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23 October 2018

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IOM and partners conduct biometric registration in Juba’s protection of civilians (PoC) sites. Photo: Karki/IOM

Biometric Registration of Displaced Population in Juba Enhances Accountability in Humanitarian Aid

Juba – The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team and partners recently concluded a biometric registration exercise in South Sudan, which resulted in the registration of 32,113 displaced people living in Juba’s two protection ofcivilian (PoC) sites.  

Biometric registration is a widespread practice in South Sudan, which allows for a more accurate picture of the population living in a displacement site and enables agencies to plan assistance in a more targeted and accountable way. 

IOM’s biometric registration database in South Sudan includes over 700,000 people. The Organization is working jointly with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to further expand the use of biometric data to avoid duplication of assistance and to ensure that those receiving aid are indeed the intended beneficiaries.  

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As part of the pre-departure orientation process, IOM staff assists a refugee family to try on new shoes in Mae Sot, Thailand. Photo: IOM

IOM Remains Committed to Resettlement Despite Decline in 2018

Geneva – In the first six months of 2018, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, supported the resettlement of 47,197 refugees departing from 106 different countries. The Organization plays a key role in the resettlement process by providing services that prepare refugees to integrate in their new countries.   

Lebanon, Turkey and Afghanistan were the top three departure countries for refugees resettled globally. In addition, Syrian, Afghan and Congolese (from the Democratic Republic of the Congo) refugees were among the top three nationalities selected for resettlement. These refugees began new lives in a total of 26 different countries, with the United States, Canada and Sweden as the top three receiving countries.  

In cooperation with European governments, IOM also supports the relocation of refugees and migrants who arrived at ports-of-entry in countries like Greece to other receiving European countries. From January to June of this year, IOM relocated 1,595 people to destination countries within Europe.  

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  • UN News, AP, AFP, Xinhua and IBNS reported that as more than 7,000 Central American migrants and refugees travel through Mexico towards the southern border of the United States in search of safety and work, all countries involved are being urged by the UN to liaise with key agencies on the ground providing support.

  • AP reported that a migrant died and 22 others were injured while climbing a fence separating the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco, during a mass attempt to cross the border.

  • North Africa Post reported that the Interior Ministers of Morocco and Spain both stressed the need for promoting legal migration, now that Spain has become the main gateway for irregular crossings into Europe.

  • PBS Newshour’s ongoing series Desperate Journey continued its focus on Spain, which has become the main arrival point for irregular migrants heading to Europe from Africa.

  • El Pais reported that so far in 2018, one in 10 migrants and refugees arriving in Europe and almost one in four arriving in Spain, are from Guinea-Conakry.

  • NPR explored what could be learned from migrants displaced by the Dust Bowl and other climate events throughout the history of North America.

  • Artsy reported on artist Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series, which chronicles the mass exodus of over a million African-Americans from the rural South to the industrial North between the 1910s and ‘20s. 

  • AFP reported on the impact of the reopening of the border between Ethiopia and Eritrea after 20 years.