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09 May 2018

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DG Swing formally launches IOM WeChat App in Beijing. Photo: IOM 2018

IOM DG Marks 3rd Anniversary of EU-China Migration Dialogue Project

Beijing (IOM) - IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing yesterday addressed European and Chinese stakeholders marking three years of the EU-China Dialogue on Migration and Mobility Support Programme (MMSP), a project funded by the European Partnership Instrument and implemented jointly by IOM and ILO.

The event brought together about 100 stakeholders from European diplomatic missions, Chinese official bodies, think-tanks and other IOM and ILO partner agencies.

Ambassador Swing commended the European Union and China’s commitment to the MMSP project, which brings together European and Chinese migration policy makers and practitioners to share best practices and experiences.   

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  • The New Nation, Bangladesh’s The Independent and Dhaka Tribune reported that humanitarian agencies working on the Rohingya refugee response on Tuesday marked the completion of the first new area of land being prepared to relocate families most at risk of landslides when the monsoon hits.

  • AFP, UN News, PressTV and SOP reported that last year, nearly 100,000 migrants fled to Yemen – itself gripped by war and impending famine – to escape poverty and violence at home.

  • The Guardian reported that persecution and hardship drives almost 100,000 migrants to cross the Red Sea each year, risking the treacherous journey in a bid to reach the Gulf.

  • Reuters reported that the number of Salvadorans deported from the United States and Mexico fell 38 percent in the first three months of 2018.

  • Premium Times reported that 218 Nigerians, which included seven pregnant women, on Tuesday voluntarily returned from Libya where they had been stranded en route to Europe.

  • Sky News reported that more than 100 migrants have spent over three days stranded in the Mediterranean Sea amid a bureaucratic tussle between rescue charities and the Italian, British and Libyan maritime authorities.

  • Diplomat Magazine reported about IOM Netherlands’ Back and Beyond, a collection of stories and photos produced by migrants themselves.

  • N1 Bosnia reported that around 50,000 migrants are between the Greek islands and Bosnia with international representatives warning that Bosnia is facing a small humanitarian crisis. The report quoted IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert.

  • Afghanistan Times reported that about half of Afghanistan’s population has been affected by forced internal displacements and migrations.

  • DVB reported that more than 90 refugees from Burma on Monday returned home from Thailand as part of an official repatriation agreement between the Thai and Burmese governments.

  • Reuters reported that Nigerian migrants who survived a deadly sea crossing last year filed a lawsuit against Italy for violating their rights by supporting Libya’s efforts to return them to North Africa.

  • Channel News Asia reported that population trends suggest that migration will continue to drive western politics over the next generation.

  • Australia’s 2GB reported that many Australians are reluctant to publicly criticise its unsustainable immigration intake due to fears they will be labelled a racist or white supremacist, a new study has found.