off kits from IOM and ECHO. Photo: IOM

ECHO Provides EUR 3 Million to UN Migration Agency’s Humanitarian Response in Iraq
Posted on Tue. May 23, 2017

Iraq - Displacement and return movements continue across Iraq, affecting nearly five million people. Funding for humanitarian operations is urgently needed, particularly with new displacement caused by the intensification of operations to retake Mosul.

Through a grant of EUR 3 million, the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) is funding the UN Migration Agency (IOM) to implement a fourth phase of its humanitarian response, supported by ECHO in Iraq, to assist conflict-affected populations. This phase will bring ECHO’s total contribution in Iraq, since 2014, to EUR 27 million.

The nine-month project will benefit more than 180,000 of the most vulnerable Iraqis, including populations of internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and host communities. The project will be implemented in coordination with community leaders, government authorities and humanitarian clusters. It will uphold ECHO’s integrated approach to humanitarian assistance and coordination through information sharing among ECHO partners.

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Cambodian companies are working with IOM to promote ethical recruitment and combat trafficking. Photo: IOM

IOM, Cambodian Businesses Work Together to Combat Human Trafficking and Slavery
Posted on Tue. May 23, 2017

Cambodia - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has trained representatives from over 30 Cambodian manufacturing, hospitality and service companies to combat human trafficking and slavery in their businesses and supply chains.

The training in Phnom Penh on Monday (22/05) was part of a new regional IOM initiative – the Corporate Responsibility in Eliminating Slavery and Trafficking (CREST) programme – and was open to companies belonging to the Cambodian Federation of Employers and Business Associations (CAMFEBA).

The training covered practical information for reducing the risk of human trafficking and slavery in both daily operations and supply chains. It also provided guidance for complying with new Cambodian and international anti-slavery legislation that holds companies responsible for the practices of their suppliers, as well as their own workplaces.

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More UN Migration Agency (IOM) Headlines

Expansion of IOM Transit Center on Pakistan Border Increases Aid for Afghan Returnees
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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 549,135 in 2017; Deaths: 1,340
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IOM’s Data Analysis Centre Hosts Expert Workshop on Irregular Migration Data
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“i am a migrant” is part of the UN TOGETHER initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for those who have left home in search of a better life. More here

Tayyib: "My bi-cultural background helped me understand other cultures. I grew up knowing that there is not only one way of doing things."
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10 Years in Yemen 

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is celebrating ten years in Yemen. Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and migrants have been helped by IOM through emergency assistance, evacuation, protection against gender-based violence, youth programmes and much more. Watch here


United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed the UN Migration Agency (IOM)’s Chief of Staff to the Director General, Ovais Sarmad as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
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"Migrants are not criminals. They are human beings trying to survive in a hostile, unjust world, a world in which violent conflicts are engineered by the powerful to sustain an insatiable arms industry (worth $1.7 trillion or 3 per cent of global GDP) and maintain geopolitical control." –  Graham Peebles, artist, writer and Director of a UK-registered charity, The Create Trust. Read more here.


Migration in the News

  • RFI reported that according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), one person was displaced within their own country every second by conflict, violence or natural disaster last year.
  • AFP reported that Italy has signed a deal with Libya, Chad and Niger to try to stem the flow of migrants across the Mediterranean by beefing up border controls and creating new reception centres in the African nations.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that unnecessary delays and arbitrary barriers are keeping older refugees and asylum seekers stranded in Greece.
  • PRI featured the story of Halimot from Nigeria, who escaped after being trafficked 15 years ago by a family member who wanted to sell her into prostitution.
  • Trend Hunter reported about the Maidan Tent architectural project, which aims to turn the refugee camps that are springing up around in Europe into socially attractive spaces.
  • CBC shared the story of Sandra Antoun and her family who were forced to flee their home in Syria for safety in Lebanon. The family now lives in Canada.

Trending on the Internet

  • Dallas News reported about the reunion of one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” with his mother after 30 years of separation.
  • The Economist reported that Sweden, dubbed as the world’s greatest welcomers of refugees, must work out how to assimilate them while it faces problems like clustering, housing and employment.


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