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29 May 2018

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Group photo at the High-Level Panel on Migration in Africa which opened yesterday (28/05) at IOM HQ, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: IOM

High Level Panel Calls for New Narrative on African Migration

Posted on Tue. May 29, 2018​​

Geneva  – A two-day meeting of the High-Level Panel on Migration for Africa (HLPM) kicked off on 28 May in Geneva, Switzerland. The meeting, which ends today (29/05), aims to develop recommendations to help build Africa’s case for facilitating safe, orderly and regular migration, and contribute to the implementation of the Global Compact for Migration.

In her welcome remarks, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and HLPM Chair, noted that while a lot of work has been done on migration in Africa, taking into account all the research analysis and empirical evidence, “the truth is that we have allowed the perception to supersede the reality and not internalized the benefits of migration in our own policies.”

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Afghan children deported with their families from Iran at the IOM transit center in Zaranj, Nimroz province, Afghanistan. Photo: IOM/Eva Schwoerer 2017

Italy Donates EUR 1 Million to Aid Destitute Afghans Returning from Iran

Posted on Tue. May 29, 2018​​

Kabul – Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has announced a new donation of EUR 1 million to support IOM’s humanitarian work in western Afghanistan’s Herat and Nimroz provinces, bordering Iran.

In the last past five months, over 285,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran – 150,000 more than during the same period in 2017.

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