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29 August 2018

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Syrian refugees at Velika Kladusa refugee camp in Bosnia earlier in August 2018. Photograph: Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Migrants in Bosnia Risk All to Complete ‘The Game’ Before Winter Bites

Velika Kladusa (The Irish Times) – They call it “the game”, and its risks and rewards can be life-changing.

For thousands of migrants now gathered here in northwest Bosnia, winning the game
means reaching Italy or Austria – a promised land of safety and prosperity – after crossing Croatia and Slovenia undetected.

Losing means being sent back to a squalid Bosnian border camp at Velika Kladusa, or a derelict dormitory in nearby Bihac, which mark the start of this level of the game; for many it also brings robbery and violence and, for a few players, death.

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In some parts of Madagascar, children go to school because they receive food there but after school, they spend the rest of the day fetching water. Photo: IOM / Natalie Oren 2017

IOM: The Proximity Agency

Madagascar  (IOM) – As an Organization, we pride ourselves on the size of our footprint and for being close-to-the-ground. Yet, I would argue that what defines us is not so much our footprint, but rather how we implement proximity as a way of being, an everyday attitude, and the key marker of how we work. 

Our introductory public information material presents us as “highly decentralized”, which allows IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to be ‘’closer to where the needs are”. Our Director General, William Lacy Swing, often describes IOM as the “Proximity Agency”.  

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Mare: "There are people living here from all over the world and this makes Sydney culturally very diverse."

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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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  • Reuters reported that IOM interviews with African migrants trapped on an Italian coast guard boat for nearly a week revealed claims by migrants that they were held by smugglers in Libya for up to two years and many had been beaten, tortured and raped.
  • El Pais reported that around 50 migrants in a semi-inflatable boat pulled up on a busy beach in Cadiz on Spain’s southern coast on Sunday afternoon.
  • Euronews reported that faced with hyperinflation and a shortage of food and medicine, many Venezuelans have decided to leave their country by plane, boat, or even by foot. 
  • Sputnik reported that Brazil has reinforced border security in its northernmost state of Roraima due to the influx of migrants from Venezuela.
  • Reliefweb reported that Brazil has relocated 187 Venezuelans from Boa Vista, Roraima to other Brazilian states. Another one thousand Venezuelans are expected to be resettled in September.
  • Rudaw reported that Iraqi women and girls from Shingal living in displacement camps in Duhok province took part in a cycling race this week.
  • Brinkwire reported that aid workers have begged Britain not to forget almost one million Rohingya stranded in makeshift refugee settlements, one year after the mass exodus from Myanmar.
  • Apolitical reported about Flowminder, a Swedish non-profit that is using mobile phone data to track the movement of people after a crisis. 
  • Tolo News reported that officials from Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Pakistan gathered in Kabul on Tuesday to discuss the establishment of a joint regional network to fight human trafficking.
  • Zam published an op-ed which noted that African economic migrants who cross oceans in search for a better life are not desperate, but are instead hopeful.

  • The Greek Reporter reported that according to the BBC, the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesvos is the ‘worst in the world’, with children as young as ten attempting suicide.
  • New Zealand Herald reported that South Korea has been described as “like London in the swinging sixties” by an immigration expert amid a rise in the number of Kiwis heading to the East Asian nation.
  • Huffington Post published an op-ed about how British employers can better reap the migration dividend for communities and themselves.