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08 September 2017

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IOM is distributing basic essentials including cooking sets, bedding and mosquito nets to new arrivals. Photo: Md. Asadur Rahman / IOM 2017

270,000 Flee Myanmar in Two Weeks: UN Migration Agency in Bangladesh Scales Up Emergency Response

Posted on Fri. September 8, 2017

Bangladesh - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, today (8/9) confirmed that 270,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh since 25 August.

IOM, which yesterday allocated USD 1 million from its emergency funds to boost the humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar, is working with the government and partners to scale up its delivery of lifesaving aid to those most in need. Immediate priorities have been identified as shelter, drinking water, food and medical assistance.

The UN Central Emergency Response Fund yesterday also announced a further USD 7 million to help the thousands of destitute people who continue to flood into Bangladesh.  

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This week’s flight from Libya was the seventh since January 2017 organized by IOM for Guinean migrants from Libya with a total of 859 migrants assisted so far. Above is a photo of Guinean migrants assisted by IOM last August. File photo: IOM 2017

132 Guinean Migrants Return Home from Libya with UN Migration Agency Help

Posted on Fri. September 8, 2017

Conakry – IOM, the UN Migration Agency this week (05/09) assisted 132 Guinean migrants to return home from Libya. The migrants, including 10 women, 1 infant, 2 children and 1 unaccompanied child, had requested assistance from IOM to return voluntarily to Guinea after living in Libya as irregular migrants in often daunting circumstances.

IOM Libya and the Embassy of Guinea in Tripoli assisted the migrants in obtaining the required travel documents for the voluntary assisted humanitarian return. Before the charter flight flew out of Mitiga airport in Tripoli, the IOM team in Libya conducted pre-departure interviews, medical examinations and facilitated the issuance of exit visas for all passengers. Migrants also received additional assistance in the form of clothing, footwear and other essentials.

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Migration in the News

  • LA Times reported that almost a month after the devastating floods and mudslide in Sierra Leone, life is gradually returning to normal, but residents face a slog toward recovery.
  • Portugal’s Lusa News Agency reported comments by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing on the announced repeal of the United States’ Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
  • Xinhua reported the launch of IOM’s new Missing Migrants website to track refugees and asylum-seekers who have died or gone missing while migrating to an international destination.
  • EU Observer and AP reported comments by the Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) International head Joanne Liu that the EU is financing and perpetuating the cycle of suffering of migrants in Libya by forcing people to return to notorious detention centres.
  • AP reported that journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, intensifying doubts about government claims that members of the persecuted minority have been destroying their own homes.
  • BBC shared the stories of Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh.
  • Indonesia’s MUDA News and Republika reported that a total of 437 Rohingya ethnic refugees are currently located in North Sumatra.
  • Jakarta Globe and Arab News reported that Indonesia is offering support to the Bangladeshi government to ease its burden in handling the influx of Rohingya refugees.
  • Albilad Daily reported that Turkey’s First Lady Emine Erdogan arrived in the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka early Thursday to meet Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
  • The Hindu reported that Bangladesh asked the United Nations to intervene to send back Rohingya refugees to Myanmar in a meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and UN Resident Coordinator Robert Watkins on Wednesday.
  • Finland’s Yle reported that the Southeast Finland police department hired a 180-seat charter flight to transport nine young Afghan men back to Kabul on Wednesday night after protesters previously blocked police from enforcing deportations.

Trending on the Internet

  • CNN reported on how a viral photo of Buthaina, a young girl who is the sole survivor in her immediate family after an airstrike destroyed their home in Yemen's capital in August, has opened the world’s eyes to the conflict in Yemen. 


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