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02 March 2018

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It is the fourth year in a row that Japan has provided assistance for vulnerable Iraqi/Syrian people affected by ISIL. © IOM

Japan to Deepen Assistance to Areas of Return in Iraq: IOM

Posted on Fri. Mar 02, 2018​

Iraq – As the pace of return of displaced Iraqis to areas of origin has accelerated in recent months, the Government of Japan is supporting IOM, the UN Migration Agency, with new funds to stabilize conflict-affected communities in Iraq and support the sustainable reintegration of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

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Ferry, business owner in the Netherlands, originally from Iran. © IOM

IOM Releases Outcomes of Skills2Work Pilot Initiative Integrating Refugees into EU Labour Markets

Posted on Fri. Mar 02, 2018​

The Hague/Brussels – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has presented the results of a pilot project that connected thousands of refugees, employers, migrant groups and local authorities and made strides towards integrating beneficiaries of international protection in the EU into the labour market.

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Attendees at the IOM-organized Advanced Passenger Information Systems workshop in Montenegro this week. © IOM

IOM Works with Western Balkan States on Advanced Passenger Information Systems

Posted on Fri. Mar 02, 2018​

Budva – Advance Passenger Information systems (API) became mandatory for all 192 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member states on 23 February. This means that all ICAO states must be able to collect data about passengers and crew members prior to their arrival, making travel easier for all and improving border controls.

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Migration in the News

  • AFP reported that donor countries will meet in April for a conference aimed at raising nearly $1.7 billion for humanitarian work in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • International Islamic News Agency  and GBC Ghana reported that at least 100,000 Rohingya refugees and vulnerable families in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, face life-threatening risks from landslides and floods, and thousands more are at risk of disease and being cut off from assistance.
  • Sri Lanka Guardian published a statement by the National Peace Council which noted that the primary responsibility for post war reconciliation lies within Sri Lanka. 
  • Reliefweb reported that a report by the International Rescue Committee traces the challenges that Iraqi families face as they attempt to return home after three years of conflict under ISIS which displaced 5.8 million people. 
  • ANSA reported that over 10,000 migrants have arrived in Europe on Mediterranean routes thus far in 2018.
  • Ghana Web reported that two migrant detention centres in Libya have been shut down and several others are due to close, according to officials there.
  • CNN shared the story of Victory, one of several hundreds of Nigerians repatriated from Libya. Now back home in Edo State, he reflected on his ill-fated attempt to reach Europe, saying it all began with a desire to create a better life for his mother and younger siblings.
  • Agenda.ge reported that the Georgian Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Affairs has signed an agreement with IOM to regulate and manage the labour migration of Georgians.
  • Caucasus Business Week reported that negotiations are underway with three EU countries for the legal employment of Georgian citizens.
  • BelTA reported that Belarusian border services shared experiences in readmission with counterparts from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania.
  • PublicNow reported that within the margins of the high-level sessions of the Human Rights Council and the Conference on Disarmament held in Geneva, Romania’s Secretary of State George Ciamba met with IOM Deputy Director-General Laura Thompson to discuss aspects of the cooperation between Romania and IOM within the current international context.
  • Post Courier reported that a team of 10 emergency assessment and relief personnel visited the earthquake affected areas near the Hides gas conditioning plant in Hela Province, Papua New Guinea yesterday.
  • Al Jazeera reported that women and children detained by US Customs and Border Protection along the US-Mexico border are regularly held in freezing cells and suffer other harsh treatment, according to a new Human Rights Watch report.
  • Miami Herald reported that thousands of young Haitians are looking for economic opportunity in Chile, but don't always find it.
  • The Global Dispatch reported about the world’s first human trafficking data portal, the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC).
  • South-South News reported that IOM has published a portfolio of financial and project information in the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Registry.
  • FAO reported that the connections among migration, agriculture and the situation of rural women, inspected from the sustainable development narrative, will be its main topic during the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development in Geneva happening 1-2 March.
  • Saudi Press Agency reported that King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) has signed two projects with IOM on the sidelines of Riyadh International Humanitarian Forum. The projects were on health and sanitation solutions for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and on protection for Syrian refugees in Greece.

Trending on the Internet

  • SwissInfo.ch reported that Nils Melzer, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, estimates that at least seven million migrants around the world have been victims of torture. 
  • Christian Science Monitor reported that pollution, unemployment, and a sense of desperation are driving previously law-abiding fishermen in Tunisia to consider selling their boats to smugglers.
  • The Economist reported that an estimated 9.4m Bangladeshis have left the country to seek employment abroad, and their experiences are being chronicled in poetry and art.


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