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02 November 2017

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IOM has delivered more than 800 non-food item (NFI) kits in the past month to recently displaced families from West Mosul to Amiriyat Al Fallujah. Photo: IOM 2017

Hope During Displacement

West Anbar  – In 2017, nearly 64,750 individuals have been displaced by military operations in west Anbar. Of these, more than 18,000 have been displaced from 20 September through 31 October, following the intensification of the Iraqi Forces’ offensive against ISIL in the west Anbar districts of Ana, Al Ka’im and Ru’a on 19 September.

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A mother and her son displaced by conflict in Afghanistan. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM

Why Are People Compelled to Leave Their Homes?

Rome (The Wire) - Facts are facts, and one of them is that while everybody talks about the growing forced movement of people – be they migrants or refugees – decision-makers haven’t seriously acted on the root causes of why millions of humans are compelled to leave their homes.

There has been a surge in international migration in recent years, reaching a total of 244 million individuals in 2015. Forced displacement has also reached a record high, with 65.3 million individuals displaced worldwide by the end of 2015 – including refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers.

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Some 42,600 displaced Iraqis are registered in camps, and more than 22,100 are in out-of-camp locations. Photo: IOM 2017

UN Migration Agency Provides Medical Care to Newly Displaced Persons from West Anbar

West Anbar – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, medical teams are providing assistance to nearly 1,000 primary health care beneficiaries, including displaced persons, returnees and host communities, per week in Anbar Governorate.

In anticipation of military operations, and due to recent military operations in remaining ISIL held areas, more than 6,800 individuals (over 1,100 households) have been displaced from west Anbar between the 12­–31 October, mostly from the districts of al-Kai’m and Rau’a. Since January 2017, nearly 64,750 individuals have been displaced by military operations in West Anbar. Of these, more than 18,000 have been displaced since 20 September following the intensification of the Iraqi Forces’ offensive against ISIL in the west Anbar districts of Ana, Al Ka’im and Ru’a. 

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters reported that the bodies of seven migrants were discovered on Wednesday in a boat adrift off Libya while around 900 people were saved in operations in the southern Mediterranean, Italy’s coastguard said.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that Iraqi security officials are preventing displaced families from returning home to retaken areas over perceived ties to the so-called Islamic State.
  • Voice of America reported that November is expected to bring about the closure of Derveni, the only camp on mainland Greece where refugees and migrants are still living in tents, which would come amid efforts to shift from crisis mode to a long-term approach.
  • Ahram Online reported that Egyptian citizens abroad sent to Egypt a total of $16.3 billion in remittances between November 2016 and August 2017, registering a 17.35 percent increase compared to the same period the year before.
  • Inverse reported that New Zealand’s Green party leader James Shaw said in a radio interview that New Zealand is currently considering a program that would allow up to 100 individuals a year into the country through a new visa category specifically for people displaced by climate change.

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  • The Guardian reported that tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report.
  • SBS reported that 26 percent of small business owners polled in the independent study commissioned by American Express said migrants improved productivity and 21 percent said they brought specific skillsets difficult to find locally.



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