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23 April 2018

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IOM Celebrates Earth Day

(IOM) – On April 22, IOM joined millions around the world to celebrate Earth Day and bring attention to the importance of environmental protection.

Beyond our support for humane migration solutions, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is stepping up its efforts to reduce its ecological footprint. Recognizing that a healthy environment is intrinsically linked to the well-being and resilience of migrants and host communities, IOM launched its programme on environmental sustainability in 2017 and made an institutional commitment to mainstream this issue at the strategic, programmatic and facility levels.

This year’s Earth Day was dedicated to the aspiration to change our relationship with plastics. The End Plastic Pollution theme aims to draw attention to the exponential growth of plastics and its negative impact on the environment, from poisoning and injuring marine life to disrupting human hormones, and littering our beaches and landscapes.

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  • Reuters and AFP reported that  Libyan coastguards recovered the bodies of 11 migrants who died off Libya’s western coast during an attempted crossing to Italy on Sunday.
  • Al Bawaba and AP reported that fishermen rescued 79 Rohingya off the coast of Sumatra island Friday, marking the second time members of the persecuted minority were found stranded at sea near Indonesia.
  • TV N1 Zagreb spoke with IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert who noted that despite the increase in number of migrants arriving in Bosnia, he does not think the crisis level has been reached at this moment.
  • The Observers spoke to an Ivorian migrant who shared his experience of escaping the arrests in Algeria by hiding in an abandoned construction site.
  • AFP reported that Venezuela's economic collapse ranks as one of the worst in modern history, according to the International Monetary Fund.
  • OAS published a message by its Secretary General Luis Almagro about the Venezuelan people who are experiencing an involuntary exodus, forced upon them by the country’s growing economic crisis.
  • The Jakarta Post reported about migrant protests, on Friday night, against the local government’s policy to treat them like prisoners at the Balikpapan detention centre.
  • Arab News reported that Kuwaiti police arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers’ homes.


  • The Australian reported that a group of business and community leaders has called for visa changes to force skilled migrants to reside in smaller cities and regional centres to ease pressure on Sydney and Melbourne, and create opportunities for other capitals.
  • Open Democracy reported that despite rapid growth in the number of women and men migrating within Southeast Asia, the outcomes for migrant workers remain poorly understood.