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22 August 2018

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The Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp near Cox's Bazar. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

One Year On, Aid Groups Renew Focus on Hosts of Rohingya Refugees

Cox’s Bazar (Devex) – Concrete replaces hand-dug mud steps zigzagging down steep hillsides. Sturdy bridges stretch over marshes, and a main road carves a bumpy path through once inaccessible zones. The mega-camp that sprawls across 6,000 acres of Bangladesh’s Ukhia region has changed greatly in the year since it became home to 700,000 additional Rohingya refugees fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

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The 'Unknown Migrants' Buried in Southern Spain

Spain (Al Jazeera)  – Along the Mediterranean coast, some Spanish locals try to provide respect and care for the bodies of unidentified migrants who did not survive the perilous crossing.

IOM, the UN migration agency says that more than 63,000 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea in 2018. Forty-two per cent of them have arrived in Spain, but many others who undertake the treacherous journey do not survive. And as crossings to the Spanish coast have surged this year, migrant drownings have tripled, as well.

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Fatima: “People you meet abroad open this whole new dimension and this whole new reality that you’ve never seen before.”

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  • AP reported that 11,000 migrants and refugees have entered Bosnia since the beginning of the year.
  • DW reported that the crisis in Venezuela cannot be resolved without a multilateral effort.
  • The Economist reported that the plight of Venezuela’s citizens has gone from bad to worse, creating what may well be the largest forced displacement of people in Latin American history.
  • Government Europa spoke with IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi about possible solutions for managing the flows of irregular migrants into Europe.
  • Jordan Times reported that aid workers shared their stories on World Humanitarian Day to honour colleagues and civilians who have lost their lives.
  • Huffington Post published an op-ed which noted that effective interventions can only be made once there is a fuller understanding of the nature of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

  • Asia Times reported about a former Filipino migrant worker who finally found success when she added her own twist to a traditional Filipino dessert and gained attention online.