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05 July 2018

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Planting Seeds for a Safer Future

Cox's Bazar – More than one million Rohingya refugees escaped violence in Myanmar. They are living on the hilly terrain of Cox's Bazar where the land is steep and the soil is sandy. They are desperate for space to build shelters and they have used the plantation to care for their families. Now, the land they live on is bare, and the sandy slopes are extremely vulnerable to landslides during the monsoon and cyclone seasons.

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Job Training for Migrants in Europe

IOM (Euro News) Training migrants into Europe’s workforce.

That's the aim of a new pilot project by the International Organization for Migration called Skills2work.

It’s hoped it'll bridge the gap between the working population and aging community within the EU.

That's according to the Org. for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Farasat: "Everybody has the same rights at the start and at the end. So why do people discriminate against each other?"

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  • Xinhua reported that Libya Prime Minister Fayez Serraj on Wednesday met with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing whose visit to Tripoli aims to help Libya deal with irregular migration and internal displacement.
     
  • AP reported that activists in Barcelona draped a life jacket on a statue of Christopher Columbus on July 4 to draw attention to migrants who have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea.
     
  • Bangladesh’s Observer reported that the number of women workers leaving for Saudi Arabia for jobs has increased in recent months despite reports of physical and mental torture that have already forced many to return home.
     
  • Euronews reported about IOM's Skills2work project which aims to train migrants into getting jobs in Europe. The project also hopes to bridge the gap between the working population and ageing community within the EU.
     
  • Corriere della Sera reported that last month’s fatalities are the third highest number of deaths and disappeared at sea since international agencies have begun to keep track two and a half years ago.

  • Straits Times shared the stories of some irregular migrants in Spain who described Europe as being “more of a purgatory than the paradise” they imagined.
     
  • Bustle shared some emotional letters from more than a dozen migrant women currently being held in immigration detention centers in the United States. Those letters were made public by the nonprofit human rights organization Grassroots Leadership.