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17 July 2018

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DG William Lacy Swing meets new mothers from the Rohingya refugee and local communities who recently gave birth at an IOM medical facility in the world’s biggest refugee settlement, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on July 15 2018. Photo: IOM

Fate of Rohingya Refugees Discussed by IOM Chief and Bangladesh Prime Minister

Posted on Tue. July 17, 2018​​

Dhaka, Cox’s Bazar, Nay Pyi Taw – Almost a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh face a triple threat of extreme weather, funding shortfalls and uncertainty about their future, William Lacy Swing, head of the UN Migration Agency, IOM, said today.

Director General Swing said it was crucial for the world to remain focused on the crisis, as a failure to do so would have tragic outcomes for the nearly a million Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh. 

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 50,872 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,443

Posted on Tue. July 17, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 50,872 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 15 July 2018. That total compares to 109,746 at this time last year, and 241,859 at this time in 2016.

Arrivals to Spain overtook those to Italy this past weekend. To date just over 35 per cent of all Mediterranean irregular migrants have come via the Western Mediterranean route, whose irregular migration volume has nearly tripled those registered at this time last year. 

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  • Bangladesh’s The Observer reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing had thanked the Bangladeshi government for its generous support of the Rohingya, during his meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The Independent also reported that DG Swing had expressed concern over lack of funding for dealing with the Rohingya crisis, which he termed one of the world’s greatest humanitarian challenges.

  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that some activities have been visible in Myanmar in the past few weeks with regard to the repatriation of the Rohingyas.

  • AP reported that about 400 migrants aboard two border patrol ships disembarked in a Sicilian port Monday.

  • Xinhua reported that the World Health Organization has provided medical supplies and drugs that will help treat more than 50,000 internally displaced Ethiopians for three months.

  • Sudan Tribune reported that Sudan will develop a national anti-trafficking strategy and activate existing laws to counter the phenomenon in accordance with the established international standards.

  • Al Jazeera reported that eight migrants including six children were found dead after suffocating from petrol fumes while packed into a truck container on Libya's western coast. Another 90 migrants recovered from the container on Monday were in critical condition and taken to a local hospital.

  • IFRC published a new report on the humanitarian consequences of labour migration and trafficking, and the role of Asia Pacific national societies.