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01 August 2017

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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing listens to a focus group discussion at a displacement camp in Gwoza town in Borno state in Nigeria. Photo: Julia Burpee / IOM 2017

“We’ve seen the suffering of the people”: IOM DG Swing Visits Northeast Nigeria, Devastated by Boko Haram
Posted on Tue. August 1, 2017

Borno – Nearly two million people fled their homes to escape Boko Haram in northeast Nigeria; more than half of the displaced are children and 133,000 are infants. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing spent three days meeting with some of the internally displaced at camps and in communities in the hardest hit areas of Borno state, the epicentre of the conflict, now in its eighth year.

Ambassador Swing travelled to Nigeria’s northeast on 28 July, following meetings with the Nigerian government in the capital city, Abuja. He joined some of IOM Nigeria’s staff in the conflict zone, where IOM, the UN Migration Agency has a team of about 530 people working across the six states most affected by the conflict.

IOM’s emergency response is based in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno and the birthplace of Boko Haram.

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IOM’s Deputy Director General Laura Thompson (second from right) met with with senior officials of the Government of Egypt during her visit to Cairo last 24-27 July. Also in this photo, IOM MENA Regional Director Carmela Godeau (second from left) and Amr Taha, Head of IOM Egypt (left).Photo: IOM 2017

IOM Deputy Director General Meets with Senior Egyptian Officials in Cairo
Posted on Tue. August 1, 2017

Cairo – IOM’s Deputy Director General Laura Thompson held several bilateral meetings with senior officials of the Government of Egypt during her visit to Cairo (24-27 July) where she opened the Extraordinary Meeting for the Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration (ARCP).

Ambassador Thompson met bilaterally with Mohamed Saafan, Minister of Manpower; Nabila Abdel Shahid, Minister of State for Emigration and Egyptian Expatriates’ Affairs; Hisham Badr, Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral and International Security Affairs and Naela Gabr, Chairperson of the National Coordinating Committee on Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons. In these meetings, Ambassador Thompson reiterated IOM’s support to the Government of Egypt to enhance migration governance, address irregular migration and promote mobility of Egyptian citizens.

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Migration in the News

  • Human Rights Watch reported that asylum seekers and other migrants arriving by sea to Spanish shores are held in poor conditions and face obstacles in applying for asylum.
  • Ventures Africa reported that according to a UNICEF study, thousands of African children heading to Italy across the Mediterranean Sea face abuse and violence in Libya and most of them travel alone and are unprepared for Europe.
  • The National reported that criminal networks are taking advantage of families fleeing their homes in war-torn countries and are using them for forced begging, sexual exploitation and organ harvesting.
  • The Cambodia Daily reported that nearly 60,000 undocumented Cambodian migrant workers were reported to Thai authorities by their employers last week – the first step in regularizing their status following a Thai crackdown on irregular migration.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that Kuwait has applied to join IOM as an observer.

Trending on the Internet

  • RT reported that France's highest administrative court has ruled that the French government must provide migrants sleeping rough in the city of Calais with water and sanitation facilities.
  • The Guardian reported that according to a study by the UK’s Office of National Statistics, the fruit and vegetable processing and hotel industry are among sectors of economy facing the worst damage if the free movement of people ends in Britain.


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