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08 March 2016

Ethiopian migrants evacuated to Djibouti by IOM to escape the conflict in Yemen. Photo: IOM

IOM, UNHCR Joint Statement on Yemen Crisis

Posted on Tue. Mar-8-2016

Yemen - IOM and UNHCR have expressed growing concern about the nearly one-year-old conflict in Yemen, which has left 2.4 million people forcibly displaced by fighting.

IOM and UNHCR teams in the country, many of them in hard-to-reach areas, report increasingly dire humanitarian and socio-economic conditions. With no political settlement in sight, the situation is likely to get worse.

According to the latest report of a special task force on population movement, jointly led by UNHCR and IOM, some 2,430,178 people have been internally displaced in Yemen since the crisis erupted in late March 2015.

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USAID is backing IOM’s work to counter human trafficking in Afghanistan. Photo: IOM

IOM Receives USD 10 Million from USAID to Fight Human Trafficking in Afghanistan

Posted on Tue. Mar-8-2016

Afghanistan - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced it will contribute USD 10 million to IOM to help to end the exploitation of men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and trafficking for sexual purposes in Afghanistan. This represents the largest counter trafficking grant IOM has ever received.

The US Department of State 2015 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report lists Afghanistan as a source, transit and destination country for trafficking victims. IOM has been fighting human trafficking in Afghanistan since 2005.

Through the new, three-year USAID-funded project, IOM will use a “Prevent, Protect and Partner” approach to combat TIP issues in Afghanistan, by preparing Afghan institutions to effectively prosecute traffickers, protect victims, and improve regional coordination to combat cross-border trafficking.

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Migration in the News

  • AP reported that a growing number of Iraqi migrants are returning home because of the difficulty of finding housing and employment in Europe.
  • Wall Street Journal, The Australian and the Sunday Times reported that warming temperatures in the Mediterranean, plus the ongoing civil war in Syria, herald a fresh torrent of Europe-bound migrants soon.
  • International Business Times and Voice of America reported that Turkey has asked the European Union (EU) for an additional EUR3 billion in return for taking back thousands of migrants who crossed to Greece and to further stem the influx of people.

  • CNN reported that Turkey and the EU have reached agreement on key points of a proposal to handle the influx of migrants and refugees, according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

  • World Economic Forum published an overview of Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis.

  • Devex interviewed aid agencies on the greatest challenges posed by Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis.

  • Irish Examiner published an OpEd by Brian Killoran, CEO of the Immigrant Council of Ireland, who argued that Ireland cannot walk away from its refugee commitments.

  • Cambodia Daily and Phnom Penh Post reported that an Iranian husband and wife are the latest refugees to return home after being resettled in Phnom Penh as part of a deal between Cambodia and Australia.

  • Indonesia’s Kompas reported that the Indonesian Consulate in Istanbul and IOM have repatriated five Indonesian victims of trafficking from Turkey.

Trending on the Internet

  • Daily Mail reported that shops in the Turkish port city of Izmir are cashing in on the flood of migrants to nearby Greece by selling life jackets, as Turkey asks the European Union for EUR 6 billion to stop the flow.

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