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30 August 2018

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The GCM clearly identifies slow onset environmental degradation, natural disasters and climate change impacts as drivers of contemporary migration. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Perspectives on Environmental Migration — 10 Key Takeaways from the Global Compact for Migration

Geneva (IOM) – In July 2018, the final text of the Global Compact for Migration was finalized and presented at the United Nations Headquarters. The text contains multiple references to environmental migration, articulating a wide and comprehensive understanding of the challenges linked to the environment-migration nexus.

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Business leaders and economists warn that the pervasive lack of labour is damaging the German economy. Photo: Bloomberg

German Economy Needs More Foreign Workers in Face of Continuing Labour Shortages

Berlin (Financial Times) – Herbert Striebich runs a freight company near Rastatt, south-west Germany, that suffers from an increasingly common problem: too much work and not enough workers. 

“We get calls from companies every day who want us to work –  and I just have to turn them down. These days, I take orders only from my regular clients,” said Mr. Striebich.

His company needs at least six warehouse workers and five truck drivers, but the local labour market has been sucked dry. “You cannot believe how hard it is to find people,” said Mr. Striebich, who estimated that he could raise turnover by 15 per cent if only he could find the staff.

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Souleyman: “My fellow brothers need to know that this route is one of sacrifice. You don’t know how you will die, but chances are it will happen.”

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  • RT reported about the hundreds of migrants left behind in detention camps in Tripoli without food due to continued clashes between rival armed groups.

  • Sahara Reporters  and Nigeria's The Nation reported on the repatriation of around 180 Nigerians from Libya.

  • The Libya Observer reported about the repatriation of 124 Malians from Libya.

  • Voice of Asia and WiredGov reported on British Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Nigeria as a part of her African tour aimed at improving relations and deals between the UK and Africa post-Brexit, stemming the flow of irregular migrants to Europe and combating human trafficking.

  • Sudan Vision Daily reported that IOM will support Sudan in warding off the effects of climate change.

  • Aljazeera reported on Brazilian President Michel Temer’s announcement he may place limits on the number of Venezuelan migrants allowed to enter the country daily via its northernmost state.

  • Dominica News Online reported that nearly 600 house roofs damaged after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica in 2017 have been repaired.

  • Haiti Libre reported that IOM has opened the first Visa Application Centre for Chile in Haiti to help migrants legally move to the country.

  • PRI reported about a new app that will help address the communication barriers between Rohingya refugees – especially women reporting sexual assault cases – and aid workers.

  • Washington Examiner featured a US Border Patrol Office created to assist agents in distress that now mostly rescues irregular migrants who injure themselves attempting to cross the border.

  • News Deeply reported about the challenges faced by migrant women working as domestic helpers in the Gulf.

  • Daily Times reported about the arrest of three activists who allegedly helped migrants enter Greece irregularly.

  • Metro published an op-ed which noted that the UK needs migrants of all skill levels, and not just ‘the brightest and the best’.