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27 March 2018

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Behind the scenes of Picnicly's video. © IOM X

IOM, YouTube Stars Launch Campaign to Prevent Exploitation in Manufacturing

Posted on Tue. Mar 27, 2018​

Bangkok – Young Thais truly have the power to change the world. This was the message at the launch of IOM X’s Do you know who made it? campaign today (27/03), which asks young Thais to take the lead in making smart purchasing decisions that reinforce the fair treatment of workers in the manufacturing industry.

IOM X is a campaign to prevent human trafficking and exploitation, run by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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IOM DG William Lacy Swing speaks at IDM 2018 in New York. © IOM

Posted on Tue. Mar 27, 2018​

New York – The first International Dialogue on Migration (IDM) of 2018 – IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s major forum for policy dialogue – is currently underway. The first of the two dialogues to be held this year, this week’s discussions (26-27/03) are focusing on partnership and taking place at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

“The IDM was established some 17 years ago to be a very large and welcoming meeting place, where our Member States can interact directly and openly with other relevant actors on migration governance, exchange views, and promote understanding of migration dynamics,” said IOM Director General, Ambassador William Lacy Swing, in his opening remarks.

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Ahmed: "I thought that since I was born and raised in Somaliland, I would still feel at home there."

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Migration in the News

  • UN News reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing emphasized that partnerships at local, national, regional and international levels are crucial to ensuring global migration is better managed. UN News posted his opening remarks at the International Dialogue on Migration 2018.
  • News Deeply reported that since democracy returned to The Gambia last year, many Gambians are coming home, including from Libya, but many are frustrated that returns and deterrence took precedence over reintegration and jobs.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that smugglers have not been the only ones to benefit from the migrant boom in Agadez, Niger. Cash from feeding, housing and transporting migrants fed thousands of people in the area and helped develop the impoverished region.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation published an article by IOM’s Patrick Burland who noted that while the UK reforms in the identification and support for victims of human trafficking and modern slavery acknowledges that decisions should be separated from the immigration system, the potential for conflicts of interest remains as they will continue to be made by staff within the UK Home Office; the government department responsible for all aspects of immigration control.
  • The Guardian reported that more than 5,000 potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery were reported to UK authorities last year, the highest number on record.
  • Huff Post Maghreb reported that asking for asylum in Tunisia is rather long and complicated in the absence of a national mechanism.

Trending on the Internet

  • Univision reported that in recent years, Colombians, Venezuelans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians and Haitians have come to Chile in search of a better life. However, the country has not updated its immigration law for decades, which hinders the lives of newcomers.
  • The Elders published an op-ed by Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative for International Migration who called on governments negotiating the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to seize the opportunity for collaboration, whilst demonstrating strong political leadership in explaining the benefits of migration to their people.


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