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08 August 2018

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Many of Europe’s foreign-born residents come from other EU countries. Photo: IOM

Where Europe’s Migrants Are

Europe (Politico) – European Union citizens routinely overestimate the proportion of people in their country born outside the bloc. On average, their estimate is double the actual share; in some cases it’s 10 times reality.

Proportionally, the EU has fewer migrants than the United States. The number of people living outside the country of their birth in the EU is 11 percent, compared to 13.5 percent in the U.S. Many of them, however, come from other EU countries.

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the Bakassi Camp in Maiduguri, Borno State. Photo: Paulina Odame/IOM 2018

Potential Nigeria Victims of Trafficking Focus of Awareness Raising Campaigns

Nigeria (IOM) – In 2017, Promise hopped on a boat crammed with 60 other passengers headed to Italy. Soon after reaching Italian shores, the promise of a job at a hair salon vanished, and she was forced into prostitution instead. The Nigerian woman was forced to work for 12 hours at a time in 40-degree heat before Sicilian police rescued and referred her to IOM, the UN Migration Agency for protection.

Unfortunately, Promise’s story is not an isolated case, but a poignant reminder of the risks that migrants face on their journeys toward greener pastures. One of these risks is human trafficking, a scourge that thousands of Nigerians are exposed to as many of them continue to move irregularly.

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Shamshad: “If there is no specific threat on my life or the life of my family members, I will never migrate irregularly again.”

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  • A joint assessment of the Bentiu Protection of Civilians Site in South Sudan by IOM and Humanity & Inclusion has revealed that humanitarian services struggle to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
  • UN News, India Blooms, IPS News and DevDiscourse reported about IOM’s USD 45 million appeal to provide critical aid to 81,000 people in the Horn of Africa and Yemen. 
     
  • Breaking Belize News reported that nearly 200 teachers from schools located in high migration communities in Belize are participating in workshops on the risks of irregular migration.
     
  • Voice of America reported that IOM and UNHCR have helped 116 Somali refugees return home from war-torn Yemen.
     
  • ANSA reported that Tunisia will contact the countries of origin of migrants rescued by the Sarost 5 ship in order to facilitate their return home. 
  • UN News reported that UNHCR head Filippo Grandi urged government representatives and business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region to offer more support and protection to Rohingya refugees.

  • The Guardian reported that as Australia’s population passes 25 million, the government is encouraging new migrants to live and work outside Sydney and Melbourne as the country’s other regions seek more workers.
     
  • New Zealand’s Herald shared the story of two immigrants, running successful niche businesses in the country, who urged new arrivals to seek opportunities with ‘migrant eyes’.
     
  • The Guardian reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar are struggling to eat after floodwater soaked the firewood they use for cooking.