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07 August 2018

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Ethiopian migrants in Obock, Djibouti, walk to a shaded area to await smugglers to bring them to Yemen. Photo: Olivia Headon/IOM 2018

IOM: USD 45 Million Needed for 2018-2020 Migrant Response in Horn of Africa, Yemen

Posted on Tue. Aug 7, 2018​​

Nairobi – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and its partners launched, on 6 August, a Regional Migrant Response Plan (RMRP) for the Horn of Africa and Yemen through which they are appealing to the international community for USD 45 million. The plan details support to migrants on the move in the Horn of Africa and Yemen from 2018 to 2020.

The response plan, developed in coordination with regional and country level non-governmental and intergovernmental partners, is a migrant-focused humanitarian and development strategy for vulnerable migrants from the Horn of Africa, specifically those from Somalia, Djibouti and Ethiopia, moving to and from Yemen. The plan targets some 81,000 people.

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The Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 themes announced this week recognize women, youth and inclusion as key elements of entrepreneurship.

Call for Applications: ‘Start and Scale-Up for SDGs’ at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018

Posted on Tue. Aug 7, 2018​​

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, joins the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and partners in announcing a call for applications to participate in the prestigious youth entrepreneurship pitching event entitled ‘Start and Scale-up for SDGs’. The event will take place in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 November 2018 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (12-16 November 2018).

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  • Al Jazeera reported that at least a dozen people, including migrant farm labourers, have been killed in a crash between a van and a lorry in southern Italy.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM and the European Union are training over 60 migrants who opted to return to Somaliland from Libya instead of continuing their journeys to Europe.
  • Newsweek reported that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are at risk of having their makeshift shelters destroyed by extreme weather conditions.
  • Chatham House published commentary on why providing universal energy access to displaced people is crucial to improving their livelihoods and those of the host communities.
  • Nigerian Watch reported that Nigeria, with IOM support, will repatriate 116 of its nationals trapped in Libyan camps.
  • Haiti Libre reported that IOM and Chile have agreed to facilitate family reunification for Haitians residing in Chile.
  • MENA FN reported that the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund will allocate USD 3 million to a pilot project that will provide peacebuilding and professional skills to Somali refugees volunteering to return from Kenya to Somalia.

  • The New York Times published an op-ed which noted that domestic migrant workers in the Middle East continue to face confinement and abuse.
  • Channel News Asia reported about the international tournament debut in Hong Kong of the Squash Dreamers – displaced Syrian youngsters forced to flee their war-torn homeland.
  • Phys.org reported about a study which concluded that visa restrictions can lead to an increase in irregular migration.
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