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08 August 2017

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IOM and the Nigerien Civil Protection rescue 23 Gambian and Senegalese migrants who had been abandoned by their drivers. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Search and Rescue Missions in Sahara Desert Help 1,000 Migrants
Posted on Tue. August 8, 2017

Dirkou – A total of 1,000 migrants have been rescued since April of this year in northern Niger by the search and rescue operations of IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

From 19-25 July, IOM conducted an assessment mission of migratory routes in the Ténéré desert and the area surrounding Niger's border with Libya. The aim of the mission was to improve migrant rescues, by understanding better how to assist migrants in distress on that route and to strengthen the Government of Niger’s management migration capacity. A full report on the mission can be read here.

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Children fetch water from a repaired borehole in Bentiu town. File photo: Ashley McLaughlin / IOM 2017

IOM Responds as Rainy Season Threatens Further Spread of Cholera in South Sudan
Posted on Tue. August 8, 2017

Juba – As the rainy season progresses in South Sudan, rapid responses are critical to stemming the cholera outbreak that has affected the country for over a year. The outbreak has compounded already dire humanitarian needs. Approximately four million people have been displaced by the conflict that erupted in December 2013.

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Since January 2017, IOM has organized six flights returning Guinean migrants home from Libya. Above is a photo of Guinean migrants arriving home last June 13 via a flight chartered by IOM. File photo: Lucas Chandellier / IOM 2017

132 Guinean Migrants Return Home Safely from Libya with UN Migration Agency Help
Posted on Tue. August 8, 2017

Conakry – On 3 August, 132 Guinean migrants, including six unaccompanied children, returned voluntarily to Guinea from Libya with the support of IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in collaboration with Guinean and Libyan authorities.

William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General, who was in Libya at the time, saw them off at Tripoli’s Mitiga Airport on Thursday. The returnees arrived in Conakry that same evening.

“Many of these migrants just really want to go home,” said Ambassador Swing from the airport tarmac. “We have voluntarily returned nearly 6,000 people so far this year and we hope to have helped at least 12,000–15,000 migrants get home safely from Libya through voluntary humanitarian return assistance by the end of 2017.”

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Migration in the News

  • DPA reported that the Libyan coastguard rescued more than 1,000 migrants floating in wooden and rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea over the past few days and returned them to Libya.

  • Devex reported about a video by the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) which looks at the problem of unconscious bias in recruitment.

  • Kathimerini reported that a total of 1,645 undocumented migrants were returned to their countries of origin from Greece last month.

  • Ruptly TV spoke to some Iraqi residents who survived years of living under the so-called Islamic State.

  • NAM News Network reported that South Africa's Minister for Intelligence, David Mahlobo, has warned that the country, like the rest of the world, is not immune from terrorism. 

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  • News Deeply reported that a major barrier to Syrian women’s education – both inside and outside the country – is the information gap that makes applying for asylum and finding education opportunities a labyrinth of confusion.


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