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05 April 2018

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Smart at an IOM transit centre in Niamey, Niger in October 2016. ©IOM

The Smart Way: A Migrant’s Journey to Success

Niger (IOM) –  Smart has come a long way since the first time he arrived at IOM’s transit centre in Niamey, Niger, back in October 2016. He looked tired and defeated, but happy to be alive and eager to be with his family again.

Only a few years back, he had graduated with a diploma in banking and finance, but finding a job in his field had proved to be an impossible task. He had started teaching IT, but that was not enough to provide for himself and his five siblings.

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Khaled is one 10 Syrian refugees working on the Hummustown project in Rome. ©IPS

I Am a Migrant: Integrating Through Syrian ‘Hummus’

Rome (IPS) –  Khaled left Syria in 2015, when his country was already in its fourth year of war. He is 27 years old and can clearly remember what his life was like then in Damascus: a happy life, with a happy family, in a happy country.

Despite coming from a land now devastated by war, Khaled does not describe his days in Syria as negative ones. Even when he turned eighteen in 2008 and had to join the Syrian army, he was still leading a normal life like many other compatriots. In 2011, the Arab Spring erupted and that soon turned into a violent civil war. Everything changed and in 2015 Khaled was convinced that he had to leave to get some normalcy back in his life.

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Mika: "There is no work for me in Bangladesh, but here there is."

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Migration in the News

  • The European Commission reported that senior representatives of the European Union and IOM met in Brussels to discuss the way forward on some of the most pressing issues linked to migration.
  • Dhaka Tribune published an op-ed co-written by IOM’s Lubna Farjana with activist and writer Shazia Omaris who noted that migration out of Bangladesh is still wrought with irregular practices.
  • UNICEF reported about the ‘invisible child migrants’ of Libya, highlighting that at least 85 children were living in a detention centre in Tripoli, some with their families, but others unaccompanied.
  • Swiss Info reported that Switzerland is expected to receive a first group of vulnerable refugees from Libyan detention centres.
  • DW reported that new facilities are being erected in Greece but only refugees with certain designated needs will be permitted to reside in them.
  • Sun Journal reported about an important exhibit presented by the Union of Maine Visual Artists which aims to welcome immigrants, recognizing and displaying their creativity as their major contribution to the United States.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that according to UN experts, Thailand's fishing industry has made significant progress in curbing abuse, but measures to prevent rights violations must now be adopted in other sectors, and by Thai firms operating overseas.
  • ANSA reported that the Afghan High Commission to Combat Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants had launched a training manual in Kabul as part of a project on how to identify and assist victims of human trafficking in Afghanistan.
  • AFP reported that UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) ahead of efforts to drum up nearly USD 1.7 billion in aid for the troubled country.

Trending on the Internet

  • CNN reported that Syrian artist Abdalla Al Omari has used his art to raise awareness for refugees fleeing war-torn countries – by reimagining the world's most powerful people as refugees themselves.
  • NPR reported about a Guatemalan village of 550 families, that tells a stark story of the wide ripple effects that migration and deportation can have.


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