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26 October 2018

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Migrant workers cross the Moei River to enter Thailand from Myanmar. Photo: Visarut Sankham / IOM 2018.

Myanmar Migrant Workers Benefit from Migration, Need More Protection: IOM Survey

Bangkok – Myanmar nationals benefit from labour migration to Thailand but need more protection to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation, according to preliminary findings from a flow monitoring survey conducted by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on the Thai-Myanmar border. 

Between June and August 2018 IOM surveyed 4,130 incoming and returning Myanmar migrant workers at six locations in Mae Sot and Phop Phra in Thailand’s north-western Tak province.

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CTDC, the world’s first counter-trafficking data portal, contains data on over 90,000 cases from 169 countries. One in every five individuals in the dataset is a child. Photo: IOM

IOM Launches Updated Counter Trafficking Data Portal with New Statistics

Geneva – A new version of the Counter Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) has been released, now featuring data on over 90,000 cases of human trafficking and new data visualization tools. 

CTDC is the world’s first global data portal on human trafficking, with primary data contributed by organizations around the world, bringing together knowledge and diffusing data standards across the counter-trafficking movement. 

For the first time, CTDC facilitates unparalleled access to the largest dataset of its kind in the world, providing a deeper understanding of human trafficking both through the visualisations on the site and through the publicly available downloadable data file.

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Jacqueline Weekers (3rd from left), IOM Migration Health Division Director and fellow panellists in Astana. Photo: IOM

Evidence Shows Primary Healthcare for Migrants is Cost-saving

Astana – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, pointed out that “leaving no one behind” as formulated in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals does not necessarily mean a greater burden to health budgets. 

During the side-event at the Global Conference on Primary Health Care held in Astana, Kazakhstan, yesterday (25/10), Jacqueline Weekers, IOM’s Migration Health Division Director noted that “High costs are often cited by governments as the main reason to not include migrants in health systems. Meanwhile, migrants contribute more in taxes than they receive in benefits, send remittances to home communities and fill labour market gaps in host societies. Equitable access for migrants to low cost primary health care can reduce health expenditures, improve social cohesion and enable migrants to contribute substantially towards the development.” 

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  • Al Jazeera reported on rights groups’ warnings that government responses to Central American migrants and refugees going to the US may violate international law.

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  • UN Environment reported on the need to curb ‘environmentally unsafe, irregular and disorderly migration’.

  • The Washington Post reviewed May-Lee Chai’s Useful Phrases for Immigrants, an award-winning collection of short stories that alternate between depicting Chinese immigrants in the United States and migrants in China, reminding the reader of the ties between those who left their homelands and those who stayed. 

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that sex workers and migrant labourers feature prominently in an art festival in Bangkok, which features local and international artists tackling issues that the artistic director says are otherwise ignored in the city.