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17 September 2018

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Thai YouTube creators discuss how content and media can make the world a better place in March 2018 during a USAID-funded IOM X event in Bangkok. Photo: Richard Nyberg / USAID

Powerful Counter-Trafficking Campaign from Asia Hits a Global Stage, expanding to More than Forty Countries

Eye-catching videos and resources reach audiences around the world

Bangkok (USAID) – “Што такое гандаль людзьмі?” (“What is human trafficking?”) says the narrator as an animated video on human trafficking plays to a crowded room of students in Minsk, Belarus. This same video plays in Egypt, Myanmar and Thailand, however, the narrator isn’t speaking Belarusian. She’s speaking Arabic, Myanmar and Thai.

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South-South migration presents many complex and diverse opportunities and challenges for countries and migrants alike. Photo: Muse Mohammed / IOM

Promoting Good Migration Governance through South-South Cooperation

New York (IOM) – Cooperation between developing countries –  known to development actors as South-South Cooperation (SSC)  –  is experiencing a resurgence. Although the idea that developing countries could work together to improve their collective development outcomes has been around for some time, recent years have witnessed a noticeable growth in South-South activities, driven by the emergence of new innovations, expertise and best practices in developing countries and greater awareness of the potential benefits such cooperation offers.

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Nana: "My experience will enable me to pour back my skills, knowledge, and experience to my community that I received here."

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  • AFP reported that an estimated 18,000 irregular migrants have reached Europe by land this year, a more than seven-fold increase compared to the same period in 2017, according to IOM.

  • Libya Observer reported that IOM has resumed voluntary humanitarian return flights for irregular migrants in Libya after the cessation of hostilities in Tripoli.

  • Xinhua reported that migration flows to Greece this summer have almost doubled compared to the same period in 2017.

  • Al Jazeera reported that refugees and migrants stranded in western Bosnia accused Croatian police of physical and verbal abuse, harassment and theft.

  • Sarajevo Times reported that Usivak Barrack in Hadzici, near Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo, has procured 11 containers for the accommodation of migrants who come to BiH and transit through the country en route to the European Union.

  • Sahara Reporters stated that IOM has helped 9,822 Nigerian irregular migrants return home from 10 different countries in the past 18 months.

  • The New Arab reported on the only migrant centre in Tunisia that hosts migrants who reached the country irregularly, either being picked up by authorities near Libya or in waters off the country's coast.

  • Thailand’s The Nation reported that IOM has partnered with the Ministry of Labour to develop a handbook targeting interpreters and Thai service providers.

  • The Conversation published an op-ed which noted that little thought has been given to the way in which political and bureaucratic actors prioritise certain lives over others in their decision-making.

  • Brookings published a report which noted that while the out-migration of family members and their remittances can improve well-being by easing budget constraints and enhanced financial security, there are also significant psychological costs to the large numbers of family members of migrants left behind.