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20 October 2017

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Soaked to the skin a Rohingya mother tries to protect her child with her drenched scarf, as it pelted down with rain yesterday (19/10). They were among the 6,900 Rohingya refugees who arrived in Cox’s Bazar from no man’s land. Photo: UN Migration Agency/Timothy Wolfer 2017

UN Migration Chief Ends Visit to Bangladesh as Bleak Picture Emerges of Rohingya Settlements

Posted on Fri. October 20, 2017

Cox's Bazar - Yesterday (19/10) over 6,900 Rohingya refugees who were stranded in dire conditions in no-man’s land at Anjuman Para on Bangladesh’s side of the border, were moved by the Bangladesh military to several makeshift settlements in the Ukhia and Teknaf sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar. Some 800,000 Rohingyas are now living in the settlements, 589,000 of whom have arrived since August 25th.

Also yesterday, IOM Director General William Lacy Swing this week concluded a three-day visit to Bangladesh and thanked the government for its continued willingness to open the country’s borders to hundreds of thousands of desperate Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar.

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Most of the refugees are young with almost half of all beneficiaries transported by IOM between 18 and 24 years old. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

15,000 Eritrean Refugees Relocated in Ethiopia by UN Migration Agency

Posted on Fri. October 20, 2017​

Addis Ababa – IOM, the UN Migration Agency has relocated over 15,000 Eritrean refugees in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia since 1 March 2017. In close partnership with the Government of Ethiopia’s Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs and UNHCR, IOM has medically screened and transported newly arrived Eritrean refugees from the Reception Centre in Endabaguna/Shire to four refugee camps in the North of Ethiopia. 

“Currently IOM is relocating an average of about 100 persons per day which represents an increase in what has been the most continual refugee flow into Ethiopia in 2017,” said Khatab Khalid, the head of IOM Ethiopia’s Shire Sub-Office.

According to official figures, there were 21,215 new Eritrean refugee arrivals to Ethiopia in 2016 while over 20,000 have arrived in 2017 to date. Most of the refugees are youth with 46 per cent of the total transported by IOM aged between 18-24 years old. Many of them report walking for days to reach Ethiopia.

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Participants pose outside the conflict management and peacebuilding workshop. Photo: UN Migration/Peter Murorera 2017

UN Migration Agency Raises PNG Awareness of Conflict Management, Peace Building

Posted on Fri. October 20, 2017​

Port Moresby – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, this week (17-18/10) organized a two-day Training for Transformation Workshop on conflict management and peace building in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. 

Funded by the IOM Development Fund, the training targeted state actors at the national, provincial, district and local (LLG) government levels, including legal practitioners, police, disaster coordinators and district administrators involved in conflict mediation and peace building. Representatives from churches and communities affected by tribal conflict in Enga and Morobe provinces also took part.

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Migration in the News


  • Dhaka Tribune spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing about the current situation surrounding the Rohingya refugee crisis and what IOM is doing to tackle the issue.
     
  • Devex reported that humanitarian actors on the ground at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, have come together to advocate against the creation of one condensed ‘mega camp’ for Rohingya refugees.
     
  • IPS reported that in Zimbabwe, remittances from the diaspora are mitigating extreme poverty and are keeping families afloat.
     
  • IRIN reported that despite impressive economic growth and decades of capacity building, Ethiopia faces another humanitarian crisis as one of the worst droughts in living memory scorches the Horn of Africa.
     
  • IPS reported that although Mexican immigrants help sustain both the US and Mexico economies, neither government takes into account their special needs once they get deported.
     
  • EU Observer reported that EU leaders at a summit in Brussels still have no solution to an internal asylum stalemate, opting instead to focus their attention on stopping people from leaving for Europe.
     
  • The Week reported that critics have accused the Western media of under-reporting a recent terrorist attack in the Somalian capital Mogadishu that left at least 300 people dead and hundreds more seriously injured.
     
  • IANS and Voice of America reported that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland where he will meet with officials from aid agencies to discuss a number of the current global humanitarian crises.
     
  • Singapore Management University’s Catalyst Asia, in a special issue on Thailand, interviewed IOM’s Dana Graber-Ladek on the UN Migration Agency’s work in the kingdom.

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  • SA News reported that many children cross borders into South Africa unaccompanied by adults. Some arrive with their parents and relatives but they later disappear and cannot be traced.

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