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25 August 2017

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UN Migration Agency (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing meets with China State Counsellor Yang Jiechi. Photo: IOM 2017

Director General Visit Boosts UN Migration Agency, China Cooperation
Posted on Fri. August 25, 2017

Beijing – Ambassador William Lacy Swing, IOM Director General, this week visited China at the invitation of the Government of China. The five-day visit on 20–24 August marked the one-year anniversary of China’s membership of IOM, the UN Migration Agency. 

During the visit, DG Swing met with the State Counsellor, Yang Jiechi, to discuss ways to further enhance bilateral relations between IOM and China. Topics included the migration implications of initiatives including the One Belt and One Road (OBOR) Initiative and the Global Compact for Migration (GCM).

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Migrants who are in transit at the shelter and waiting to continue their journey north to the Mexico-US border, stand to say a blessing before eating their meal of egg and rice soup with tortillas. File photo: Keith Dannemiller/IOM 2014

Food Insecurity Second Most-Cited Cause of Migration from Central to North America
Posted on Fri. August 25, 2017

Washington, D.C. – A new study supported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, confirms a clear link between food insecurity and migration in the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

The study found that reduced agricultural productivity and loss of crops are the second most-cited causes of migration for populations living in the Dry Corridor of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Poverty and unemployment were the first most cited causes. This research was conducted by the World Food Programme (WFP) in partnership with IOM, the Organization of American States (OAS), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

Launched publicly by David Beasly, WFP Executive Director, at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., on 23 August, the report builds on the results and recommendations of the 2015 exploratory study, Hunger without Borders. Ministers from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala participated in the launch event.  

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Migration in the News

  • China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on the meeting of State Councilor Yang Jiechi and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. It also reported the signing of the agreement between the government of China and IOM establishing the IOM representative office in China.

  • RT reported that thousands of civilians are desperately fleeing Talafar after the Iraqi military launched an operation on 20 August to recapture the city from the so-called Islamic State which has controlled it since June 2014. 

  • LI Herald reported on the non-profit organization International Sports and Music Project which facilitated the construction of a soccer field and created a music program for residents in Ristona refugee camp in southern Greece. 

  • AFP reported that members of Emmaüs, an aid organization for the poor, will swim or kayak the Strait of Gibraltar to “pay tribute to tens of thousands of people who have died in the Mediterranean,” the Paris-based organization said. 

  • Sierra Leone’s Awoko reported that aid workers in Sierra Leone have warned of a humanitarian crisis as the official death toll from the recent mudslide and flooding passed 500, with 600 still missing and more than a hundred children among the victims – and a similar number orphaned. 

  • Reliefweb reported that IOM in South Sudan officially handed over its Psychosocial Support activities in Bor Protection of Civilians (PoC) site to a national partner, the African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries. 

  • Xinhua reported that as much as 78 per cent of total remittances may currently be sent to Ethiopia through informal channels in some corridors.

  • Haiti Libre reported that more than 85,000 Haitians have migrated to Brazil, Chile and Argentina between 2014 and 2016.

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  • Independent reported that Iceland and New Zealand are the most accepting countries for migrants in the world, according to Gallup’s Migrant Acceptance Index.

  • Greek Reporter reported that more than 600 migrants landed on islands of the Eastern Aegean from Monday morning until Tuesday dawn, according to the Hellenic Coast Guard.


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