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14 July 2017

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Recently displaced families arrive in camps outside of West Mosul. Photo: Raber Aziz / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Identifies Additional Displaced Population from West Mosul
Posted on Fri. July 14, 2017

Iraq - As the battle to retake west Mosul approached its conclusion this week, the IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) reported an estimated 380,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) – or over 63,000 families – newly recorded east of Mosul city.

This week, the IOM Iraq DTM published its Round 74 report. Updated as of 30 June 2017, it covers displacement and return movements across the country.

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Key actors in the Global Compact for Migration process will convene to explore and better understand migrant vulnerabilities through IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration. Photo: IOM

International Dialogue on Migration Discusses Migrant Vulnerabilities in Preparation for Global Compact for Migration
Posted on Fri. July 14, 2017

Switzerland - Key actors in the Global Compact for Migration process will convene on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Office in Geneva to explore and better understand migrant vulnerabilities through IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration.

The global compact is a major intergovernmental process, to which IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is extending technical and policy expertise as requested by Member States until its culmination in September 2018. It presents an historical opportunity for achieving a world in which migrants move as a matter of choice rather than necessity, through safe, orderly and regular channels, and in which migration is well governed and able to act as a positive force for individuals, societies and States.

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Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announces the approval of the country’s Migration Policy Strategy. Photo: Government of Ukraine

Ukraine Adopts New Migration Strategy Developed with UN Migration Agency
Posted on Fri. July 14, 2017

Ukraine - The Government of Ukraine adopted a new State Migration Strategy Wednesday (12 July), which will inform national migration policy for the next eight years.

The new document was developed to replace Ukraine’s 2011 State Migration Concept, which needed to be updated to reflect the latest global and local developments. Among them, the unprecedented forced migration from the Middle East, Ukraine’s relationship with the European Union, and the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and most EU Member States. Large scale displacement also continues in the country, with about 1.6 million people officially registered as internally displaced persons.

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Migration in the News

  • New York Times featured the story of one of the last refugee families without close relations in the United States to be allowed into the country before the US travel ban took effect.

  • Politico reported about religious communities who cover the cost of settlement for some of the most vulnerable fleeing Syria.

  • DPA reported that a German Navy ship rescued 919 migrants from the Mediterranean in one day earlier this week, the Defence Ministry said late Thursday.

  • South China Morning Post reported that slavery still persists in the Thai fishing industry and one man, duped into the trade and whose nightmare ended a few years ago, is determined to pursue justice for fellow victims. 

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC tweeted a video showing the Greek island of Tilos where Syrians are welcomed while most have turned them away. Migrants on the island are encouraged to integrate and are given Greek lessons.

  • Magnum Photos published the work of Moises Saman on his recent assignment to photograph migrants detained in Libya.


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