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09 July 2018

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Virtual Reality Exhibition of Internally Displaced People Opens In UN Geneva

Geneva (IOM) – Using cutting edge virtual reality technology, IOM has launched an exhibition that enables viewers to inhabit the world of internally displaced people. In recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the 1998 Guiding Principles on Displacement.  One of the exhibition tells the story of Hannatu, (pictured above behind IOM’s Director General Swing). Hannatu tells how when Boko Haram invaded her home in Baga, Nigeria, she fled into the bush. She found a t-shirt which she says helped save her life. The exhibition explains her story in immersive 3D video. Click this link here to see on your computer or better still on a VR headset.

The exhibition tells the story of IDPs from five continents and the items they hold precious which helped them through their ordeals

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Kylian Mbappe of France celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during its World Cup match against Argentina in Kazan, Russia, on June 30.Photo: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

What France and Belgium’s World Cup Success Says About European Immigration

Russia (The Washington Post) – When the French national team electrified the world two decades ago with a 3-0 drubbing of powerhouse Brazil in the World Cup final, Kylian Mbappé had not yet even been born. On Saturday, the 19-year-old French striker accomplished a feat that only one other player has ever achieved: scoring two goals in a World Cup match as a teenager.

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Migration and Sustainable Development Goals focus of 2018 High-level Political Forum

New York (IOM) – IOM, the UN migration Agency, is co-organizing three events addressing migration-related aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during the 2018 High-level Political Forum (HLPF) at the UN Headquarters in New York from 9-18 July.

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Nicole: "I know that if I wanted to go back home I always have that option — I feel very lucky to have that choice."

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  • Voice of America reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing is appealing to Libyan authorities to stop detaining migrants intercepted or rescued at sea by the Coast Guard after trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

  • Reuters reported that Italy’s shutting of its ports to humanitarian rescue ships will trap more migrants in Libyan detention centers and in the hands of smugglers, where they face beatings and abuse, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said.

  • Reuters reported on EU discussions over internal and external border control and the implications not only for migrants and asylum seekers, but also the EU as a whole. 

  • Euranet Plus reported on the debate surrounding search, rescue and disembarkation in the Mediterranean. 

  • Reuters reported that the European Union is not in the throes of a migration crisis, despite a ‘toxic narrative’ and political spin, UN migration experts said.

  • The Libya Observer reported that June was the deadliest month for irregular migrants who tried to cross the Mediterranean to EU shores this year.

  • AP reported that Spain’s Maritime Rescue Service said Sunday that it picked up 325 people over the weekend as they were attempting to cross a narrow stretch of the Mediterranean Sea from Northern Africa.

  • The New Nation reported that aid workers in Bangladesh's seaside district of Cox's Bazar are currently focused on ensuring vulnerable Rohingya refugees survive a lengthy monsoon season.

  • Ekathimerini reported that almost 2,800 migrant and refugee children staying at facilities across Greece attended school in 2018 with help for a second year from a European Union-funded transportation service.

  • DW reported that a new resolution in the European Parliament is calling on EU countries to give refuge to migrants from Venezuela.

  • AFP reported that thousands of people marched through German cities on Saturday to protest against EU policy on refugees and support NGOs helping rescue migrants in the Mediterranean.

  • Gurtong reported that since the outbreak of the June 2016 conflict in Wau, South Sudan, more than 31,500 people still remain displaced from their homes.

  • The Sydney Morning Herald published an editorial noting that Australia, especially Sydney and Melbourne, attracts rich migrants, especially from nearby India and China, mostly because of its safety, good healthcare and closeness to the region. 

  • UK’s Daily Gazette reported that stories and art chronicling inspiring individuals of the Windrush generation were seen and heard for the first time by some elders in an exhibition and a multimedia installation in Colcehster, Southeast England.