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13 September 2018

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Migrants rescued by the NGO rescue ship ‘Aquarius’ in the Mediterranean in August. Photo: Guglielmo Mangiapane

No NGO Rescue Boats Currently in Central Mediterranean, Agencies Warn

Palermo (The Guardian)  Thousands of migrants risk dying at sea because of a clampdown on NGO rescue ships, aid agencies have warned, in what has been their longest period of absence from the central Mediterranean since they began operating in late 2015.

Since 26 August, no NGO rescue vessel has operated on the main migration routes between north Africa and southern Europe.

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It is essential that media rise to the challenge of covering migration and put ethics at the centre of their coverage.

Surges and Swarms: A Conversation on Responsible Coverage of Migration

Italy (UN University)  Addressing xenophobia to ensure the human rights and the inclusion of all migrants remains a pressing concern in the global migration agenda. A report by the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility addresses xenophobia through a consideration of representations of migration and the role of the media. 

The report also aims to support international policymakers in their efforts to work towards a global compact on safe, orderly and regular migration and a global compact on refugees. Following the adoption of the NY Declaration on September 19th 2016 by the Member States of the United Nations, a two-year process was set in motion to prepare these compacts, that are to be adopted in 2018.

The Report supports the general goal of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to ‘leave no one behind.’ and also complements the UN’s Together campaign, which seeks to counter racism and guarantee the respect, safety, and dignity of all migrants.

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Ismail: "I’d love to go back home one day and help my community. It hurts to see someone just like me who has nothing. So I want to help them."

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

Here are some stories from her time in Missouri. 

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  • IPS reported on the resumption of IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return Programme in Libya following a ceasefire in Tripoli.
  • HRW has called upon Greece to improve access to education for asylum-seeking children.
  • Just Security reported on the importance of two Global Compacts (for Refugees and Migration), arguing that they provide routes to devise more durable solutions to migration management.
  • EGlobal reported about the upcoming International Metropolis Conference in Sydney that will discuss the economic benefits of migration, diversity and integration.
  • Xinhua reported that East Africa, especially Ethiopia, is the region worst impacted by a worldwide internal displacement crisis through the first half of 2018. Some 1.4 million internally displaced persons recorded in Ethiopia alone.
  • Times of Malta reported about 120 migrants who were evicted from a cow farm, southwest of the capital Valletta.

  • Minority Rights Group published a new report focusing on the distinct experiences of migrants, refugees and internally displaced belonging to minorities and indigenous peoples, and how their identities shape their journeys.
  • InfoMigrants reported on Europe’s stateless refugees who often are denied access to basic rights such as education, healthcare and employment.