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17 July 2017

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Key actors in the Global Compact for Migration process will convene to explore and better understand migrant vulnerabilities through IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration. Photo: IOM

International Dialogue on Migration Discusses Migrant Vulnerabilities in Preparation for Global Compact for Migration

(IOM) Switzerland – Key actors in the Global Compact for Migration process will convene on 18 and 19 July at the United Nations Office in Geneva to explore and better understand migrant vulnerabilities through IOM’s International Dialogue on Migration.

The global compact is a major intergovernmental process, to which IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is extending technical and policy expertise as requested by Member States until its culmination in September 2018. It presents an historical opportunity for achieving a world in which migrants move as a matter of choice rather than necessity, through safe, orderly and regular channels, and in which migration is well governed and able to act as a positive force for individuals, societies and States.

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Pitching Up: How Ireland’s Ancient Sports are Helping to Integrate Children in the Country's Most Ethnically Diverse Town

(The Guardian) Ireland – Ballyhaunis in the west of Ireland is at first glance a traditional farming town, a place that in the past has been deeply affected by the emigration of its young.

But today Ballyhaunis is unique in an Irish context. The majority of children in the local community school speak neither English nor Gaelic at home due to waves of inward migration from Pakistani, eastern European and African communities.

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UN Push for Migration, Refugee Pacts

(Global Spotlight) Australia – The world is pouring an unprecedented amount of money and energy into disrupting the global people smuggling trade, writes Tracey Ferrier.

Military forces in Europe and Australia have put to sea to stop smugglers' boats.

National police forces are feeding intelligence to global law enforcement agencies tasked with detecting and dismantling smuggling networks. Europol even has its own European Migrant Smuggling Centre.

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Migration in the News

  • Vanguard reported about young Gambians who are working with Youth Against Irregular Migration (YAMI) to warn others of the dangers of irregular migration.

  • Grass Wire reported that with Mosul’s liberation, 120,000 children are returning to what’s left of their homes, facing landmines and trauma. Gulf News and AFP reported that the unprecedented destruction in the city and the unstable security situation will delay the return home of hundreds of thousands of people who fled.

  • Al Jazeera reported that four years after the UN ceased operations at Choucha camp in Tunisia, authorities have cleared out the remaining men who had been living there.

  • India’s Daily News and Analysis reported that India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations.

  • Vanuatu’s Daily Post reported that Vanuatu made history as it became the first Pacific island country to have a forensic document examination laboratory of this kind.

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  • News Deeply spoke with Galen Englund from the ONE Campaign about the data gaps of real-time information about refugee populations and how they harm policy making for refugees.

  • The Guardian reported about Syrians who found a new home and a second chance in Mexico through Project Habesha – a small not-for-profit organization arranging university scholarships for youngsters whose education has been disrupted by the civil war.


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