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23 March 2018

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Internally displaced Ethiopians in Guji Zone, Oromia Region. Photo: © IOM Rikka Tupaz

UN Migration Agency Appeals for USD 88.5 Million for Response to Ethiopian Crisis

Posted on Fri. Mar 23, 2018​

Addis Ababa – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, has launched an appeal for USD 88,550,000 to help people in need of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia. The appeal covers IOM’s activities under the humanitarian community and Government’s Ethiopia Humanitarian and Disaster Resilience Plan (HDRP), IOM’s assistance to Ethiopian migrant returnees from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and humanitarian support to refugees from neighbouring countries.

IOM’s appeal aims to support some of the 1.7 million Ethiopians displaced throughout the country, identified by IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM). Approximately 1.1 million people are displaced due to conflict, 857,000 of whom were displaced near the borders of the Oromia and Somalia Regions over the past year, and over 500,000 people due to climatic shocks. In addition, 47,600 Ethiopian migrant returnees and 87,000 South Sudanese and Somali refugees are planned to be reached with support detailed in the appeal. Under this appeal, IOM will also support empowerment of young people and the strengthening of institutions in Ethiopia working on counter trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants.

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Migrants Lead Fight Against TB

Posted on Fri. Mar 23, 2018​

Geneva –Tuberculosis, or TB, continues to be the leading cause of death from a single infectious agent worldwide, according to the Global TB Report 2017. Every day, there are 28,000 new TB cases and 4,500 related deaths.

On 24 March, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other partners will honor the many ‘Leaders for a TB-free world’ for World Tuberculosis Day.

It is estimated that public health systems miss approximately 40 per cent of the new TB cases. Social determinants of health such as poor nutrition status, poor living and working conditions, low education and awareness and low access to health care contribute to the potential of contracting TB. Therefore, missed cases often occur in the populations most vulnerable to TB: migrants, internally displaced persons (IDPs), refugees and other crisis-affected communities.

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Migration in the News

  • ANSA reported that the Somali government, together with the EU and IOM, has launched an initiative to support returnee migrants as they integrate back into their country of origin.
  • The World Meteorological Organization reported about the high impact of extreme weather on economic development, food security, health and migration which was highlighted in its statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2017.
  • AFP reported that the UN said Thursday it has resumed operations in the town of Rann in northeast Nigeria, just over three weeks after a Boko Haram attack killed three aid workers.
  • Ahram Online reported that the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences is providing a platform to bring together the scientific research community and policymakers, benefiting from the extended network of the UNESCO Water Family.
  • Think Progress reported that thousands of asylum seekers continue to arrive in Greece and many of them are living in horrific conditions unimaginable in the European Union.
  • CAJ News Agency reported that more than 3,000 migrants and refugees have drowned during attempts to enter Europe by sea over the past twelve months.

Trending on the Internet

  • New York Times reported that a little over a year after their arrival in the country, the Yazidis have proved a steep challenge to Canada's celebrated refugee settlement system, and to those who work in it.
  • Brookings Institution reported that the latest World Happiness Report, launched earlier this week, examines the consequences of migration on the happiness of migrants and other groups of people affected by migration.


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