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20 June 2016

A picture of Jo and Brendan Cox outside 10 Downing Street is among floral tributes to the killed MP. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

‘Climate of Xenophobia’ Grips Europe on World Refugee Day

By Leonard Doyle

As more details indicate the killing of British MP Jo Cox was motivated by her position on migrants and refugees,  the United Nations is stepping up its campaign against the "climate of xenophobia" gripping Europe.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi underscored the point with Agence France-Presse on Saturda: "Refugees... don't bring danger" but "flee from dangerous places."

He stressed that those who don't talk about the benefits of immigration but instead "stir up public opinion against refugees and migrants have a responsibility in creating a climate of xenophobia that is very worrying in today's Europe."

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Follow the hashtag #moreincommon on Facebook, to find more about Jo Cox’s legacy
Vigils worldwide will be held to honour Jo Cox on Wednesday 22 June, her birthday.

From left to right: Michael Pillinger (Head of IOM Kenya Country Office), Louise Bélanger (COA Global Program Manager), Rocky Ndaye (COA’s 200,000th Participant) and Patricia Njuki (COA Facilitator in Nairobi, Kenya).

Preparing Refugees and Migrants for a New Life in Canada

In 2016, the Canadian Orientation Abroad (COA) program celebrates an important milestone – having provided pre-arrival settlement support to 200,000 Canada-bound refugees and immigrants.

It is 7:30am and already a group of 23 refugees patiently waits in the COA training room at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) mission in Nairobi, Kenya.

Today is their first day of a three-day orientation session.

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Lost In Dadaab

While the world’s headlines have focused on Europe’s migrant crisis, Africa’s refugee crisis is more alive than ever, especially in Dadaab.

Dadaab, which is located in Kenya near the Somali border, is the world’s largest refugee camp. However, the Kenyan government has decided to close the camp that is now home to over a half million refugees, leaving them no other option but to go back to the country they once fled.

Lost in Dadaab is a mini-documentary that follows this tragic crisis and attempts to create awareness of the unfortunate events taking place in Dadaab, through shocking interviews, footage and facts.

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Humanitarian aid officer Sheikha Ali.

On a Torrid Congo Mission, Rescuers Ask: “Are We Humanitarians or Are We Not?”

In the year 2000, Sasha Chanoff was a humanitarian aid officer in Africa when he was confronted with a moral dilemma: whether to rescue a hundred plus massacre survivors he knew he would be able to evacuate or to try to include a group of widows and orphans who had appeared suddenly at the place of rescue, but whose inclusion would very likely lead to everyone’s death.

From Crisis to Calling author and RefugePoint founder, Sasha Chanoff, dedicated his book to his senior operations partner during that Congo rescue mission, Kenyan Sheikha Ali.

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters and Wall Street Journal reported that Iraqi forces have taken vital parts of Fallujah from Islamic State over the weekend, while displaced populations urgently need food, medicine and other aid.

  • AFP reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said Saturday that the "detention" of migrants who have arrived in Greece since March should cease immediately, as he visited the frontline of the migration crisis engulfing Europe.

  • The Economist reported that catching people-smugglers is hard but convicting is even harder.

  • Newsweek reported that the finding of 34 bodies in the Sahara Desert has highlighted the role of Niger as a key transit point for West Africans journeying from their home countries with dreams of settling in Europe.

  • Press TV reported that tens of thousands of people have staged demonstrations in a number of cities in Germany to express opposition to racism in the country, in the wake of a record influx of refugees from conflict-hit countries into the European state.

  • BBC reported that the number of people displaced by conflict is at the highest level ever recorded, the UN refugee agency said.

  • Newsweek reported that illegal clinics are springing up across Turkey, driven by out-of-work Syrian doctors seeking employment and a growing demand among Syrian refugees for health care services in Arabic.

  • CNN and New York Times reported that a year after the southeast Asian refugee crisis in which desperate Rohingya Muslims fled oppression in Myanmar, the situation has not changed and the crisis could reoccur anytime, experts warn.

  • IPS reported that only 4 out of 12 countries in West Asia remain above the water scarcity limit of 1,000 cubic metres per person per year, the minimum limit viable for human population, experts warn.

  • AFP reported on a school in Indonesia founded by refugees, for refugees, which is giving children a chance to study while they wait years for resettlement to a new country.

  • New York Times and AP reported that Indonesia allowed a group of Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka to come ashore in Aceh province but insists that they be towed out to sea once the vessel is repaired.

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  • BBC reported that Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says it will no longer take funds from the European Union in protest at its migration policy.

  • AP reported that following Pope Francis' lead, the Vatican has brought a second group of nine Syrian refugees to Rome.

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