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25 June 2018

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Migrant App - Effective Communication with Migrants Before and During Crisis

Geneva - Thousands of buildings in the Southern Mexican state of Oaxaca were destroyed by a powerful 8.1 magnitude earthquake in September 2017. At least 98 people lost their lives nationwide. A week later, Hurricane Max caused large waves, floods, mudslides and sinkholes in the state of Guerrero.

Extreme natural events are common in Central America. In fact, the entire Mesoamerica region — an important migratory corridor — is prone to natural disasters that can cause considerable damage to households and communities.

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Argentine and immigrant demonstrations in Buenos Aires. Signs read "Let the Senegalese work" and "Fed up with racist persecution". Photo: Daniel Gutman/IPS

Senegalese Immigrants Face Police Brutality in Argentina

Buenos Aires – Senegalese immigrants began to arrive in Argentina in the 1990s and most of them joined the group of street vendors in Buenos Aires and other cities. But in recent months, they have suffered police brutality, denounced as a campaign of racial persecution.

“We always had a good relationship with the police. They even looked after my merchandise when I had to go to the bathroom. But lately everything has changed,” 35-year-old Moussa Sow, from Senegal, who has lived in Argentina for 11 years, told IPS.

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Teachers prepare families for the impact of migrant work. Photo: Masuma Ahuja

Preschool Teachers Help Families Cope While Mothers Work Abroad

Sri Lanka (News Deeply) – By day, S. Sudha teaches 25 children counting, coloring and spelling in a bright classroom in the town of Hatton, nestled in the hills of Sri Lanka’s tea country. In the evening, she teaches their parents about things like finance, nutrition and children’s mental health.

The same way Sudha is preparing the children for their future careers, she helps parents adapt to the realities of migration. She is one of more than 200 preschool teachers who spend their evenings educating families in their community about leaving home to work in a foreign country, arming them with the skills and information they need before they leave and supporting them and their families while they are away.

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Eymi: "In Romania, you can’t do certain things in public. In Cuba, we sing on the streets, we dance on the streets, we are different."

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  • CNN  reported that almost 350 migrants are stranded on two boats in the Mediterranean, including a Danish cargo ship, as a standoff between nearby European countries deepened on Sunday.
     
  • The Irish Times and Bloomberg reported on the informal talks in Brussels on migration which were called by EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at German chancellor Angela Merkel’s request. Xinhua also reported that during the meeting, French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday called for a European solution to the intractable migration issue, among as many of the 28 member states of the European Union as possible.
     
  • Xinhua reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a cautious note on the migration summit in Brussels Sunday, saying she is in favor of bilateral or trilateral agreements among member states of the European Union as a way out of the migration crisis.
     
  • Times of Kuwait  reported that international experts met in Buenos Aires in a session organized by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and IOM, in association with the Foro Del Sur foundation.
     
  • Al Jazeera reported that Spanish rescue boats have saved more than 700 refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe.
     
  • AP reported that Italy’s hard-line migrant policy is in the spotlight after its new government turned away a rescue boat with hundreds of migrants aboard from its ports, a provocative move that signals Italy is reacting more harshly to the migrant influx arriving on European shores.
     
  • All Africa 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 UNODC.
     
  • Rwanda’s The New Times reported that the government has announced plans to recruit members of the Diaspora with particular skills to help transfer them to TVET schools. The exercise will be done in conjunction with IOM which will help track and recruit skilled trainers.
     
  • Ahram Online reported that Egypt’s Prosecutor-General Nabil Sadek issued on Sunday an international address to Interpol to arrest three Libyan terrorists and members of Daesh on charges related to espionage and the kidnapping Egyptians in Libya.
     
  • Micronesia’s Marianas Variety reported that U.S. Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs Doug Domenech concluded his official visit to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia where he also visited IOM to learn more about emergency disaster assistance in Pohnpei and the FSM.
     
  • The Daily Mail reported on their reporter’s successful attempt to pay a people smuggler for a British passport in Istanbul, purchased for £2,500.

  • The New York Times showed how a tent city houses migrant children between 13 and 17. Reporters haven’t been allowed access, so the New York Times used aerial imagery to survey the site.
     
  • India’s The Wire reported that the need to prepare for climate migration is perhaps more significant for India than any other country.