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25 January 2018

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IOM DG Discusses Migration with Greek, Italian and Nigerian Leaders at WEF Annual Meeting

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (Davos) – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, joined Paolo Gentiloni, Prime Minister of Italy, Alex Tsipras, Prime Minister of Greece and Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria to discuss mass migration across the Mediterranean and how policy-makers can move towards a strategic partnership between Europe and its southern neighbours.

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A returnee (2nd from right) oversees work on his pawpaw farm in Sri Lanka. Photo: IOM 2014

FAO, IOM Boost Cooperation on Migration

Rome/Geneva – In view of the co-chairmanship of the Global Migration Group (GMG) this year and to further strengthen their collaboration, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

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Migration in the News

  • UN News Centre reported that investing in value-based migration data that squarely focuses on impact can benefit the world to the tune of USD 35 billion dollars, according to a new report launched Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, by IOM and McKinsey.
  • CNN’s Connect the World spoke with IOM DG Swing on what must happen after CNN’s reporting about the slave trade in Libya in 2017.
  • Sputnik reported that leaders of Greece, Italy and Nigeria, as well as IOM Director General William Lacy Swing participated in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday to address the migration crisis, stressing the failure of the European Union to deal with the issue in an effective way so far.
  • Xinhua reported that the Ethiopian government said Wednesday that 21 of its nationals were repatriated from Libya.
  • Reuters reported that Nigerian actress Stephanie Linus says celebrities like her can mobilize their fanbase and help stem the flood of women who swap Africa for a better life in Italy only to end up selling sex.
  • IANS reported that a total of 4,485 migrants and refugees entered Europe via the Mediterranean through January 21, while 201 perished at sea, IOM reported.
  • Bloomberg reported that the focus of EU’s efforts on immigration should shift from keeping people out towards building effective integration systems.
  • New York Minute Magazine reported that journalist Philip Obaji Jr. has documented Boko Haram activity over the last few years and interviewed Boko Haram victims about life at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Madinatu.
  • Gulf News reported that Indian expatriates in the UAE have attained the distinction of being the largest community of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the world.
  • Al Jazeera reported that with Rohingya refugees due to return to Myanmar next week, many of them are afraid to go home where security cannot be guaranteed.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported that European leaders warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday against a return to nationalism, with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel calling for more global cooperation to harness the forces of globalization.
  • IPS reported that CARE published a report that aims to shine a spotlight on the humanitarian crises that have been largely neglected by the international community.


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