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31 July 2018

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IOM Bangladesh’s Counter Trafficking Team has produced a series of three comic books which use real life stories to illustrate the dangers of trafficking to those affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis. Pic: IOM

Thousands at Risk of Trafficking Amid Rohingya Refugee Crisis: IOM  

Posted on Tue. July 31, 2018​​

Cox's Bazar – Thousands of people caught up in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee crisis are at risk of human trafficking, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, counter trafficking experts have warned, stressing that the scourge of exploitation can only be tackled if authorities, local and international agencies, and communities work together.

The call for a multi-actor approach to prevent more refugees and members of the host community in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, from falling victim to traffickers, came after government officials, military and police representatives, and IOM trafficking experts, yesterday joined a rally and public meeting in the town to mark World Day Against Human Trafficking.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 57,571 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,514

Posted on Tue. July 31, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 57,571 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea through 29 July 2018. That total compares to 112,375 at this time last year.

Spain is currently the main arrival-by-sea country in the Mediterranean with 22,858 migrants arriving since the beginning of the year and 1,866 of them arriving since 25 July alone. This is approximately 16,345 more migrants than arrived in Spain in the same period in 2017. 

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Asoka: "Now, America is home. I still visit Sri Lanka and hope to spend more time there when I retire but I will always live in the US."

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  • Bangladesh’s The Financial Express published an op-ed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing marking World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
  • IPS reported about Latin American migrants targeted by trafficking networks.
  • Xinhua reported that a new IOM report showed that in the last ten years, almost 80 per cent of human trafficking globally occured through official border points, such as airports and land border control points.
  • Haberler reported that Spain's foreign minister said on Monday that his country does not face "massive" migration but that in fact Europe needs "new blood" due to its current low birth rates.
  • ANSA reported that over 1,500 migrants have died trying to cross the Mediterranean in 2018, making this "one of the deadliest years on record" on a per capita basis, according to IOM.
  • France 24 reported that Ethiopian migrants traveling through Djibouti on their way to Yemen risk cholera, dying of hunger and thirst and torture.
  • Sri Lanka’s The Island reported that the country has launched a new border management strategy with technical assistance from IOM.
  • IJNet pulled together a list of resources that provide best practices, guidelines and expert advice on covering migration.
  • Xinhua reported that Kenyan security forces have invested in state of the art technology, capacity building and enhanced intelligence gathering to disrupt the activities of organized criminal networks involved in human trafficking.

  • IPS published an op-ed by Maria Grazia Giammarinaro,  UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons who noted that states around the world must act now to strengthen their efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings. Victims and potential victims should be considered and treated as rights holders, she said.
  • The New York Times reported that the Indian government released a draft list of citizens living in a northeastern state that excluded about four million people, raising concerns about the possible detention and deportation of ethnic minorities there.