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10 November 2017

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A Rohingya refugee arrives to Balukhali carrying all of his possessions. Once surveyed, he will be given materials to build a shelter and will hike to a less congested part of the site. Photo: Olivia Headon / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Hostile Terrain Slows Delivery of Lifesaving Aid to Rohingya Refugees

Posted on Fri. November 10, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – Since 25 August, an estimated 613,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, fleeing violence in Myanmar. The total refugee population in the area is now over 826,000.

The makeshift sites where the Rohingyas have settled are desperately overcrowded and located on inhospitable, hilly terrain with insufficient drainage and little or no road access. The few roads that exist are impossibly congested, making it extremely difficult to reach refugees with the support and services they need.

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Civilians on board trucks during a previous IOM relocation of internally displaced persons in the Central African Republic in 2014. Photo: IOM/Sandra Black 2014

UN Migration Agency Relocates 698 Displaced Households from Unplanned Camp in CAR

Posted on Fri. November 10, 2017​

Kaga Bandoro – This week IOM, the UN Migration Agency, completed the relocation of 698 internally displaced households from the impromptu camp that formed around MINUSCA’s (Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic) base following the 2016 attacks in Kaga Bandoro, Central African Republic (CAR). Over 20,000 people settled around the base after ex-Séléka members attacked the Evêché IDP camp, the Prefect’s office and the MINUSCA camp on 12 October 2016.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 155,856 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,961

Posted on Fri. November 10, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 155,856 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 8 November, with just over 73 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder landing in Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 340,934 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Migration in the News


 

  • IOM and 48 organisations have issued a statement to call upon EU governments to take immediate steps towards ending child immigration detention, ensuring alternatives to detention are accessible and available. Read full statement here.
     
  • AFP reported that Italian pathologists began post-mortem examinations on Wednesday of 26 migrant girls found dead at sea, as Nigeria called for an international inquiry into their deaths.
     
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that Bangladesh has sent a proposal to Myanmar regarding the composition of its side of the proposed joint working group that will work on the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees.
     
  • Daily O ran an op-ed which noted that the Rohingya crisis highlights the consequences of conflict in multi-ethnic societies and its implications to regional peace and security. 
     
  • Anadolu Agency reported that the European Union said Thursday that it had disbursed nearly €908 million ($1 billion) to aid refugees in Turkey.
     
  • IANS/AKI reported that the Gambian government and the European Union have launched a multi-million euro project for the protection and reintegration of Gambian migrants. 

 


Trending on the Internet


 

  • The Nation reported that thousands of women migrants cycle through the United States each year on temporary labour visas. But they are denied – legally – many protections mandated by regular federal labor laws.
     
  • BBC reported that South Sudan refugees are boosting Uganda’s economy through the skills that they brought with them when they fled.

 


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