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16 March 2018

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A woman queues for aid in Cox’s Bazar, which is now hosting close to one million Rohingya refugees. © Olivia Headon/IOM

UN Migration Agency Appeals for USD 182 Million to Help 900,000 Rohingya Refugees, Local Community in Bangladesh

Posted on Fri. Mar 16, 2018​

Cox's Bazar – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is appealing for USD 182.1 million to assist 900,000 Rohingya refugees and local community members in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. IOM’s appeal is part of a broader USD 951 million UN Joint Response Plan for the Rohingya Humanitarian Crisis covering the same March – December 2018 period.

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Displaced Congolese at the Kalunga site, Tanganyika province. © IOM

IOM Improves Living Conditions for Internally Displaced Families in DR Congo’s Tanganyika Province

Posted on Fri. Mar 16, 2018​

Kalemie – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in the south-eastern Congolese city of Kalemie, continues the urgent relocation of internally displaced families from congested and unhealthy urban collective centres to a displacement site recently established in nearby Kalunga. The majority of the collective centres are former schools.

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Displaced families in Hulia-Beleria after February 26 earthquake in Papua New Guinea. © David Helo / United Church in Hela

US, UN Back Efforts to Assess Impact of Papua New Guinea Earthquake, Deliver Aid to Survivors

Posted on Fri. Mar 16, 2018​

Port Moresby – Almost three weeks after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Papua New Guinea’s remote provinces of Hela and Southern Highlands, IOM teams are working with the government and partners to assess the full impact of the disaster and deliver essential lifesaving aid to survivors, even as landslides and aftershocks continue to affect the region.

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Migration in the News

  • North Africa Post reported that Libya has issued 205 warrants for the arrest of Libyans and foreigners suspected of being involved in smuggling networks sending irregular migrants to Europe.
  • The Gambia’s Foroyaa reported that the Minister for Foreign Affairs has said the Gambian Government is fully aware of the scale of Gambian migrants returning home especially from Libya.
  • The European Commission reported on the progress made under the European Agenda on Migration and sets out further key actions to be taken towards a comprehensive deal on migration by June 2018.
  • Libya Observer reported that the Libyan Foreign Ministry has discussed the means of financing to be submitted by EU countries to Libya and IOM for the country.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that Israel's supreme court has suspended a controversial government plan to deport tens of thousands of African migrants who entered the country irregularly. It gave the state until 26 March to provide more information on the plan.
  • The Irish Times reported that serious reflection on the “brutal reality” of forced migration and human trafficking would be a fitting way to embrace the legacy of St Patrick this weekend, an academic at the Institute of Social Science has said.
  • FAO reported about a project that promotes innovative, rural development strategies to provide employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for the rural youth in order to address the causes of distress migration.


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