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18 May 2018

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IOM is supporting the DR Congo government to respond to the recent outbreak of Ebola. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency, DR Congo Government Enhance Ebola Screenings at Border-crossings

Posted on Fri. May 18, 2018​​

Kinshasa  – Tomorrow (19/05), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is supporting the deployment of teams of epidemiologists and medical staff from the Ministry of Health and the National Programme of Hygiene at Borders (PNHF) in Kinshasa to 16 points of entry along the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) borders. This deployment is part of an effort to prevent and control the outbreak of Ebola in the DRC, supporting the World Health Organization (WHO).

The DRC Ministry of Health, who are leading the response, announced an outbreak in the Equateur Province on 8 May. In recent days, Ebola cases have been confirmed in larger urban areas, making the risk of the disease spreading further even greater, due to heavier density of population and higher population mobility. 

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Vetiver grass, stored in floating bamboo holders, is being planted by IOM and partners to reduce soil erosion in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps. Photo: IOM/Fiona MacGregor

Grass Planting Reduces Soil Erosion, Risk of Landslides in Rohingya Refugee Camps

Posted on Fri. May 18, 2018​​

Cox's Bazar – Over two million vetiver grass plants have been distributed by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the past two weeks to reduce soil erosion and the risk of landslides in southern Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, where hundreds of thousands of people are at risk from impending monsoon rains.

A further two million plants will be given to local and international NGOs for distribution before the end of May, following the initial success of the project, which has local vetiver suppliers struggling to keep up with demand.

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Hernán, one of the migrants assisted through the toll-free number established by IOM to support Venezuelan migrants arriving in Costa Rica. Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Launches Toll-Free Number for Venezuelans in Costa Rica

Posted on Fri. May 18, 2018​​

San José – A free telephone information service for Venezuelan migrants currently living in Costa Rica, 800-Venezuela, was launched this week by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with the support of the Costa Rican General Directorate of Migration (DGME) and the National Migration Council.

According to data from the DGME, 8,892 Venezuelans live in Costa Rica under a regular migration status. However, this figure does not include migrants who are in the country irregularly – which IOM estimates to be much higher.

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  • WHO reported that one new case of Ebola virus disease has been confirmed in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka in northwestern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
     
  • Xinhua and Ghana’s Pulse reported that IOM has facilitated the safe return of some 706 Ghanaians from detention camps in Libya back to Ghana over the past 11 months.
     
  • Daily Sun reported that surviving the rainy season in Cox’s Bazar will be a real tough task for the Rohingyas.
     
  • AFP reported that growing number of migrants are carving a new Balkan route through Bosnia to reach the European Union, raising fears of a humanitarian and security crisis in the impoverished country.
     
  • Balkan Insight reported that worried by a surge in illegal migration, Bosnia is to deploy more police to the border to prevent a growth in the migrant flow, the country's Prime Minister announced.

  • The National reported that the number of Indian migrants seeking a dream job in the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf nations continues to fall according to preliminary indicators from a massive study that will examine the reasons for the decline.
     
  • BBC reported that a two-year-old girl was found with fatal injuries after a van carrying 30 Kurdish migrants was chased by police for an hour in southern Belgium.
     
  • The BBC reported that Spanish authorities have charged five people suspected of kidnapping undocumented migrants arriving from Morocco and holding them for ransom.