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26 July 2017


Participants at the brainstorming session ranged from experts and academics to diaspora leaders and migrants. Photo: European Union 2017

Rethinking Remittances: How We Get Them, How We Use Them

(Medium) Brussels – At this year’s European Development Days (EDDs), IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) held a joint brainstorming session on “Remittances and Development in the ACP-EU Dialogue”. This session aimed to creatively explore how communities receive and integrate remittances.

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After Deadly Smuggling Case, Officials Charge Truck Driver and Decry ‘Crime against Humanity’
(The Washington Post)  San Antonio — The people packed into the sweltering tractor-trailer needed air. They banged on the walls for help, but the vehicle kept going. Trapped with as many as 200 people in the pitch-black trailer, they took turns breathing through a hole in the side. Some just passed out.

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Interior Ministers from Europe, Africa Meet to Tackle Migrant Crisis

(Voice of America) Tunisia – European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya.

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Migration in the News


  • DPA reported that more Mediterranean migrant deaths were reported Tuesday, just as aid groups engaged in sea rescues were meeting Italian interior ministry officials to discuss a controversial "code of conduct" for their operations.
     
  • AFP reported that the two principal rivals in conflict-ridden Libya, who held French-brokered talks on Tuesday in Paris, are committed to a cease fire and elections "as soon as possible",  a draft statement from France's presidency said.
     
  • UN Radio spoke with IOM’s Hala Jaber who noted that recently liberated West Mosul has become "a ghost city" which is devoid of all life and urgently in need of international funds so residents can return.
     
  • Deutsche Welle spoke with IOM’s Sabine Lehmann on the topic of family reunification, following a report about a Syrian woman who was reunited with her children and grandchildren in Germany thanks to private sponsorships.
     
  • Tagesspiegel reported on German-Turkish relations, which also describes the situation of migrants in Turkey.
     
  • Bangladesh’s Daily Sun reported that according to a survey conducted by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, more than one thousand families of Pakoria union in the district of Tangail have faced deception when they did send or tried to send at least one of their family members abroad.

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  • Reuters reported that Australia will accept several dozen Central American refugees within the next few months, the first transfers under a refugee swap arrangement agreed with the United States.

 

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