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18 September 2017

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IOM staff distributing NFIs in Fort Liberté, Haiti. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Appeals for USD 4.95 Million to Support Communities in Wake of Irma, Jose Devastation

San Jose – In early September, two Category Five hurricanes, Irma and Jose, laid a path of destruction across the Leeward Islands, the eastern Caribbean region, the sub-Bahamian region, Cuba and the United States. IOM, the UN Migration Agency is appealing to the international community for USD 4.95 million to urgently help affected communities rebuild. IOM will provide technical expertise and work with regional and national authorities, as well as local groups, to deliver humanitarian relief, manage human mobility, ensure accountability mechanisms and enable a fast resilience-focused recovery.

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Young girls at the Haj Ali Displacement Site laugh as they watch their friends playing on their new sports grounds. Photo: Raber Aziz / IOM 2017

Children’s Soccer Match Reunites Lost Friends

A group of boys see each other for the first time since fleeing Mosul at a new sports ground built with USAIM for IOM funding.

Mosul (IOM) – For nearly two years, Nazeeh and his friends have not been able to play soccer as a team. Since escaping from Mosul, Iraq, separately, they had had no news of each other, let alone been able to reunite.

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Recreational Activities for Asylum-Seekers in Indonesia

Java – Afghan refugees face off against Indonesian immigration officers in a friendly volleyball match in Java, Indonesia. Many of the asylum seekers have been waiting for years to be processed and approved for resettlement. Until the day comes for them to be resettled, they try to keep their spirits up through various recreational activities.

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Migration in the News

  • Al Jazeera reported that Rohingyas in urgent need of medical treatment are slowly getting the help they need but medics are struggling to cope with the influx.

  • The Globe and Mail reported that in more than a dozen of interviews they did, they were told stories of the military attacking Muslims as they flee, setting land mines and torching villages – a tactic that will dissuade them from returning.

  • AP reported that UNICEF is estimating that 240,000 children have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh over the last three weeks.

  • Voice of America and the The Daily Star reported that according to the UN and international agencies, the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar appears unstoppable as nearly 400,000 have arrived in Bangladesh in the last three weeks.

  • Reuters reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die due to a lack of food, shelter and water, given the huge numbers fleeing violence in Myanmar, Save the Children warned.

  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that torrential rain heaped new misery on the Rohingyas, who continued struggling for survival with shortage of food and safe drinking water.

  • The Times of India reported that Bangladesh is staring at a massive crisis with aid agencies falling short of drinking water and other essential supplies.

  • AFP reported that Bangladesh will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on hills.

  • The Daily Star reported that the humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate, making it one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years, according to the UN.

  • EU Observer reported on the EU’s upcoming proposals to increase returns, and examined the reasons for the recent reduction of flows from Libya.

  • Al Arabiya, UNRIC, ORF and RTBF reported that children and young people trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses as 77 per cent of young people traveling along the Central Mediterranean route report direct experiences of exploitation.

  • AFP reported that a string of recent Europe-bound migrant arrivals suggests that the Black sea may be emerging as part of a new 'Romanian route' to western Europe.

  • New Age reported that experts have stressed the need for integrating human mobility in national policies on climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development across the Hindu Kush Himalaya region.

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  • Eurativ spoke with Andrew Geddes who leads the Observatory of Public Attitudes to migration ahead of its launch. He noted that a better understanding of attitudes can help to craft informed policy debates and shift public attitudes.

  • Voice of America reported that UN experts says thousands of migrants are at high risk of enforced disappearance, which generally goes unreported and unpunished.



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