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05 October 2018

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IOM emergency response specialists working with government and UN partners assess the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi. Photo: IOM 2018

IOM Backs Indonesia’s Response to Earthquake, Tsunami Delivering Water, NFIs to Devastated Areas

Palu – As search and rescue operations begin to wind down in Central Sulawesi, following the September 28th earthquake and tsunami, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) is deploying staff and aid to the affected area at the request of the Indonesian authorities. Three IOM specialist staff, including a doctor, will today take part in a multi-agency assessment mission in the affected area.

IOM will tomorrow dispatch an 11-truck convoy from Makassar in southern Sulawesi to Donggala, one of the worst affected towns in the area, carrying 83,600 liters of drinking water in 19-liter re-usable plastic bottles. The convoy, the first of six or seven scheduled over the coming days, will have a police escort over the roughly 24-hour road journey.

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Riaw Gatlier Gai, Deputy Minister of Interior, officially opens the IOM-hosted consultation on South Sudan's migration policy. Photo: IOM/O. Headon 2018

IOM Supports South Sudan in Developing Its First Migration Policy

Juba – South Sudan is developing the young country’s first ever migration policy with support from the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Through a three-day consultation, which began Wednesday (03/10), key Government stakeholders are setting priorities to be addressed by the comprehensive migration policy.

South Sudan hosts thousands of migrants – estimated to be more than 845,000 in 2017, according to the 2017 International Migration Report – the majority of whom are from the East and Horn of Africa and are often travelling irregularly. Not only a country of destination for many migrants, South Sudan is a major transit country on the route to Northern Africa. 

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  • CGTN reported that since conflict erupted in Yemen in 2015, the fighting and dire economic conditions across the country have made journeys to oil-rich Gulf States even more dangerous for transiting African migrants and refugees.
  • IANS/AKI reported that Italy’s Foreign Ministry is donating EUR 2.5 million euros to support IOM activities in Niger and Egypt.
  • CNN reported on a sprawling park on the outskirts of eastern Paris where African migrant women are forced into prostitution.
  • Sputnik and DPA reported that the migrant charity SOS Mediterranee has called on European governments to provide a flag to the migrant rescue vessel Aquarius to allow it to continue its mission.
  • AFP reported that a new migrant rescue ship, the Mare Jonio, was headed for the waters off Libya on Thursday, even as similar vessels were prevented from operating in the area.
  • Prensa Latina reported that about 82,100 undocumented people have arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean Sea in the first nine months of 2018, while 1,777 have died in the attempt, according to IOM.
  • Libération (Fr) reported about migrant deaths and fatalities in the Mediterranean.
  • Vanuatu’s Daily Post reported that the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat has successfully completed a validation workshop on labour mobility in Port Vila.

  • CNN published an op-ed by Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and Hilda C. Heine, President of the Marshall Islands who warned that countries do not increase commitments to fight climate change by 2020, the potential impacts will be devastating, and threaten the lives, homes and livelihoods of people in countries like Fiji.
  • Project Syndicate published an op-ed by UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi who noted that intra-Africa migration is not only a human and social phenomenon; it is also a vital ingredient of growth.