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09 March 2016

Haylee Nottaway (center), from Canada, winner of the PLURAL+ 2015 International Jury Award Age Category 13-17, with Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, High Representative of the UNAOC (left) and Ashraf El Nour, IOM Permanent Observer to the UN.

PLURAL+ 2016 Youth Video Festival – Call for Video Entries

United States - The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite you to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, celebrating diversity and social inclusion.

In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, and human rights, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

You can find more information about Plural + and how to submit video entries here.

Sisters walk on railway tracks where refugees installed their tents at the makeshift camp of the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni, on March 5, 2016. Photo: Getty Images

If Europe turns its backs on its refugees, where on Earth will they go next?

Europe - The EU and Turkey have agreed a draft deal that will supposedly stop the flow of refugees into Europe and send them back across the sea. The EU's 28 leaders have celebrated the deal, with Donald Tusk saying it means “the days of irregular migration to Europe are over.”

David Cameron, too, has said it would “break the business model of the people smugglers” and “end the link between getting in a boat and getting settlement in Europe.”

But is it all really that simple? The UK’s Independent asked International Organization for Migration’s director for the EU and NATO, Eugenio Ambrosi: If not Europe, then where?

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Migration in the News

  • World Economic Forum published IOM Director General William Lacy Swing’s message on International Women’s Day 2016, in which he reaffirms the Organization’s unwavering commitment to gender equality and empowerment for women and girls worldwide.

  • Voice of America reported that UN agencies and IOM are expressing growing concern about the millions of people who have been forcibly displaced by the nearly year-long conflict in Yemen. 

  • Xinhua reported that despite the presence of NATO ships in the eastern Mediterranean, IOM reports that the influx of refugees and migrants in Europe is still growing, with 141,141 maritime arrivals recorded since the start of 2016.

  • The New Yorker published a multimedia piece about the new life of a Burmese refugee in New York.

  • International Business Times reported that Ukip leader Nigel Farage will claim that Turkey “bullied and blackmailed” the EU into accepting its proposals to help address the ongoing migrant crisis in his address to the European Parliament on 9 March.

  • Buzzfeed answers some of the most common questions about Europe’s migrant and refugee crisis.

  • Sudan Tribune reported that maternal health care services were restored in Bentiu town for the first time in two years since the hospital was damaged by fighting in 2014.

  • Mail Online reported that since the death of three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi last September, around 340 children have drowned making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported that the UN and human rights groups warned on Tuesday that a tentative European Union deal to send back all irregular migrants to Turkey in exchange for political and financial rewards could be illegal.
  • Quartz reported that China desperately needs low-income migrant workers to buy homes and save the economy.

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