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27 July 2017

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A beach in Bohol. Fernando Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Home Sweet Home: Philippines Islanders Stay Put Even When the Sea Invades

(Reuters) Oslo - Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study on Monday that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise.

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Italian Coast Guard rescues migrants and refugees bound for Italy. © IOM/Francesco Malavolta 2014

EU Extends Naval Operation against Human Smuggling in Mediterranean

(Xinhua) China – The European Union (EU) announced Tuesday it was extending the mandate of the naval operation against human smuggling in the Mediterranean Sea until the end of 2018, in a bid to further disrupt the smugglers' business models.

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Haitians stand outside the Ministry of Interior and Police while waiting to register in the so-called "regularization" program, in Santo Domingo, June 17, 2015.

Haitian Migrants Get Residency Extension from Dominican Government
(Associated Press)  Santo Domingo — The Dominican Republic on Tuesday granted a one-year extension to some 230,000 Haitian migrants trying to renew or obtain residency permits, an issue that has soured relations between the neighboring countries.

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Lidia: "It is not leaving your country that frightens; it is the possibility that one day there might not be a country you can call yours."
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"Stereotypes are not untrue, but they are incomplete." - Monami Maulik, International Coordinator at the Global Coalition on Migration 
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Despite shrinking supplies, 280,000 people have received clean water in Somalia.

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Migration in the News

  • Inter Press Service reported on participants’ conclusions during a series of thematic consultations on safe, orderly, and regular migration that despite the “undeniable” benefits of migration, barriers including public misconceptions continue to hinder positive development outcomes.
  • ANSA Med reported that that 112,018 migrants and refugees had entered Europe by sea this year as of 23 July, citing IOM figures.
  • The World News, CNN reported that a Spanish charity found 167 migrants alive and 13 dead in yet another rescue operation involving rubber boats crossing the deadly stretch of sea around 15 miles of the coast of Sabratha, Libya.
  • International Business Times reported that the captain of a ship targeting refugees by disrupting humanitarian rescue missions in the Mediterranean has been arrested.
  • Deutsche Welle reported on IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration programme which helps refugees reintegrate in their countries of origins – if they choose to return voluntarily.
  • Nigeria’s The Citizen Online reported that 262 Nigerians voluntarily returned home from Libya on Wednesday.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that thousands of African children facing abuse and violence in Libya flee to Italy across the Mediterranean Sea, most of them alone and unprepared for Europe, the United Nations children's agency (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.
  • Xinhua and Kuwait News Agency  reported that Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said on Wednesday that Arab immigrant and refugee issues should be given priority on the international agenda.
  • The Korea Herald reported that nearly 7 in 10 migrant workers at construction sites did not receive compensation from the government for work-related accidents, according to National Human Rights Commission of Korea.
  • The Phnom Penh Post reported that the UN Refugee Agency has slammed Australia in a statement for reportedly informing the agency it would no longer accept refugees it had previously agreed to take in, telling the body to relocate them to the US or Cambodia instead.
  • The Cambodia Daily reported that NGOs in Cambodia and Malaysia are working with IOM to repatriate six of the 30 Cambodians who sought shelter at the country’s embassy after the Malaysian government started mass arrests of undocumented migrant workers on July 1.

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  • The Cambodia Daily reported that recent crackdowns in Thailand and Malaysia on hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrant workers have highlighted how attractive neighboring markets continue to be for Cambodian workers, and how disparities in working conditions make migration worth the trouble.


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