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10 April 2018

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A Venezuelan family assisted by IOM. © IOM

UN Migration Agency Launches Regional Action Plan to Strengthen Response to Venezuelan Outflows

Posted on Tue. April 10, 2018​​

Buenos Aires – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, today (10/04) launches a Regional Action Plan, detailing its support to Governments hosting Venezuelan nationals in the Americas and the Caribbean. The Action Plan aims at strengthening the regional response to large-scale flows of Venezuelans, supporting the efforts that governments have initiated across the region.

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Officials inaugurating a major new borehole project in Cox's Bazar. © Abdullah Al Mashrif / IOM

Japan, IOM Help to Bring Safe Water to 30,000 Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Posted on Tue. April 10, 2018​​

Cox’s Bazar –  Some 30,000 Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar will soon have easier access to safe water with the inauguration of a major new borehole project this week. It is the first part of a high capacity water production and supply system designed to meet spiraling water needs in Ukhiya sub district, which suffers frequent water shortages.

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Migration in the News


  • News Deeply spoke with IOM’s Leonard Doyle and transnational crime expert Tuesday Reitano about how companies like Facebook should respond to the use of their platforms by people smugglers.
     
  • La Croix reported that  tens of thousands of migrant workers who come to Thailand to work in the country's billion-dollar fishing industry continue to be abused and exploited.
     
  • Maritime Herald reported that in the first quarter of 2018, IOM registered 3,345 arrivals by sea, 38 per cent more than in the same period of 2017.
     
  • IPS reported that  most migrants to Europe, Australia and the United States from Rangpur in northern Bangladesh leave home to work hard and save money. And in the end, they want to come back home.
     
  • IRIN reported that hundreds of patchwork settlements have proliferated throughout Afghanistan over the last five years, fed by a steady surge of people uprooted by an intensifying conflict and others pushed back from neighbouring countries.
     
  • Oxygen reported that slavery is still a grim reality and listed six countries where it remains as a part of life.
     
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that rich nations spent more on helping poor countries last year but less on refugees at home, leading to stagnation in overall aid expenditure – which remains well below United Nations' targets.
     
  • Breaking Belize News reported that Galen University has signed an agreement with IOM to offer a course that will aid relevant government ministries and NGOs in the formulation of a National Migration and Development Policy.
     
  • The Battalion reported about an off-Broadway musical that touches on the topic of the slave trade.
     
  • Miami Herald reported that Haitians and Venezuelans seeking to migrate to Chile now face tougher immigration rules which are being introduced by new Chilean President Sebastian Piñera.

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  • The New York Times published an op-ed about Algerians who are voluntarily migrate irregularly fleeing high unemployment and the rising cost of living, among other things

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