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06 September 2016

IOM staff conduct an assessment at a building where displaced families are taking shelter, Salah al-Din governorate. Photo: IOM 2016

IOM Improves Living Conditions of Displaced Iraqis
Posted on Tues. September 6, 2016

Iraq - Displacement continues in Iraq as military operations are ongoing; more than 90,100 Iraqis have been recently displaced from Salah al-Din (Baiji and Al-Shirqat districts) and Ninewa (Al-Qayara sub-district) between 16 June and 5 September 2016, according to IOM Iraq Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) Emergency Tracking. These displacements are in addition to the more than 3.3 million Iraqis already displaced across the country since January 2014. 

The humanitarian community is unable to provide sufficient shelters for the overwhelming numbers of displaced Iraqis, with more than 545,000 living in critical shelter arrangements. These populations are particularly vulnerable, as they seek to find shelter in informal settlements, unfinished and abandoned buildings, religious buildings and schools. IOM Iraq is responding by providing assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in out-of-camp settings. 

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Displaced families wait for health care assistance at the UN-protected site in Wau. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed 2016

Conflict Continues to Drive Displacement in South Sudan
Posted on Tues. September 6, 2016

South Sudan - Fighting between armed groups across parts of South Sudan continues to drive displacement, including in areas that had been relatively stable since the crisis broke out in December 2013. The dynamic nature of the conflict has resulted in the constant movement of civilians as they attempt to escape shifting locations of insecurity.

Current population movements are fluid in several areas, including Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Jonglei, Unity, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Western Equatoria and Unity. In the past two months, over 80,000 people have been displaced in Wau and 12,000 in Juba alone.

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"The time is now for all endeavours to coalesce to make a positive difference to the lives and livelihoods of migrants, internally displaced people, refugees and their host communities, wherever they are in the world." - Owen Shumba, Team Leader, Livelihoods and Economic Recovery Group, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP. More here.


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Migration in the News
  • DPA and AP reported that more than 2,700 people were rescued and 15 bodies were recovered following 23 rescue operations in the central Mediterranean, the Italian coastguard said Monday.

  • The Sun reported on Italy’s Aware Migrants campaign in which migrants who survived the deadly journey across the Mediterranean give heartbreaking warnings to families back home not to attempt the crossing.

  • Deutsche Welle Radio reported on the number of migrants that were rescued in the Mediterranean.

  • Mittelbayerische Zeitung and Badische Zeitung reported on the current state of Europe’s external borders.

  • OK54 Bürgerrundfunk interviewed IOM’s Frank Laczko for the first part of a documentary on combating human trafficking.

  • SVZ published an interview of the German press agency DPA with IOM’s Susanne Melde on climate change and how it is affecting populations worldwide.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that the Calais protest demanding the closure of the "Jungle" migrant camp has caused severe disruption on the roads around the French port.

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