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06 November 2017

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Displaced Somali woman with her baby on her back looking into the horizon strewn with make-shift shelters. Photo: Rikka Tupaz / IOM 2017

To Stay or Go

Sudden-onset disasters are displacing tens of millions every year, adding to the existing economic and political causes of mass migration

Geneva (The Mark News) – Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in more than 50 years, displaced more than a million residents and damaged some 200,000 houses in August 2017. The same month, extreme rainfall led to floods and landslides across Nepal, India and Bangladesh, killing nearly 1,200 and displacing millions. In 2017, only drought in the Greater Horn of Africa displaced more people – forcing more than 1 million people in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya from their homes.

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A family brings flowers and other decorations to honor their loved ones during the celebration of Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) in Nogales, Mexico. Photo: Nick Oza/The Republic

Day of the Dead in the Shadow of the Border

Mexico (AZ Central)  – The fragrant smell of marigolds cloaked the air as vendors at the entrance to the city cemetery arranged the flowers in simple bouquets.

On Wednesday afternoon, Karla Gutierrez approached nearly every family passing through the cemetery's gates, located a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Farmers producing apples have been hit hard by labour shortages. Photo: David Burton/Alamy

Migrant Labour Shortage Leaves Fruit Rotting on UK Farms

United Kingdom (Financial Times) – Fruit and vegetables are being left to rot on British farms because of a shortage of labour, according to the National Farmers’ Union, which is calling on the government to implement a seasonal agricultural workers scheme to fix the problem.

Ali Capper, whose fruit farm on the border between Herefordshire and Worcestershire sells Gala apples to supermarkets, said the business had 20 per cent fewer workers than usual in September.

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Migration in the News


  • The New York Times reported about the fate of stateless Rohingya Muslims who are now in Bangladesh.  
  • The New Nation reported that the Korean community in Bangladesh has handed over emergency relief funds and items to IOM.  
  • Daily Mail reported that the bodies of 26 women who drowned in the Mediterranean after their inflatable dingy sank on Friday, had arrived in Italy, where a murder inquiry has begun. 
  • Sputnik spoke with Professor Maurizio Ambrosini of the University of Milan about a new report by the Italian National Institute of Statistics which says that by 2067, a third of the country's population will have foreign ancestry.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that IOM and USAID premiered a series of videos to protect Bangladeshi migrants from human trafficking and exploitation. The videos were developed by IOM X, IOM’s innovative campaign to prevent human trafficking and exploitation and USAID.
  • The Himalayan Times reported that IOM and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development have renewed an agreement to collaborate in the areas of labour migration, remittances and climate change, and expanded their collaboration to include disaster risk reduction in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. 


Trending on the Internet


  • The Financial Times published the work of Andrew McConnell, who joined an MSF rescue boat to photograph migrants making the perilous journey to Europe.
  • The CS Monitor reported about a new program in Italy that is connecting adults with unaccompanied child migrants to help them enroll in school, apply for healthcare and gain legal status.


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