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27 April 2018

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Hafez was trained on how to improve his shelter. Photo: IOM/Mashrif Abdullah

Bangladesh’s Rohingya Refugee Camps Face ‘Life Threatening’ Funding Crisis: Aid Agencies

Posted on Fri. April 27, 2018​​

Cox's Bazar – Work by aid agencies in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps to create life-saving access routes and prepare people for floods, landslides and other disasters ahead of the upcoming monsoon and cyclone season is under imminent threat unless urgent funding is secured in the next six weeks, according to IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

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IOM staff and interpreters interview Rohingyas whose boat arrived in Aceh on April 20. Photo: IOM

IOM Steps in to Aid New Rohingya Boat Arrivals in Indonesia

Posted on Fri. April 27, 2018​​

Jakarta – The UN Migration Agency has stepped in to provide humanitarian assistance to 84 ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar who have arrived by boat in Aceh, Indonesia’s westernmost province, this month. IOM’s Migration Emergency Funding Mechanism (MEFM) has donated USD 100,000 to help the migrants, who include over 40 children.

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The data collected shows that most of the Venezuelans surveyed (71%) are between 25 and 49 years old, 40 per cent migrated together with their family and 40 per cent migrated alone.

UN Migration Agency Releases First Displacement Tracking Matrix Results on Venezuelan Flows in Brazil

Posted on Fri. April 27, 2018​​

Brazil – Most Venezuelans interviewed (over two thirds) crossing Brazil’s northern border are between the prime working ages of 25 and 40 years old and nearly two thirds are men. More than half say they are hoping to travel even further south – towards the Argentina (mainly) and Chile.  About two-thirds report economic or labour reasons at home motivated them to leave; about one fifth say their chief motivator was lack of food and medical services.

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  • Nigeria’s Pulse and Xinhua reported that five migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean, the Spanish coastguard said Thursday after rescuing more than 180 others, while they searched for another two boats with dozens aboard.
  • Caj News reported that more than 120 Cameroonian migrants have been repatriated from Libya.
  • Devex reported that international donors have pledged $4.4 billion in aid for civilians in Syria in 2018 at a conference in Brussels, far short of what the United Nations says is needed to provide humanitarian assistance there this year.
  • Daily Mail reported that a migrant has been rescued crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by hanging onto the inflated inner tube of a lorry tyre.
  • Colombia Reports said that human rights groups have called on Colombia’s presidential candidates to better address how they intend to deal with the growing influx of migrants from Venezuela.
  • Liberian Observer reported that authorities of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission have disclosed plans to construct a transit camp for Liberians who may be returned from the USA.
  • MENA FN reported that Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismael launched a resettlement project for Somaliland nationals in the Diasporas who have no legal status in their countries of residence or those wishing to voluntarily return to their motherland.

  • Radiolab reported about an anthropologist who found the body of a young female migrant while conducting field research in the Arizona desert. The story tells how she was identified and the subsequent quest for her family.
  • The New York Times reported about the risks refugees take to make the treacherous journey in the world’s deadliest migration route because the lives they left behind posed an even greater danger than the sea.
  • CBC’s Megan Williams spent 16 days aboard the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius, where she witnessed the impact of the migrant crisis up close.