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25 September 2017

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IOM assists recently displaced people from Hawija, Kirkuk governorate and Shirqat, Salah al-Din governorate. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency in Iraq Assists Newly Displaced from Hawija Operations

Erbil (IOM) – Military operations to retake Hawija district and surrounding areas, which began on 21 September, have already displaced more than 2,400 individuals from Hawija, Kirkuk governorate and Shirqat, Salah al-Din governorate. The majority have been displaced to Ninewa governorate, including 1,700 individuals who have been bussed by Iraqi authorities to IOM’s Haj Ali emergency site 60 km south of Mosul.

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IOM Director General William Lacy Swing (r) and UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix sign a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize IOM and DPKO cooperation and expand joint work in the field.

UN Migration Agency, UN Peacekeeping Sign Agreement to Enhance Cooperation

New York – The UN Migration Agency Director General William Lacy Swing and the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix signed a Memorandum of Understanding, this past weekend (23/09). 

The agreement provides a framework for enhancing cooperation across areas of strategic importance such as disarmament, demobilization and reintegration; security sector reform; support to civil affairs activities; and protection of civilians.

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National Awareness Raising Campaign on Dangers of Irregular Migration Launched in Egypt

Cairo (IOM) – On 19 September 2017, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) and the National Coordinating Committee on Combatting and Preventing Illegal Migration and Trafficking in Persons (NCCPIM&TIP) launched a national awareness raising campaign on irregular migration of Egyptian youth and children. 

The campaign, titled Your Family, Your Dream, Your Life aims to sensitize Egyptian youth to the risks of irregular migration journeys, using a combination of digital and traditional media to maximize reach and impact.

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters reported that doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks.
  • BBC reported that UN agencies in Bangladesh say there has been a notable drop over the past two days in the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar.
  • The Straits Times reported that Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh is now grappling with an influx of 429,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. They face an uncertain future even as the arrivals unsettle some of the locals.
  • The Guardian shared the story of Nijam Uddin Mohammed who was one of 199 mainly Muslim Rohingya welcomed by Bradford council in the UK between 2008 and 2010, under its City of Sanctuary scheme.
  • DPA reported that Bangladesh has deployed the army to scale up relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims who are sheltering in the country's south-eastern border after fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.
  • Bangladesh’s Observer reported that the Bangladesh army has begun building 14,000 new shelters to house 84,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees camping in Cox's Bazar.
  • Khaleej Times reported that according to UNICEF, more than 1,500 unaccompanied Rohingya children have entered Bangladesh along with the recent wave of refugees and are at a high risk of trafficking and gender-based violence.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Greek asylum chief Maria Stavropoulou has called on the European Union to resettle "several hundred thousand" refugees a year directly from the Middle East, rather than allowing them to suffer the hazards of irregular crossings.
  • Xinhua reported that Iraqi security forces battling the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Sunday pushed further to free the remaining IS-held areas in north of the liberated city of Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

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  • The Telegraph reported that the increasing popularity of a Spanish migrant route has seen three times as many irregular migrants caught at the British port of Portsmouth in the past year.
  • Al Jazeera reported about the impoverished Colombian city of Soacha which is home to victims of Colombia's conflict and thousands of Venezuelan migrants.



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