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06 September 2017

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The data collaborative will aim to build the evidence base on trafficking in persons without disclosing the identity of the victims. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency, Polaris to Launch Global Data Repository on Human Trafficking

Vienna – Counter-trafficking specialists yesterday (05/09) announced the pre-launch of the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) at the 5th Global Compact for Migration (GCM) consultations in Vienna. The CTDC is the result of a joint initiative led by IOM, the UN Migration Agency and Polaris, an independent organization combating modern slavery. Its online portal will consist of a global repository of data on human trafficking that protects the identities of victims, and uses a new international standard.

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DDG Laura Thompson and An Heejung, Governor of Chungcheongnam-do (Republic of Korea) sign the MoU at IOM headquarters. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Signs Agreement with Korean Province to Support Integration and Inclusion

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency yesterday (05/09) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government (CPG) of the Republic of Korea. The agreement was signed by IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson and An Heejung, Governor of CPG, and aims to enhance knowledge sharing on integration and inclusion of migrants in the province.

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The construction sector is one of the main employers of hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers in Thailand. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

Working for Change

Migrant labour offers economic benefits for host countries and workers' home countries alike, but ASEAN needs to treat its migrant workers better.

Bangkok Post (Bangkok) – Southeast Asia hosts nearly 10 million migrants, of whom roughly 7 million originate from countries within the region. The main component of migration involves the movement of lower-skilled labour, predominantly from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos to Thailand.

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Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh last month after crossing the border from western Myanmar. Those who have fled the military crackdown there described seeing civilians shot from helicopters and homes burned to the ground. Photo: Adam Dean / New York Times

Clear Signs that More will Cross into Bangladesh says IOM's Abdiker in NYTimes

The New York Times (Hong Kong) — At least 123,000 Rohingya have fled from western Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh since late last month, the United Nations said on Tuesday, as a military crackdown has destroyed villages and killed hundreds.

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Migration in the News

Trending on the Internet

  • Pulitzer Center reported that in Qatar, Zina laws treat sex outside of marriage and pregnancy out of wedlock as crimes punishable by imprisonment. But without means to seek legal recourse, it is mostly low-skilled migrant women who face charges.
  • Time shared the story of a Syrian family’s first summer in the United States. They were the first refugees from Syria’s ongoing civil war to settle in Iowa.


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