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13 March 2018

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IOM has helped thousands of detained migrants to return home from Libya © IOM

Voluntary Humanitarian Returns from Libya Continue as Reintegration Efforts Step Up

Posted on Tue. Mar 13, 2018​

Brussels, Geneva, Tripoli, Dakar –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, announced today (13/03) that it has assisted 10,171 migrants to return home safely from Libya with support from the European Union, African Union, and the Libyan Government since the scale up of Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) from the country started on 28 November last year. Another 5,200 migrants have returned with the support of African Union member states in the same period. Some 23,302 migrants have returned through IOM’s VHR programme since January 2017.

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Farmer Ayesha Begum tries out a mechanical power tiller near Cox’s Bazar ©IOM/Fiona MacGregor

IOM, FAO to Support Agricultural Livelihoods, Forestry on Bangladesh-Myanmar Border

Posted on Tue. Mar 13, 2018​

Cox's Bazar – When a poor, rural farming community finds itself in the middle of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world – doubling its population in just a few months – it’s not just the new arrivals who need support as food prices soar and infrastructure is overloaded.

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Migration in the News

  • Anadolu Agency reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Gandur discussed migration issues, as Sudan is a transit country for many irregular migrants mostly from countries in the Horn of Africa.

  • Reuters and ENCA reported that Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency has welcomed an order by a leading traditional ruler revoking a voodoo ritual, saying it should sharply reduce the number of people being trafficked to Europe and improve the chances of prosecuting traffickers.

  • CGTN reported that regardless of who wins the election in Sierra Leone, unemployment will remain as the major challenge, leaving thousands of young people with no option but to leave the country.

  • Zimbabwe’s Chronicle reported that the United States has allotted $750,000 to fight human trafficking in Zimbabwe for the next three years.

  • The Jakarta Post published an op-ed which noted that stories of migrants’ death in the hands of abusive employers tell how their own governments have failed them and their families.

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  • CGTN reported that migrant workers play an invaluable role in keeping China thriving, and are the unsung heroes without whom the cities would just stop working.


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