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11 December 2017

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A newly arrived Rohingya refugee is given emergency healthcare by an IOM doctor at the Balukhali settlement arrival centre. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2017

100,000 Medical Consultations in 100 Days

Cox’s Bazar (IOM) – If Morisha's family had waited a matter of minutes before bringing her to the UN Migration Agency (IOM)'s health post in the Balukhali makeshift settlement, she would be dead. Full term, in her first pregnancy, the 20-year-old started experiencing severe convulsions and bleeding from her mouth two weeks ago.

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Inhabitants of islands such as the Marshall Islands are particularly susceptible to sea level rise. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM 2017

Civil Society Summit Calls for International Action on Climate Migration

Fiji (Climate Change News) – Civil society leaders from more than 100 countries called for action on climate-induced displacement at a summit in Suva, Fiji, this week.

Their declaration urges the international community to uphold the human rights of people compelled to move as a result of global warming impacts.

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Carmen Bachmann created the website Chance for Science to connect refugee academics with German counterparts across a broad range of disciplines. Photo: Martin Jehnichen / The Guardian

Perfect Match: Website Gives Academic Refugees Chance to Connect

Germany (The Guardian) – When a record number of asylum seekers and refugees arrived in Germany two years ago, Carmen Bachmann was one of many in the country who felt compelled to help the newcomers settle in.

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Migration in the News

  • Reuters reported that peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation, UNHCR said on Friday.
  • TRT World reported that global aid groups have warned Myanmar they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state, saying refugees must be allowed to settle in their original homes.
  • Inter Press Service reported on the challenges facing Rohingya women in the second of a series on the still-unfolding human rights and health crises facing the long-marginalized and persecuted community.
  • Voice of America reported that the UN migration agency called on social media giants to make it harder for people smugglers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention, torture, slavery or death.
  • Voice of America reported that IOM has begun the voluntary repatriation of thousands of West African migrants being held in detention centers in Libya under abusive conditions.
  • Libya Observer reported that IOM has started a mass evacuation of 4,000 irregular migrants from Libya to Niger after they registered their names at the Nigerien embassy in Libya and wished to return home.
  • UN News reported that the Government of Niger and IOM welcomed the first 504 people from Libya to Niger, kicking off a voluntary mass evacuation of nearly 4,000 migrants.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM said on Friday that 376 irregular migrants were voluntarily repatriated Thursday from Libya to their countries of origin.
  • Sahara Reporters reported that another group of 164 Nigerians returned to their country from Libya in the early hours of Friday.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard ran an op-ed on the slave trade in Libya, noting the factors that drive the youth to seek greener pastures abroad, at times with dire consequences.
  • AFP reported that Libya's prime minister vowed on Thursday to take action to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of migrants stranded in the north African country, even though it is still battling instability.
  • Somalia’s Hiraan Online reported that Libya’s UN-backed government has entered into an agreement with Italy to establish a joint operations room for tackling migrant smugglers and traffickers.
  • South Sudan’s Gurtong reported about the challenge of providing adequate sanitation services in Uganda’s refugee camps.
  • Climate Home/PAC News reported that civil society leaders from more than 100 countries called for action on climate-induced displacement at a summit in Suva, Fiji, last week.
  • UNAIDS reported that it had signed a new cooperation agreement with IOM, to promote access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for migrants, mobile populations and people affected by humanitarian emergencies.
  • UNRIC reported that Ciné-ONU, in partnership with IOM and UNESCO, screened ‘City of Ghosts’, the latest film from award-winning director Matthew Heineman, to highlight the Global Migration Film Festival and the Together campaign.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reported on the plight of elderly Venezuelans who are being forced to migrate due the country’s worsening economic crisis.
  • The Telegraph featured a series of pictures of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh by photographer Heathcliff O’Malley.


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