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21 September 2017

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Alejandra, a refugee and community leader, participates in a handicraft training offered by the Human Mobility Unit of the Province of Imbabura, Ecuador. Photo: JMDI

Ensuring Migration Benefits Development

Geneva (IOM) – So here we are, at the cusp of entering a new era on migration governance through the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) to be reached in 2018. With the development potential of migration now also firmly embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we need to ensure that we take it one step further in the GCM.

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After failing to make ends meet in Sudan, Emebet and her family decided to return to Ethiopia. Click above to watch.

Sold False Hopes: Somali, Kenyan Migrants Stranded in War-Torn South Sudan

Nairobi (IOM) – Earlier this month, IOM, the UN Migration Agency assisted 21 stranded migrants in South Sudan to return home to Kenya and Somalia. The migrants, who had been attempting to irregularly cross the border into Sudan were picked up by South Sudanese authorities in August. As they did not have official travel documents, they were flown to Juba with financial support from the Somali Business Association of South Sudan.

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Haitian migrants stranded at Costa Rica/Nicaragua border. Photo: IOM/Hajer Naili 2016

Hope in Troubling Times

Washington DC (IOM) – In Upala, Costa Rica, a dozen spirited teens sit in a circle and discuss the reasons why young people in Central America leave their homes in search of a better life. “Safety,” says one, a tall, outgoing boy from Nicaragua. “Access to education,” remarks another, a rather shy but energetic Costa Rican girl. “Economic opportunity,” suggests another.

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Jaouad: "It is very sastifying when you feel you’re giving something back to the society you were welcomed in."
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Aware Migrants is an information campaign based on true stories told by migrants who have made the Mediterranean crossing. Read more​


2017 Global Migration Film Festival: Call for Entries. Promote the film festival and our call for film submissions. Read more


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Migration in the News

  • Reuters, Press TV and Bangladesh’s New Age reported that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar are "at the mercy" of human traffickers and are still in dire conditions.
  • Strait Times and ABC News reported that the US State Department is releasing an additional US$32 million in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees displaced by violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer also reported that Saudi Arabia and South Korea have pledged in humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims.
  • Radio Sputnik and RFI reported that there are more slaves now than any time in human history with more than 40 million people identified as victims. It referenced the report by ILO, Walk Free and IOM, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery.
  • Reuters reported that anti-slavery activists welcomed Britain's pledge to double its aid spending on global projects tackling the crime.
  • Quartz reported that identifying the scale of modern slavery is crucial in order to effectively address it, says Fiona David, Walk Free’s executive director of global research. Hence, the biggest problems in rescuing people from modern-day slavery is counting them.
  • Just Earth News reported that in his address to the UN General Assembly, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mauritania, Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, welcomed the progress made in the fight against terrorism and migration.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that Berlin police have praised an Iraqi refugee who handed in a handbag she found on a subway train, containing €14,000.
  • AP reported that the Mexican government has welcomed thousands of Haitians who came to Mexico’s northwest corner hoping to cross the border before the US abruptly closed its doors last year. The have helped fill the need for labour in Tijuana’s growing economy.



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