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07 December 2017

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This rework by Lubaina Himid of James Tissot’s “Portsmouth Dockyard” portrays two women sitting on either side of a pile of papers, which has been widely interpreted to represent the migrants that have died at sea over the past few centuries. Photo: Tate

Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Mainstream Recognition of Lubaina Himid and the Plight of Migrants Stuck in Libya

United Kingdom (IOM) - Renowned for her artwork on racial politics and the legacy of slavery, British artist Lubaina Himid is finally receiving the mainstream recognition she deserves. Born in the semi-autonomous Zanzibar region of Tanzania, Himid is the winner of this year’s Turner Prize. The mainstream acknowledgement of her work follows the recent revelation of sub-Saharan African migrants being reportedly auctioned in Libya.

At the age of 63, Lubaina Himid is not only the oldest person to win the award following the removal of the 50-or-younger age restriction rule this year, she is also the first black woman to receive the award.

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The red light district of La Merced in downtown Mexico City, Mexico, October 10, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Theo Hessing

Seduced into Slavery: How a Mexican Family Became Sex Traffickers

Mexico City (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Mario Garfias never thought twice when he pulled out his baseball bat, nicknamed Panchito, to beat the women and teenage girls that he used as prostitutes in Mexico City's red light district of La Merced.

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The ACP-EU Migration Action programme recently released a report called Remittances in ACP Countries: Key Challenges and Ways Forward. Image by Nick Payne/Graphic Recorder

How Can We Improve the Development Impact of Migrant Remittances?

Berlin (Devex)  – Remittances are already a lifeline for many people in developing countries – but with reforms to the system, leaders across Europe and Africa believe they could become a key driver of global development.

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Maria Magdala: "It is necessary to recognize the xenophobia that we have in ourselves. Only then will we be able to deconstruct and destroy it."
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Migration in the News


  • Inter Press Service ran an IOM press release on the opening of the second Global Migration Film Festival (05/12) with the screening of Lost in Lebanon, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
     
  • Quartz ran an op-ed on IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival, noting that movies can, potentially, help a lot in changing the way people view migrants.
     
  • Voice of America reported that more than 100 days have passed since an upsurge in violence in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state forced nearly 626,000 Rohingya to flee for safety to Bangladesh.
     
  • Deutsche Welle published a photo gallery on Afghan refugees who are being forced back to their war-torn homeland from neighboring countries, mostly from Iran.
     
  • AP reported that some African countries are taking bold steps to encourage borderless travel that could spur trade and economic growth on a continent in desperate need of both.
     
  • The McGill International Review ran an op-ed on Libya’s migrant slavery crisis.
     
  • Nigerian Tribune reported that Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the government is meeting with various agencies to arrange the evacuation of Nigerians detained in Libya.
     
  • The Guardian, DPA, This Day and Bastille Post reported that 401 Nigerians stranded in Libya arrived in Lagos Wednesday morning.
     
  • Vanguard reported that Nigeria’s Federal Government said Tuesday that it has so far identified 2,778 Nigerians trapped in the Libyan detention camps.
     
  • BBC News/GBC Online reported that the African Union has agreed to evacuate about fifteen thousand African migrants in Libya before the end of year.
     
  • CGTN Africa reported that hundreds of migrants have been sent home from Libya following calls by IOM to shut all detention centres in Libya.
     
  • Nigeria’s Daily Trust reported that Nigeria’s National Security Adviser said that as the north east part of the country recovers from the devastation of insurgency, Demobilization, Disassociation, Reintegration and Reconciliation is required.
     
  • The Philippines’ Gold Star Daily reported that while the siege of Marawi city in Mindanao by IS-inspired militants is over, more stories of anguish and hardships suffered by civilians are just beginning to unfold.
     
  • Reliefweb reported that the Japanese Ambassador to South Sudan visited UN Women and IOM projects in Nimule, South Sudan.
     
  • Egypt Today reported that the UK Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday launched a series of training workshops to strengthen the capacity of Egypt's newly appointed judges and prosecutors to combat smuggling of migrants in the country.

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  • Lacuna Magazine spoke with Dr. Dallal Stevens, whose team interviewed hundreds of migrants and refugees to uncover the nature of the European response to migration.

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