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26 January 2018

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IOM, UNHCR Condemn Refugee and Migrant Drownings Off Coast of Yemen

Posted on Fri. January 26, 2018

Geneva - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, are outraged and saddened at the drownings of at least 30 refugees and migrants off the coast of Aden, Yemen earlier this week.

Survivors of the incident have reported to UN and partner staff that an over-crowded boat packed with at least 152 Somalis and Ethiopians departed 23 January from the Al Buraiqa coast in Aden in a boat headed across the Gulf of Aden towards Djibouti. The vessel is believed to have been operated by unscrupulous smugglers who were attempting to take refugees and migrants to Djibouti, while also trying to extort more money from these refugees and migrants. The boat capsized amid reports of gunfire being used against the passengers.

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The UN Migration Agency (IOM) opens a new women’s safe space for Rohingya women in one of Cox's Bazar's refugee camps. Photo: Fiona MacGregor / IOM 2018

“Safe Spaces” Offer Psychosocial Support to Rohingya Women

Posted on Fri. January 26, 2018

Cox's Bazar – “The reason we have the mirror is that after everything that has happened to them, many of the women cannot bear to look at themselves,” says Lufta Bokshi, a psychosocial support officer who is helping Rohingya women refugees in Bangladesh come to terms with life after fleeing deadly violence and rape in Myanmar.

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The launch of the guidelines was held in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health at the Estate Hall in Helsinki. Photo: IOM 2018

UN Migration Agency in Finland Releases Guidelines for Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking

Posted on Fri. January 26, 2018

Helsinki – Many health and social workers struggle to identify victims of trafficking, surveys show. The UN Migration Agency (IOM) office in Finland released practical guidelines for the identification and referral of trafficking victims on Tuesday (23/01).

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Migration in the News

  • PBS reported that as the crisis enters its third year, Europe continues to struggle with how to respond to an influx that has seen more than one-and-a-half million refugees and migrants come to its shores – and nearly 12,000 perish or go missing attempting the journey.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that IOM at the World Economic Forum in Davos urged top political leaders to take action in a bid to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • CNN reported that disturbing video clips shared on social media by desperate families have revealed the ordeal of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that Libyan forces have arrested gang members suspected of torturing Nigerians and other African migrants.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the government of Bangladesh has undertaken legislative and administrative measures to better serve labour migrants and to help them harness the gains from their work.
  • Guyana’s Kaieteur News reported that Guyana’s Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, praised IOM for its work in the mining communities to help fight HIV and AIDS.

Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply reported that newly aware of the importance of technology to refugees, the tech community in Europe – and some companies based in the US – jumped at the chance to help. Yet the explosion of tech-based “solutions” has earned some justified skepticism.
  • BBC reported that thousands of African migrants are being offered money to leave Israel by March which prompted the creation of an Israeli movement protecting them from deportation.


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