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10 September 2018

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IOM's Migrants as Messengers Explain the Dangers of Irregular Migration

Dakar (IPS)  El Adama Diallo left his home in Senegal on October 28, 2016, with dreams of reaching Europe in his heart and a steely determination that made him take an alternative, dangerous route to get there despite the absence of regular migration papers in his pocket.

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The children in Mauritania before their return to Sierra Leone. ©IOM 2018/S.Desjardins

Lost in Mauritania: A Group of Young Children Band Together for Safety on the Way Home

Mauritania (IOM) – Mauritania is known for its Koranic schools, where students from the surrounding countries are sent to learn Islamic principles and teachings. Regrettably, upon arrival, some of these students are denied admission to the schools because of factors like language barrier, or age if they are too young. They then find themselves lost in a foreign country, away from their families.

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Some developed countries have successfully tested programs to train migrants in needed skills before they arrive. Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero 2017

African Migration to Europe is Not a Crisis. It’s an Opportunity

(Center for Global Development)  An increasingly common justification for European development assistance to Africa is the notion that it will reduce migration from the South. While this sounds intuitive and makes for an appealing argument, the research shows that it is highly unlikely. As communities become less poor, more people gain the abilities and wherewithal to undertake an expensive journey to a better life elsewhere. Development often increases migration – at least initially.

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Kleio: "The biggest challenge I had to overcome as an immigrant was, and still is, the fact that I have to prove myself again."

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Alana Murphy biked more than 4,300 miles across the United States, meeting people who came to the United States as refugees.

Here are some stories from her time in Ohio.

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  • Iraq Daily Journal reported that for the first time in nearly four years, the number of displaced Iraqis has fallen below two million, according to an IOM report. 
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that overseas employers have been asked to offer higher wages if they are serious about recruiting skilled apparel workers from Bangladesh. 
  • Daily Nigerian featured the work of George Edozie, a Nigerian artist whose latest paintings and sculptures look at the origins of human trafficking in Africa. 
  • Parikiaki interviewed IOM’s Natasa Xenophotos Koudouna who noted that the recent increased irregular flows of refugees and asylum seekers in Cyprus require solidarity and responsibility sharing between EU member states.

  • Cleveland.com reported about a weekly Nepali language class for the children of Bhutanese refugees in Cleveland, which aims to preserve their language and culture in America.
  • Your Story reported about a tea stall that not only sells tea and refreshments, but acts as a centre for exchange of information on livelihood and employment opportunities for migrants who have migrated from rural to urban India.