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05 January 2018

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Embarkation of beneficiaries. Photo: IOM

IOM Yemen Evacuations Reach 2,241 as Conflict Nears End of Its Third Year

Posted on Fri. January 5, 2018

Aden – During the final days of 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency succeeded in completing two movements of stranded Somalis and Ethiopians out of Yemen, despite immense security challenges and difficult sea conditions. Two boats were deployed, one headed to Aden to evacuate Somali refugees, while the other went to Hudaydah to evacuate Ethiopians, who were considered especially vulnerable due to the dangers of rising violence near that port city.

The 27 December operation was the 19th assisted voluntary humanitarian return conducted by IOM out of the city of Aden sea port, taking 138 Somali men, women and children home in cooperation with UNHCR. With this final movement in 2017, IOM Yemen helped a total of 2,241 Somali refugees through its sub-office in Aden. The total number of Ethiopian migrants helped return home through Hudaydah seaport via Djibouti reached 746 people during 2017.

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IOM volunteers help people recognized as “extremely vulnerable” to carry shelter kits from the IOM arrival point at Balukhali to their new shelter site at Cox’s Bazar on 4 January 2018. Photo: Fiona MacGregor/IOM

2018 Brings No End to Violence Against Rohingya as Refugees Continue to Flee to Bangladesh

Posted on Fri. January 5, 2018

Cox's Bazar – This week, Rohingya refugees were still arriving in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh – the New Year bringing no end to the reports of violence and fears, which forced them to flee their homes in Myanmar.

A major upsurge of violence in Northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, in late August 2017 forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes. Over 2,400 refugees are estimated to have arrived in Bangladesh during December 2017, with more people continuing to arrive each day as 2018 begins. While the number of daily arrivals has dropped significantly since the height of the influx, many of those now reaching Bangladesh say they faced additional challenges, which delayed their escape.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP and La Repubblica reported that more than half of Iraqis displaced by conflict to other parts of the country have returned to their homes, according to the UN Migration Agency.
  • IRIN reported that as European countries tighten borders and asylum policies, the number of Afghan asylum seekers pushed out of Europe has soared and some returnees are being forced back to a volatile country.
  • Premium Times reported that a Federal Government Delegation has arrived in Libya to commence the mass evacuation of Nigerians stranded in the North African country.
  • Xinhua reported that Ethiopia is working to repatriate its citizens stranded in conflict-wracked Libya.
  • IPS reported that disasters, manmade and natural, are increasingly forcing agriculture-based income earners in  Sri Lanka, especially small farmers, out of their villages and into cities looking for work.
  • Nigeria’s Pulse reported that over the last two decades, the spate of conflicts in Africa has increased, as has the danger being faced by aid workers in the region. As a result, African countries ranked highest in the number of deaths of aid workers in 2017.

Trending on the Internet

  • Time reported that ancient DNA extracted from the skull of a six-week-old baby girl whose 11,500-year-old remains were unearthed in a burial pit in central Alaska is helping scientists resolve long-standing controversies about how humans first populated the Americas.
  • Al Jazeera investigates claims of corruption, harassment and xenophobia experienced by Russia's Central Asian migrant community.


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