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28 May 2018

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Borders and Beyond: A Motorcycle Journey Through Africa Part I: From Kenya to Zimbabwe

Kenya (IOM)  Visa requirements make it notoriously difficult for Africans to travel within their region. Aliko Dangote, one of Africa’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, famously stated that he needs 38 visas to move around the continent while his American staff breeze through border checkpoints. This is the reality for many Africans from all walks of life, and it seems both unfair and unnecessary.

Unsurprisingly, the idea of visa-free movement for Africans is taking the continent by storm.

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IOM Presents the MGI: Towards Better Migration Governance

Berlin (IOM) This video presents the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI), a framework developed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) to support states in assessing the comprehensiveness of their migration policies, as well as in identifying gaps and areas that could be developed further.

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  • AFP reported that a baby boy named Miracle was born on board a ship in the Mediterranean after his migrant mother was rescued trying to make the crossing from Libya.
     
  • Al JazeeraReuters and AFP reported that Spanish authorities have rescued more than 500 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to reach Europe.
     
  • Reuters reported that more than 100 East African migrants escaped from smugglers holding them captive near the Libyan town of Bani Walid earlier this week, with some of them wounded and reportedly killed in the process.
     
  • Project Syndicate published an op-ed which noted governments around the world are engaged in a series of talks that could fundamentally alter how the movement of people across borders is managed. Most significantly, it would commit signatories to protecting ‘those displaced by natural disasters and climate change.’
     
  • Dhaka Tribune joined a family, one of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who arrived in the Balukhali in Bangladesh, to see how they are living their lives in a refugee camp.
     
  • Cyprus News Agency reported that ten families of Syrian refugees, from Lebanon and Jordan, are expected to be resettled in Cyprus within 2018.
     
  • UAE’s The National ran an op-ed noting that the Syrian regime has a new law which allows the Syrian government to seize lands from private citizens for ‘development projects’. However, those Syrians who are displaced, in opposition-held territories or who are refugees have no way of going to claim their properties and rights.
     
  • Awoko reported that IOM together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its partners held a one-day national consultation dialogue on the Global Compact on Migration for Sierra Leone.
     
  • Guyana Times reported about the causes of the high level of emigration, and by extension a great degree of ‘brain drain’ in Guyana.
     
  • Sri Lanka’s The Island reported that Sri Lanka’s Health Minister has reiterated the government’s commitment to continue providing the long-standing free health care delivery system.
     
  • Herald Net reported about the late Paul Bochan, an immigrant who was a US Army veteran who served during the Korean War.

  • Al Jazeera reported a Dutch artist rescued migrant ships in Lampedusa, turned them into canal boats and employed refugees to run tours.
     
  • Al Jazeera reported that a spate of far-right attacks targeting refugees, migrants, anti-fascists and others has aroused concern in Greece.