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31 October 2018

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Bird’s eye view of Dolo Bay IDP Site, Somali Region, Ethiopia. Photo: Rikka Tupaz/IOM 2018

Addressing Internal Displacement in Ethiopia

This story was written by Behigu Habte, IOM Ethiopia Emergency and Post-Crisis Programme Officer, and Yun Jin Kweon, IOM Ethiopia Peacebuilding Officer. It was originally published by the Forced Migration Review in their October publication, “Twenty Years of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.”

Ethiopia (Forced Migration Review) – Among various new initiatives in Ethiopia to address both the short- and long-term needs of IDPs, the Durable Solutions Working Group is making some progress, despite the challenging context.

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IOM Ethiopia Chief of Mission Maureen Achieng speaking at regional conference on human rights in migration governance. Photo: IOM 2018

A Force for Good: The Global Compact Aims to Make Migration Safer

Ethiopia (IOM) – Effective implementation of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM), due to be adopted in Morocco in December 2018, will reduce the risks that some migrants face during their journeys. It will also bolster the developmental impact of migration.

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Alfredo: "As we flew over the beautiful Chilean mountain range, I was finally leaving behind a life of hunger, misery and solitude."
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  • UN News reported on a radio series launched by IOM in Nigeria to teach vulnerable people about the perils of irregular migration.

  • VOA reported that Rohingya refugees, who escaped violence in Myanmar and settled in camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, are vulnerable to forced labour, human trafficking, and in some cases to sexual exploitation.

  • Asia Times reported that people from Myanmar benefit from being able to migrate and work in Thailand but need more protection to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation.

  • AFP reported that as winter approaches, Bosnia is racing to avert a humanitarian crisis for thousands of EU-bound migrants crossing its mountainous terrain and sleeping without proper shelter.

  • Reuters reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged to start a new development fund to tackle unemployment in Africa.

  • A Euronews correspondent visited Tunisia and travelled to the coastal town of Zarzis in the south, near the Libyan border, to find out why so many Tunisian youths continue to risk everything for a chance of a better life outside the country.

  • Unian reported that the Ukrainian Social Policy Ministry and IOM say more Ukrainians are being exploited in Russia and Poland. 

  • The Guardian reported that while violence and poverty have been cited as the reasons for the exodus of migrants from Central America, experts also warn that climate change is forcing farmers off their land – and it’s likely to get worse.
  • VOA reported that according to UNICEF, more than 80,000 children are among 330,000 Congolese migrants expelled by the Angolan government since the start of October. The migrants were sent to the Democratic Republic of the Congo's volatile Kasai Province, where ethnic tensions triggered a brutal conflict in 2016.