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02 June 2017

Residents of Kutupalong, one of the settlements, repair a roof torn off by the storm. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Seeks Funding for Bangladesh Settlements Hit by Cyclone Mora
Posted on Fri. June 02, 2017

Bangladesh - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched an appeal for USD 3.7 million to help Rohingya migrants living in settlements in Bangladesh affected by Cyclone Mora. The storm hit the country’s coastline around Cox’s Bazar early on Tuesday.

The cyclone, which brought 117 km/h winds and heavy rain, tore into the makeshift settlements and host communities. The settlements house over 130,000 ethnic Rohingya, who are also known in Bangladesh as Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs). 

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As an immediate response to the influx of refugees returning to Pulka, IOM built several tents to protect families from sun and heavy rain. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Supports Refugees Returning to Nigeria after Fleeing Boko Haram
Posted on Fri. June 02, 2017

Nigeria - From 24-31 May, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) registered more than 3,600 Nigerian refugees in the small Nigerian border town of Pulka after they returned from Cameroon. IOM is supporting the returnees – most of whom originate from Pulka – by providing shelter, non-food items and psychological first aid, and monitoring population movements.

Since early April, the Nigeria Immigration Service has registered the return of more than 12,000 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon. The Borno state government is directing many from congested entry points – notably, Banki, another border town – to Pulka, deemed to be their place of origin.

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Over 40 Migrants Die of Thirst in Sahara Desert as Mediterranean Arrivals Top 71,000, Deaths 1,650
Posted on Fri. June 02, 2017

Switzerland - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 71,029 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 31 May, with over 80 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder arriving in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 205,858 arrivals and 2,512 deaths across the region through 31 May 2016.

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Migration in the News

  • AP, International Business Times and Sputnik News reported that at least 44 migrants, including babies, have died of thirst after their vehicle broke down in the Sahara Desert as they were making their way to Libya.

  • Asian Tribune reported that Refugees International released a new report today detailing the abuses faced by refugees and migrants in Libya.

  • UN Radio reported that women and girls form the majority of displaced populations, which increases their vulnerability to exploitation, abuse and violence.

  • Asian Tribune reported that women, girls, pregnant women and children are the worst affected by the floods and landslides in Bangladesh.

  • Devex published an Op-ed which noted that the refugee and migrant crisis has, as a new report by the Donor Tracker shows, impacted development policies and budgets of European donors.

  • Xinhua reported that IOM is investigating alleged misconduct in both Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps in northern Kenya. 

Trending on the Internet

  • Wired reported that for many students, rural migrants and low-income workers, nuclear bunkers are their only affordable living option in Beijing.

  • The Guardian reported that a global campaign hailed by renowned novelist Salman Rushdie as “a significant public stand against racism and xenophobia” has been launched, backed by more than 200 leading writers and artists.


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