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09 August 2018

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A Syrian family now living in Turkey, having fled conflict at home. Photo: Muse Mohammed/IOM 2016

Switzerland Funds UN Migration Agency to Expand Migrant Presence, Flow Monitoring in Turkey

Ankara (IOM) – Istanbul has increasingly become a destination city for migrants and refugees from countries such as Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. According to the latest available figures from the Turkish Directorate General of Migration Management (DGMM), these nationalities make up a majority of the over 500,000 registered foreign nationals in Istanbul and the 3,9 million registered nationwide. Many migrants and refugees from these countries are vulnerable and in need of assistance.

Over the next year, with support from the Swiss Secretariat for Migration, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, will expand its Migrant Presence Monitoring (MPM) Programme to include Istanbul province. MPM is an important tool developed by IOM to support DGMM and the humanitarian community track migratory flows in Turkey to better manage migration and address issues of integration, registration and service provision of and for migrants and refugees.

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IOM engineers inspect recently installed solar panels on a Sana’a school rooftop. Photo: Saba Malme/IOM

Undertaking One of the Largest Solar Water Initiatives in Yemen

Yemen (IOM) – Yemen has one of the lowest supplies of freshwater per capita in the world. The effects of a growing population and limited water resources have been exacerbated a great deal by climate change and the escalating conflict.

An estimated 90 per cent of Yemen’s population does not have access to sufficient water and only 40 per cent have access to safe drinking water.

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  • Vice news reports on a mysterious campaign of violence that has swept through the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province since last December, affecting hundreds of thousands of people.
  • Voice of America reported that IOM and partners are appealing for $45 million to provide humanitarian and developmental aid over a three-year period for 81,000 vulnerable migrants moving to and from the Horn of Africa and Yemen.
  • Euronews reported that more than 40 percent of all irregular migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Europe this year landed in Spain.
  • IISD reported that UN agencies released a study that highlights the role of agriculture and rural development in addressing the adverse drivers of migration.
  • AP reported that Spanish police have arrested seven people suspected of smuggling hundreds of undocumented migrants into France.
  • The New York Times reported that refugees who go to Germany after entering the European Union through Spain can be turned back at the border under the terms of an agreement between Berlin and Madrid.
  • PR Newswire reported about the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration which aims to better protect and help vulnerable and stranded migrants, assist voluntary humanitarian return and support their sustainable reintegration.
  • Botswana’s The Patriot reported about a two-day workshop on the protection of unaccompanied and separated migrant children.
  • Bulawayo 24 News reported that operations at Zimbabwe’s busy Beitbridge Border Post have improved after the implementation of border efficiency management systems.
  • Nigeria’s This Day reported that local journalists convened in Benin City recently with IOM’s assistance to formulate a code of conduct and guiding principles on ethical journalism on the reportage of migration issues.

  • World Economic Forum reported on a small group of refugees earning an income from recycling plastic waste in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp.
  • The Slovak Spectator reported about writer Zuzana Palovic, whose recent work highlights the stories of several Slovak migrants who describe what it was like returning to Slovakia after living and working abroad.
  • The New York Times reported that Michelle Bachelet, a prominent women’s rights advocate and the first woman to serve as Chile’s president, was chosen to succeed Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein as UN high commissioner for human rights.