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01 June 2018

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Rohingya volunteer Laila receives equipment for emergency response activities during monsoon. Photo: IOM

Rohingya Refugees, Local Villagers, IOM, Partners Join Forces with Bangladesh Authorities to Prevent Disaster

Posted on Fri. June 01, 2018​​

Cox’s Bazar – As Rohingya refugees and local residents in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, learn how to prepare for monsoon disaster scenarios, the UN Migration Agency has been rolling out vital supplies to help them in their life-saving efforts.

Radios, megaphones, first aid kits, stretchers, protective clothing, warning flags and sirens are among the items being distributed among over 500 Rohingya emergency volunteers in the Kutapalong/Balukhali extension, also known as the ‘megacamp’. In addition, almost 1,000 volunteers from the host community have received similar emergency “toolkits” in the Teknaf area, in the south of Cox’s Bazar.

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How Do Countries Govern Migration? Country Profiles Published on Migration Data Portal

Posted on Fri. June 01, 2018​​

Geneva – Migration has become a major political issue over the past few years at the local, national and international levels, yet there has been little attention paid so far to how states currently govern migration.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is initiating a conversation by supporting voluntary states in taking stock of their migration governance through the Migration Governance Indicators (MGI).

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