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30 October 2017

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A migrant traveling on the freight train known as 'La Bestia' (The Beast) on her way to the US. Photo: Keith Dannemiller/IOM 2014

Immigrants’ Integration and American Women Role Models

USA (Huffington Post) – The interviews for an upcoming book clarified how prominent immigrant women have been making a progress in the US. Many immigrants are struggling to survive and thrive – which was thoroughly examined in the book Immigration and Women, Understanding the American Experience. Only a small but essential subset of them makes it big in America – and I focus specifically on these outliers with multicultural identities – to portray them as inspiring role models for the rest.

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A Syrian refugee on a plane from Beirut, Lebanon to Hannover, Germany. Photo: Samantha Donkin/IOM 2013

Germany: Salesian Programs Assist Young Refugees with Education and Integration

Germany (Relief Web) – Salesian missionaries have partnered with the Paribas Foundation in order to assist young refugees in centers in Munich and Nuremberg. The Paribas Foundation in Germany has donated 30,000 Euros to support Salesian missionaries work with refugee children. The funding is intended, among other things, to finance a coordination center for part-time volunteers and to support refugees during the transition period between finishing school and beginning vocational training.

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The regional consultations in Africa served as the backdrop for addressing key migration issues, challenges and priorities. Photo: Rikka Tupaz/ IOM

Regional Consultation Focuses on Africa's Migration Trends

Ethiopia (Xinhua) – Policymakers and experts, who have gathered in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa as part of the African Regional Consultative Meeting on the Global Compact on Migration, discussed Africa's key migration issues, challenges and priorities.

The African Regional Consultative Meeting on the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which was held in Ethiopia from October 26 to 27 at the UN's Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), seeks to advance the aims and ambitions of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants.

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Migration in the News


  • Voice of America reported that UN agencies say bad roads and bad weather are compounding the difficulties of delivering essential aid to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in small, congested areas in Bangladesh.
  • Bangladesh’s The New Age reported that at least 77 Rohingyas died from respiratory tract infection, diarrhoea and neonatal diseases while the Bangladesh government and relief agencies continued struggling to contain the outbreak of diseases.
  • Sputnik reported that the World Food Programme on Friday announced that it had received permission from the Myanmar authorities to deliver food to northern Rakhine state and began negotiations on details of the delivery.
  • Xinhua reported that as the number of Rohingya refugees sheltering in southern Bangladesh crossed 800,000, UN agencies responding to the crisis are working hard to ensure the timely delivery of much-needed assistance.
  • The Philippine Star reported that, moved by the message of the award-winning Filipino documentary Sunday Beauty Queen, several lawyers from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the International Pro Bono Alliance flew to Hong Kong recently to mount a free legal clinic for overseas Filipino workers there.


Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that houses and buildings are being painted bright colors in war-hit Kabul, Afghanistan, with the aim of cheering people up.
  • New York Times reported that Facebook has been criticized for allowing an ultranationalist Buddhist monk from posting updates, often containing false information, that spread a narrative of the Rohingya as aggressive outsiders.
  • This week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited the Central African Republic, where spiraling violence has pushed a quarter of the population from their homes. UN OCHA’s video outlines five humanitarian reasons why the Secretary-General’s visit to the country is significant.



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