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14 June 2018

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Reception at AVRR Transit Center for Ethiopian Returnees From Egypt. Photo IOM

IOM to Provide Reintegration Assistance for 32 Ethiopian Migrants from Egypt

Addis Ababa - Following a visit by Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed to Egypt last weekend, 32 Ethiopian irregular migrants, who were detained in the country, were pardoned by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and flown back to Ethiopia on 11 June 2018.

Upon arrival at the Addis Ababa Airport, the 32 returnees were welcomed by Dr. Aklilu Hailemichael, State Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as Ms. Maureen Achieng, IOM Ethiopia Chief of Mission and Representative to the ECA AU and IGAD.

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Sammy* Photo: Nadine Al Lahham/IOM 2018

Syrian Refugee Finds Solace and Safety at Istanbul LGBTI Guesthouse

Turkey (IOM) – Growing up a gay man in Aleppo was hard, especially in the conservative neighbourhood where Sammy* lived. When Syria’s conflict broke out, Sammy was terrified by the prospect of military conscription. He knew his sexuality would make it even more dangerous for him. In 2014, he fled to Istanbul, Turkey, in search of safety and acceptance.

A year later, Sammy met Wajed* and fell in love.

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Nassara AC and the migrants from the transit centre in Agadez playing strong during the first half of the match. Photo: IOM/Marcos Moreno Báez

From the Transit Centre to the Football Field

Niger (IOM) – Bachirou Amma has been the proud owner of second division club Nassara AC, in Niger, since 2008. He had always been an avid football fan, and decided that there was no better way to pursue his hobby than to open a club in his hometown of Agadez.

Bachirou used to be involved in the migrant smuggling business. When the 36/2015 law against the smuggling of migrants was introduced, he turned all his attention to football. There are six migrants playing on his team currently, most of whom have been recruited for the team by current or ex-smugglers during visits to the ghettos in Agadez. Other times, the migrants themselves come and tell Bachirou that they want to play. Once the migrants decide to join the club, he moves them from the ghettos and provides them with basic housing, amenities and a salary.

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  • AFP reported that Italy postponed high-level talks with France on Wednesday after Paris branded Rome irresponsible for refusing to take in a migrant rescue ship.
     
  • AFP reported that although Spain has offered safe harbour to the boat and the 629 migrants on board, the episode has raised questions about a country’s legal obligations towards those rescued at sea.
     
  • The Irrawaddy reported that several days of torrential rain have exacerbated the suffering of Rohingya refugees living in camps on hilly terrain in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar District, leaving at least one dead and damaging or destroying more than a thousand makeshift shelters.
     
  • UN News reported that migrant smuggling occurred in all parts of the world, generated an income of up to $7 billion – equivalent to the amount the United States or the European Union spent on humanitarian aid that year – according to UNODC.
     
  • AFP reported that Spain's new socialist government has offered to take in the 629 migrants aboard the Aquarius rescue ship that was stranded in the Mediterranean after Italy and Malta refused to let it dock.
     
  • An AP investigation found a New York-based fish distributor’s supply chain is linked to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins. It was also offering species in other parts of the country that were illegal to catch, out of season and farmed.
     
  • Miami Herald reported that almost 1 million people from Venezuela are thought to have poured into neighboring Colombia in the last two years, amid a grinding economic, social and political crisis that has rattled the region.
     
  • Nigerian Observer reported that IOM’s Richard Danziger, has commended Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, for the proactive and strategic management of the menace of human trafficking and illegal migration, noting that the template developed and implemented by the state is worth emulating.
     
  • IOL ran an op-ed which noted that though migration for entrepreneurial purposes could obviously present an opportunity, it can also present numerous challenges.
     
  • Find Biometrics reported that new fingerprint scanning terminals at two critical points of entry in Mogadishu could help to thwart international criminals and terrorists trying to elude authorities through Somalia.
     
  • Universal Postal Union (UPU) reported that in a keynote speech, Director General of the UPU praised the “unique model” of the East African Communications Organisation and called on Posts to embrace e-commerce opportunities.

  • News Deeply published an article by Glen Tarman, head of global advocacy at CARE International who explains why a binding convention on sexual harassment is so necessary.
     
  • Bloomberg reported that for the first time on record,  the European Union’s fastest-shrinking nation of Lithuania had more people immigrating into the country last month than left, buoyed by inflows from Ukraine and Belarus.