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21 September 2018

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Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque addresses the migration governance workshop. Photo: Tanmoy Saha Turja / IOM

IOM Backs Bangladesh’s Adoption of Migration Governance Framework

Dhaka – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Government of Bangladesh organized a one-day national sharing and validation workshop in Dhaka this week (18/9) to finalize a migration governance framework for Bangladesh. 

The workshop, which was held as part of a European Union-funded project on improved migration governance and sustainable reintegration, was attended by representatives from key ministries, development partners, the private sector, research institutions and national media. It was chaired by Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque.

An estimated 12 million Bangladeshis have emigrated in the past four decades. In 2017 alone, over a million people migrated for work, mainly to the Middle East, sending home some USD 13.5 billion in remittances.

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A landslide in Itogon, Benguet, triggered by Super Typhoon Mangkhut, left 35 people dead and 68 missing. Photo: JC Borlongan / IOM

IOM Assesses Displacement Impact of Super Typhoon Mangkhut, Commends Philippine Government Preparation, Response

Itogon – Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong), slammed into the Philippines on 15 September, leaving fields of destroyed crops, landslides and damaged homes in its wake. While an estimated 364,823 families in 30 provinces across Luzon were affected, the government’s preparedness plan and pre-emptive evacuation of thousands of families kept the loss of life to a minimum, according to the UN Migration Agency (IOM).

Widespread destruction included a number of fatal landslides across the mountainous regions of Northern Luzon. In Itogon, Benguet province, 35 people were confirmed dead and 68 are still missing. Many in the community were left in a state of shock.

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  • Al Jazeera reported that EU leaders continue to have talks with Cairo to seek in-depth cooperation to reduce the number of African migrants entering the European Union.

  • Open Democracy featured an op-ed tackling the problem of increasing migrant deaths in the Mediterranean and how current European states focus on their responsibility of applying rules and laws rather than to protecting human life.

  • Balkan Insight reported on the cooperation between Frontex and the Serbian government to manage migrants along the border.

  • Nigeria’s The Independent reported that the Minister of Labour and Employment has reiterated the government’s commitment to job creation through bilateral cooperation with the Republic of Korea in the field of technical and vocational education.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation featured the story of Nigeria’s ‘anti-trafficking boss’ who has approached black magic priests to help reverse the curse placed on trafficking victims and place new curses on those who aid in human trafficking.

  • The Whig Standard reported on how the Catholic Church is helping combat human trafficking in Nigeria by teaching the youth farming and agricultural business skills.

  • Benar News reported on the ongoing hunt by Indonesian authorities for members of a suspected human-trafficking ring that allegedly sent at least a dozen women to China.

  • Dominica News reported an update on IOM’s programmes supporting relief and housing efforts following the devastation left by Hurricane Maria in 2017.


  • The Guardian reported that migrants are taking the blame for the crimes of human traffickers, with some being arrested for allegedly aiding irregular migration.

  • The Evening Express UK reported that a new project led by Glasgow Caledonian University aims to set up Scotland’s first migrant and refugee skills recognition and accreditation hub.