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06 December 2017

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The second edition of the Global Migration Film Festival drew over 350 attendees during its opening in Geneva on 5 December 2017. Photo: Muse Mohammed/UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Lost in Lebanon Opens Global Migration Film Festival in Geneva

Geneva (IOM) The second edition of the Global Migration Film Festival opened yesterday (05/12) with the screening of Lost in Lebanon, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

Addressing more than 350 attendees, Leonard Doyle, UN Migration Agency Head of Media and Communications introduced the film, announcing that this year, the Festival will present films in over 100 countries from Niger to Indonesia.

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Migrants and refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photo: Amanda Nero/UN Migration Agency (IOM)

UN Migration Agency Releases Recommendations to Bulgaria’s Incoming EU Council Presidency

Brussels (IOM) — A new visa for vulnerable migrants, the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), the Common European Asylum System, and voluntary return and reintegration (AVRR) policies are the focus of recommendations that IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is releasing today (06/12) ahead of Bulgaria’s tenure at the helm of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) beginning in January 2018.

Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director for the European Union, Norway and Switzerland presented IOM’s recommendations to the Government of Bulgaria during a visit to Sofia. He said the Bulgarian Presidency will lead the Council of the EU at a pivotal time, as the need for intensified cooperation between countries, better protection of migrants, and more safe and regular migration pathways have captured global attention.

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Recommendations to the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union | Download here


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Natasha: "We need to be aware of our capacities, tolerate differences and always be ready to learn and adapt."
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Migration in the News


  • IPS  reported that any durable solution on the Rohingya refugee crisis must be a political one agreed between Bangladesh and Myanmar and supported by the international community.  
     
  • Reuters reported that IOM is stepping up the rate at which it flies migrants home from Libya. 
     
  • Associated Press reported that the African Union and member states will help repatriate more than 15,000 migrants stranded in Libya by the end of the year. 
     
  • Reuters reported that Nigeria is ramping up its fight against human trafficking, backed by millions of pounds in British aid. 
     
  • ABC reported that Australia remains committed to refugee resettlement in Cambodia as an option for Nauru refugees.
     
  • Thomson Reuters reported that thousands of migrants flown back home from Libya will likely attempt to go back to Europe unless they find jobs at home.

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  • CNN reported that successful Zimbabwean businessman and one of Africa’s richest men Strive Masiyiwa is trying to stem Africa’s migrant crisis by travelling across the continent teaching young Africans to be self-reliant, proactive, and encouraging them to stay in their countries and contribute to their development.
     
  • Foreign Policy reported that U.S. cities want to join UN Global Compact on Migration even after the US government withdrew from the process.

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