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27 February 2018

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IOM is working to secure infrastructure and boost resilience among Rohingya refugees in camps. © IOM

Rohingya Refugee Camps Brace for Upcoming Monsoon

Posted on Tue. February 27, 2018​

Cox’s Bazar – The UN Migration Agency is providing search and rescue training; setting up emergency medical centres; establishing bases for work crews and light machinery; and upgrading shelters to mitigate disasters when the monsoon and cyclone season hits the world’s biggest refugee settlement in the coming weeks. 

As Bangladesh’s annual wet season approaches, IOM is also working to secure infrastructure and boost resilience among Rohingya refugees and the local community. This includes the creation of disaster risk reduction safety committees to warn the refugees of what to expect and how to prepare for the wind and rain that are expected to bring deadly floods and landslides to the Cox’s Bazar camps.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 10,114 in 2018; Deaths Reach 414

Posted on Tue. February 27, 2018​

Geneva –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 10,114 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first eight weeks of 2018, with just over 50 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided almost evenly between Greece and Spain. This compares with 16,806 arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

At this time in February 2016 there already were 116,005 arrivals – roughly 100,000 more than at this point this year and last.

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Migration in the News

  • Xinhua reported that the African Union, the European Union and the UN have vowed to further enhance cooperation with Libyan authorities in the joint response to migration and protection challenges.
  • Latin American Herald Tribune reported that the situation in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has improved considerably six months after the crisis erupted, although facilities are overcrowded and conditions could worsen with the advent of the monsoons.
  • ANSA referred to an IOM report that stated that the UK has so far resettled 10,538 refugees in the country as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).
  • New Strait Times reported that a new initiative created by IOM and Polaris, the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), aims to use data to shed light on a pervasive multibillion dollar criminal industry: human trafficking.
  • The New Republic reported on how efforts to block refugees and asylum-seekers from Europe have only made the global migration crisis more complex and harrowing.
  • University of Nottingham reported that its experts in modern slavery are using a new way of calculating the precise number of slaves in a city, region or country, helping the fight for freedom.
  • News Deeply reported that blockchain could bring greater transparency and accountability to refugee and migration programs.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reviewed the work of  Peruvian-American author Daniel Alarcón who tells his ‘beautifully intimate short stories of migration with economy and style.’
  • ABC News reported that the stone walls that cut through the old quarter of Greece's second-largest city is a hideout for migrants and homeless men. Filthy blankets, rolled-up mattresses and empty food packaging fill the protected chambers that once housed cannon.


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