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09 March 2018

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2,317,698 Iraqis continue to be displaced, and 3,511,602 have returned since January 2014.

UN Migration Agency in Iraq Appeals for Funding to Assist IDPs and Returnees

Posted on Fri 09, 2018​

Iraq – The number of internally displaced Iraqis is currently more than 2.3 million, and those who have returned to their place of origin over 3.5 million. Responding to the needs of these vulnerable groups is a top priority for IOM, the UN Migration Agency in Iraq, as elaborated in the organization’s 2018 Crisis Funding Appeal.

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Evidence shows that women face greater risks of death while migrating irregularly. Photo: IOM's Data Analysis Centre - Berlin

UN Migration Agency: Lack Of Data Perpetuates Invisibility of Migrant Women’s Deaths

Posted on Fri. 09, 2018​

Berlin – Since IOM, the UN Migration Agency, began collecting data through the Missing Migrants Project in 2014, it has recorded the deaths of 1,234 women, more than half of whom died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. This figure represents less than five percent of the total number of migrant deaths recorded during this period by the Project, which is based at IOM’s Data Analysis Centre in Berlin.

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Migration in the News

  • The Bangkok Post featured an IOM Thailand op-ed arguing that despite the important roles migrant women play, they continue to be undervalued by society.

  • VOA reported that  thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar face a new threat from interactions with elephants roaming the huge settlement.
  • The Washington Post reported that more than 2,500 Burundian refugees in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are seeking shelter in Rwanda because of fears they could be forcibly repatriated back home by Congolese authorities.

  • Reuters reported that militia fighters attacked, kidnapped and raped en masse a large group of women in an isolated area of Central African Republic last month. The women were unable to seek medical treatment until about two weeks later.

  • The Dhaka Tribune reported that IOM, the UN Migration Agency, celebrated 20 years of work in Bangladesh on Wednesday 08 March. An event organized for the occasion was attended by Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali and other dignitaries.

  • Info Migrants referred to IOM’s figures and analysis on the number of Nigerian women and girls who have been exploited as sex slaves on their journey to Italy as part of their women’s day reporting.

  • VOA reported that the UN Refugee Agency has been forced to temporarily suspend an operation to resettle African refugees evacuated from Libya to Niger because too few countries have agreed to accept them.

  • ABC News reported that Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has called on Arab nations to work together to fight illegal migration and the networks that feed them.

  • The New York Times used satellite imagery to identify villages burned amid a renewal of communal fighting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  • Irin News reported that tens of thousands of people have fled clashes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeast Ituri Province over recent weeks.

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  • Reuters featured an IOM UK op-ed on the unique integration barriers that women migrants face in the UK.

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