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02 May 2018

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Photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters/Newscom

Travelling to the Border with the Migrant Caravan

(CNN) – It’s the last stop. 

A caravan of Central American migrants, traveling through Mexico for the past month, has started to reach the US border just outside of San Diego. There, they have begun applying for asylum. 

For weeks, Reuters photographer Edgard Garrido has been documenting the group, which has received intense media attention and reignited the immigration debate in the United States. He’s been with the migrants for more than 2,000 miles, traveling by bus, train and sometimes on foot. 

“They spend a lot of time speaking with each other about what might happen, what their future will be like,” Garrido said. “They say that going back to their countries is not an alternative for them.”

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Dr. Khadijeh Javadi, in her office in Kabul. Photo: IOM

Breaking a Glass Ceiling: From Child Refugee in Iran to Afghan Deputy Minister

Kabul - In November 2017, Dr. Khadijeh Javadi, 35, a young Afghan engineer recently returned from Iran, was appointed Acting Deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum of Afghanistan.

Her appointment, as a young Afghan woman brought up and educated abroad, visibly raised the bar for Afghan women in pursuit of professional advancement in a country that remains deeply conservative.

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Noemie: "The positive part of migration is that you become more cultured and enriched, and hopefully you can pay that forward wherever you go."

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  • IRIN reported that aid agencies in Afghanistan are bracing for another refugee influx as Pakistan has set a 30 June deadline before identity cards allowing registered refugees to legally stay in the country will expire.
     
  • UN Web TV reported that in Madagascar, social and environmental changes have driven many to migrate.
     
  • CAJ News reported that more than 29,000 unaccompanied migrant children are at increased risk of human trafficking, arbitrary detention, forced labour and sexual exploitation in Libya.
     
  • Thailand’s The Nation ran an op-ed relating to the commemoration of International Labour Day. It mentioned the Ship to Shore Rights Project in which the European Union, IOM and USAID are collaborating.
     
  • Middle East Monitor reported that IOM evacuated 76 irregular Ethiopian immigrants from Yemen on Sunday.
     
  • Eurasia Review published an op-ed which noted that among South Asian countries, Bangladesh should receive the utmost attention because of climate risks and water security.
     
  • ANSA reported that some 144 people have died since the beginning of 2018 while trying to cross the sea to Spain.
     
  • The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reported about the “Are You OK?” campaign which aims to address the needs of migrant domestic workers who may be victims of exploitation but have limited access to information and help.

  • Vancouver Sun reported that many international students who first come to Canada as young teens will end up battling for permanent-resident status against not only more recently arrived foreign students, but also against the more than 400,000 people who are in Canada at any time on foreign-worker visas.
     
  • Euronews spoke to some sub-Saharan African migrants who pass through Niger, and on through Libya, to get to the Mediterranean coast.