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01 June 2016


A doctor vaccinates a baby at an IOM clinic in the Digaale IDP settlement in Hargeisa, Somaliland. IOM programmes build the capacity of government health systems and provide health services to vulnerable Somali migrants, returnees and affected communities. Photo: Mary-Sanyu Osire / IOM.

IOM, UNHCR Receive Funding from King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre to Support Somali Returnees, Refugees and Migrants Fleeing the Yemen Crisis

Somalia - Of the over 32,000 people who have to date fled to Somalia from war-torn Yemen, almost 20,000 will receive protection and emergency assistance through a USD 10 million project funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KS-RELIEF), and implemented by IOM and UNHCR, in close coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, regional and local authorities.

This joint response will benefit Somali returnees, Yemeni refugees, migrants and host communities. The project aims to support the capacity of local authorities to manage migration in a safe, orderly, and humane manner. It also aims to make it easier for people seeking protection and return assistance to address their needs and access these services. Families fleeing the Yemen crisis will also benefit from improved access to durable solutions that will enable them to become increasingly self-reliant and resilient. 

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The Last Children of the Tide: A Report from the Vanishing Carteret Islands

Papua New Guinea - Many moons ago, in a faraway world, there lived a creature named Bonono, a giant eel larger than a coconut tree that would roam the ocean, hunting sharks and swallowing fishermen who had the misfortune to cross his path, writes IOM Papua New Guinea Chief of Mission George Gigauri.

This is a legend of the people of the tide in the Tulun Islands, who live at the top of an underwater volcano in the Solomon Sea, known to the Western world as the vanishing Carteret atolls of the Pacific Ocean. It’s said that they came here with the tide, many centuries ago, and attached themselves to the land, merged with it.

No one has seen Bonono here for many decades but the Islanders are now plagued by a different beast: creeping, relentless and much more powerful. It is devouring whole islands and its name is climate change. 

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Migration in the News


  • DPA, Sputnik, AP, USA Today, The Guardian and Irish Examiner reported that according to IOM, at least a thousand people have died in the Mediterranean over the past week trying to reach Europe.  

  • PBS and CNN reported that over 2,500 migrants have died trying to reach Europe this year – a third more than during the same period in 2015.

  • BBC reported that police in Greece and the Czech Republic have arrested over 20 people suspected of forging travel documents for migrants trying to enter Europe.

  • International Business Times, AP, Time, NBC and BBC reported that the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, has announced a plan to create a refugee camp in the French capital.

  • Euronews visited a displacement camp in Yemen, 40 kms from the capital Sanaa. It reported a severe shortage of food and drinking water, poor sanitation and the potential for the spread of disease.

  • Economic Times reported that a village in Switzerland has chosen to pay a fine of GBP 200,000 rather than accept 10 refugees under the country's new quota system.

  • Greek Reporter reported on the findings of an IOM report based on interviews with 1,206 unaccompanied child migrants in Greece.

  • The News Pakistan reported that, according to anti-slavery activists, a growing number of Nigerian girls are being trafficked to Italy and forced to sell sex by gangs taking advantage of the migrant crisis.

  • Phnom Penh Post reported that 27 of 54 trafficked Cambodian fishermen rescued from a Thai fishing boat in Indonesia on April 12th have been repatriated.

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  • Sky News reported that people desperate to reach the UK are bypassing security at Calais and boarding small boats in quiet French villages.

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