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09 June 2017

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Nasibo, 6, sits in an abandoned safe space for children in Doolow, Somalia. Photo: IOM / Muse Mohammed

UN Migration Agency Appeals for USD 60 Million to Aid Victims of East Africa’s Worst Drought in Decades
Posted on Fri. June 09, 2017

Kenya - The East and Horn of Africa is experiencing the worst drought the region has seen in decades. Since 2016, repeated failed rains have led to severe food insecurity and to increasing numbers of internal and cross border displacement.

The number of people in dire need of humanitarian intervention in the region continues to grow, estimated at 16 million people in May 2017. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is appealing to the international community for USD 60,655,000 to help displaced people and the communities hosting them in four of the worst affected countries; Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia. The full appeal can be found here.

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IOM, Sheffield Hallam University Launch Global Security App
Posted on Fri. June 09, 2017

United Kingdom - Sheffield Hallam University and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) have launched a mobile phone app designed to enhance the safety and security of IOM staff, while deployed in the world’s most challenging and dangerous environments.

The team at the University's Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) have worked with IOM to develop the security-focused situational awareness dashboard and app.

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The UN Migration Agency (IOM) assists Somali refugees with emergency transportation from the Ethiopia-Somalia border entry point to Kobe refugee camp in Dolo Ado, in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Photo: IOM

IOM Provides Emergency Transport to Somali Refugees in Ethiopia
Posted on Fri. June 09, 2017

Ethiopia - This week, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) assisted 80 newly arrived Somali refugees with emergency transportation from the Ethiopia-Somalia border entry point to Kobe refugee camp in Dolo Ado, in the Somali region of Ethiopia. This latest assistance brings the total number of Somali refugees helped in the border region to 5,397 thus far in 2017. Over 50 per cent of the new arrivals are female while over 90 per cent are under the age of 18.

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More UN Migration Agency (IOM) Headlines

IOM, Latin American Parliament Discuss Global Compact on Migration
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IOM-DTM Workshop Strengthens Humanitarian Response to Gender-based Violence for IDPs in Iraq
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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 72,336 in 2017; Deaths: 1,711
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IOM´s Data Analysis Centre, Maastricht University Review Determinants of Asylum-Related Migration
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Syrian Children Participate in Art Workshop Before Resettlement to UK 
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IOM, Korea Broadcasting Journalist Association Underscore Media’s Role in Disaster Management 
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UN Migration Agency Tracks Displacement in Drought-Affected Madagascar
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IOM Perú, Partners Announce Winners of ‘I am a Peruvian Migrant’ Photo Contest
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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

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“Migration is here to stay. Its inclusion in the sustainable development goals demonstrated the importance of migration today and the commitment of states to addressing it.” –  Francois Crepeau, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. Read more here.


Migration in the News


    Europe Online reported on the UNHCR’s concern over ‘extremely worrying’ reports that Greece has been forcing back Turkish nationals intending to seek asylum without reviewing their pleas for shelter.

  • AP and Deutsche Welle reported that German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has announced extra aid to improve conditions at refugee camps in Libya.

  • International Business Times reported on a UN report that reveals that the so-called Islamic State has killed at least 231 people in Mosul, Iraq in the past two weeks.

  • UPI reported on the hundreds of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who are being held in administrative detention.

  • Travel Wire News reported that Abdalla Hamdok, the Deputy Director of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said Africa is still missing out on the many benefits of migration because of tight border policies.

  • The Irrawaddy ran an op-ed which noted that Kachin State’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)’s issues need to be answered because displacement creates social problems in a peaceful society and disrupts the state, the Union, and the economy. 


Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply published an op-ed by Francois Crepeau, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in which he proposes eight goals to transform the way states manage migration.

  • Mashable reported that Airbnb has come up with a way to help refugees, evacuees, and other displaced people through “Open Homes”, a platform that allows everyone to sign up to host a person in need.


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