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20 June 2018

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IOM rehabilitates the irrigation system of Sallamiya town in the south of Mosul. Photo: IOM

Water Flows to Conflict-affected Communities South of Mosul

Iraq (IOM) – In June 2014, ISIL took control of Sallamiya town, on the Tigris River, in Hamdaniya district, Ninewa Governorate. Thousands of residents fled the area, mainly to adjacent governorates, or farther south, to Najaf and Kerbala.

Countless homes and community infrastructure were damaged while ISIL held the area, including the Sallamiya irrigation system which was built in 1980. The system is vital to local farmers growing fruits and vegetables, especially beans and watermelon.

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Somali migrants, once stranded in Libya, arrive home in Somalia via an IOM charter flight. Photo: UNSOM Somalia 2018

A Journey from Science to Diplomacy: Rescuing Somali Migrants Stranded in Libya

Somalia (IOM) – As the sun begins to rise, 150 migrants welcome their first morning on Somalia’s soil in, what is for some, years and, others, months. Disembarking an IOM, UN Migration Agency, charter flight from Libya, at the end of May 2018 is the final haul of a long and hard journey. It is not the end that they had expected when they had first set out from Somalia. It isn’t Europe but it is home and it is safe.

Among the passengers is Ali Said Faqi, Ambassador for the Somali Government to the European Union (EU), and a major part of the mission to help Somali migrants stranded in Libya return home to their families. While few might have missed the stark media headlines on the abuse African migrants have faced at the hands of smugglers, traffickers and criminal gangs in Libya, Ali is one of the few, who have travelled to the source of these stories. 

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Migrants trying to cross into Croatia at the border of Bosnia's Velika Kladusha town. Photo: IOM

Bosnian Police Prevent Hundreds of Migrants from Entering Croatia

Saravejo (Reuters) – Bosnian police briefly closed a border crossing with EU member Croatia on Monday to block a group of migrants who were trying to walk through woodland to reach the wealthy bloc, the border police said in a statement.

Croatia also sent police on its side of the border, Anel Ramic, the interior minister of the Bosnian northwestern Unsko-Sanski canton, said.

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  • EU Observer and Politico  reported that EU leaders are set to endorse plans at next week’s summit in Brussels to create ‘regional disembarkation platforms’ that should provide ‘rapid processing to distinguish between economic migrants and those in need of international protection’  as a way to reduce the incentive to embark on perilous journeys. 
     
  • Prensa Latina reported that at least 857 migrants and refugees died this year in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Europe.
     
  • OnuItalia reported that ahead of World Refugee Day, 40,073 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through the first 24 weeks of 2018. 
     
  • IBNA reported that Albania is being used as a transit route by refugees and that Bosnia, Montenegro and Albania registered a total of 2,838 refugees last month.
     
  • Bulgaria’s Focus News Agency reported that new ways will be sought to limit the migration flows to the EU while maintaining the current measures for migration management.
     
  • Reuters reported that Moldova plans to launch a pilot of its digital identity project this year using blockchain technology to combat child trafficking. 
     
  • Intelligent CIO reported that Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo has joined forces with IOM to build a comprehensive price comparison app for international money transfers.  
     
  • IPS reported that at least 2.5 million migrants were smuggled worldwide in 2016, generating an income for smugglers which ranged between $5.5 billion and $7.0 billion, according to a newly published report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). 
     
  • Xinhua reported that the international pledges to resettle 25,000 migrants from Libya are moving slowly, said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Tuesday. 
     
  • Morocco World News reported that ‘Malian Spiderman’ Mamoudou Gassama – who saved a four-year-old child dangling from a fourth floor balcony in Paris – met Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita who thanked him for his heroic act. 
     
  • Reliefweb reported that IOM and Africa Development Aid delivered much-needed shelter and household items to more than 10,200 returnees, internally displaced persons and the communities hosting them in Tonga, an isolated area of South Sudan’s Upper Nile region, last week.
     
  • News Ghana reported that Ghana Immigration Service has launched a five year strategic plan which covers issues relating to human resource, law and politics, stakeholder co-operation, equipment and infrastructure, funding and information communication and technology. 
     
  • Dhaka Tribune reported about the plight of Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, who are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking, physical and sexual abuse, and wild animal attacks.
     
  • Reliefweb reported that Translators Without Borders has launched a glossary app to improve communication between interpreters, aid workers, and the Rohingya community in humanitarian response. The glossary was created in partnership with Oxfam, with support from UNICEF, IOM, and DFID.
     
  • IPS reported that IOM, in collaboration with the Consular Department of Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has organized a pre-departure training on human trafficking for 31 Mongolian consular officers.
     
  • UN News reported comments made by UNICEF head Henrietta Fore that separating children from their families is in no-one’s best interest, pointing to “heartbreaking” stories of infants who have been reportedly removed from their parents after entering the US from Mexico illegally. 

 

 

  • IRIN explored the choices and challenges of sub-Saharan Africans following their dreams northwards in the face of new EU policies and deals with African nations designed to deter hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking new lives in Europe. 
     
  • The Good Men Project ran an op-ed which noted that while the repeated mention of child migrants in the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants is promising, it has so far done little to address why children are often overlooked in the development of migration policies.