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11 October 2018

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A new Immigration and Border Management system is now in place in Somalia. Photo: IOM/Mary-Sanyu Osire

Pushing Boundaries: IOM Works on Innovative Solutions for Effective Border Management in East and West Africa

Somalia – With a new border management system now in place in Somalia, Stephen Matete is looking forward to his next posting. Since 2011, the 34-year-old Kenyan has been a National Officer with IOM’s Immigration and Border Management programme. Among the areas of focus for the programme are border management information systems, which ideally balance efficiency in traveller movements, and security.

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Ngororera District, Rwanda. Photo: Amanda Nero/IOM

IOM Commends Rwanda for Its First-ever Law Criminalizing Trafficking in Persons

Kigali – IOM, the UN Migration Agency commends the Government of Rwanda for passing its first-ever law relating to the “prevention, suppression and punishment of trafficking in persons and exploitation of others”, which makes trafficking in persons a criminal offence. According to the law passed on 24 September 2018, perpetrators are liable to prison sentences between 10 and 25 years.

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Attending school offers students an opportunity to look to the future with hope. Photo: IOM Thailand

A Glimmer of Hope

A collaborative project between NGOs and the Thai government seeks to educate Myanmar children languishing in refugee camps along the border 

Bangkok – Fourteen-year-old Lamzambi lives in abject poverty in a border town of Mae Sot in Tak province. Coming from a migrant family, she lives with her mother and siblings in a shack with no electricity and running water. After her father died, the family remains dependent on three older children who work in the town market. 

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Yescarleth: "I discovered that to migrate means to move and that every person, physically or spiritually, is a migrant."

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  • UN News reported that agencies are on the ground supporting the Government-led response in earthquake and tsunami-hit Indonesia and targeting 191,000 of the most vulnerable with shelter, food, clean water and other life-saving assistance.
     
  • ANSA reported that IOM has launched iDiaspora, an online platform to facilitate contact and collaboration between migrant communities around the world.
     
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Castel Volturno, once a holiday destination for middle-class Italians, is now a dilapidated seaside nightmare for migrants with nowhere better to go.
     
  • Switzerland’s The Local reported on Geneva’s role at the heart of global diplomacy, highlighting that the city hosts more than a dozen UN agencies and has been the centre point of many colossal global moments.
     
  • Pear Video (Chinese) interviewed Marie McAuliffe, Head of IOM’s Migration Policy Research Division, who discussed integration and identity, migration flows, immigration debates, migration research and statistics.

  • IRIN reported that water shortages and cramped conditions are posing new problems in Indonesia’s Central Sulawesi province, where medical workers are reporting increasing cases of diarrhoea, skin rashes and respiratory infections.
     
  • The Atlantic reported that the term ‘expat’ shows how context and associations can surpass formal definition when it comes to talking about movement.