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14 March 2018

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Coercion of Children to Obtain Fingerprints and Facial Images is Never Acceptable: Joint Statement

Brussels (IOM) – IOM, together with other UN agencies and NGOs issued yesterday (12/03) a joint statement raising concerns ahead of the EU institutions' negotiations on 27 March on the EURODAC Regulation.

The statement warns that the proposed system would inappropriately allow the use of coercion to take the fingerprints and facial images of children.

Established in 2003, the EURODAC Regulation establishes an EU asylum fingerprint database. When someone applies for asylum, no matter where they are in the EU, their fingerprints are transmitted to the EURODAC central system. The proposed changes to the system aim to expand the current database of asylum applicants to better identify “irregularly staying third country nationals” using biometric data.

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Kuopio boldly celebrated Finland’s 100 years of independence with multiculturalism theme. Photo: Vicente Serra, City of Kuopio

Encouraging Cities to Bring Locals and Immigrants Together: Ideas from Kuopio

Finland (IOM) – Kuopio is a city in Finland with 120,000 inhabitants. The number of people, houses and businesses in Kuopio have all experienced stable growth for the last 15 years. In the future, though, Kuopio – like many other cities in Finland – will need to rely on people moving in from abroad to keep this growth going.

In 2016, around 2,700 immigrants resided in Kuopio. That’s 2.5 per cent of the population, a modest number in comparison with other cities in Finland. The biggest group of immigrants are Russians, numbering 650 people. Second largest group are Estonians, followed by people from Myanmar, Thailand, China, Syria and Iraq.

Around 4,300 people, or 3.6 per cent of population, in Kuopio speak another language than Finnish or Swedish as their native language. These include around 70 different languages.

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Maricel: "When I first came to Libya in 1996, I could see all the cultural differences."

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Migration in the News


  • UN News reported that since last November, 10,171 migrants have safely returned from Libya, IOM announced Tuesday, crediting the achievement to a scale up of its Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme.
     
  • CNN reported that In December 2017, its crew spent 11 days aboard a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean. It spoke with some of the migrants on board. Many spoke of abuse in Libya.
     
  • ABC News interviewed IOM’s Paul Dillon and referred to an IOM report three years ago, which focused on human trafficking and forced labour in the Indonesian fishing industry.
     
  • Al Monitor reported that a new populist Italian government could bring uncertainty for Italian-Libyan relations, especially regarding the migration crisis.
     
  • News Deeply ran an op-ed which noted that speeding up asylum decisions and stepping up returns offer Italy’s politicians an effective and decent answer to public anger over migration.
     
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that if Bangladeshi migrants had internationally recognized vocational skills, they would be able to secure higher paying jobs and better workplace protection which would lead to better lives for them and their families as well as greater remittances for the nation.
     
  • WAN-IFRA's Americas Office interviewed four women about the main challenges they face as female executives in the region's media industry. It mentioned an exercise called Con Enfoque, which incorporated various representatives from organizations such as IOM and the Swedish government to the editorial board.
     
  • Azerbaijan’s Top News 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.

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  • The OECD published an op-ed on how immigrants contribute to developing countries’ economies.
     
  • The New York Times reported that Northern Kenya has become measurably drier and hotter, and scientists are finding the fingerprints of global warming which has pushed millions of the world’s poorest to the edge of survival.
     
  • The Guardian reported that Facebook has been blamed by UN investigators for playing a leading role in possible genocide in Myanmar by spreading hate speech.

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