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06 May 2016

DG Swing addresses the 2nd Intra-Regional Forum on Migration in Africa in Lusaka, Zambia. Photo: IOM 2016

IOM Urges African Countries to Ratify, Implement Protocols on Free Movement

Posted on Fri. May-06-2016

Zambia - IOM urged Africa’s Regional Economic Communities (RECs)  and their Member States to ratify and implement the protocols on free movement of persons in their respective regions in order to make the Agenda 2063 on Regional Integration a reality. Agenda 2063 is the African Union’s strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years.

Speaking at the opening session of the second Joint Annual Forum for Intra-Regional Forum on Migration, hosted by the Zambian government in Lusaka this week (4-6 May), IOM Director General William Lacy Swing told delegates that human mobility was an integral aspect of a globalized world. He added that African governments’ management of that mobility was key to the continent’s socio-economic transformation in the coming years.

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Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment commits to the “Employer Pays” principle. Photo: IHRB

IOM Joins London Launch of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment

Posted on Fri. May-06-2016

United Kingdom - IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson this week (4/5) met with representatives from business, government, trade unions and civil society organisations in London to discuss what has been called “modern slavery” and to launch a call to action for global corporations to eliminate unethical recruitment practices, including the charging of extortionate fees to migrant workers.

IOM joined HP Inc., Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IKEA and Unilever – along with the Institute for Human Rights & Business, Vérité and the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility – for the launch of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment.

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"Even if the topic of migration is unpopular in many of our countries, we must be brave. We must speak the truth."- Malta President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca. Read here

Migration in the News
  • Voice of America reported that for some Syrians heading to Europe, Mali has become a way station. Mali has granted 92 Syrians refugee status this year, but doesn’t allow them to work.

  • Atlanta Magazine reported that of the 4.5 million Syrians who have fled their nation’s civil war, fewer than 3,000 have made it to America. It interviewed one family now living in Georgia.

  • Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency reported that 1,694 third-country nationals were deported or returned voluntarily to their countries of origin from Greece in April.

  • Sputnik reported that while the European Union focuses its efforts and policies on stopping war refugees from reaching Greece from Turkey, people smugglers are adapting and using new routes.

  • Climate Central reported on the drought affecting hundreds of low-lying islands and atolls in Micronesia.

  • Thomson Reuters interviewed Longdy Chhap, a Cambodian who suffered from polio and was trafficked as a child to beg in Thailand. He now volunteers as a counsellor for a local NGO helping slum children.

Trending on the Internet

  • IRIN reported that MSF has pulled out of the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul later this month on the grounds that the meeting has “lost its way and become a fig-leaf of good intentions.”

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