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19 September 2017

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People line up outside an IOM mobile clinic in Unchiprang spontaneous settlement. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Cox’s Bazar Health Facilities Struggle to Cope as New Arrivals Pass 415,000: IOM Scales Up Mobile Teams, Support to Government Clinics 
Posted on Tue. September 19, 2017

Cox's Bazar - IOM, the UN Migration Agency is working with Government and aid agency partners to rapidly ramp up fixed and mobile health services in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district to help some 415,000 people who have fled violence in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State over the past three weeks.

Many of the new arrivals, who have walked for days through jungle in intense heat and monsoon rains, are already sick and malnourished by the time they reach the teeming settlements of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Camping in the open with little or no shelter on muddy hillsides with no access to clean water or latrines, the very young and the old are at greatest risk from water borne and contagious diseases.

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More than 40 Million in Modern Slavery, 152 Million in Child Labour Around the World

Posted on Tue. September 19, 2017

Geneva - The new estimates show that women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for almost 29 million, or 71 per cent of the overall total. Women represent 99 per cent of victims of forced labour in the commercial sex industry and 84 per cent of people in a forced marriage.

The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in 2016. ILO have also released a companion estimate of child labour, which confirms that about 152 million children, aged between 5 and 17, were subject to child labour.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 131,772 in 2017; Deaths Reach 2,556

Posted on Tue. September 19, 2017

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 131,772 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 17 September, with over 75 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 300,076 arrivals across the region through 17 September 2016.

IOM Rome reported on Monday, 18 September that, according to official figures from the Italian Ministry of Interior, 3,407 migrants have arrived by sea to Italy this month through 17 days, which nearly matches the 3,914 that arrived through 31 days of August (see chart below) and represents an increase of almost 2,000 arrivals just in the past week.

 

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Chris Lom, IOM Senior Spokesperson for Asia and the Pacific, speaks to Al Jazeera from Cox’s Bazar about the Rohingya crisis at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. Watch here


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Kevin: "Migration works as a bridge over the divide of misunderstanding and the unknown. I hope I am part of that bridge."
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IOM X is the International Organization for Migration's innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking. The campaign is produced in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Read more


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A global database tracking data on deceased and missing migrants along migratory routes.
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Migration in the News


  • Al Jazeera reported that aid workers say the Rohingya crisis at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border is now one of the biggest humanitarian crises and that world leaders need to do more and respond.
     
  • Asian Correspondent reported that Human Rights Watch’s new analysis by of satellite imagery over Rakhine State in Myanmar shows that at least 214 Rohingya Muslim villages have been burnt down in recent weeks.
     
  • IPS reported about tens of thousands of Rohingyas struggling to survive in Bangladesh’s border districts amid scarcities of food, clean water and medical care, mostly for children and elderly people.
     
  • NPR reported on how Bangladesh is coping with the chaos of thousands of Rohingyas coming in from Myanmar. It noted that aid agencies and the Bangladesh government are trying to make things better and are providing vaccinations against measles, rubella and polio.
     
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that thousands of Rohingya infants and children who have entered Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar are starving amid baby food crisis and the little relief that has so far reached them does not include focused assistance for the children.
     
  • Daily Sun reported that Human Rights Watch has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against Myanmar military for persecution of Rohingyas forcing around 400,000 ethnic minority people to flee to Bangladesh.
     
  • Asian Correspondent reported that Save The Children has warned that 600,000 Rohingya children could be in Bangladesh by the end of 2017 as the result of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
     
  • CNN published an Op-Ed by Emine Erdoğan, the first lady of the Republic of Turkey who highlighted that the time for the rest of the world to act on the plight of Rohingya Muslims is now.
     
  • Huffington Post reported that as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week in New York, ILO, IOM and the group Walk Free will be releasing the 2017 estimate of modern slavery and child labour around the globe.
     
  • Vice reported about IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys, in which 11,000 migrant youths tell their story to inspire action on the refugee crisis.
     
  • Middle East Monitor reported that the Moroccan navy announced on Monday the arrest of eight irregular migrants while sailing on a rubber boat off the coast of Spain.
     
  • Bloomberg reported on an Ivory Coast hairdresser who was sent back after an attempt to reach Europe.
     
  • CAJ News Agency reported that Uganda has reached a grim milestone as the country hosting the highest number of refugees in Africa amid indications it is reaching breaking point.
     
  • Papua New Guinea’s The National reported that more than 79,000 people have been displaced following natural disasters in the country in the past 12 years, according to the National Disaster Centre.

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  • The Guardian reported that a sharp fall in migrant workers coming to Britain as a consequence of Brexit could push up wages and cause a spike in inflation in the short term, according to Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England.
     
  • IRIN reported about the six major humanitarian challenges confronting the UN General Assembly which included refugees and migrants.

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