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14 September 2018

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IOM staff distribute relief items to displaced persons in Malfety, Haiti during Hurricane Irma (September 2017). Photo: IOM

UN Migration Agency Strengthens Preparations for Peak Hurricane Season in Haiti, Caribbean

Port-au-Prince – With peak hurricane season arriving in early September, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Haiti is intensifying its emergency preparedness capacity thanks to additional funding from the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO).

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New treatment regimens for TB patients will greatly benefit migrant health. Photo: IOM/ Florian Bachmeier

Rapid Tuberculosis Treatment Will Help Migrants, Says IOM in Tajikistan

Dushanbe – Rapid tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics methods and new drugs for drug-resistant forms of TB with short-term treatment regimens were at the centre stage of a two-day conference on Integrated Tuberculosis Control in Central Asia which concluded in the Tajik capital Dushanbe today (14/09).

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  • New Europe ran an op-ed by a retired senior EU naval officer in which he called on EU institutions to bring member states together to address irregular migration through Libya. IOM was identified as a possible partner to provide return and reintegration assistance.
  • Kurdistan24 reported on a recent survey that revealed youth in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq have difficulty finding jobs, with 87 per cent of households earning less than USD 850 per month. IOM helped compile the survey.
  • TOLOnews reported on Afghan migrants bound for Iran who cite unemployment and insecurity as reasons for leaving the country. The report referenced IOM.
  • NRDC reported that in Bangladesh – a low-lying coastal nation inundated by floods – a rural exodus to the cities is reshaping life everywhere. The report referenced IOM.
  • MAP reported that Morocco is determined to fight collusion between irregular migration and drug trafficking networks. The reported noted that the government works with IOM to voluntarily return migrants to their countries of origin.


  • Policy Forum published an op-ed noting that the world needs to stop seeing human mobility as the problem if migration challenges posed by climate change are to be addressed.
  • VOA reported that immigrant families who were separated at the US border may have a chance of claiming asylum if an agreement between the Department of Justice and immigrant advocates is approved by a federal court.
  • The New York Times reported that the number of migrant children in the US, mostly from Central America, being housed in the shelter system has skyrocketed, increasing five-fold since the summer of 2017.