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03 October 2017

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The British Government has airlifted relief items to help some of the estimated 507,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh. Photo: IOM 2017

DFID Airlifts Vital Humanitarian Aid to Bangladesh for People Fleeing Violence in Myanmar

Posted on Tue. October 3, 2017

Bangladesh  The British Government, in collaboration with IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has organized a major airlift of relief items to help some of the estimated 507,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled to Bangladesh in the past month to escape violence in neighbouring Myanmar.

The aid, flown into the southern Bangladeshi city of Chittagong by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) on September 28 and 29, included 20,000 blankets, 10,500 sleeping mats, and 10,000 shelter kits. Each shelter kit contains two tarpaulins and the rope necessary to fix them.

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People in Dominica affected by the Category Five hurricane Maria are still in desperate need of assistance. Photo: IOM 2017

Urgent Support Needed for Dominica, Island Hardest-hit by Hurricane Maria

Posted on Tue. October 3, 2017

Roseau – Two weeks after Hurricane Maria obliterated Dominica, people affected by the Category Five hurricane are still in desperate need of assistance. Lack of access to central and coastal communities, beyond Roseau, the country’s capital, and Melville, have hampered needs assessments and humanitarian relief efforts.

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So far IOM supported over 5,500 conflict-affected people in Ukraine with grants for vocational training, self-employment or micro-business. Pictured: IOM’s livelihoods programme beneficiary in Zaporizhia. Photo: Ben Robinson / IOM 2017

EUR 5 Million Boost for UN Migration Agency Livelihood Programme in Ukraine

Posted on Fri. October 3, 2017

Kyiv – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and KfW Development Bank, on behalf of the German Government, yesterday (02/10) signed an agreement in Kyiv to implement a two-year project that will support some 2,000 conflict-affected Ukrainians develop new or improve existing income opportunities. 

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Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that migrants making their way from the Horn of Africa to Yemen are frequently abducted and tortured by "criminal gangs".
  • UN Radio reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing stressed the need for immediate humanitarian access in order to save millions of lives in Yemen.
  • Al Jazeera spoke to some Rohingya survivors of a boat tragedy which left more than 60 dead, who recounted the horrors of losing their loved ones.
  • Sri Lanka’s FT reported about a high-level regional symposium on promoting sustainability in Asia  which will be held in Colombo by the Foreign Trade Association (FTA) in Brussels, together with several high profile partners and speakers.

Trending on the Internet

  • Pew Research reported that more than half a million asylum seekers from Syria during the 2015-16 surge had received permission to stay in Europe, at least temporarily, as of December 31, 2016.
  • The Guardian reported that reception centres in Greece are vastly overstretched as more than 200 people arrive every day, 40 per cent of them children.


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