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27 August 2018

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A Functional Adult Literacy (FAL) programme learner demonstrating how to write syllables. Photo: IOM/A.

English-language Courses Support Independence and Advancement for Women in Abyei

South Sudan (IOM) – A majority of the population in South Sudan are illiterate – some 27 per cent in 2009.

In the Abyei Administrative Area, most women have not had access to an education or, if they did, would often drop out of school at a primary level due to early marriage and pregnancy.

Violent attacks on Abyei  –  a disputed territory between Sudan and South Sudan – in 2008 and 2011, including bombing, led to massive displacement and further destroyed education opportunities, particularly for women.

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Global Refugee Resettlement: What Do the Statistics Tell Us?

Berlin (IOM-GMDAC)  – Resettlement has long been an important mechanism for refugee protection, and one that promotes international solidarity and durable solutions. In recent years and against a background of large-scale global displacement, the potential of resettlement to provide solutions for the worsening global refugee situation has been debated.

The relationship between resettlement and territorial asylum as well as the potential of alternative forms of refugee intake, such as humanitarian admission or private sponsorship, have also been on the agenda – as illustrated in this infographic and discussed in a recent policy brief by the Research Unit of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration.  

How many refugees benefit from resettlement each year? Which countries accept the largest numbers of resettled refugees?

These would seem to be straightforward questions with straightforward answers to them. But resettlement statistics harbour a number of uncertainties and pitfalls that are not immediately evident to most readers.


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IOM, the UN Migration Agency is organizing this event together with WaterLex, the University of Geneva, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Geneva Water Hub, UNHCR, and OHCHR.

This event will be livestreamed here



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  • Bangkok Post and The Straits Times published an op-ed by IOM Bangladesh Chief of Mission Giorgi Gigauri to mark the first anniversary of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar that noted while living conditions in the teeming refugee camps of Cox's Bazar have improved, funding shortfalls mean that the Rohingya still live in the shadow of another potential tragedy.
  • Time reported that one year after fleeing Myanmar, the crisis is far from over for the Rohingyas, as over one million refugees languish in sprawling refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh with no guarantee of a safe return to Myanmar.
  • The Times of India reported that one year after Rohingya refugees began arriving in Bangladesh they are struggling to deal with the monsoon and the effects of their flight from Myanmar.
  • PBS reported that a year after thousands of them fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh, Rohingya refugees say they feel much safer in the camps but yearn for justice and a state to call their own.
  • Bangladesh’s The Financial Express reported the country faces the challenge of absorbing the social and economic shocks of hosting a large number of refugees for an indefinite period.
  • BD News 24 reported that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres says that the horrific stories of suffering he heard during his recent visit to the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar are still ‘vivid’ in his memory.
  • The Guardian reported that food supplies are dwindling as agencies warn of a ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya children growing up without schooling.
  • NPR reported that 200 Nicaraguans fleeing political unrest at home are claiming asylum daily in neighbouring Costa Rica.
  • Star Tribune reported about the nearly 500,000 Afghan migrants who have returned from Iran since January, trading economic turmoil and a currency crisis in the Islamic Republic for the violence and uncertainty of their home country.
  • The New York Times reported that although Niger has been well paid for drastically reducing the number of African migrants using the country as a conduit to Europe, the arrangement has hurt parts of the economy and raised security concerns.

  • EU Observer reported from a migrant quarter in the Swedish city of Malmo where some young migrants are pushing for change by encouraging higher election turnout.
  • New Zealand’s Stuff reported that migrant Filipino construction workers face unfair pay, uncertain working hours and inadequate living conditions in Christchurch and Auckland, according to a new report.