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31 October 2017

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IOM has drilled 14 hand pump wells in Cox’s Bazar settlements since August 25th. They provide some 14,000 people with clean water. File photo: Muse Mohammed / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Clean Water, Sanitation Vast Challenges as Bangladesh Copes with 607,000 New Refugees

Posted on Tue. October 31, 2017

Cox’s Bazar –  Since 25 August, over 607,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar.

Although the number of new arrivals is now slowing, people continue to arrive in the makeshift settlements of Cox’s Bazar every day, bringing the total Rohingya population of the district to over 820,000.

 The settlements are dangerously congested and overcrowded and the pressure on sources of clean drinking water and basic sanitation are enormous. Having walked for days without water and food, the refugees arrive to the settlements exhausted and thirsty. Many are ill.

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The training offered a participatory environment where attendees from 16 different nationalities shared views and experiences. Photo: Agnes Farge 2017

UN Migration Agency, ILO Host Training to Include Migration in National and Local Policies

Posted on Tue. October 31, 2017​

Turin –  Over 40 participants from 16 nationalities are attending training on Mainstreaming Migration into Policy Planning from 30 October to 3 November. The training takes place under the auspices of the ILO International Training Centre in Turin.

The five-day course will combine lectures and discussions, case studies, open space debates, role play exercises, networking and group work. It aims to provide a space for dialogue and knowledge sharing among government officials, practitioners, representatives of workers’ and employers’ organizations, and members of international development agencies.

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Migration in the News


  • UN News and Voice of America reported that more than 13 million people inside Syria still need humanitarian assistance, with 6.3 million of them being exceptionally vulnerable and in acute need because of displacement, hostilities, and limited access to basic goods and services, according to UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock.
     
  • Xinhua reported that the crush of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh has forced the relocation of some 1,700 refugees from the main Kutupalong camp into a new nearby camp area, UN officials said on Friday.
     
  • New Age Bangladesh reported that the Department of Immigration and Passports completed in 50 days the registrations of 3.5 lakh Rohingyas entering Bangladesh to flee violence and persecution in the Rakhine State of Myanmar.
     
  • Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported that Danish Development Cooperation Minister Ulla TOrn paid a two-day visit to the Cox's Bazar Rohingya camps on October 29-30 to have first-hand experience of the situation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Bangladesh.
     
  • Asian Correspondent reported that UN human rights officials last week left a Bangladeshi refugee camp ‘deeply disturbed’ by accounts of alleged abuses by the Tatmadaw army of Myanmar.
     
  • VOA reported that several thousand people took to the streets in Yangon on Sunday to show support for Myanmar’s military, which has drawn international criticism for its crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslims.
     
  • Xinhua reported that Nigerian authorities late Tuesday received 257 Nigerians who were stranded in Libya following a failed attempt to cross over to Europe through the volatile North African country.
     
  • Tout DZ reported that there are more than 10,000 Algerian doctors who practice their profession in France.
     
  • Coloquio Digital reported that the US State Department’s Office of International Affairs of Narcotics and Enforcement of the Law (INL) allocated USD 644,943 to the Border Police of Haiti in one of its initiatives aimed at contributing to security.
     
  • CIO spoke with SAS CEO Jim Goodnight on thriving in the analytics economy, working with millennials and using analytics for social good.
     
  • MarineLink reported on the challenges faced by merchant vessels bound by long-standing tradition and legal obligation to go to the rescue of persons in distress at sea.
     
  • Inter Press Service  ran an op-ed noting that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people – be they migrants or refugees – decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their homes.

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  • Meridian Magazine shared the story of Ahmar, a 21-year-old refugee living in a camp Greece who believes that ‘Life is hard, but not impossible.’

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