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17 August 2017

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Photo: Reuben Lim / IOM 2017

Providing Migrant Children an Identity is Providing Them with Equal Opportunities 

(USAIM) Thailand – In Thailand, statelessness continues to be an issue of concern for thousands of children born to migrant parents. Without birth registration and identification, these children have little chance to access basic services such as education and healthcare. No official figure exists but estimates from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) suggest that about 40,000 births in the country go unregistered each year. Most of these children are born to migrant parents from Myanmar, Cambodia and Lao PDR, many of whom do not possess proper documentation. To address the issue, the UN Migration Agency, IOM, in partnership with a general hospital has established a special clinic to ensure the birth registration of all children. 

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Ojas Akolkar imports hand-crafted items showcasing her Indian culture in her shop Tribalfare in Detroit's TechTown.

Detroit’s Revival Supported by Immigrant Entrepreneurs

(Detroit News) Detroit – If Detroit had a “Little India”, it would be Ojas Akolkar’s studio tucked in the third floor of TechTown.

Vibrant embroidered bags adorn the walls, patterned pillows from Gujarat line the couch and dozens of block-printed wraps, signature of the Indian state Rajasthan, fill the racks.

Akolkar, a 43-year-old founder of the online retailer Tribalfare, purchases the clothing, accessories and home decor straight from artisans she meets in India. She then sells them to Detroiters and Americans nationwide.

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An antique portrait of Greek migrants who fled to Australia during the early 20th Century

If You Had Just Relocated to the Other Side of the World Indefinitely, What Would You Do First?

(SBS) Australia – A migrant's first year of arrival in a new country is usually the most challenging. In an exciting new web series, filmmaker Stella Grammenos–Dimadis is turning her lens to Australian migrants, asking them what this period of time meant for them.

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IOM X is the International Organization for Migration's innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking. The campaign is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Read more

Dahham: “I got my diploma recognized, I have a safe home, and I started an NGO to help refugees get their qualifications acknowledged.”
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Migration in the News

  • AFP and BBC  reported that Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday, in the waters between Morocco and Spain.
  • Daily Telegraph reported that Libya's coastguard threatened to target a Spanish humanitarian ship rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean this week as tensions continue to grow between NGOs and the Libyan government.
  • LETA/BNS reported that Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas toured the offices of IOM in Gaziantep, Turkey near the Syrian border, observed the living conditions of refugees in Nizip camp, and praised the efforts of Turkey  in providing refugees with a decent living environment.
  • The New York Times ran an OpEd on the latest tragedy in Yemen in which young African migrants were thrown into the sea by human smugglers.
  • Ghana News reported on the round table on Migrants Health in Libya as part of a project funded by the government of Finland.
  • India Times published a series of Reuters photos showing that signs of life are returning to Mosul after Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the city.
  • Japan Times ran a commentary which noted that as global temperatures rise and droughts become more common, political agitation, social unrest, and even violence will follow.
  • The UN Research Institute for Social Development ran a commentary noting that it is urgent to focus on the educational access and inclusion of millions of child and youth migrants in developing countries, concurrently with the efforts already under way in these countries to expand and improve education systems. 

Trending on the Internet

  • AFP shared the story of a former fisherman from Tunisia who buries migrants drowned at sea.
  • AFP reported about a group of mainly Sudanese migrants who describe their perilous journey to Europe via Libya which has brought them aboard the Aquarius rescue boat, just hours before they arrive in Italy.


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