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27 October 2017

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Children collect water at an IOM-built well in Kutupalong Rohingya Refugee Settlement, Bangladesh. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2017

Two Months on from Outbreak of Violence, Number of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Reaches 817,000

Posted on Fri. October 27, 2017

Cox’s Bazar – A total of 817,000 Rohingya refugees are now living in the southern most district of Bangladesh. Since 25 August, some 604,000 people have crossed the border, having fled violence in Myanmar. This is in addition to the over 200,000 people, who had sought safety in Cox’s Bazar following previous outbreaks of violence. The majority of new arrivals live in crowded makeshift settlements, with only 46,000 people living among the host community.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has been meeting with male and female community leaders in the rapidly growing Kutupalong refugee settlement to assess how best to address residents’ needs and ensure that they know where they can provide feedback and complaints, and who they can come to if they need to report gender-based violence.

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Creators/filmmakers of Child of All Nations from Indonesia – one of the three 2017 PLURAL + International Jury winners. Photo: Courtesy of the filmmakers of Child of All Nations 2017

PLURAL+ 2017 Award Winners to be Honoured at the United Nations in New York

Posted on Fri. October 27, 2017​

New York – On 9 November, young film makers from around the world will be honoured at the 2017 PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival and Awards. The ceremony will be hosted at the United Nations Headquarters in New York by Ahmed Badr, a young artist, published author, photographer and poet.

PLURAL+ is an annual Youth Video Festival on migration, diversity and social inclusion. It emphasizes intercultural dialogue, youth expression and the desire for peace and better understanding worldwide. It is a joint initiative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, supported by partner organizations from around the world.

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Migration in the News

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that helpless parents in Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state are marrying off their under-age daughters in a bid to save them from being assaulted, resulting in thousands of minor Rohingya girls falling pregnant.
  • Reuters reported that children are playing and drawing their trauma at child-friendly spaces in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
  • Parliament TV reported that IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert spoke to the International Relations Committee of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords, about the current situation regarding trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants and irregular migration in the Western Balkans.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council reported that as the Iraqi Government announced military operations to retake the last stronghold of ISIS, almost 65,000 people have fled Western Anbar already this year. Another 75,000 remain in western Anbar, according to the UN.
  • Xinhua reported that over 2,000 foreign nationals have returned to their countries from Greece with the support of IOM, which assisted with the voluntary return and reintegration programs.
  • Cronkite News reported that each year, the Pima County Medical Examiner in the US state of Arizona receives hundreds of remains from the Sonoran Desert believed to be undocumented border crossers. Since 2001, the office has received 2,728 bodies, with nearly one third still unidentified.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reported about Nagapattinam, a district in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state, which has become nearly uninhabitable due to hotter temperatures which could rise another five degrees by the late 21st century.
  • Council of Europe reported that ending restrictions on family reunification is good for refugees and good for host societies.


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