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16 May 2018

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Marguerite Nguena sits in the house she occupies with her children and grandchildren in Bazanga, CAR. Photo: NRC/Alexis Huguet, August 2017

30.6 Million People Displaced Inside Their Country in 2017

London (IDMC) — Conflict and disasters displaced 30.6 million people within their own countries last year, according to a new report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). “This is the equivalent of more than 80,000 people displaced each day,” said Alexandra Bilak, Director of IDMC. “The scale of this displacement is dishearteningly familiar. This report shows why we need a new approach to address the huge costs of internal displacement, not only to individuals, but also to the economy, stability and security of affected countries.” 

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Salomón, a painter and electrician, has lived for three years in Santiago with his family. Photo: Orlando Milesi/IPS

Chile, an Oasis for Haitians That Has Begun to Run Dry

Santiago (IPS) — A wave of Haitian migrants has arrived in Chile in recent years, changing the face of low-income neighbourhoods. But this oasis has begun to dry up, thanks to measures adopted by decree by the new government against the first massive immigration of people of African descent in this South American country.

Some 120,000 Haitians were living in Chile in early April, according to official figures, most of them working in low wage jobs in sectors such as construction and cleaning.

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  • Reuters reported that Bosnia is struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees, many of whom are sleeping in parks in the capital and other towns as they seek passage into western Europe.
  • AP reported that according to Dunja Mijatovic, the Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights, Bosnia must do more to help migrants as the war-scarred country struggles to cope with a growing influx of people trying to reach Western Europe through the Balkans.
  • Foreign Policy reported that as the monsoon season looms, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in overcrowded Bangladeshi refugee camps are at risk of an imminent cholera outbreak.
  • IANS/AKI reported that almost 12,000 Rohingya refugees have now been relocated to safer ground as storms continue to lash southern Bangladesh, damaging tarpaulin shelters and raising the risk of landslides.
  • Devex reported that sporadic rain during the past two weeks have provided a foreboding preview of complications to come for the vast Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, including water, sanitation, and hygiene operations.
  • UNB reported that the United States, through USAID, is providing an additional USD 44 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of Rohingya refugees and others affected by violence and conflict in Myanmar.
  • Bangladesh’s The Financial Express reported that an acute shortage of funds poses a serious threat to providing humanitarian aid to over one million Rohingya refugees, as at present only around 15 per cent of the required USD 951 million is available.
  • Radio Canada International reported that Canada will provide USD 5.3 million in humanitarian assistance to Latin American and Caribbean countries that have sheltered hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the political and humanitarian crisis.
  • AP reported that as the exodus of Venezuelans fleeing their nation’s economic and humanitarian crisis grows, neighboring Colombia is responding by tightening checks aimed at curbing the number of irregular migrants in the nation.

  • The Economist reported that migrants from the EU into Britain are more likely to be paying taxes than claiming benefits.
  • CNN reported that many families of vanished migrants are left in limbo as the remains that are found cannot be identified.
  • CNN investigation has found that the US Border Patrol agency has been, at best, haphazard about tracking and recording migrant deaths.