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20 December 2017

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Debbie received support to start her clothing business in Nigeria. Photo: Julia Burpee/IOM

One Year of EU Partnership with IOM: Migrants Protection and Reintegration in Africa

Brussels (European Commission) — The EU and IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched one year ago, a joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration. 

The objective was clear: to respond to the urgent protection needs and unacceptable loss of life of migrants along the Central Mediterranean migration route while addressing the challenges faced by returning migrants and their communities in countries of origin. 

Fourteen countries have been involved: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Libya. And so far, nearly 20 000 vulnerable migrants have been assisted through this initiative.

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Marina Manke, Head of Labour Mobility and Human Development Division at IOM, speaks at the Forum on Migration, Trade and the Global Economy on 14 December in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The event was organized by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in collaboration with IOM, the UN Migration Agency and the Fundación Foro del Sur, with the purpose of promoting a better understanding of the link between migration and international trade, through a dialogue based on the latest research, and a review of experiences and existing networks. 

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Why Businesses Should Value International Migrants Day

United States (The Hill) – As we observe the United Nation’s 18th annual International Migrants Day (18 December), we’re reminded that the contributions of immigrants are key ingredients to the success and vibrancy of the countries and communities they join. It is a day to look past politics and division, and celebrate what unites us: freedom, opportunity and hope for a future in which we not only survive, but thrive. 

Migrants are very much a part of this vision, and they are a global and local reality. According to the UN, an estimated quarter-billion migrants, are living in communities worldwide, including more than 40 million in the United States.

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Short video on the ACP-EU Migration Action's work on women in domestic servitude in Senegal.
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Germany and IOM, the UN Migration Agency have launched the first Global Migration Data Portal.
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Guillaume: "I'm even more aware of my privileges, especially the privilege of being able to migrate freely."
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Migration in the News

  • Xinhua reported that the joint taskforce of the African Union, the European Union and the United Nations has vowed to strengthen coordination toward dismantling human trafficking and criminal networks.
  • AFP reported that Switzerland had provided funding to an organization that helps relatives trace loved ones who have gone missing in conflicts and disasters, which is now launching an ambitious project to identify the thousands of migrants lost while trying to reach Europe. 
  • Prensa Latina reported that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had reiterated his government's commitment to evacuate Nigerians stranded or held in detention camps in both temporary and destination countries.
  • Devex picked IOM and UN Human Rights Office’s video challenging biases in recruitment as one of its top talent innovation and recruitment stories from 2017.
  • Xinhua reported that more than 25,000 Nigerians have been held in slave and sex camps in Libya, according to Nigeria's National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
  • UN News Centre reported that as temperatures plummet across Ukraine, the United Nations refugee and migration agencies are stepping up assistance to the most vulnerable people affected by the conflict in the country’s east. 
  • Africa Times reported that IOM had announced winners of its Global Migration Film Festival on International Migrants Day and one of the winners was Amina Rwimo, a Congolese filmmaker living at Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, for It Has Killed My Mother, a film about female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • Global Citizen reported that some Rohingya refugees are bringing solar panels with them as they flee Myanmar. 
  • AllAfrica reported on female migrant students who risk their lives on treacherous journeys from their countries to Zimbabwe in search of educational opportunities at the country’s various tertiary institutions. 

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  • Yahoo France reported about a photo shoot which has models wearing 'not for sale' tags to protest Libya slave trade crisis.
  • The Financial Times reported that net migration to the UK from the EU in the second quarter of this year fell to its lowest level since records began, according to official figures published on Monday.
  • CNN reported that the first flight carrying pre-screened migrants from Libya had landed in Paris.



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