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Children play in the sunset on one of the atolls at the Carteret islands, in Papua New Guinea. Photo: IOM

Climate Change is Already Impacting People and Leading to Environmental Migration

Papua New Guinea (Medium) – Sieun Lee is a Programme Officer of the Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Sieun first delved into the topic of environmental migration in 2009, while initially researching about climate change negotiations. While reading key climate change decisions and policies, she realised that the human face of climate change was largely absent in dialogues and on paper. This led to her interest and determination to work in environmental migration, and to be a voice for those forced to leave their homes due to the effects of climate change.

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Bosnia Struggles to Cope with Migrants as ‘Balkan Route’ Takes a New Turn


Bosnia (Irish Times) – Bosnia and international organisations are calling for urgent action to manage a surge in the number of migrants arriving in the country, which people smugglers are now using to bypass tighter borders along the “Balkan route” to the European Union.

More than 1,800 migrants have entered Bosnia so far this year – well over double the number for the whole of 2017 – overwhelming the country’s state accommodation facilities and leaving hundreds of people sleeping rough in the capital, Sarajevo, and elsewhere.

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Labour Migration a Key Contributor to GDP

Kathmandu (IOM) – Nepal received remittances of NPR 699 billion (USD 6.56 billion) in FY 2016/17 and ranks fourth in the world in terms of the contribution of remittances to GDP, according to a report launched today by Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, with support from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, the International Labour Organization (ILO) and The Asia Foundation.

“Labour Migration for Employment – A Status Report for Nepal: 2015/16 – 2016/17” also notes that during the past three years Nepali labour migrants have registered nearly 7,500 complaints, citing numerous instances of fraud and malpractice during their recruitment and employment abroad.

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Arnaud: "Having lived in different countries has made me a better person with stronger values."

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