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24 July 2017

The UN Headquarters in New York will host the GCM consultations again. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) / John Walder 2017

Contributions of Migrants, Diasporas to Sustainable Development Main Themes at 4th Global Compact for Migration Consultation

New York – Member State representatives, UN agencies, civil society, migrants and diaspora leaders are convening at UN Headquarters 24-25 July for the fourth thematic consultation of the Member State-led process to develop a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The theme “Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits” will examine the challenges and opportunities in leveraging the economic and social contributions of migrants to countries of origin and destination. 

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Conquering the High Cost of Remittances: 9 Easy Steps
(IOM) Geneva – At this year’s European Development Days, IOM, the UN Migration Agency and IFAD held a joint brainstorming session on “Remittances and Development in the ACP-EU Dialogue”. This session aimed to find out-of-the box solutions to remittance transfer cost problems.

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The launch of the iDiaspora will take place during the 4th thematic consultation of the Global Compact for Migration.

IOM to Launch Online Platform to Engage with Diasporas

New York – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launches today (24/7) an online forum for members of diaspora communities to contribute their opinions to the first intergovernmental agreement on international migration, “the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)”.

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Migration in the News

  • IANS reported that 111,514 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, by July 19, more than half the number from a similar period last year.
  • AP reported that four years into South Sudan's devastating civil war, the world's youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a ‘massive scale’, a new Amnesty International report says.
  • UPI reported that sex trafficking involving migrants fleeing to Italy by sea increased by nearly 600 per cent over the past three years – particularly among young girls, citing an IOM report.
  • Reuters reported that thousands of Nigerian migrant girls being brought to Italy, are in great danger of being forced into prostitution in Europe and are often naive about their fate at the hands of traffickers.
  • Citi FM reported that the Ghana Immigration Service has indicated its preparedness to tackle cross border crimes including human trafficking and other irregular migration activities at Ghana's borders through various projects sponsored by the European Union.
  • Irish Examiner reported that that three adults and five children discovered in a container in Rosslare, Co Wexford, were lucky to have survived such an arduous journey, the Irish Road Haulage Association said.

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  • Al Jazeera reported that as the US and parts of Europe close their borders to migrants and refugees, Chile has become an unlikely destination for Caribbean and South American immigrants escaping poverty and political instability.


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