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29 September 2017

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Tens of thousands of the new arrivals are still living in the open with little or no shelter, food or access to healthcare. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

Half a Million Refugees in Cox’s Bazar Urgently Need Clean Water, Sanitation, Say UN Migration Agency, Partners

Posted on Fri. September 29, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – IOM, the UN Migration Agency and partner aid agencies are struggling to provide clean water and sanitation for an estimated half a million people who have fled Myanmar’s North Rakhine State in the past month and arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Tens of thousands of the new arrivals are still living in the open with little or no shelter, food or access to healthcare. Daily rain has flooded campsites and left pools of water, many of them contaminated with fecal matter. For many of the refugees, they are the only accessible water source, but pose a lethal threat of waterborne diseases like cholera.

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Student chefs train at a hospitality school at Siem Reap, Cambodia, as part of the PROMISE inception phase. File photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2016

UN Migration Agency, Partners, Seek Poverty Reduction through Safer, More Skilled Labour Migration

Posted on Fri. September 29, 2017

Bangkok – Up to 300,000 migrants, especially women from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Myanmar heading to or returning from Thailand, are set to benefit from safer migration, improved skills development and better job opportunities over the next four years through a regional programme launched today (29/9) in Bangkok by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

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IOM staff assist migrants at the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency, Ethiopian Airlines Sign Agreement to Better Help Migrants, Refugees Transiting through Addis Ababa

Posted on Fri. September 29, 2017

Addis Ababa – To better facilitate refugee resettlement, as well as assisted voluntary return, to African countries through Addis Ababa, IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, signed a cooperation agreement with Ethiopian Airlines on 22 September 2017.

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport has become one of the major gateways to Africa and Ethiopian Airlines has taken on a major share of refugee resettlement international transportation. IOM Addis Ababa has facilitated the voluntary movement through the international airport, of 6,260 refugees in 2016 and 3,200 refugees in 2017.

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Migration in the News

  • Quartz reported that the UN wants Facebook to fix its human trafficking and smuggling problem.
  • The Daily Star reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said he is deeply shocked and concerned over the human rights abuse, sexual and gender-based violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar.
  • CBS News reported that a  planned visit by a United Nations team to Rakhine state in Myanmar, the region from which almost half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months claiming violent persecution, was cancelled on Thursday by Myanmar's government, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
  • Reuters reported that a boat carrying 130 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bay of Bengal.
  • AFP reported that at least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday.
  • The New York Times reported that Myanmar’s authorities came under intensifying pressure on Thursday over the Rohingya refugee crisis, with the United Nations Secretary-General calling it a “human rights nightmare” that has driven more than a half-million civilians into Bangladesh in the past month.
  • Voice of America reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for "swift action" to halt the deteriorating situation in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, where a half million mostly Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past month.
  • Reuters reported that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims until the military puts sufficient accountability measures in place.
  • VICE reported that the thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in very bad conditions in camps in Bangladesh despite the efforts of the international humanitarian community.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish Religious Foundation (TDV) said on Thursday it had delivered emergency humanitarian aid to over 100,000 Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh in a month.
  • The Libya Observer reported on a recent training workshop in Tripoli on the international protection of migrants aimed at civil society organizations and activists working in the field of migration and asylum.

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  • Harvard Business Review spoke with several UN women leaders on the topic of resilience in the face of high demands and changing circumstances.


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