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24 April 2017

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Oregano farmers from Hidalgo, Mexico (Perennial Plate Episode 135: Homeward)

Moving Hearts and Minds with Family Dinner

A team of film makers have decided to create and distribute positive, genuine migrant stories and get them in front of a new audience and we want to help them succeed. They are creating five short films that centre around the family meals of five different migrant families in America. Then they will focus on targeted outreach to get these films out there.

These stories will not be fake news, they will not be advertisements. Just short documentaries about real people. They are midway through a Kickstarter campaign and need your help to get across the finish line and reach their target of USD 50,000. They are just USD 3,685 shy of this target. 

The filmmaker is Daniel Klein. He’s also the creator of The Perennial Plate. Since 2009, he and his collaborators have been putting out short films about sustainable food from around the world. During that time, his team have made over 160 films that have garnered tens of millions of views and two James Beard awards. They’ve also received an Emmy nomination for a PBS show. His Perennial Plate team consists of himself, wife Mirra Fine, and friend Hunter Johnson.

Over the past 7 years, they have filmed and become friends with a wide cast of characters – from catfish noodlers in the back woods of Mississippi to goat farmers in the mountains of Morocco.

The Perennial Plate is now focusing on creating and distributing positive, genuine migrant stories and getting them in front of a new audience.  

Find out more here


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Zeinab recalls the treatment she received for malaria. Photo: IOM / Ashley McLaughlin

Providing Malaria Treatment for Displaced Families in South Sudan

High fever, nausea, alternating chills and sweats – these are just a few of the symptoms of malaria, which is deadly for thousands of South Sudanese each year without access to simple lifesaving treatment.

In displacement sites, such as the Wau protection of civilians (PoC) site in Western Bahr el Ghazal, living conditions can be extremely difficult, with shelters crowded near drainage and sanitation facilities, which can be breeding grounds for malaria-transmitting mosquitos.

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Paraguay works towards WHO certification as a malaria-free country.

IOM Supports Paraguay’s Push for ‘Malaria-Free Country’ Certification

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is supporting Paraguay to achieve World Health Organization (WHO) certification as a malaria-free country. To achieve this important certification, IOM is working closely with Paraguay’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare – with financial support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria – in implementing the project Strengthening of the National Strategy for the Prevention of the Re-introduction of Malaria in Paraguay, since January 2016.

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Each year on April 25, Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partner organisations unite around a common World Malaria Day theme. Read more


The Roll Back Malaria Partnership is a global platform for coordianted action against malaria. Some success stories here

“i am a migrant” is part of the UN TOGETHER initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone who has left home in search of a better life. More here

Irvin Umaña: ""I came to Costa Rica fleeing persecution of the LGTBI community in Honduras"
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For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrivals and fatalities please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe 


A global database tracking data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes. Please visit: MissingMigrants.iom.int


"Currently, the global migration architecture is fragmented and undefined. The global community needs to systematically map the current institutional framework, clarify the missions of key organisations, and develop normative guidelines by building on existing conventions that address migration." – Dilip Ratha, World Bank. More here.


Migration in the News

  • Reuters reported heavy two-way traffic on the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from the so-called Islamic State.

  • Telesur, DPA, Reuters and DW reported that an Italian prosecutor said he has evidence that NGO aid groups using boats to rescue refugees are working with smugglers from Libya to help refugees enter Europe.

  • Inter Press Service reported on a Geneva-based think tank which says there is need for alternatives to identify a common strategy to address religious discrimination and fanaticism.

  • Aki Press reported that USAID has launched two information terminals at Kyrgyzstan’s Manas International Airport to prevent human trafficking and protect the rights of Kyrgyzstani migrants traveling abroad.

  • News Deeply interviewed the finalists of a design contest to make marketplaces for refugees on their proposal for a cooling system to keep food fresh in Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. The proposals were presented at the “Ideas in Action: Reform Refugee Response” summit on 22 April.

  • ENCA reported that Kenya is looking to amend its anti-trafficking law so that foreign victims of human trafficking found on Kenyan soil are not treated as criminals but given greater protection.

  • Oxfam published a blog written by a former refugee who arrived in the US thirty years ago. 

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters photojournalist Darrin Zammit Lupi, who has been on the Phoenix, a migrant rescue ship, since the 1st of April this year, writes that in 19 years of covering migrant ships and rescues, he has never experienced anything remotely close to what he witnessed during the recent Easter weekend.

  • The Daily Star reported that remittances to developing countries fell for a second consecutive year in 2016, a trend not seen in the last three decades, according to the World Bank's Migration and Development Brief.


Media Contacts
For comment / interviews on today's news, please go to the contact(s) listed at the end of each press briefing note. For other information please contact the IOM Media & Communications team here