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06 October 2017

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Nunavet, 70, recently arrived at Kutupalong extension settlement. Despite the language barrier, she mumbled pointing to her empty stomach, weary back and aching feet. She was escorted to an IOM health centre where she received food and medical attention. Photo: Muse Mohammed / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Rohingya Refugees Continue to Flood into Packed Cox’s Bazar Settlements

Posted on Fri. October 6, 2017

Cox's Bazar – An estimated 2,000 Rohingya refugees a day are still arriving in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, having fled violence in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State, according to IOM staff monitoring the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

The new arrivals bring the total number of refugees to cross into Bangladesh since 25 August to an estimated 515,000. Observers believe that as many as 100,000 more people may be waiting to cross into Cox’s Bazar from North Rakhine’s Buthidaung Township.

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Medical staff examines a little boy from a displaced family at the Haj Ali emergency site. Photo: Sandra Black / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Iraqi Displaced Face Hardships Despite End to Hawija Military Operation

Posted on Fri. October 6, 2017

Erbil – In the wake of the Iraqi Government’s announcement on 5 October that the town of Hawija and its surrounding areas have been retaken, IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix reported that more than 33,000 people have been displaced since the launch of the offensive two weeks ago; of these, more than 15,200 are still displaced and 17,700 have returned to their homes.

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An African migrant sits inside Trig al Seka migrant detention centre in Tripoli, Libya. Photo: UN Migration Agency/ Photo: UN Migration Agency/Christina Petre 2017

Embassies in Libya, UN Migration Agency, Partners Advocate for Alternatives to Detention

Posted on Fri. October 6, 2017

Tunis – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the Danish Refugee Council and the International Detention Coalition recently (1-2/10) held a two-day meeting to explore alternatives to migrant detention in Libya.

The meeting, held in Tunis, brought together representatives from Libya’s Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Social Affairs and Labour plus the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM) within the Ministry of Interior. Also in attendance were representatives from the African Union, diplomatic staff from eight African countries, Bangladeshi and Pakistani embassy representatives and participants from international NGOs and UN agencies.

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Mikheil: "I still feel quite happy in Ukraine, but my connection to Georgia is now stronger than ever."
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Migration in the News


  • The Times ran UN Migration Agency Director General William Lacy Swing’s op ed calling on the international community to provide urgently needed aid to Rohingya refugees. (Behind paywall)

  • Reuters and RMOL (IND) reported that Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh were skeptical on Tuesday about their chances of ever going home to Myanmar, even though the government there has given an assurance it would accept people verified as refugees.
     
  • The Daily Star reported that the efforts for Rohingya repatriation and creation of secure conditions in Rakhine without engaging UN organizations would prove futile, according to international relations and political analysts.
     
  • The News and Press TV reported that Bangladesh will expand a massive settlement under construction in its southernmost district to house 900,000 Rohingya Muslims.
     
  • News Deeply talked to experts in Kabul about what returning Afghan refugees face amid soaring displacement inside the country.
     
  • USAID Asia reported about a roadshow in the Philippines by IOM X, an innovative campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking.

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  • New York Times reported about thousands of asylum seekers who have been returned to Afghanistan from Europe despite Afghanistan’s deteriorating security situation and civilian casualties reaching record numbers.
     
  • The Guardian reported about child migrants and unaccompanied children who shared the full horrors of what they experienced travelling to America.

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