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05 September 2017

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Members of the Rohingya community crossing the border into Bangladesh. Photo: Azam Sheikh Ali Haider/ IOM 2017

IOM, Partners Seek USD 18 Million for Immediate Relief as Over 123,000 Rohingya Enter Bangladesh in Last 11 Days

Posted on Tue. September 5, 2017

Dhaka – IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Bangladesh today said that humanitarian assistance in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh must be urgently scaled up as tens of thousands of newly arrived Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMNs) continue to stream into the district’s makeshift settlements in search of help.

IOM and partner agencies operating in the district, which borders Myanmar, have identified an immediate funding gap of USD 18 million over the next three months to allow lifesaving services to be scaled up to cope with the new arrivals. This appeal will be followed by a more comprehensive needs assessment and response plan.

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IOM staff chats to children in Jowle IDP settlement in Garowe, Puntland. Photo: Mary-Sanyu Osire / IOM 2016

UN Migration Agency Reinforces Commitment to Displaced People through Enhanced Framework on Internal Displacement

Posted on Tue. September 5, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency has launched an enhanced framework for addressing internal displacement, a challenge which has risen to unprecedented levels. Over 40 million people are currently displaced by conflict within the borders of their own country – this represents 62 per cent of the total number of people displaced globally. In addition, disasters displace an average of 26 million people every year.

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Migration in the News

  • Bangkok Post reported that migrant labour offers economic benefits for host countries and workers' home countries alike but in the ASEAN region, difficulties experienced by workers are too often neglected.
  • AFP reported that Doctors of the World Spain called for an independent enquiry into the suspected deaths of seven African women in the waters between Morocco and Spain.
  • Sputnik looked at the plight of refugees living in temporary shelters scattered across Libya more than five years after the start of the civil war.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported on the Moradis, a family from Iran, who are among the potentially thousands of refugees left in limbo after the US travel ban took effect in June.
  • The Phnom Penh Post reported that a Cambodian woman was arrested and sent to pre-trial detention yesterday for allegedly trafficking more than 20 Cambodian nationals to Malaysia to be domestic workers.

Trending on the Internet

  • Voice of America reported that a group in Italy is training migrants mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, as beekeepers, then pairing them with honey producers who need employees.
  • Washington Post shared the story of Leyla, a transgender woman who escaped her native land at the Russian republic of Chechnya and found asylum in the United States.


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