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03 April 2018

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Calling All Filmmakers! UN Migration Agency Launches Call for Submissions to 2018 Global Migration Film Festival

Posted on Tue. April 3, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, begins casting a wide net this week to bring forth the talent behind one of the migration world’s enduring art forms: motion pictures. It’s all part of the UN Together campaign to promote diversity worldwide.

To select a compelling roster of films to be screened at IOM’s December 2018 Global Migration Film Festival (GMFF), the Geneva-based body is calling for submissions of Full-Length Feature and Short Films, in all genres: fiction, documentary, animation, etc.

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Trafficking in Persons Commission Launches First Training Manual to Combat Human Trafficking in Afghanistan

Posted on Tue. April 3, 2018​

Kabul – The Afghan High Commission to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants (TIP Commission) has organized a workshop in Kabul to finalize a training manual for Afghan government and NGO stakeholders on identifying and assisting victims of trafficking in Afghanistan.

The Commission, which includes representatives from government ministries, the judiciary and civil society, drew up the Training Manual in Trafficking in Persons, Afghanistan 2017 following a series of consultations with its constituent agencies.

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Migration in the News

  • The Citizen reported on an accident in which eight people in a refugee convoy headed for Burundi, were killed in Tanzania, last week. 
  • AFPLocal.Es and the New Arab reported that at least four migrants were found dead off Spain on Sunday, with others who had been on board a make-shift boat missing. 
  • Today.Az and TrendNews reported that Uzbekistan is considering joining IOM as a full member.  
  • IPS reported on the Senegalese returnees from Libya and Niger who face an uncertain future.
  • Dhaka Tribune ran an op-ed on how reintegration of migrants returning home to Bangladesh has become an important topic, noting that they can be a huge asset to the country.
  • The Nation reported on the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report and specifically noted IOM’s counter trafficking work in Thailand.
  • Goal wrote about France and Manchester United footballer Paul Pogba, referring to his widely-covered intervention on migrant slavery in Libya.
  • Press Trust of India reported that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar need to be relocated ahead of rains. He added that on-ground officials of UNHCR, IOM and other agencies will discuss the issue with Bangladesh authorities.
  • The State University of New York at Buffalo will hold Homo Migrans: Modeling Mobility and Migration in Human History, a two-day conference examining the long-term consequences of human movement, on 7-8 April.

Trending on the Internet

  • CNNBBCReutersHaaretz, the New York Times, the Washington Post and several other media outlets reported that Israel had agreed a deal to resettle African migrants in the West only to suspend it, several hours later.
  • Culture Trip reported on the Migrant Quilt Project, a moving arts and social justice project that’s redefining how migrants, primarily from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, are being memorialised after dying in their attempts to cross the US-Mexico border.
  • The Observer ran an article that argued that films about Europe’s migrant crisis run the risk of being artful and exploitative. The reported however noted that directors are now seeking to redress the balance.


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