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14 November 2017

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Nearly half a million Rohingya refugees sheltering in Kutupalong makeshift settlement are at risk from exploitation and human trafficking. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Warns of Trafficking, Labour Exploitation, Sexual Abuse of Rohingya Refugees

Posted on Tue. November 14, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – Human trafficking and exploitation are rife among Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar to seek safety in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, according to interviews and community focus groups conducted in the district’s makeshift settlements by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

Over 617,000 Rohingya refugees have settled in Cox’s Bazar since 25 August, but exploitation of the Rohingya population in the district has been occurring since well before this most recent influx of people.

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Families in Kani Bardina village, Sulaymaniyah governorate, receive health check-ups and assistance from IOM Iraq Mobile Medical team, following an earthquake on the evening 12 November. Photo: IOM 2017

IOM Iraq Provides Medical Assistance to Earthquake-Affected Families

Posted on Tue. November 14, 2017​

Sulaymaniyah – On Monday, 13 November an IOM Iraq Mobile Medical Team arrived in Kani Bardina village, Warmawa district, to provide medical assistance to families, following an earthquake of 7.3 on the Richter scale the previous evening, which struck 32 kilometres from the city of Halabja in the governorate of Sulaymaniyah, Iraq.

Approximately half of the 40 homes in Kani Bardina village were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 157,020 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,966

Posted on Tue. November 14, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 157,020 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 12 November, with about 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 341,215 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Migration in the News

  • IPS reported on the launch of the second Global Migration Film Festival organized by IOM which will take place in over 100 countries from 5 to 18 December 2017.
  • The New York Times reported about the recent tragedy in which 26 bodies of Nigerian teenagers were found floating in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Press TV reported that a probe by IOM reveals numerous cases of exploitation and trafficking in Bangladesh’s refugee camps, where Rohingya children have been subjected to forced labour, beatings and sexual assaults.
  • Sky News travelled to Myanmar's Rakhine State, witnessing first-hand the brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
  • Voice of America reported that European and African ministers agreed on Monday to try to improve conditions for migrants in Libya and seek paths such as scholarships for Africans to reach Europe legally, to cut the death toll from smuggling across the Sahara and Mediterranean.
  • Japan News reported that IOM staff distributed new glasses in a variety of colors, provided by Fuji Optical Co. to children in Debaga camp near Erbil, Iraq.
  • Danish Demining Group reported that undocumented returnees and refugees returning to Afghanistan from neighbouring countries face an increased risk of harm from mines and explosive remnants of war.
  • Univision reported that criminal complaints, testimonies and exclusive documents obtained by their team reveal that in recent years more than 300 migrants have been attacked and shot on board the “La Bestia” train headed for the United States by security guards.
  • International Business Times reported that the UN is partnering with the World Identity Network to create a sort of blockchain-based ID system for undocumented children.
  • Devex reported that 700 experts from around the world descended on Dubai over the weekend for the second annual meeting of the Global Future Councils, one of four annual meetings held by the World Economic Forum.
  • Ukrinform reported that IOM Ukraine has officially launched the National Business Exchange Platform in Kyiv – a web-resource for self-employed persons and owners of small businesses.


Trending on the Internet

  • Quartz reported that in its latest UK Economic Outlook, consulting giant PwC found that a 50 per cent reduction in future EU migration to the UK could reduce the level of UK GDP by around 1.1 per cent in 2030, or £22 billion ($29 billion) at 2017 GDP values.



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