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28 March 2018

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UNODC Executive Director Yuri Fedotov (3rd from l) and IOM Regional Director Argentina Szabados (2nd from r) opening today's event at the UN in Vienna.

UNODC, IOM Launch New Initiative to Counter Migrant Smuggling

Vienna (UN Information Service) – Two United Nations agencies are joining forces to combat migrant smuggling. Today (28/03) at the UN in Vienna, IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) organized an event centring on a Joint Platform on Countering Migrant Smuggling.

Opening the event, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “We must work together to deny criminals the means and opportunity, to protect the lives and safety of people, and end the impunity of smugglers.”

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Women from the Kampuan group making fish crackers. ©IOM

How Fish Snacks are Empowering Women in Thailand’s South

IOM – “Eat it fresh and you feel like 20 again!,” jokes 64-year-old Lormakwan as she explains the process of keropok ikan making. A snack derived from sardines, keropok ikan is a local delicacy commonly found in Thailand’s southern provinces.

After mincing the fish into a paste, it is fried into crispy crackers which can be eaten or used as ingredients to complement other dishes such as spicy fish soup. Keropok ikan is particularly popular amongst the Malay community, a sizeable minority ethnic group in southern Thailand that practices Islam.

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Kate, Maddie, Mimi and Ella: "Every person’s experience is unique, and ‘migrant’ is not the only identity of a person who has left their home"

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Hong Kong, 1962: IOM predecessor, ICEM arranged a chartered flight which brought these orphaned children to the United States. © IOM
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Migration in the News

  • UN Web TV posted several videos from the first International Dialogue on Migration of 2018 – IOM’s major forum for policy dialogue – which was held from 26-27 March at UN Headquarters in New York.
  • ANSA reported that on World TB Day, IOM recognised migrants leading in the fight against tuberculosis by helping other migrants, refugees and internally displaced people and their communities.
  • IISD reported about a UN-Habitat, Ford Foundation report that highlights potential of migration in Arab cities.  
  • The Third Pole reported that the impact of hundreds and thousands of Rohingya refugees has been devastating to the forest cover and water availability in Cox’s Bazar, fuelling resentments with the local population.  
  • The Namibian reported that Namibia is in the process of sending a reciprocal agreement to other African Union states to exempt African diplomatic and official passport holders from visa requirements.  
  • Iraq Daily Journal reported about a women’s centre in northern Iraq that is helping women ‘knit their lives back together’ after the conflict.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported on a recently published academic study that found that migrant European Union workers have boosted the public finances in most countries in Europe, chief among them Switzerland, Cyprus, Norway and Belgium.
  • PassBlue ran an op-ed that outlined how UN sanctions could be used more strategically to stop sexual violence in war.
  • CGTN reported on the current state of labour migration in Asia, with a focus on migrant labour abuse.
  • Deutsche Welle reported about volunteer rescue workers who face the the risk of prison sentence and fines by helping thousands of asylum seekers hoping to get a foothold in Europe.


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