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08 May 2018

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When asked if they wanted to go back to Ethiopia immediately, all the migrants raised their hands. Photo: IOM/Saba Malme

UN Migration Agency Calls for Greater Protection of Migrants, Yemenis Following Visit to Yemen

Posted on Tue. May 8. 2018​​

Sana'a (IOM) – Following a visit to Yemen this week (02-06/05) Mohammed Abdiker, Director of Operations and Emergencies at IOM, the UN Migration Agency, said that he is "extremely concerned about the appalling and inhumane situation migrants are facing in Yemen" and called for "greater support and protection both from the international community and authorities in-country." 

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Over 3,500 labourers are working to prepare safe land in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camps.

First New Land Ready: Will Allow Rohingya Refugees to Move to Safer Ground Before Monsoon

Posted on Tue. May 8, 2018​​

Cox’s Bazar (IOM) – Humanitarian agencies working in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps today marked the completion of the first new plot of land prepared to relocate families most at risk of landslides during the upcoming monsoon season.

The work is part of a major joint initiative involving IOM, UNHCR and WFP. It has involved dozens of earthmoving machines and a workforce of over 3,500 labourers, including both Rohingya refugees and members of the host community, to prepare the land so that families can move to safer ground.

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Government officials at IOM X 's 'Make Migration Work' launch in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: IOM/Minzayar Oo

IOM X Video Series Targets Myanmar Migrants

Posted on Tue. May 8, 2018​​

Nay Pyi Taw – “Information is power”; that was the central message at the premiere of IOM X’s Make Migration Work video series yesterday (07/05). The short dramas illustrate why it pays to seek information and guidance before migrating, and provide different ways that people can do this, including through IOM Myanmar’s “Miss Migration” Facebook page.

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  • Voice of America reported that two boats carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine State have landed in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

  • BBC reported about how a Nigerian migrant sold everything he owned to go to Europe, only to find himself back home and broke.

  • Chile’s The Santiago Times reported that between 2015 and 2017, the number of Venezuelan immigrants in Latin America went from 89,000 to 900,000 people, an increase of more than 900 per cent.

  • EU Observer reported that a total of 54 per cent of internally displaced persons in Ukraine have money only for food or have to limit expenses even for food, according to a survey conducted by IOM.

  • Myanmar International TV reported about the launch of the IOM X Campaign series, Make Migration Work, in Myanmar on Monday.

  • AFP reported that a Greek court on Monday cleared three Spaniards and two Danes of trying to help irregular migrants enter Greece through the island of Lesbos while taking part in Aegean rescue missions.

  • Nigeria’s The Sun reported that following the upsurge in trafficking of Nigerians to the Middle East, the Federal Government will embark on a fact-finding mission to Saudi Arabia.

  • The Guardian reported that Italy's deal with Libya to 'pull back' migrants faces legal challenge over allegations that it has led to grave human rights violations against those crossing the Mediterranean, including torture and slavery.

  • ABC News reported that a powerful exhibition of quilts memorializing migrants from Mexico and Central America who have died in the southern Arizona desert in the past 20 years is on display in the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts.

  • Vancouver Sun reported that two years after their arrival in British Colombia, government-assisted refugees from Syria are showing significant improvements with English, are more likely to find employment and are making friends, according to Immigrant Services Society of B.C.