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22 May 2018

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Local labourers work on a section of the canal in Hakimpara. Photo: IOM 2018

Canal to Protect Bangladeshi Villagers, Rohingya Refugees from Monsoon Flooding

Posted on Tue. May 22, 2018​​

Cox's Bazar  – A major canal dredging and renovation project is underway to protect local residents and refugees in southern Bangladesh from impending monsoon floods. The project is one of several initiated by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to safeguard hundreds of thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar ahead of heavy monsoon rains and the cyclone season.

Over nine kilometres of abandoned canals are currently being dredged and renovated in Cox’s Bazar’s Ukhiya sub-district to prevent flooding and allow water runoff during heavy rains in the region, which is prone to some of the heaviest monsoon downpours in Bangladesh.

IOM has employed 50 labourers from the Ukhiya village of Hakimpara to carry out the work, which is part of a wider disaster preparedness programme supported by IOM.

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People taking photos as part of IOM’s interactive counter-trafficking installation in Kyiv. Photo: IOM/V.Shuvayev

“See a child begging? Call the police!” UN Migration Agency Calls on Ukrainians to Fight Child Exploitation

Posted on Tue. May 22, 2018​​

Kyiv – We see them in the metro. We see them in pedestrian tunnels. We see them in the streets. Every day we see begging children, but usually we just ignore them.

To call on Ukrainians to see the reality in which these children are living, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the international media arts competition Kyiv Lights Festival joined their efforts. This weekend (18-20 May), in the framework of the festival, a thematic art installation was displayed in the heart of Kyiv, on Mykhailivska square.

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Noam: "I hope to create identification with people through my music. It’s not about ‘them’ and ‘us’; we’re all human beings."

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  • UN News reported that reflecting the reality of life on the ground for millions of migrants fleeing their homes must form the basis of the upcoming Global Compact for Migration.
  • The Irrawaddy reported that Myanmar authorities have resumed using loudspeakers to urge the nearly 4,000 Rohingya taking shelter on a sliver of land between the border fences of Bangladesh and Myanmar to leave, sparking fresh panic among the refugees over their imminent future.
  • AFP reported that the impending arrival of an anti-establishment, far-right government in Italy heralds even more controversy over how to deal with the flow of migrants as it raises the specter of mass expulsions.
  • Italy’s Dire spoke with IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete after the UN denounced Algeria for the "systematic rejection" of sub-Saharan migrants without documents outside their borders.
  • Dhaka Tribune published an op-ed which noted that to ensure that people migrate safely, more needs to be done to raise awareness around the proper channels of migration.
  • Myanmar Times reported that lack of economic reform, direction and strategy by Myanmar’s leaders is resulting in a draining of young talent from the country, according to a World Bank report.
  • Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan received remittances of more than $16.5 billion between July 2017 and April 2018. This amount is the highest in the first 10 months of any fiscal year as reported by the State Bank of Pakistan.
  • The Colombian Post reported that there are 37.7 million people from Latin America and the Caribbean who have left their country of origin. Some move to countries in the same region, but many seek better opportunities, traveling longer distances.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that Eritrean and Sudanese migrants and refugees were second and fourth respectively, in number of refugees and migrants arriving in Italy by sea during the first five months of 2018.

  • The Guardian reported that vulnerable members of the Windrush generation are still living in destitution on the streets, despite the UK government’s promises to sort out the crisis that led to thousands of people being wrongly targeted by a government crackdown on irregular immigrants.
  • Hindustan Times reported that every year, thousands of Nepalis move to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, home to the world-famous Alphonso mango, to earn a living keeping monkeys, birds and thieves away.
  • AP reported that a group of African migrants set sail last month on a 1,900-mile journey across the Atlantic to Brazil, but quickly ran into trouble and were adrift for weeks before fishermen towed them ashore, Brazilian authorities said.