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13 November 2018

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IOM and Bdjobs.com sign a Memorandum of Understanding to better inform overseas job seekers. Photo: IOM

Bangladesh’s Largest Job Site, UN Migration Agency Partner to Combat Unethical Recruitment Practices

Dhaka – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is partnering with Bangladesh’s largest online job portal Bdjobs.com Ltd. to provide the latest information to job seekers on overseas employment opportunities and connect them directly with employers. The two agencies on Sunday (11/11) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a new online portal that expects to go live within six months.

In Bangladesh, every year nearly two million people join the working age population, while only 200,000 jobs are created locally. This phenomenon, coupled with pull factors – including peer influence, expectations of higher income and the perceived social status attached to living abroad – often lead working age people to migrate for jobs overseas.

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MigApp 3.0 is now available on the App Store and Google Play. Photo: IOM

IOM Releases Redesigned, Now Customizable Mobile App ‘MigApp’ in 4 New Languages

Geneva – The redesigned MigApp – the UN Migration Agency’s app for migrants – is available today (13/11) for download. The app’s interface has been reconfigured to include a dropdown menu and more user-accessible icons.

Additionally, MigApp 3.0 comes in four more languages – Chinese, Italian, Russian and Portuguese – bringing the total number of available languages to eight, including the original English, Arabic, French and Spanish.

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Since March 2016, IOM has provided community based psychosocial support to nearly 400,000 Yemeni children in child friendly spaces. Photo: Eman Al Awami

IOM Provides Mental Health Services and Safe Spaces for Vulnerable Yemeni Families

Yemen – The conflict in Yemen – raging since March 2015 and recently intensified by clashes in and around Al-Hudaydah over the weekend – has disrupted the lives of millions of Yemenis. Nearly ten per cent of the population, or 2.3 million people, are displaced as of June, according to the UN Migration Agency’s (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix.

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  • Bangkok Post reported on Muslim migrants working to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene in Thailand’s Tak province.
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  • ANSA reported that IOM resumed its Voluntary Humanitarian Return Programme in southern Libya, where return operations had been suspended for a year and a half.
  • El País reported that Spain’s maritime rescue services and the Civil Guard rescued 258 people off the coast of Andalusia this weekend.
  • The Nigerian Voice published an op-ed arguing that ‘we all are potential migrants’, since human beings will always strive to improve their living conditions, security and livelihoods.
  • NRC called on authorities in Nigeria’s northeastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe to end the cycle of yearly cholera outbreaks.
  • UN Environment reported that the municipal authorities of several devastated cities in western Iraq explored opportunities to establish debris recycling centres to help advance recovery efforts.
  • Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency reported that the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan has discussed potential international migration partnerships with IOM.

  • The Irish Times published an op-ed noting that hip hop is the dominant youth culture in Ireland, and that ‘immigration contributes invaluably to a nation’s creative and cultural output’.
  • The Atlantic reported about a new graphic memoir that uses art to illuminate the human dimension of the refugee/migration crisis.
  • ANI reported that Switzerland has officially chosen the film 'Eldorado' as a contender for the Oscars’ foreign language film category. The documentary focuses on the plight of refugees, and is inspired by the childhood experiences of director Markus Imhoof.