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24 May 2018

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Young participants benefited from vocational courses in different areas including mechanics. Photo: IOM/Anabell Cruz

Opportunities to Stay: Preventing Irregular Migration in Nicaragua

Nicaragua (IOM) In Central America, especially in rural areas, different cities face different problems for creating employment opportunities and quality education for their young populations.

Those obstacles cause the young to migrate  – usually to other cities or countries in the hope of improving their living conditions. Unfortunately, in most cases, this international migration occurs irregularly, exposing young people to different risks and dangerous conditions.

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Two workers manually select umbús-cajás, in the factory of the Ser do Sertão Cooperative, in Pintadas, Brazil. Photo: Mario Osava/IPS

A Natural Climate Change Adaptation Laboratory in Brazil

Pintadas, Brazil (IPS)  The small pulp mill that uses native fruits that were previously discarded is a synthesis of the multiple objectives of the Adapta Sertão project, a programme created to build resilience to climate change in Brazil’s most vulnerable region.

The new commercial value stimulates the conservation and cultivation of the umbú (Spondias tuberosa) and umbú-cajá (Spondias bahiensis) fruit trees of the Anacardiaceae family, putting a halt to deforestation that has already devastated half of the original vegetation of the caatinga, the semi-arid biome of the Brazilian northeast region, covering 844,000 square km.

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Mawdo: "I love the Netherlands, but I always said that if possible I would return to Gambia."

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  • The Slovak Spectator reported that the migration situation in Slovakia, as far as the composition of migrants is concerned, is as good and desirable as the country can wish for.
     
  • The Nation reported that even as international agencies pronounce a favourable outlook for Myanmar, a former chief economic presidential adviser has identified policy areas that can help ensure that an improving economy benefits ordinary people.
     
  • The Conversation published an op-ed which noted that the main goal is to stem migration flows by displacing the border as far as possible from EU territory.
     
  • The Korea Times reported that questions have arisen over whether there has been a big increase in irregular migrants working as housemaids in Korea.
     
  • Norwegian Refugee Council reported that it has helped improve collaboration between agencies and enhance the sector response.

  • The New York Times reported that a regional branch of Germany's migration agency will stop deciding on asylum applications after reported mistakes in its rulings stirred fresh concern about one of the country's most divisive political issues.
     
  • The Washington Post reported that police are preparing to dismantle makeshift camps holding close to 2,500 migrants in the French capital, amid a debate over how best to respond to the unrelenting arrival of homeless newcomers – with humanity or muscle.