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19 October 2017

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Young migrants sleep on a beach in Djibouti as they wait to cross into Yemen by boat. Photo: Muse Mohammed/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Caught in Conflict without Travel Documents

Djibouti (IOM) – In early October, three Ethiopian boys in Yemen told IOM, the UN Migration Agency, “We miss our family and can no longer stay here.” 

They had spent seven long months at IOM’s migrant shelter in Aden waiting for a legal way of returning home to Ethiopia. After they spoke these words, the boys left the shelter to attempt the dangerous journey to Saudi Arabia, crossing a country embroiled in armed conflict. Their thinking  –  deportation will be easier.

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Rahima holds her 2 year-old son Yunis while waiting to receive aid in Cox’s Bazar. Photo: Muse Mohammed/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

A Rohingya Mother Worries for Her Son’s Life

Cox’s Bazar (IOM) – Rahima waited in an aid distribution line in Balukhali, Cox’s Bazar. She was carrying what appeared to be a sleeping baby in her arms.

The little boy, Yunis, was fast asleep, oblivious to the commotion around him. Hundreds of people were waiting and hoping to get vital relief. 

“He is two and a half years old,” Rahima said, but the child in her arms, a tiny bundle of bones, with six fingers on each hand, looked so small and frail that one could have mistaken him to be an infant less than a year old.

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Qusai's Story: from Syria to Netherlands

Europe – "They threw my wheelchair into the water, so the water reached up to my chest for 3.5 hours." Qusai is a young Syrian suffering from a rare disorder. Despite his condition, he made the perilous journey to Europe. In this video, Qusai narrates his journey from Syria to the Netherlands, where he relocated under the EU Relocation scheme.

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Awa: "One day, I will return home and do something for my country."
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Report of the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health
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Migration in the News


  • The New Nation reported that IOM has warned that if adequate resources are not mobilized by the international community, thousands of Rohingyas would suffer without food, shelter and health care.

  • AFP reported that an increase in migrant arrivals on Greek islands in September is putting extra pressure on already overcrowded sites.

  • Xinhua reported that the latest group of 234 refugees was transferred from Greece to France on Wednesday as part of the EU refugee relocation program.

  • PBS reported that with fighting now over in Mosul, Iraq, it’s the residents returning to their damaged houses who now face the deadly threat of booby-traps and improvised explosive devices left behind by the terror group.

  • Al Jazeera and Newsweek reported about the lack of global attention given to the twin bombings in Somalia on 14 October 2017.

  • The Daily Nation shared the story of Dahir, whose mother chose to take her family to Dadaab refugee camp instead of staying in their drought-ravaged home on the Somalia-Kenya border.

  • The Guardian published an op-ed which noted that since 2010, funding for anti-slavery work has risen slowly but steadily. This growth in resources marks a new chapter but while monetary resources have increased, human resources have not. It cited ILO, Walk Free and IOM’s report, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery.

  • Catholic News Agency reported that Chilean government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile and international organizations welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the country.

  • The Manila Times reported that the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and several other agencies have signed the Inter-Agency Agreement on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Philippines.


Trending on the Internet


  • South China Morning Post reported that a Chinese migrant worker will become a university’s oldest undergraduate as he begins classes alongside his 19-year-old daughter.

  • VICE News reported that Algerian police are indiscriminately rounding up West African migrants, loading them onto buses, and transporting them thousands of miles to the country’s southern border, where they are deported to Niger.


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