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03 September 2018

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Nigerian returnees from Libya disembark from a plane upon arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. Photo: AP 2017

IOM: Returning Nigerian Migrants Benefit from Business Training Skills

Geneva (VOA News) – The International Organization for Migration reports more than 270 Nigerian migrants who recently returned from Libya have completed a skills training course to help them start their own businesses.

Migrants attending this weeklong event in the Nigerian capital Lagos have shared stories of the business frustrations that drove them to try to go to Europe in search of better economic opportunities.

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Illustration from "The Dress and the Girl" by Camille Andros and Julie Morstad.

Picture Books Tell Children the Harsh Stories of Migrants and Refugees

New York Times – Whether they are nostalgic reveries of those who came long ago to this nation of immigrants, or the brutal nightmares of worldwide millions fleeing war, violence and persecution today, memories of migration matter. Telling these stories seems more important than ever – even, and some might say especially, to children. A wave of picture books has arrived to help with this difficult task.

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Sofia: “We should not stand against something, we should stand for something.”

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  • VOA reported Friday that UN and international aid agencies are working to move refugees and migrants out of harm's way in Libya as local militia and tribal leaders, vying for control of the capital, clash for a fifth day. 
     
  • Human Rights Watch reported that rival armed groups killed at least 18 civilians, including four children, since clashes broke out in the southern suburbs of Tripoli on 26 August 2018. On 28 August IOM and UNHCR helped evacuate around 600 migrants and asylum seekers from two detention centers in areas affected by the fighting.
     
  • Malta’s The Independent reported that as more details emerge from Libya about the developing conflict in the region, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat ensures that Malta is monitoring the ongoing conflict taking place in Tripoli and the surrounding areas.  
     
  • Nigeria’s The Daily Trust and Naija News reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has asked faith and community based organizations to join the government in preaching against irregular migration and the get-rich-quick syndrome in society.
     
  • Morocco World News reported that a failed asylum seeker from Morocco sewed his lips shut in a hunger strike after being expelled from accommodation in Metz, northeast France.
     
  • ANSA Med reported that the number of migrants landing on Italian shores via the central Mediterranean route from Libya is at the lowest level in at least five years, according to IOM. IANS reported that over 1,540 migrants perished in Mediterranean in 2018, citing IOM figures. The Malta Independent published an editorial which noted that the war on migrant rescue NGOs has entered its final stages, and only one volunteer group is left to patrol the seas off Libya.
     
  • SwissInfo reported that hundreds of people demonstrated in Zurich calling for safe routes for refugees, decriminalization of sea rescues, and the establishment of solidarity cities in Switzerland. 
     
  • The Daily Star reported that during World Water Week in Stockholm, IOM presented two case studies to address the water and sanitation challenges faced by Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
     
  • The Times of India reported that rain and nightmares continue to be the reality for Rohingyas one year after they have fled Myanmar.  
     
  • Tolo News and Eghtesad Online reported that the number of Afghan refugees returning home from Iran has doubled recently due to the looming economic crisis following new US sanctions on Tehran.  
     
  • ANSA reported that Afghanistan is promoting regional cooperation to fight human trafficking as part of the two-day second regional forum held by IOM.  
     
  • Trend News Agency reported that the Turkmen Foreign Ministry and IOM held a roundtable in Ashgabat to review the progress made in the implementation of the National Action Plan of Turkmenistan to combat human trafficking in 2016-2018.
     
  • La Croix International reported about a priest whose efforts to combat human trafficking in Indonesia’s Riau Islands since 2013 has seen the rescue of at least 500 people.  
     
  • CBC News looks at how Venezuela, a country with the world's largest oil reserves, ended up in the midst of a refugee crisis. 

  • The New York Times reported about Barcelona’s manteros, or sidewalk vendors, most of whom are migrants from Africa who have often risked their lives fleeing violence or poverty.
     
  • South China Morning Post reported about how Canada’s policymakers ignored alarm bells for years about a systemic flaw in the world’s biggest wealth migration system.
     
  • Euronews reported that rescue groups, supporters and refugees held a demonstration in central Athens to highlight what they call the increasing criminalization of sea rescues and the anti-migration policies of some EU countries.
     
  • Associated Press reported that health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces face the challenge not only of combating a deadly virus in what is effectively a war zone but also of pushing back against possible stigma and fears of the unknown.