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15 January 2018

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The first International Forum on Migration Statistics which began today (15/01) in Paris, organized jointly by IOM, OECD and UNDESA. Photo: OECD

First International Forum on Migration Statistics Begins Today

Paris – The first International Forum on Migration Statistics begins today (15/01) in Paris. The Forum, organized jointly by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) gathers close to 700 statisticians, researchers, policy makers and representatives from civil society. It offers a space for exchanging views on how to improve and innovate existing data collection to better understand global migration trends, drivers and impacts, and to support policy evaluation.

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Humans&ClimateChangeStories was recently exhibited at the UN Office in Geneva from 28 November to 1 December 2017, on the occasion of the 108th Session of the IOM Council. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM

A Heated Debate: Tales of Migration and Climate Change

Geneva (IOM) – Humans&ClimateChangeStories is a unique media project by Samuel Turpin that provides a documentary approach to the effects of climate change on our lives. It follows 12 families scattered around the globe, who are subject to different types of climate change phenomena, over the course of the next 10 years.Through their stories, viewers will gain a better understanding of how climate change impacts our daily lives and our capacity for resilience. It also puts the social, economic and political forces that have an impact on environmental phenomena into perspective.

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Koang Pech, an internally displaced person and gardener living and working in Bentiu, South Sudan. Photo: Amanda Nero/IOM 2017

From Seedling to Shade: Planting Trees in South Sudan’s Displacement Sites

South Sudan (IOM) — With sweltering heat   –   temperatures often over 40 degrees Celsius  –   and either extreme humidity or dust, life in the UN protection of civilians (PoC) site in Bentiu, South Sudan, is harsh by any measure. Bentiu hosts the largest PoC site in the country, with a population of more than 112,000 people, many of whom have been seeking protection in the site since the conflict erupted in December 2013.

While surrounded by trees and swamps, the 1.6 million square metres of land that make up the site are bare out of necessity. With the congestion and large population tree cover is hard to find as the need for space for shelters, health clinics and other basic infrastructure has led to deforestation. And in turn, the lack of trees has then led to increased wind speeds and further agitation of dust during the dry season.

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UNHCR are looking for a hero. Nominations open for the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award 

Each year UNHCR honours an individual, group or organization for their extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people.

Do you know a someone making a difference who deserves recognition? Anyone can submit a nomination, just visit:


Junior: "It was 4am on the day the smugglers loaded 300 people onto the boat. Many fell into the water – the smugglers called it a sacrifice."
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Migration in the News

  • UN News Centre, Kuwait News Agency, The National, and other media outlets reported that the number of Iraqis returning to their area of origin has surpassed those internally displaced for the first time since December 2013, according to IOM.

  • Reuters reported that officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh will meet Monday to discuss how to implement a deal, signed on November 23, on the return of more than 650,000 Rohingya.

  • Sunday Guardian reported that a little over 500,000 women, including Rohingya girls, have been trafficked during the last decade from Bangladesh into West Bengal, turning the state into the world’s worst human trafficking zone.

  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported about the sad tales of horror by a  fresh set of 335 Edo state indigenes who were rescued and brought back home from slavery in Libya.

  • AFP reported that Morocco on Saturday said it has started the third and final operation to repatriate its nationals stranded in Libya, a stepping stone to illegal migration to Europe.

  • The Daily Star reported that over the last few years, an increasing number of Bangladeshi female workers have gone to Saudi Arabia only to see their dream of a rosy life being shattered. They have been subjected to torture, sexual assault and denied salaries by their employers. 

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reports that as the US Government clamps down on immigration, asylum seekers are discovering that Canada is not quite the “Promised Land” some had hoped for.

  • Al Jazeera reported about the Migrant Quilt Project which makes quilts to honor migrants who died trying to cross into the United States of America from scraps of their abandoned clothing.


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