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16 July 2018

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IOM DG William Lacy Swing meets with Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on refugee crisis. Photo: IOM

DG Swing Discusses Myanmar Crisis with Aung San Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw (IOM) – IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing said rebuilding community cohesion in Myanmar is key to resolving the crisis created by the flight of 700,000 refugees to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh since last August.

DG Swing made the remarks in a meeting Thursday with Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar in the nation’s capital Nay Pyi Taw. He also welcomed a plan recently agreed to by UNDP and UNHCR (the UN agencies, respectively, for development and refugees) and the Myanmar government.

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Adan, 3, was separated from his mother for four months.Photo: Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention

United States (The New York Times) – Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case.

Lights out by 9 p.m. and lights on at dawn, after which make your bed according to the step-by-step instructions posted on the wall. Wash and mop the bathroom, scrubbing the sinks and toilets. Then it is time to form a line for the walk to breakfast.

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Joseph and Isaac had hopes of a better future in Britain but ended up doing ‘the heaviest jobs’ 20 hours a day on Irish trawlers. Photo: Action Press/Rex/Shutterstock

'We thought slavery had gone away': African Men Exploited on Irish Boats

Great Britain (The Guardian) – When Joseph and Isaac, two west African fishermen, flew to Belfast earlier this year, leaving behind the coast from which slaves were traded for centuries, they had high hopes of a better future. A recruiting agent in their home country had secured them jobs on UK-flagged trawlers and they had transit visas and letters of guarantee for British immigration from the boat owners.

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Maru: "I would not migrate or travel like that ever again due to the suffering I experienced and saw."

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  • UN News reported that for the first time ever, UN Member States have agreed an all-encompassing Global Compact to better manage international migration, address its challenges, strengthen migrant rights and contribute to sustainable development.
     
  • Dhaka Tribune reported on IOM Director General William Lacy Swing’s visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar, in the past few days.
     
  • Voice of America reported that IOM had resumed its humanitarian operation to voluntarily repatriate migrants through the Yemeni seaport of Hodeida after a three-week interruption due to escalating fighting.
     
  • Xinhua reported that various international aid organizations have called for swift measures to support internally displaced people in Ethiopia, mainly due to inter-communal clashes over the past few months.
     
  • Xinhua reported that the Moroccan navy had rescued 78 irregular sub-Saharan African migrants off the kingdom's northern coast.
     
  • Xinhua reported that Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Sunday warned ‘chaos instigators’ that they have been given a final chance to desist from their ‘destructive activities’ after weeks of violent clashes in Southern, Oromia and Ethiopia Somali regional states, which left millions displaced and many others dead.
     
  • St. Lucia’s The Star reported that in an effort to reduce victims of these crimes, the Ministry of Home Affairs of St. Lucia is briefing the public on the tell-tale signs of human trafficking.
     
  • Caj News reported that Zimbabwe is on course to attain global targets set by the UN to eradicate the HIV/AIDS scourge.
     
  • Bangkok Post reported that Bangkok, a city among the world's most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, is a magnet for migrants from all over Thailand and neighbouring countries to find new lives. The report noted that planners for cities like Bangkok must come up with better methods to confine urban sprawl, cope with climate change and ensure a better deal for all.

  • Euronews is airing tonight a new documentary called “TEN DAYS AT SEA: The Real Story Of the Aquarius”. Reporter Anelise Borges spent 10 days on the boat with exclusive access to the stories and the drama.

  • PRI reported that climate change is contributing to the migration of Central American refugees.
     
  • The Guardian reported on a Moscow refugee football tournament that shines a light on Russia’s migrant policy.