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08 November 2017

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A migrant trying to board a German rescue ship in the Mediterranean on Monday. Photo: ALESSIO PADUANO/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Migrants Abandon Dream of New Life to Fly Home

Rome (The Times)  – Thousands of African migrants facing rape, torture and extortion in Libyan detention centres are abandoning hopes of reaching Europe and instead queueing up to take charter flights back home under a scheme set up by the United Nations, writes Tom Kington in The Times.

Nearly 10,000 migrants have accepted the offer of repatriation flights from Libya this year, outstripping expectations, partly because coastguard patrols have made it more difficult to cross the Mediterranean.

“We are targeting flights home for up to 12,000 migrants this year, after only about 2,000 last year,” Federico Soda, of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), a UN agency, said.

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A poster for the new counter trafficking project launched by Peru and IOM, this week.

‘A Theater against Human Trafficking’ Project Launched in Peru

Peru (IOM) –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Perú, this week (6 November) launched in Lima, A Theater against Trafficking project that seeks to prevent human trafficking for sexual exploitation in the travel and tourism sectors in Perú.

Perú, like many other countries, has identified cases of sexual exploitation of children in the context of the tourism industry, some believed to be actual trafficking victims.

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Soccer provides immigrant students a respite from anxiety at a time of stepped-up immigration enforcement and high-profile raids.

Undocumented Immigrants in Baltimore Seek Refuge in Soccer

Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)  – The Patterson High School soccer player pulled off his hoodie to reveal a dark blue jersey bearing the name of Neymar, his favorite player, and joined his teammates on the sunny practice field.

While the jersey offers the 17-year-old a connection, if mostly in his dreams, to the Brazilian superstar, the sport itself provides the undocumented immigrant from Guatemala something more tangible: a respite from anxiety at a time of stepped-up immigration enforcement.

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s 2017 TRIP Strategy Compendium features contributions from IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing and Florian G. Forster, Head, Immigration and Border Management from page 164.


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Costa-Gavras: "Solidarity is about respecting the ‘other’ regardless of who he or she is."
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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


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Migration in the News


  • DPA reported that an 89-year-old man from Syria and a Nigerian newborn baby were among the more than 2,500 people rescued in the central Mediterranean Sea in recent days.
     
  • Voice of America reported that Italian authorities are investigating the deaths of at least 23 trafficked Nigerian women on smugglers' boats in the Mediterranean Sea as possible victims of homicide.
     
  • The Times reported that thousands of African migrants facing rape, torture and extortion in Libyan detention centres are abandoning hopes of reaching Europe and instead queueing up to take charter flights back home under a scheme set up by IOM.
     
  • Xinhua reported about the rollout of comprehensive HIV/AIDs services in three protections of civilian (PoC) sites in South Sudan, enabling thousands to access counseling, testing, and treatment.
     
  • ECHO published an article by IOM’s Rikka Tupaz who travelled to the south-eastern corner of Ethiopia and shared the stories of girls and women who received “dignity kits” that included Little Sun solar lamps.
     
  • UN News Centre reported local tradespeople are being supported with safe construction skills to repair the damage and create conditions for a full recovery, seven weeks since hurricane Maria made landfall in Dominica.

 


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  • The Elders met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to express their appreciation and support for his work on global peace, refugees and migration, and climate change.

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