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09 April 2018

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MigApp includes a money transfer comparison feature. © IOM

MigApp: Helping Migrants Save by Comparing Money Transfer Options

IOM – Given the multitudes of tasks you can accomplish with your mobile device, have you ever considered using it to shop around and send money abroad? If not, perhaps, now is the time to start if you haven’t.

Sending money to your family or friends usually means standing in a long queue at a branch of a money transfer agent, filling in one of those cumbersome forms. If you, like millions of others, have sent money to loved ones in this way, you would know that it was tiring, slow and above all, expensive.

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Manchester City Women's new signing Nadia Nadim (Image: Manchester City FC)

She’s an Afghan Refugee, Trainee Surgeon, Speaks 9 Languages and Has Just Signed for Manchester City

Manchester (Manchester Evening News) –  An Afghan refugee and medical student who rose to world football stardom has signed for Manchester City.

Striker Nadia Nadim, 29, who speaks nine languages and is currently training to be a surgeon, has become the club’s women’s side’s latest addition.

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Migration in the News

  • Bangkok Post reported about a project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Poverty Reduction through Safe Migration, Skills Development and Enhanced Job Placement in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand (PROMISE) which works to promote better employment opportunities and working conditions for migrants.
  • IPS and The Daily Star reported that IOM and FAO are distributing 50,000 vegetable gardening kits to tackle malnutrition and improve the diet of people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
  • AFP reported that an Indonesian fishing boat rescued five Rohingya off western Aceh province after five others starved to death and their bodies were tossed overboard when they were stranded at sea for almost three weeks.
  • Al Jazeera reported that more than 150 refugees from Afghanistan have been locked up in a detention centre in Indonesia.
  • Vatican News reported about last week’s World Health Day which focused on a strong call for universal health coverage.
  • Colombia Reports reported that Colombia had launched a two-month census of Venezuelan migrants on Friday in an attempt to oversee how many citizens from the crisis-ridden neighbouring country crossed the border.
  • New Telegraph reported how some parents in Nigeria’s Edo State were pushing their children into prostitution and irregular migration.
  • South China Morning Post reported that an anti-human-trafficking law for Hong Kong is expected to be discussed at the city’s panel on security next month.
  • Asharq Al Awsat reported that Saudi Arabia continued to provide relief and humanitarian aid to Yemenis in all governorates with eight trucks laden with relief aid having arrived in al-Jawf province in north Yemen on Saturday.
  • Ghana Grio reported about a three-day training workshop aimed at equipping journalists with skills and knowledge in the application of social media and mobile apps to enhance their reporting on migration issues.

Trending on the Internet

  • ABC reported about a program for new young migrants to Australia through which they are exposed to the broad range of careers available in agriculture and are given pathways and networks if they are interested in pursuing further work or study.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that Lebanon’s general prosecutor should ensure an adequate investigation into allegations that a migrant domestic worker suffered months of abuse before jumping from a balcony and injuring herself.
  • The Conversation reported that Australians from some migrant backgrounds achieve better results than their local peers, according to recent reports on the academic performance of school students.


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