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19 December 2017

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IOM Launches MigApp on International Migrants Day

Posted on Tue. December 19, 2017

Geneva/Manila – The MigApp is IOM’s institutional tool that leverages current technology and the widespread use of mobile telecommunications to bring a secure, objective and user-friendly downloadable app which serves as a one-stop-shop platform where migrants can access current, reliable and practical information and IOM services.

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Internally displaced Iraqis receive relief kits from Germany through IOM's emergency operations. Photo: Moafaq / IOM 2017

Germany Assists UN Migration Agency’s Humanitarian Operations in Iraq as Winter Advances

Posted on Tue. December 19, 2017

Iraq – As the winter temperatures continue to drop in Iraq and nearly 2.9 million people are still living in displacement across the country, the Government of Germany has extended its partnership with IOM Iraq by injecting another 7 million euros to address the urgent humanitarian needs of those who remain internally displaced.

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Elderly resident of the Donetsk Region non-government-controlled area receiving coal from IOM. Photo: IOM 2017

With Winter Coming, UN Migration Agency Helps Families in Eastern Ukraine Survive

Posted on Tue. December 19, 2017

Kyiv –  Temperatures in the non-government-controlled areas (NGCA) of the Donetsk Region, Eastern Ukraine, are set to drop as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius this winter. Security challenges in the region and the harsh socio-economic situation close to the contact line and in remote impoverished districts of NGCA, mean many vulnerable families cannot maintain a safe temperature in their residences. IOM, the UN Migration Agency this week (18/12) started distributing coal to people in need in the region.

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Migration in the News

  • Xinhua, AFP, and Anadolu Agency reported that UNICEF and IOM said that 36,000 migrant children in Libya, including 14,000 who are unaccompanied, need assistance. Both agencies are increasing joint efforts to help immigrant children in Libya by providing protection, education, water, sanitation and health, the UN Mission in Libya said.
  • PR Newswire reported that IOM has launched a new mobile application, MigApp which provides migrants with access to vital services including humanitarian aid, legal help, and remittance information throughout their journey.
  • The Himalayan Times ran an op-ed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing on International Migrants Day.
  • ANSAmed reported about ‘Safe Migration in a World on the Move’, a series of migrant stories for International Migrants Day.
  • Agence Française de Développement interviewed Richard Danziger, IOM Regional Director for West and Central Africa on a wide range of topics including the plight of migrants in Libya, remittances and how to address irregular migration.
  • NNN-UNNS and Xinhua reported that on International Migrants Day, the United Nations is appealing for cooperation in managing migration to ensure that its benefits are most widely distributed, and that human rights of all concerned are protected – as recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • IPS reported about the statements of several humanitarian organizations on International Migrants Day.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation ran an op-ed by IOM’s Dipti Pardeshi on fostering integration for thriving multicultural communities.
  • Time shared the stories of three Syrian refugee families who were granted asylum in Europe, but for whom the crisis still continues.
  • Greek Reporter reported that IOM has released data according to which more than 2,500 refugees and migrant children attend Greek schools in the framework of the EU-funded educational program.
  • Xinhua reported that 167 more Nigerians returned home from Libya on Monday, after having been stranded in the north African country en route to Europe, the National Emergency Management Agency said.
  • Nigeria’s Premium Times reported that one in three Nigerians have considered leaving the country for one reason or another, according to a survey by CLEEN Foundation and Afrobarometer.
  • CNN ran an op-ed on the slave trade in Libya, noting that the migrants sold as slaves are human beings, and deserve to be treated with humanity.
  • Yahoo Lifestyle reported about ‘Not for Sale’, a photo shoot that protests the Libya slave trade crisis.
  • AFP reported that France on Monday accepted a first group of 19 refugees identified in Africa under an overhauled asylum policy that will also see it expel thousands of economic migrants.
  • Devex reported that the most recent, below average, rainy season has pushed East Africa deeper into a humanitarian crisis that has left millions in urgent need of food, water, and medical treatment.
  • The Daily New Nation reported that satellite images captured by the Human Rights Watch reveals new destruction of Rohingya villages during October and November 2017 in Rakhine State in Myanmar.
  • The Wire reported that the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been facing a human rights and health crisis due to an acute shortage of resources to meet an increasing demand for humanitarian assistance such as food, shelter, clean water and sanitation.
  • Dominican Today reported that IOM projects in Haiti, with the Canadian Government’s financial support, are helping vulnerable migrants, especially women and children who are deported from the Dominican Republic.
  • The Latin American Post reported about Hondurans in Mexico. It added that IOM said Honduran immigration accounts for 0.3% of its total population.
  • The Wire reported that international experts met in Buenos Aires on Thursday, December 14, at the first Forum on Migration, Trade and the Global Economy to discuss the contributions of migrants to trade, to the economy of their countries of destination and origin.
  • Kyrgyzstan’s Kabar reported about the Migrant Call campaign on 19-20 December during which families of migrants can call their relatives in Russia free of charge and get advice in the field of migration.
  • OCHA reported that the Government of the Philippines has started the phased return of Marawi City residents since the military declared the end of the conflict in October.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera spoke with Paul Salopek – a journalist who began retracing an ancient path of human migration from Africa for his ‘Out of Eden’ project – about what it means to be a migrant today.
  • Vogue reviewed Leyla Moushabeck’s The Immigrant Cookbook: Recipes That Make America Great. Each recipe is punctuated by a backstory and serves as proof for how unique histories from around the world have been replanted in America, where they have flourished and assimilated to form a mash-up of culinary identity.


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