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30 May 2017

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Over half a million people have been affected by flooding and landslides in central and southern Sri Lanka. Photo UN

UN Migration Agency Deploys Rapid Assessment Teams to Flood-Hit Southern and Central Sri Lanka
Posted on Tue. May 30, 2017

Sri Lanka - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) today (30/05) deployed three rapid assessment teams to Ratnapura, Galle, Matara and Kalutara – four of the districts worst hit by devastating floods and mudslides in southern and central Sri Lanka.

At least 177 people have been killed by floods and landslides, with 109 people still missing, since heavy rains on Friday, according to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC). Most of the deaths were caused by landslides. 

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Children collect water in CAR where over 19,000 people have been displaced since 17 May 2017. Photo Amanda Nero

Over 19,000 Displaced Following Outbreak of Violence in Central African Republic
Posted on Tue. May 30, 2017

Central African Republic - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has tracked more than 19,000 displaced people in the Central African Republic’s (CAR) sub-Prefecture of Bangassou (Mbomou Prefecture), which is situated at the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). More than 13,000 of those displaced are children.

IOM, together with the local Red Cross, has rolled out its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) to monitor the displacement in Bangassou following an attack on 13 May 2017 carried out by the auto defence group in the town (especially in the 3rd district, where around 2,000 Muslims resided).

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 69,574 in 2017; Deaths: 1,569
Posted on Tue. May 30, 2017

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 69,574 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 28 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder arriving in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 198,346 arrivals across the region through 28 May 2016.

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Myanmar’s Religious Leaders Meet to Combat Human Trafficking, Smuggling
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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

Kristina: "For integration to work, people have to tolerate and have the desire to help you. It is an effort on both sides, the newcomer and the host."
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The 6th Workshop on Data Protection within International Organizations was recently held in Geneva at the IOM headquarters. Watch here


A global database tracking data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes. Please visit: MissingMigrants.iom.int


“If the media is well trained on migration dynamics, I am confident they would be able to properly interrogate and investigate the issues to stimulate public discourse about triggers, policy gaps and responsibilities of state and non-state actors to address migration matters.” –  Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, Ghana’s Minister of Information. Read more here.


Migration in the News

  • Fiji Times reported that Habitat for Humanity Fiji was recognised for its work in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston at a global awards ceremony recently.

  • The Jakarta Post reported that 10 years since the Indonesian National Police established Women and Children Protection units across the country to handle the rising cases of violence against this most vulnerable group, the units have yet to perform as the public expected.

  • Stabroek News reported that participants of “Go See Visit 2017”, a pilot project of Guyana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have expressed optimism towards setting up enterprises locally.

Trending on the Internet

  • Vice.com invited young refugees from across Europe to guest edit their site. The result is a collection of 16 articles published simultaneously in 12 languages and 14 European territories.

  • The Globe and Mail reported on how left behind Senegalese women are grappling with hard choices as many question whether sending families’ breadwinners to Europe is still worth risking their lives.


Media Contacts
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