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11 July 2017

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UN Migration Agency Helps Nearly 100,000 Migrants Return and Reintegrate in 2016
Posted on Tue. July 11, 2017

Switzerland – Today (11 July), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reported that they helped 98,403 migrants return home voluntarily in 2016. This assistance was provided through the IOM Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes and highlighted in their latest report, Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration 2016 Key Highlights.

This represents a 41 per cent increase to 2015, when 69,540 migrants were provided with return and reintegration support. The people assisted in 2016 from 110 countries were returned to 161 countries and territories of origin.

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A patient waits to be screened for TB at a National Tuberculosis Program Center in Erbil, with transportation provided by IOM. Photo: Sarah Ali Abed / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency, Global Fund Support Iraqi Ministry of Health in Combating TB
Posted on Tue. July 11, 2017

Iraq - Iraq has one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) prevalence rates in the region, with more than 15,000 individuals infected annually, according to Iraq Ministry of Health. In response, IOM Iraq is providing urgent medical support to TB patients across the country.

Since 2014, IOM’s Emergency Health Program has been supporting the Iraqi Ministry of Health’s National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), focused on assistance to displaced Iraqis, Syrian refugees, and vulnerable host community members, in cooperation with WHO and Health Cluster partners. In the last three months alone, IOM provided initial screening for more than 2,400 presumptive TB cases.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 101,417 in 2017; 2,353 Deaths
Posted on Tue. July 11, 2017

Switzerland - The UN Migration Agency (IOM) reports that 101,417 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 9 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 239,492 arrivals across the region through 9 July 2016.

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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

Afsoon: "Equality and justice are not abstract goals. Our difference cannot detract from what we have in common."
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Migration in the News

  • Inter Press Service reported that climate change poses a major risk to the poorest rural populations in developing countries, dangerously threatening their lives and livelihoods and thus forcing them to migrate.

  • RT reported that the destruction at the recently liberated city of Mosul will take months if not years to rebuild, and at an incredibly high cost.

  • Bangkok Post cited a recent IOM report that illustrated the worsening suicide situation in Mae La camp, which is more than three times that of the rest of Tak province and five times the average for all of Thailand.

  • Independent Australia published an Op-Ed which noted that modern day slavery exists because there is a market for it, and that awareness is needed to bring this horrific practice to an end.

  • Club of  Mozambique reported that Mozambican authorities are strengthening the management of border control in the south of the country with the help of a United States-backed program that will help detect fake passports.
  • US News reported that recent policies deepen the stratification between Emirati nationals and the other 90 per cent of the country’s foreign-born population.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Conversation reported that rather than being an unsettling force, international migrants are helping to provide stability to the regional Australian communities they settle in.  
  • Washington Post reported on a devastating series of photographs from the Old City of Mosul published by the Associated Press that lay bare the full horror of the battle to defeat the so-called Islamic State for the ordinary people caught in its path.


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