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07 August 2017


Tibetan ladies practice shaking hands at an AUSCO training in Dharamsala, India. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)

Australian Culture in Five Days? No Worries…

(IOM) Kuala Lumpur – For most refugees and migrants arriving on humanitarian visas, the thrill of resettlement in a new country is usually mixed with trepidation. How will they cope with a new language, a strange culture and life outside a close-knit community or refugee camp where they may have spent most of their lives?

For 41 IOM staff meeting in Kuala Lumpur this week (9-11 August) for the 2017 Australian Cultural Orientation (AUSCO) Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop, providing answers and reassurance is a daily challenge.

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South Sudan: 'Attacks on civilians' reported as crisis grows

(Aljazeera) Juba – South Sudan's refugee crisis is the fastest-growing in the world and humanitarian organisations are warning it is worsening because more people are fleeing conflict reports Al Jazeera's Hiba Morgan. 

It has spread to the Equatoria region where attacks against civilians by government forces have been reported.

The Sudan People's Liberation Army is blaming a few undisciplined soldiers for the attacks.

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Chief of Staff of International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Ovais Sarmad. Photo: Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh On a Very Strong Trajectory in All the SDGs

(Dhaka Tribune) Dhaka – Ovais Sarmad, chief of staff at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) spoke to theDhaka Tribune's Syed Zainul Abedin on the sidelines of the Delta Coalition Ministerial Conference in Dhaka. He discussed various issues related to migration driven by climate change.

Ovais Sarmad, chief of staff at the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) spoke to the Dhaka Tribune’s Syed Zainul Abedin on the sidelines of the Delta Coalition Ministerial Conference in Dhaka. He discussed various issues related to migration driven by climate change.

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Migration in the News


  • AP, UPI and UN News Centre reported that according to IOM, there’s an increase this year in deaths of people trying to enter the United States from Mexico even as irregular crossings appear to have dropped sharply.
     
  • Dhaka Tribune spoke with IOM’s Ovais Sarmad on the sidelines of the Delta Coalition Ministerial Conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He discussed various issues related to migration driven by climate change.
     
  • Politico reported that sanitary conditions in refugee detention centers in Libya are severely lacking, according to a report drafted by European Union officials.
     
  • Irish Times spoke with UNOCHA’s Hamidu Jalleh who noted that while refugees get global attention, people displaced by climatic or weather conditions don’t get the same attention.
     
  • Sputnik reported that according to Médecins Sans Frontières, the European Union should work out safe alternatives to dangerous and often life-threatening trips via sea in order to put an end to tragic deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean.

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  • News Deeply reported on refugee entrepreneurs who are reinvigorating the city of Buffalo, upstate New York

 

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