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22 October 2018

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From D.R. Congo, Nickens Nkoso, partner Sabrina from Algeria and France, and children, Adam (8) and Jasmine (6). Photo: Chris Steele-Perkins/Magnum Photos

Portrait of Humanity: Rethinking How Migration is Photographed

London (British Journal of Photography) – Chris Steele-Perkins began The New Londoners four years ago, a project reflecting the individuality, community and unity of Londoners today. “The idea behind it was to think of a different way to photograph migration,” he explains.

“Migrations have always been photographed very extensively in a dramatic, photojournalist sense, but I wanted to change that.” The project encompasses portraits of families from over 180 countries across the globe, who have all settled in London.

Before its culmination into a book in Spring 2019, Steele-Perkins hopes to photograph 20 more.

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Photos that bear witness to modern slavery by Lisa Kristine. Click on the image for more photos.

UK, the Global Leader Combating Modern Slavery, Must Do More at Home

By Patrick Burland | International Organization for Migration

London (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – In recent years, the United Kingdom has positioned itself as a champion against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Theresa May, UK Prime Minister has proudly declared that ‘the UK is leading the world with our efforts to stamp out modern slavery’ and even led a  session of the UN General Assembly on tackling modern slavery in 2017. 

More recently, the UK government’s aid agency, DFID, announced funding for a number of projects tackling human trafficking across Asia and Africa.  

On a recent trip to Nigeria in August 2018, Prime Minister May announced funding for an IOM, the UN Migration Agency, project supporting 1,700 Nigerian migrants and victims of human trafficking and modern slavery returning to Nigeria from Libyan detention centres.

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  • AP reported that some 300 migrants broke through a fence separating Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco, an effort that left one migrant dead and saw 200 others enter Spanish territory.
  • Xinhua reported that more than 13,000 migrants have been voluntarily repatriated by IOM from Libya to their home countries so far in 2018.
  • CNN reported on Sean Binder, who was arrested in August — with fellow search and rescue volunteers — for what Greek police alleged was being “actively involved in the systematic facilitation of illegal entry of foreigners on Greek territory”.
  • Vanuatu Daily Post reported that the Vanuatu Red Cross Society, with support from several partners, has conducted an evacuation centre baseline survey on the island of Maewo.
  • On the eve of United Nations Day (24 October), Sunday Observer reminded its readers that the UN has been ‘serving humanity for 73 years’.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM had provided aid to migrants in reception centres in Libya.

  • AP reported on the thousands of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico, hoping to reach the United States.
  • BBC Radio 4’s The Remittance looks at the politics, prejudices and pride involved in sending money, and also the emotional toll it can take on some migrants.