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24 October 2017

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The UN Migration Agency distributes hygiene kits to families living in Cox’s Bazar temporary settlement camps. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Delivers Hygiene Kits to Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Donors Pledge Over USD 344 Million in Response to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

Posted on Tue. October 24, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is distributing hygiene kits to the most vulnerable of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled violence in Myanmar’s North Rakhine State for the relative safety of the vast refugee settlements that now cover the Cox’s Bazar district of southern Bangladesh.

The kits, which include soap, tooth brushes, water containers, hygienic cloths, menstrual hygiene products, undergarments, antiseptic liquid and other small personal items, are funded by the United Nations’ Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF.) 

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Somali refugees getting on the boat taking them from Aden to Somalia yesterday. Photo: IOM

UN Migration, Refugee Agencies Help 134 Somali Refugees Get Home from Yemen

Posted on Tue. October 24, 2017​

Yemen – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in coordination with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has organized the transportation of 134 Somalis refugees, 73 adults (40 men and 33 women) and 61 children (29 boys and 32 girls), home to Somalia from war-torn Yemen. The boat carrying the refugees left the port of Aden yesterday (23/10) and will arrive today (24/10) at the Somali port of Berbera. After 20 hours of travel across the Arabian sea, the group will be met by IOM and UNHCR staff to assist their onward journey home.

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Pharmacist Muhammad Shafi who received support from IOM when he chose to return home. Photo: IOM 2017

IOM Greece Supports over 2,000 Voluntary Returnees to Reintegrate, Start Businesses Back Home

Posted on Tue. October 24, 2017​

Athens – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, announced today (24/10) that more than 2,000 migrants who returned home voluntarily from Greece have successfully implemented personalized reintegration plans in their countries of origin over the last 15 months.

The 2,084 beneficiaries who returned home voluntarily from Greece with IOM support between June 2016 and September 2017 put their reintegration assistance to use through a grant of 1,500 euros in in-kind support, provided exclusively or in combination, to set up small businesses or receive medical assistance, education, temporary accommodation, vocational assistance, material assistance, and job placement.

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Migration in the News

  • Dhaka Tribune, Devex, Reuters, Anadolu Agency, Arab Times, The Daily Star, Xinhua, The Malaysian Insight, AP, Swiss Info reported about the pledging conference for the Rohingya refugee crisis where nations pledged $345 million in response to the intensifying crisis.
  • RFA reported that India fully backs Bangladesh's efforts to deal with an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar, signaling an apparent policy shift on the issue.
  • The Jordan Times and Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that Queen Rania of Jordan on Monday called on the international community to respond “effectively, quickly and generously” to alleviate the suffering of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority.
  • Nigerian News District reported that barely three weeks after 138 Nigerians returned voluntarily from Libya, another 580 are being expected from the North African country, this week, with assistance from IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • AFP reported about an Ethiopian migrant who documented and made a film about his dangerous journey across Sudan and Egypt.
  • Al Monitor reported that Turkish artist Volkan Aslan’s film installation about displacement for the 15th Istanbul Biennial will also be presented on the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of refugees are stranded in what is essentially their temporary, makeshift home.


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