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30 January 2018

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IOM Appeals for USD 103.7 Million to Provide Lifesaving and Recovery Assistance in South Sudan

Posted on Tue. January 30, 2018

Juba –  After more than four years of armed conflict – and despite efforts to revive the peace process – humanitarian needs in South Sudan remain immense, as conditions continue to deteriorate.

To address these growing needs, IOM South Sudan is appealing for USD 103.7 million in 2018 to provide lifesaving humanitarian assistance, as well as to support transition, recovery and migration management initiatives.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 5,502 in 2018; Deaths Reach 213

Posted on Tue. January 30, 2018

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 5,502 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 28 January. This compares with 5,288 coming ashore during a similar period in 2017. Italy accounts for approximately 58 per cent of the total, with the remainder split between Spain (22 per cent) and Greece (20 per cent).

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IOM Human Resources Assistant Israt Sharmin belong to new recruits of IOM that will help with the emergency work in Cox’s Bazar.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Creates New Generation of Bangladeshi Aid Workers: IOM

Posted on Tue. January 30, 2018

Cox's Bazar – From new job seekers to experienced professionals, Bangladeshis are rallying to apply for new jobs and learn new skills as part of vital humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar.

The influx of Rohingya refugees, which began in late August last year, has expanded job opportunities across a wide range of aid jobs in Cox’s Bazar, where the IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has hired about 500 Bangladeshis in the past five months. Hundreds of others have found new jobs with other international and national aid agencies.

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Migration in the News

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that nearly 2,500 Gambians were flown home by IOM last year, most rescued out of prisons in Libya. But the Gambian government is saying it is not ready to receive all the returnees.
  • RT reported that asylum seekers from Italy and Greece will no longer be accepted as part of the EU relocation program by Germany.
  • CGTN spoke to one of the African migrants who have been sent back home from Libya. He shared how art saved his life.
  • AP reported that Spanish officials say more than 300 people including newborns have been rescued from a wooden fishing boat off Libya’s coast and taken to an Italian port.
  • UNB reported that the Bangladesh Immigration and Passports Department has registered 1.04 million Rohingya people through biometric registration.
  • The Huffington Post blog suggests that  Rohingya repatriation will fail if the process does not respect human rights.
  • Bangkok Post published an op-ed which noted that 2018 is a significant year for the global community to converge on two commitments: the Global Compacts on Refugees and Migration.

Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply tells the stories of young migrants along the dangerous Alpine route from Italy to France who are desperate to reach northern Europe, and the local volunteers trying to make sure their villages are not another deadly stop on the migration trail.
  • The Huffington Post reported that the United States took in Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, only to put many on a deportation path. A record number could be fed into US prison system in 2018.


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