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31 May 2017

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Migrants in a detention centre in Libya. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM)/2017

IOM, UNHCR Pledge Increased Support for Libya

Switzerland – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) on Tuesday (30/05) presented their plans for expanding operations in Libya and enhancing their support to migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and Libyans affected by the ongoing conflict.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, joined IOM Director General, William Lacy Swing, at a senior-level briefing at IOM’s Geneva headquarters where they briefed member states on their recent missions to Libya and called for support to broader stabilization efforts in the country.

UNHCR issued today a Supplementary Appeal for USD 75.5 million to meet the increased humanitarian and protection needs of people in Libya – including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities, as well as refugees and asylum seekers. The appeal includes protection monitoring and interventions, as well as advocacy on issues related to respect for human rights, access to basic services, asylum procedures and freedom of movement. 

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20km run in Brussels with the TOGETHER team.

UN Team in Brussels Runs Together for Migrants and Refugees

Belgium – The 20km race Brussels is a major annual event that shuts down the capital of Belgium and gets the heart of the European Union beating.  On Sunday 28 May, over 40,000 runners and walkers from 131 different nationalities gathered at the starting block, and the UN in Brussels “Migration Team” was right there with them fronting the TOGETHER Campaign in a united show of support for diversity, migrants, and refugees.
Under the banner “TOGETHER let’s promote respect, security and dignity for refugees and migrants” the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in partnership with the UNRIC organized a team of 50 people from 15 different nationalities – many with a migration profile – from the UN agencies in Brussels, the European Commission, the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, members of the civil society, and the general public to run the 20K’s 38th edition. 

The UN team was based at a stand located in front of the iconic Cinquantenaire Arch to provide a space for discussion, information on the TOGETHER and I am a Migrant campaigns, as well as UN activities in Belgium, Europe and worldwide. Branded balloons, bracelets and bags were free to the public.

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

Amir: "Home for me is where I can be who I am and pursue the plans and the goals I have without fearing for my life."
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On Sunday 28 May 2017, the United Nations agencies in Brussels ran and walked under the colours of the Together Campaign, in a united show of support for diversity and better perceptions about migration, migrants and refugees. Watch here


Global Activities 2016: Shelter/NFI | WASH | Cash | Coordination | CCCM | DTM  - Download report


“People have died, in the sea. People are dying. And they shouldn’t have died. I mean, that calls for sorrow, doesn’t it? I think most human beings feel sorrow. But sometimes they get so bombarded with stuff coming over television, they don’t know what to think.” –  Vanessa Redgrave, English actress and political activist. Read more here.


Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that Cyclone Mora battered Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing five people, damaging thousands of homes and ripping through a refugee camp for those who had fled violence in Myanmar. Just Earth News and Xinhua, in a similar report, mentioned that IOM deployed three rapid assessment teams to the most affected districts in Sri Lanka, where 177 people died and 109 remain missing.

  • AFP reported that IOM and UNHCR had launched a USD 75.5 million appeal to tackle a swelling humanitarian and migration crisis in Libya. The funds will go toward providing essential services for displaced people, refugees and asylum-seekers.

  • Xinhua reported that a total of 69,574 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe this year, down from almost 200,000 over the same period in 2016.

  • Huffington Post reported about GatherIQ which puts analytics in the public’s hands to address world problems. One of the first projects the mobile app will address involves global migration.

  • AFP reported that some African migrants travel thousands of kilometres across west Africa to get to the southeast Nigerian city of Calabar where they take small boats to a closer and less risky promised land: rich oil-producing African countries.

  • Times of India reported that more than 80,000 foreign employers have registered with e-migrate, the portal of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, to recruit workers from India.

  • Charlotte Magazine shared the story of a Syrian refugee family who, after four years of tests and screenings and near-death experiences, was approved to move to the United States. But they were stranded at the airport in January while a network of refugees in Charlotte, North Carolina anxiously awaited their arrival.

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  • Refugee Council listed the top 20 facts about refugees and asylum seekers based on the latest report published on UK migration statistics. 

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