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18 October 2017

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UN Migration Director General William Lacy Swing interviewed by the BBC’s Clive Myrie at Balukhali makeshift settlement, on Monday 16 October 2017. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM 2017

UN Migration Director General Commits to Strengthen Relief Efforts for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Visit

Cox’s Bazar – “The world has never seen more than half a million people cross a border like this in just four or five weeks. An arc of misery exists between Northern Rakhine State and Cox’s Bazar - too many people are suffering desperately with too little support,” said the UN Migration Director General William Lacy Swing today (18/10), as he completed a three-day visit to Bangladesh. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, together with its partners is coordinating the humanitarian response to the crisis in Bangladesh in support of the Government's efforts. 

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The branded bus that will tour around Switzerland to raise awareness on human trafficking. Photo: IOM Bern 2017

UN Migration Agency Marks 11th EU Anti-Trafficking Day with New Data, Analysis on Human Trafficking

Brussels – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, today joins the European Union (EU), other European countries and partners throughout the region and beyond in marking the 11th EU Anti-Trafficking Day. It is observing the day through a series of events and is releasing two publications on victims of trafficking.

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Photo: Volodymyr Shuvayev 2017

A Way Station on the Long Road Back

Ukraine - In a separate wing of a public hospital in Kyiv, experienced medical specialists care for very special patients 24/7. The IOM Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which opened 15 years ago, remains a unique facility in Ukraine and a crucial rehabilitation service for trafficking survivors by offering free-of-charge medical assistance that addresses complex health issues in a safe and confidential manner. To date, over 3,200 people have benefited from its services.

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Migration in the News

  • The Hindu reported that according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, the Rohingya refugee crisis has seen a faster exodus than that from Syria in 2013 and noted that since it is man-made, it therefore needs a political solution.
  • Radio Free Asia reported that as many as 15,000 new Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh as new satellite imagery showed “tens of thousands of structures, primarily homes inhabited by ethnic Rohingya Muslims” had been burned in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.  It noted that top UN officials issued a joint statement urging the international community to raise USD 434 million.
  • AP reported that thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and into Bangladesh. In Washington, DC, a bipartisan group of nine US senators wrote to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commending her for opening her nation’s borders to Rohingya but also urging her to accelerate the approvals for aid groups and increase cooperation with UN agencies.
  • UN News Centre reported that after weeks of conflict in western Libya, UN agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha.
  • Xinhua reported that the Libyan coast guard on Tuesday rescued 147 irregular migrants off the coast of the western city Garabulli.
  • Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror published an op-ed co-authored by IOM’s Giuseppe Crocetti which noted that migration should be a choice.
  • Kathmandu Post reported that the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police arrested four foreign employment fraudsters who had abandoned 16 Nepalis in the United Arab Emirates. The Nepali Embassy in the UAE, IOM and the Non-Resident Nepali Association National Coordination Committee (UAE) supported the victims’ repatriation.

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  • RT reported that representatives of France’s leading environmentalist party have photographed themselves showering in their clothes to put pressure on the government to provide more bathing facilities and toilets for unregistered migrants on the country’s northern coast.



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