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13 October 2017

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This week (9-11 October) some 15,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar, bringing the total arrivals since late August to over 536,000. Photo: UN Migration Agency/Muse Mohammed 2017

Humanitarian Needs Spike as Rohingya Arrivals in Cox’s Bazar Top 536,000

Posted on Fri. October 13, 2017

Cox's Bazar –  An estimated 536,000 people have fled Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, over the past 47 days, according to the IOM-hosted Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) of aid agencies. Numbers spiked again this week when some 15,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh between 9-11 October.  

“I came here five days ago. Five members of my family, including my pregnant wife are still on the other (Myanmar) side. I’ve talked to them by phone. They had to leave home and are now living in the open on a beach. They said that 8-9,000 people are on the beach waiting for an opportunity to cross,” said Mohammad Yakub, 50, speaking to IOM in Shahporir Dwip, a Bangladeshi island in the Naf river close to the border between the two countries.

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Syrian refugees wave Chilean flags in Beirut Airport before flying out to Chile on 11 October where they have been resettled.

Syrian Refugees Resettled in Chile under UN Migration and Refugee Agencies' Programme

Posted on Fri. October 13, 2017​

Beirut/Santiago –  On 11 October, a group of 66 Syrian refugees departed from Lebanon, Beirut to Santiago, Chile under the Emerging Resettlement Countries Joint Support Mechanism (ERCM), which is co-implemented by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

At Santiago airport, Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, welcomed the refugees (38 adults and 28 children). Half of them will be located in Villa Alemana and the other half in Macul, thanks to agreements between the Ministry of Interior and those municipalities.

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Video of Ukrainian singer and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, Jamala, who has been named a counter-trafficking Goodwill Ambassador for IOM in Ukraine.

UN Migration Agency Names Ukrainian Eurovision Winner as National Anti-Trafficking Goodwill Ambassador

Posted on Fri. October 13, 2017​

Kyiv – The Ukrainian singer and winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, Jamala, has been named a counter-trafficking Goodwill Ambassador for IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in Ukraine. The partnership was launched through her support of the public service campaign Danger Might be Invisible at First.

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A group of women participate in a literacy course at the IOM Iraq Community Centre in Baghdad. Photo: UN Migration Agency 2017

IOM Community Centres Engage Iraq’s Displaced, Returnees and Host Communities in Peacebuilding

Posted on Fri. October 13, 2017​

Erbil  As Iraq recovers from years of conflict and widespread displacement, support is required not only to repair damaged physical infrastructure, but also to strengthen social relations.

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Migration in the News

  • Channel News Asia reported about how locals in Bangladesh are helping to meet the desperate needs of Rohingya refugees, as aid groups struggle to get help to where it’s needed.
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that at least 10,292 cases of diarrhoea have been recorded and treated from across the settlements and Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar last week.
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that thousands of Rohingya refugees still remain scattered in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban districts.
  • ANSA Med reported about IOM’s grave concerns after a deadly collision last Sunday between a Tunisian Navy ship and a vessel packed with migrants.
  • Xinhua and DPA reported that violence broke out on Thursday in Tunisia's southwestern province of Kebili between security forces and a group of youths, whose relatives died in the sinking of a migrant boat off the Tunisian coast.
  • Reuters reported that West African migrants trying to reach Europe are dying in far greater numbers in the Sahara than in the Mediterranean but efforts to dissuade them may cause new routes to open up.
  • Voice of America reported that a dramatic drop in the number of migrants from West Africa crossing the Sahel region into Niger, on their way to Europe.
  • BBC (in Spanish) reported about the chilling fate of men who are victims of trafficking.
  • Rossland News reported about the reunion of an Eritrean family in Canada which had been separated for seven years.
  • ABC News reported that famine has cast a dark shadow over Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen in the past year because of conflict and climate shocks, according to results from an annual global hunger index.
  • Parikiaki reported that the number of irregular migrants and refugees who arrived in Cyprus in the first nine months of the year recorded an increase of 137 per cent compared to last year.
  • Biometric Update reported that the Biometrics Institute and IOM have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that formalized closer collaboration on shared priorities, including promoting the responsible use of biometrics in a broad range of areas.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times spoke to some Rohingya refugees who shared the atrocities they have experienced in the past few months.
  • CBC reported spoke with the former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, who investigated numerous possibilities of keeping Kiribati afloat — both figuratively and literally.


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