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19 September 2018

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Photo: Sarah Ali / IOM

Finding Comfort at Home: Soran’s Journey

Erbil  (IOM) – Soran left Kurdistan in 2015, in search of better opportunities for himself and his young family in Germany. Here is his account of the journey to Europe, and the decision to come back home.

“In August 2015, lack of employment and the general gloomy atmosphere caused by the economic crisis here encouraged me to think of going to Europe in search of a better life. I sold my house and my car and put all of my savings aside to prepare for the trip to Germany. My brother and my cousins live there and they told me it was a nice country and that the German people treated migrants well.

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Refugees and migrants wash themselves near the Moria camps on the island of Lesbos, Greece. Photo: AFP/File

Greece to Improve Conditions on Island Migrant Camps

Athens (AFP) – Greece's migration minister on Tuesday pledged to improve living conditions for migrants in camps on islands in the Aegean Sea, where he said arrivals had doubled this summer.

Medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Monday said that chronic overcrowding at camps on the island on Lesbos had led to an array of dire health consequences, including suicide attempts.

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  • Stanford University did a study on how demographic change affects international relations and security both directly and indirectly, through the social processes experienced by all societies which embrace this change.

  • India Gazette reported Algeria has pledged to take back its citizens residing irregularly in Germany.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on the rising number of Nigerian women lured to Europe with the promise of work only to end up in the sex trade, with traffickers colluding with madams to ensure ‘black magic curses’ stop them from leaving.

  • EU Observer reported that the EU wants to deepen relations with Egypt because a few people managed to take boats from there to Europe.

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that a comprehensive framework for migration governance is needed so that migrants from other countries can work in Bangladesh.

  • IRIN reported that prominent Bangladeshi NGOs assisting Rohingya refugees feel overshadowed by international aid groups that dominate donor funding and relief operations, and want a greater say in decision making.

  • The Pew Research Center assessed how migration pathways between North Africa and Europe have changed since 2009.

  • Voice of America reported that hurricane Florence has forced migrant workers in North Carolina to evacuate their farm and seek refuge at a school-turned-shelter.

  • AFP reported that the death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Mangkhut has climbed to 81 and could hit triple digits as searchers dig through a landslide where dozens are presumed dead, authorities said Wednesday.

  • ReliefWeb published a WHO update about  Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines, which noted that around 26,000 people are displaced and taking shelter in the homes of relatives and friends in Regions I, II, III and CAR.