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06 June 2017

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Flood waters flattened many homes in this village in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. Photo: IOM 2017

IOM to Assist Sri Lanka Flood and Landslide Victims in Worst Affected Areas
Posted on Tues. June 06, 2017

Sri Lanka - Heavy flooding, landslides and flash floods caused by the southwest monsoon have affected some 684,000 people in south and central Sri Lanka. The flooding, which is believed to be the worst in over a decade, has left at least 212 people dead and 79 missing.

IOM initial rapid assessments conducted on 30-31 May in Matara, Kalutara, Rathnapura and Galle districts showed homes and villages swept away by the flood waters and mud slides.

Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre (DMC) estimates that over 2,500 houses were destroyed and nearly 15,900 damaged. These numbers could rise as data from damage assessments is compiled in the coming weeks.

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IOM side event at first ever UN Ocean Conference in New York. Photo: IOM / Lanna Walsh 2017

IOM Highlights Ocean Health, Climate Change, Migration at Inaugural UN Ocean Conference
Posted on Tues. June 06, 2017

United Nations - As part of the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) held a side event on Ocean Health, Climate Change and Migration: Understanding the Nexus and Implications for People on the Move.

In partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and co-hosts, the Permanent Missions of Madagascar and Ecuador, the event provided an opportunity to contribute to the conference goal of supporting the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

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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

Samba: "I had worked for so long without any pay that I had no means to go back home."
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"While migration is not incompatible with the welfare state, the ghettoization of migrants and refugees, and their reliance on public assistance, are economically and politically unsustainable. Failing to address the problem will further strengthen the far right and erode possibilities for refugee protection and guaranteeing migrants’ rights." –   Behzad Yaghmaian, professor of political economy at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Read more here.


Migration in the News

  • Voice of America reported that the possible ending of a United States humanitarian program that has protected nearly 60,000 Haitians from deportation since the 2010 earthquake will mean a surge of child servants.

  • AFP reported that seven migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have been found dead in an abandoned refrigerator truck near the Libyan capital.

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that despite a halt in the crackdown on them by security forces in Myanmar, Rohingyas are still fleeing their homes and crossing over to Bangladesh, fearing further attacks.

  • AFP reported that Spanish coast guards rescued more than 170 migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe from northern Africa in four separate boats.

  • Eater NY reported that the fundraising dinner series for refugees, “Displaced Dinner”, is getting even bigger with a new feast at a new cafe later this month.

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    An Amnesty International report highlights the failure to address rampant deception and extortion in Nepal’s labour recruitment business, putting migrant workers at risk of forced labour abroad and leaving them with crippling debts.

  • San Francisco Gate reported about Samantha Grier, founder of “Caring for Children” which is sending 5,000 teddy bears to Syrian refugee children in Jordan.



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