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26 September 2018

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Staff members assist in setting up flags at the North Delegates Lounge. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist

Global Compact for Migration to be Adopted During 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations

New York (IOM) - The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)’s 73rd session will run from September 2018 to September 2019. Its high-level segment, which started on 24 September 2018, will be a key defining moment for the UN’s 193 Member States to engage in debates towards cooperative responses to many urgent and complex global issues of today, such as peace, gender equality and sustainable development.

Most importantly, this year we are closer than ever to a joint response for one of the greatest political challenges of our era: migration.

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International migration in Africa occurs primarily in the same African region. Source: UNCTAD

Africa Must Look to Internal Migration to Boost Development

New York (UNCTAD) - The economic benefits of managed migration in Africa were debated by heads of state and government, ministers and diplomats at a special event co-organized by UNCTAD during the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 25 September.

Also organized by the Governments of Morocco and Rwanda, the High-Level Panel on Migration and Structural Transformation in Africa provided a platform to raise awareness and discuss maximizing the economic and development impact of migration on the world’s second most populous continent.

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  • The National reported on how the Global Compact for Migration is gaining traction at the UN despite some countries’ reluctance to aid the free flow of people.
  • The Guardian and AFP reported that several EU states will take in migrants from the Aquarius rescue ship as Europe once again finds itself divided over what to do with the large number of people crossing the Mediterranean and arriving on its shores.
  • AFP reported that Morocco's navy fired on a boat carrying migrants that refused to respond to its orders, leaving a young woman dead and three other Moroccans wounded.
  • Euronews reported that after Turkey and Libya, the EU has now turned it sights to Egypt – to help curb migration towards the continent.
  • Slovak Spectator reported that IOM will conduct another ‘Info Day’ in Bratislava, during which it will provide free information to foreigners from outside the EU who choose to live and work in Slovakia.
  • ANSA reported that IOM has created a technical working group and a social media information network to fight against human trafficking in Nigeria.

  • Times of Malta reported on a study that found serious shortcomings at migrant centres, including overcrowding, a lack of privacy, denial of access to basic amenities and limited sanitation.