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09 November 2017

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Suma Sharma, a local IOM community health outreach worker stands in the clinic where she brings her patients when they need extra care. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2017

Big Hearts in a Small Village

How a Community Clinic in Cox’s Bazar Helps Local Bangladeshis and Rohingya Refugees

Cox's Bazar (IOM)  – Johora, 60, came to the IOM-supported community clinic in Kutupalong, Ukhiya sub-district, with Shajeda, her 20-year-old daughter-in-law, who is in her eighth month of pregnancy and expecting her first child.

As they waited for Shajeda’s check up, they leafed through the little blue book given to expectant mothers by the clinic, detailing their medical history and appointments throughout the pregnancy.

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Ahmad, Martin and their team in Sofia. Bulgaria. Photo: HITL: Human in the Loop

Refugees Seek Media Platform to Change Bulgarian Minds

Bulgary (Balkan Insight)  – Faced with an upsurge of hostility from Bulgarian citizens, refugees and activists want to set up a media platform that will show people what they are really like.

Ahmad left his home country of Afghanistan a year ago. Living there as a translator for NATO troops was “no longer safe” for him.


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Gambia, EU, IOM Launch Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration

Banjul – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Government of The Gambia last week (03/11) officially launched the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration: The Gambia at a ceremony in the capital Banjul, attended by the EU Ambassador to The Gambia, Attila Lajos and the country’s Minister of Interior, Mai Ahmed Fatty.  The launch was also attended by representatives from Government, the diplomatic community, civil society, the UN system and the media.

The three-year project is funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) for a total of EUR 3.9 million.

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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.


Mikheil: "I still feel quite happy in Ukraine, but my connection to Georgia is now stronger than ever."
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Migrant Worker Poetry Competition 2017

A celebration of the literary talent of migrant workers in Singapore and a showcase of this unique aspect of migrant lives.
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Migration in the News

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that the death of 26 Nigerian women and girls on migrant boats in the Mediterranean Sea will not deter others from attempting the same perilous journey for a new life in Europe, according to activists.
  • Just Earth News reported that as the number of people displaced worldwide due to climate change-related events continues to grow, the UN and its partners are focusing on regional approaches, framed by existing international practice, to respond to the issue of ‘climate refugees’.
  • UK’s Morning Star reported that a British government scheme that allows displaced Syrians to settle in Britain has helped less than half of its 20,000 target so far.
  • Sudan Vision reported that Sudan has launched its National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.


Trending on the Internet

  • Yakima Herald reported that immigrants living in Washington state hold a sizable percentage of jobs in several industries, raise nearly a million US born children and have billions of dollars in buying power, according to a report from the American Immigration Council.
  • Slate reported that Helena, Montana, elected Wilmot Collins, a refugee from Liberia as mayor in a tight race in a conservative state with a history of tensions over refugees.


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