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05 June 2018

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White paper is separated from coloured paper to make white and pink rolls. Photo: Giacomo Dei Rossi/IOM

From Bin to Flush: Paper Recycling in Madagascar

Madagascar (IOM) – Nature is essential to Madagascar’s identity. Mention the country and it will undoubtedly evoke discussions about its wildlife, natural richness or unique flora.

Madagascar’s unique biodiversity is shaped by its origins: the prehistoric break-up of the Gondwana’s supercontinents some 165 million years ago.

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MECLEP Project studied how migration, displacement, and planned relocation can improve adaptation to environmental and climate change. Photo: IOM

Migration as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Posted on Tue. June 05, 2018​​

Berlin (IOM) – In late March 2017, IOM published the final report for a project on Migration, Environment, and Climate Change: Evidence for Policy (MECLEP), which concluded that in many cases migration contributes to adaptation to environmental and climate change, as it allows affected families to diversify their income, improve their employment, health, and education opportunities, and prepare them to better face future dangers caused by natural factors.

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Why a Multipronged Approach is Necessary to Address Environmental Migration

An interview with Dina Ionesco, Head of the Environment, Migration and Climate Change division at IOM Headquarters, Geneva. 

Geneva (IOM) – On the occasion of World Environment Day 2018, we sat down with Dina Ionesco to talk about the evolution of IOM's work on the nexus between migration, climate change and the environment over the years, and why it is important to include this nexus in the upcoming Global Compact for Migration. 

For more information, please visit: www.environmentalmigration.iom.int 


  • Reuters reported that the death toll from a ship packed with migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast last weekend has risen to 60, one of the worst migrant boat disasters in recent years.
  • Euro News reported that migrants are turning to an alternative route through the Balkans in their attempts to reach the European Union.
  • AFP reported that Bosnia, one of Europe’s poorest countries, is so ill-equipped to cope with a surging influx of refugees that aid workers here fear the tiny nation could be on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.
  • Wiki Tribune reported that the EU’s support for the Libyan coastguard has helped to dramatically reduce the number of refugees crossing the Mediterranean, but aid agencies said that this is driving people into more dangerous routes, and contributing to an increased fatality rate.
  • Egypt Today reported that the Egyptian government has not spotted citizens illegally fleeing the country by sea since 2016, due to the coast guarding strategy.


  • ANSA reported that the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization says that migrants can be agents of development, contributing to economic growth and improving food security and rural livelihoods.
  • Open Democracy reported that the nameless and un-mourned bodies of undocumented migrants feature prominently in the lived experiences of the Mediterranean coastal towns where they wash up but still remain conspicuously absent from the broader migration narrative and from the rhetoric of many influential actors involved in policy, academia, and the media.