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14 September 2016

A World on the Move: Where Migrants, Refugees and Experts Meet

Switzerland - IOM Director General William Lacy Swing discusses IOM's forthcoming entry into the U.N., youth empowerment and the integration of migrants and refugees in the latest IOM-hosted podcast: A World on the Move.

A World on the Move is an IOM-hosted podcast series where migrants, refugees and experts share their experiences ahead of the U.N. Summit for Refugees and Migrants at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 19th 2016.

Watch the other broadcasts from A World on the Move



Children play at Ritsona refugee camp north of Athens. Greece has been used as a holding pen for nearly 70,000 refugees as part of a deal between the E.U. and Turkey. Photo: AP/Petros Giannakouris

The Real Opportunity at the U.N. Refugee Summit

United Kingdom –  The success of the September 19 U.N. summit on refugees and migration remains uncertain, writes Prof. Alexander Betts, director of Oxford University’s Refugee Studies Centre, in Newsdeeply’s Refugees Deeply.

It is the result of a series of political compromises rather the outcome of a clear vision for reform. Its key documents have been produced hastily, contain conceptual ambiguities and leave a significant amount to governments. The two envisaged “global compacts” are still subject to being contested, and the final declaration is likely to be vague.

Given that a U.N. General Assembly summit needs to reach consensus among all member states, it is understandable that the summit will focus on agreement on carefully crafted abstract principles. Despite the limitations, there are also opportunities.

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The Souda municipality-run camp on Chios. Photo: Alkis Konstantinidis / Reuters.

For Refugees in Greece, Long Wait for Asylum is 'Like Death'

Greece – Life on the island of Chios in Greece has become so difficult for Amir and Walaa, teachers from Syria, that they sometimes think about returning to the home they risked everything to flee, writes Karolina Tagaris for Reuters.

"I know in Syria we have war and bombs every day," says Amir, visibly exhausted. But there, "every Syrian dies once. Here we die every day. Every day is bad."

For the past six months, home is a bleak tent on the Aegean island of Chios, pitched in a dusty medieval castle moat, where they wait without work or money for a verdict on their asylum claims.

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Migration in the News
  • Huffington Post ran an op-ed by former Australian PM Kevin Rudd who believes that UN reform is now “urgent and no longer optional.” He noted that IOM’s upcoming formal UN affiliation will give the UN a new role in global migration policy cooperation.
  • UN News reported that close to 300,000 migrants and refugees have reached Europe in 2016, most of them entering through Greece and Italy, according to IOM.
  • National Geographic reported from migrant and refugee rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean.
  • Gazette Review reported comments by Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn condemning Hungary’s decision to seal its borders to keep out migrants and refugees.
  • IRIN reported an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan as 5,000 refugees a day are being pressured to return home from Pakistan. They join thousands of Afghans already internally displaced by war.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that IOM is concerned about lack of access to parts of South Sudan in need of humanitarian aid.
  • EFE reported that the Dominican Republic has yet to authorize verification of the repatriation of undocumented Haitian migrants by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
  • reported on the the number of immigrants hosted by countries around the world in absolute and relative terms.

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  • A Guardian  op-ed argued that though it seems a sensible expectation, policing people on their language abilities can come across as arbitrary and mask anti-immigration sentiments.

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