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24 April 2018

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Training refugees to strengthen their shelters will help protect against monsoon misery/dangers. Photo: IOM

Rohingya Refugee Families Reinforce Shelters, Relocate Ahead of Monsoon, But Dangers Remain in Crowded Bangladesh Camps

Posted on Tue. April 24, 2018​​

Cox's Bazar – Over 40,000 Rohingya families in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar refugee camps have now been trained in shelter upgrade techniques ahead of the fast approaching monsoon and cyclone season. Women are playing a key role as part of a major project being rolled out by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

With the first rains already affecting the camps, IOM now has completed its shelter upgrade trainings, but will continue to support workshops run by partner agencies. These show refugees how to best secure their shelters ahead of the strong winds and heavy rains expected in May.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 18,939 in 2018; Deaths Reach 570

Posted on Tue. April 24, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 18,939 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 16 weeks of 2018, with about 42 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece (38%) and Spain (20%). This compares with 44,058 arrivals across the region through the same period last year, and 205,613 at this time in 2016.

In other words: Mediterranean arrivals at this point in 2018 are running at only 43 per cent of last year’s level, and just 9 per cent of 2016’s at this point in the year, a point in which arrivals from Turkey into Greece had been falling dramatically for almost a month.

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  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that risks faced by hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas living in settlements in Cox’s Bazar in relation to human trafficking, exploitation and gender-based violence are increasing with time.
  • IPS featured the story of two migrant workers in an Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome, shining a spotlight on an interesting phenomenon: in a country known for its cuisine, many of the chefs today are not locals but foreigners.
  • AFP reported that four European Mediterranean countries are launching an initiative in June to identify thousands of missing migrants who died or went missing during the perilous sea crossing to the continent.
  • Nigeria’s Naij reported that seven people were reportedly killed and dozens wounded following an attack by two suicide bombers at a mosque in Bama, Borno state.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that remittance inflows to Bangladesh dropped slightly to $13.47 billion in 2017 from $13.54 billion a year ago although global remittance payments hit record in 2017, according to a World Bank report.

  • Bloomberg reported that the world’s 266 million migrant workers sent a record $466 billion to developing countries last year following two consecutive declines and the money bound for home this year is projected to increase to $485 billion, according to the World Bank.
  • The Economist reported that evidence from past refugee waves suggest that the long-term gains to everyone of allowing refugees to work outweigh the short-term costs.
  • The Times (paywall) reported that children lured to Britain on the promise of trials at Premier League football clubs are among thousands of slaves whose captors are evading justice.
  • The Times (paywall) reported that ‘hostile environment’ on immigration is going to make life difficult for a lot more people with foreign-sounding names in the UK as a result of the Windrush debacle.