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25 May 2016

A woman tries to save her possessions in Bangladesh, where environmental degradation and climate change are causing increasingly severe flooding. Photo: IOM/Abir Abdullah 2010

IOM Calls for Integration of Migration in Environment Policies

Kenya – Environmental degradation and climate change are already moving millions of people from their homes every year and this trend will intensify without a collective response from the international community.

At the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) in Nairobi, Kenya, later today (25/05), IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will urge leaders to integrate environmental and migration policies to minimize forced migration and build up the resilience of affected communities.

UNEA is a result of the call made by world leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in Brazil in June 2012, to strengthen and upgrade the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) as the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda.

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Is the “Grand Bargain” a Big Deal?

Turkey - The “Grand Bargain” is the name for a package of reforms to humanitarian funding, launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul this week. Thirty representatives of donors and aid agencies produced 51 “commitments” to make emergency aid finance more efficient and effective, writes Ben Parker for IRIN.

To some it hasn’t gone nearly far enough. Others say, given a few short months, the bureaucracies did well to find so much to agree on. To overhaul the complex budgeting and contracting of emergency aid is, according to Lilianne Ploumen, the Dutch Development Minister, “much more complicated than many people think.”

“It could be the Grand Bargain for business-as-usual unless there are more specific actions,” said Christina Bennett of London think tank, the Overseas Development Institute. “We need timelines and targets” or else it will be just “tinkering around the edges.”

A director at the World Bank, Colin Bruce, also said follow-up was a “big issue” to be taken up urgently. The Grand Bargain currently has no institutional home and future arrangements would likely be taken up in late June, he told IRIN.

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Migration in the News

  • World Bulletin reported that according to IOM DG William Lacy Swing, the surge of migration to Europe is enormously positive for European Union (EU) economies in the long term.

  • ANSA reported that DG Swing welcomed Italian PM Matteo Renzi's proposed “migration compact” under which the EU would offer African nations more aid and refugee resettlement in exchange for managing migration flows.

  • Reuters and AFP reported that according to IOM, fewer migrants dying as they try to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, which may reflect better management of refugee flows and swifter rescue operations.

  • Irish Examiner reported that Germany has proposed diverting 10 percent of the European Union budget towards dealing with the refugee crisis.

  • Mail Online reported that Greek riot police launched a dawn raid to empty the Idomeni border camp and move over 8,400 stranded migrants to official camps nearby.

  • Reuters reported that Libyan coastguards intercepted 550 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa on Tuesday after they set out to cross the Mediterranean in four rubber boats.

  • El Pais reported that some 2,000 migrants were rescued on Monday in the Mediterranean, but 14 are still missing.

  • Deutsche Welle, Handelsblatt, Klimaretter, Badische Zeitung, Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung,  Zeit, Solarify and Berliner Morgenpost reported on a joint IOM-Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research media briefing at UNEA-2 in Nairobi.

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  • RT reported that Bavaria has launched a campaign to recruit more foreign-born police officers, regardless of whether they hold German passports. The move is aimed at helping solve crimes involving the migrant community.

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