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08 October 2018

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Toronto, Barcelona and New York enjoy well-earned reputations as migrant-friendly cities. Many others follow suit. Photo: Reuters/Mark Blinch

Why Cities Hold the Key to Safe, Orderly Migration

(IOM) – Migration is largely an urban phenomenon. According to the 2018 World Migration Report, “nearly all migrants, whether international or internal, are destined for cities.”

Cities respond very differently to migration. Many cities are supportive, boost the rights of migrants and reap the benefits of migration. The mayors of these municipalities are frequent panelists and speakers, extolling the virtues of migration, and proudly proclaiming that the future of migration is local. Other cities, however, seek to restrict migration and actively exclude migrants from social, economic and political participation.

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James Jean, who is Haitian-American, and Patrice Worthy, who is African-American, wearing traditional clothing from their parents’ heritage. New York, United States, 2016. From the series “After Migration.” Photo: Walé Oyéjidé

Refugees and Migrants Tell Their Own Stories Through Photographs

(The New York Times) – In recent years, photographers from all over have flocked to countries affected by the refugee crisis, following the travails of migrants seeking refuge in Turkey, Greece and Lebanon. Others went to the source of the exodus, highlighting tragedies in Myanmar, Afghanistan and South Sudan.

In “Another Way Home,” the 25th annual “Moving Walls” exhibition series by the Open Society Documentary Photography Project, migration takes center stage not only because of our times, but because it has been a constant theme throughout the series’ history.

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Sana: "I want to continue to be that bridge where migrants contribute to the development of their host and home countries."

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  • Voice of America and UN News reported that aid agencies are gearing up for a major relief operation to help the survivors of the earthquake-tsunami disaster in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.
     
  • AP reported that hundreds of people, wearing orange to evoke life vests, demonstrated in Paris on Saturday in support of the Aquarius — a private humanitarian ship that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
     
  • Xinhua and Libya Observer reported that more than 600,000 irregular migrants from 41 different countries are currently in Libya, according to IOM.
     
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that conditions at Rohingya camps remain extremely precarious, with tensions rising between refugees and the host communities in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
     
  • Al Jazeera reported that unlike other European countries, Bosnians see the arrival of migrants and refugees as a test of humanity, having been in a similar situation in the early 1990s when war ravaged their country.
     
  • Kathimerini reported that as conditions at the 28 official migrant camps on the Greek mainland deteriorate, many new arrivals are being placed in private apartments and hotels.
     
  • MENA FN reported that IOM has assisted 17 Somali migrants to voluntarily go back home from Tanzania, after they spent months in detention centres.
     
  • Le Monde (Fr) reported on the French NGO Volunteer Pilots, which flies over international waters off Libya to spot migrant boats in distress.

  • Financial Times reported that the number of undocumented migrants in the EU is unknown but some cities are realising that ‘get-tough’ policies do not work.