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13 September 2017

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IOM Regional Director Argentina Szabados launches IOM’s first migration recipe book watched by Martin Nesirky, Director of United Nations Information Service, Vienna. Photo: Joe Lowry/UN Migration Agency / IOM 2017

First UN Migration Recipe Book Launched in Vienna as Part of “Together” Campaign

Vienna (IOM) – To celebrate the benefits of migration in our daily lives, IOM, the UN Migration Agency's Regional Office in Vienna has compiled a cookbook with traditional recipes from across much of Southeast and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

The recipe book was launched this week at the Vienna International Centre under the umbrella of the UN’s “Together” campaign which aims to promote tolerance towards migrants and refugees.

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One of the recipes from Azerbaijan featured in the book.

Tanja's Table

Q & A with the creator of the cookbook, The Migration of Culinary Traditions in the Region

Vienna (IOM) –  Tanja Dedovic, Labour and Human Development Coordinator at IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Regional Office in Vienna, came up with the idea of a cookbook centring on food as cultural exchange. The cookbook The Migration of Culinary Traditions in the Region, is now available for free download.

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Syrian children share a meal in their house in Turkey. Photo: Muse Mohammed/UN Migration Agency / IOM 2017

When Food is More than Just Food

Vienna (IOM) – Culture is food and food is culture. Food is ingrained in our myths, rituals and daily lives. When we break bread together we share an important moment of togetherness, whether it’s a family grabbing a cup of tea and a slice of toast before school, or a state banquet for 100 VIPs.

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Migration in the News


  • UNRIC, Voice of America, AP, AFP, RTE, ABC, Tagesschau, Deutsche Welle, SZ, Vice reported that children and young people trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses as 77 per cent of young people traveling along the Central Mediterranean route report direct experiences of exploitation. All cited IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys.
     
  • EU Observer and The Guardian reported that smugglers are possibly looking to reopen a Black Sea migrant smuggling route between Turkey and Romania, with hundreds of people having already arrived by boat over the past few weeks.
     
  • Croatia’s HRTi aired a studio debate on its Tema Dana talk show delving into the EU’s recent policy developments and agreements with African countries geared towards better managing migration flows.
     
  • UN News Centre reported that the flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented in terms of volume and speed.
     
  • CNN reported about the dangerous exodus of Rohingya refugees to reach Bangladesh under the cover of night.
     
  • Pakistan’s Breaking News reported that China has said it backs Myanmar’s efforts to “safeguard stability” as pressure mounts to end violence which has sent more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh.
     
  • Antara News reported that Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated that four helicopters would carry humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh from the Rakhine State in Myanmar.
     
  • AFP reported that the number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in their country, citing a new report by IOM and the Organization of American States.
     
  • AFP reported that the number of migrants arriving in Spain so far this year has soared more than 88 per cent from the same period in 2016, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said.
     
  • AFP reported that the anonymity afforded by the Internet – especially in the dark web – is hindering efforts by organizations to fight human trafficking, especially the sexual exploitation of minors.

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  • Los Angeles Times reported that Hurricane Irma caused large-scale damage to Immokalee, a largely Latino farming hub in the southwestern part of Florida where migrant workers’ homes and source of living were destroyed.
     
  • UNICEF teamed up with renowned photographer and director Rankin to create a 60-second film highlighting the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster, especially those separated from their families as they become refugees.

Food and Migration in the News


  • The Guardian reported that few industries illustrate the positive impact of immigrants on our society as clearly as food and that migration has enriched UK’s food culture.
     
  • PRI reported about a well-loved local restaurant in Brooklyn that serves a fusion of Uzbek and Korean cuisine –  and tells a little-known story about Russian history and migration.
     
  • Sierra Club shared the story of Michael Twitty, the founder of Afroculinaria, a food blog that documents African American historic foodways and their legacy.
     
  • The Star reported about a new exhibit that shows how restaurants have both preserved and transmitted Jewish culture through archival photos and evocative memorabilia.

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