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15 September 2017

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People arriving are in urgent need of life-saving assistance, including food, water and sanitation, health and protection. Photo: Saikat Biswas / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Calls for Coordinated Response as Nearly 400,000 Stream into Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar

Posted on Fri. September 15, 2017

Cox's Bazar - IOM, the UN Migration Agency yesterday highlighted the need for a coordinated humanitarian response to the massive inflow of destitute people fleeing Myanmar and arriving in Cox’s Bazar. Estimated new arrivals have reached 391,000 and there is no sign of the flow of people drying up, as smoke from burning villages in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State remains clearly visible from the Cox’s Bazar district.

Thousands of the new arrivals are now walking north along clogged roads towards a 1,500-acre settlement site demarcated by the Government. Located between two of the biggest makeshift settlements of Kutupalong and Balukhali, the site will help aid agencies to access over 200,000 new arrivals currently camping or living in the open on waste ground, hillsides or by the side of the road.

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IOM staff providing support in Malfety Fort Liberte in the northeast department in Haiti. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Deploys Experts to Support Islands Affected by Hurricanes Irma, Jose

Posted on Fri. September 15, 2017

San Jose - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has deployed a surge team of six experts in shelter and camp management, displacement tracking, and gender-based violence risk reduction to support humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Jose. IOM has released around a quarter of a million US dollars from emergency funds for relief in the region.

Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands, Saint Kits and Nevis, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, and the Turks and Caicos are in need of shelter, hygiene facilities, food and health infrastructure, since the unprecedented hurricane destroyed almost all critical infrastructure in these islands.

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Migration in the News

  • Benar News and Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer reported that one million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar could flee to Bangladesh by year’s end.
  • AFP and Bangkok Post reported that pressure on Myanmar soared as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the violence against Rohingya Muslims ‘unacceptable’ while rights group Amnesty said it has evidence of the military's ‘systematic’ torching of villages.
  • Reuters reported that the UN appealed for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh.
  • Al Jazeera reported that citizens of Bangladesh, moved by the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, have rallied together to deliver much-needed assistance to the new arrivals.
  • Xinhua reported that Switzerland called on all European countries to honor their quotas as part of an EU pledge to redistribute some 160,000 asylum seekers.
  • Middle East Monitor reported about ‘Singing for Syrians’, a UK initiative launched in 2015 to raise money to help Syria’s most vulnerable people.
  • The Times Central Asia reported on the launch of an OSCE-supported analytical report on the rights of migrant workers and human trafficking victims in Kazakhstan.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that 12 migrants have been sailing to and fro between Istanbul and Odessa on a Danish passenger ferry for the last seven weeks, locked in four cabins with no country willing to take them.


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