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31 August 2018

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Returnees embark on a timber supply collective reintegration project in Benin City. Photo: IOM 2018

Nigerian Returnees Learn the Ropes of Business Development at Home

Lagos – “Before I travelled to Libya, I was into phone sales and repairs and palm oil production, but I left my business to migrate due to challenges like power outages,” said Onyekachi as she stood in a room full of fellow returnees. “With this training, my dream will come true because I have been grouped into an agriculture-based business.”

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 68,098 in 2018; Deaths Reach 1,549

Geneva  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 68,098 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2018 through 29 August, with 28,579 to Spain, the leading destination this year. This compares with 124,015 (172,362 for the entire year) arrivals across the region through the same period last year.

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Jorge: "Personal interaction is key. When we interact personally, we find out what we have in common."

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  • AFP reported that Proactiva Open Arms, a migrant rescue NGO, is quitting its Libyan mission in light of the recent criminalization of humanitarian groups in the Mediterranean.
  • AFP reported that Morocco has launched an operation against a people-smuggling mafia that brings hundreds of African migrants to Europe.
  • Voice of America reported on Spain’s mass deportation of 166 migrants who forced their way through border fences in Ceuta and attacked guards.
  • Dominica Vibes reported that IOM will repair 12 emergency shelters and provide solar power systems as part of its assistance to Dominica’s recovery. A separate report stated that IOM and Habitat for Humanity are currently hosting basic carpentry training in Dominica.
  • The Dhaka Tribune reported that the vast amount of work carried out by Bangladesh authorities along with the aid agencies has had a massive impact in terms of handling major monsoon disasters. 
  • Malawi News Agency reported on the launch of the EU-funded project Pilot Action on Voluntary Return and Sustainable Community Based Reintegration.

  • Newsweek featured the West African tour of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she opens the idea of investing more in Africa to keep migrants from moving to Europe in search for opportunities.

  • Euractiv reported that Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Thursday  that Latin America should adopt a “quota system” to better manage the Venezuelan migrant crisis.

  • Politico reported about Britain’s new Romanian working class.

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that Bangladeshi female workers who returned from Saudi Arabia with psychological disorders and physical disabilities have become a burden to their families and are unable to lead normal lives.