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23 January 2018

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UN Migration Agency (IOM) Director General William Lacy Swing at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos.

IOM Director General Swing to Attend World Economic Forum in Davos

Posted on Tue. January 23, 2018

Davos – The United Nations Migration Agency Director General William Lacy Swing is attending this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland with a full slate of daily events. 

Early on Tuesday (23/01), DG Swing participates in the WEF’s fourth annual When Women Thrive briefing, this year called From Opportunity to Action.  Participants are being asked to consider the widening economic gender gap and ask themselves, “Are we making progress or making noise?”

Also, on Tuesday morning DG Swing will contribute to a panel on Somalia, which is facing a number of challenges and whose increasing instability poses an imminent threat to its region. Ambassador Swing will be joined by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire of Somalia, the UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi, President Alpha Conde of Guinea and Peter Maurer of the ICRC, among others.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 4,485 in 2018; Deaths Reach 201

Posted on Tue. January 23, 2018

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 4,485 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 21 January. This compares with 3,335 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017. Italy accounts for approximately 60 per cent of the total, with the remainder split between Spain (19 per cent) and Greece (20 per cent).

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Azad and his family from Iraq: "We decided to return to our home, but this time in a safe and organized way."

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Migration in the News

  • Quartz reported that Davos planners have identified eight thorny societal issues to be discussed in a series of panels that begin with “We Need to Talk About.” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will preside over the session on migration.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that cases of men and women enslaved in bonded labor or trafficked for marriage have also started to emerge in India after they managed to escape or were rescued and found their way to Rohingya settlements.
  • Reuters reported that Bangladesh has delayed the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar because the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back is incomplete.
  • The Bangladesh Today reported that the number Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 last year now stands at 688,000, indicating that Rohingyas are still coming despite a repatriation plan having been agreed between the two countries.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that the African Union announced that it will investigate recent videos showing Sudanese citizens being tortured in Libya.
  • Arab News published an op-ed reflecting on the teachings of the late Martin Luther King and relating it to the migration issues of the world today.

Trending on the Internet

  • AP published the images of photographer Santi Palacios when he was aboard the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms during a tough rescue operation last week off the coast of Libya. Tragically, one young man and two infants lost their lives.
  • The New York Times Lens blog published the project by Brian Cohen and photographers based in Pittsburg entitled, “Out of Many: Stories of Migration” which was recently exhibited at the city’s American Jewish Museum and opened at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.


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