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21 November 2018

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Syrian students get support for their entrepreneurship projects at Gaziantep University. Photo: Nadine Nallaham

UN Agencies Join Up to Provide Opportunities in Turkey

Istanbul (IOM) – “Opportunities for Lives” was launched on Monday in Istanbul, aiming to provide greater entrepreneurship opportunities for Syrians under temporary protection and Turkish citizens in nine Turkish provinces. 

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is an implementing partner on the two-year project, which is led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) under the general coordination of the Turkish Directorate-General for International Labour Force.

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How Data Innovation Can Serve Migration Policymaking

Berlin (IOM) – Migration has become one of the most challenging issues confronting policymakers around the world. The growing complexity of internal and cross-border human mobility has highlighted the need for reliable and timely data to inform migration policy development and humanitarian assistance – a need that traditional statistical systems are often not well-equipped to meet. 

Migration data from traditional sources – e.g. national population censuses, sample surveys and administrative sources – are characterized by significant gaps in quantity and quality, despite increasing efforts by national governments and the international community to address these.

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Natasha: "I had accepted my place as an outsider in America, but realizing that I was an outsider in Japan as well was heartbreaking."

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  • UN News reports IOM has upgraded temporary accommodation structures in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps. 

  • EU Science Hub features the a new report co-authored by IOM, Towards an EU Policy on Migration Data, that argues effective migration policy requires comprehensive data.

  • Xinhua reported on the forced disembarkation of irregular migrants from a cargo ship in the Libyan city of Misrata, citing comments by the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, Maria Ribeiro.  

  • Rudaw reported that a study led by IOM, in conjunction with the Iraqi government, found five main reasons for prolonged displacement: problems with housing, access to livelihoods and basic services, social cohesion, security, and mental health.

  • Bulawayo 24 reported that Zimbabwe's newly launched migration profile will help the government develop a comprehensive National Migration Policy.

  • Market Screener reported that Matica Technologies will exhibit secure ID technology at the fifth Border Management and Identity Conference (BMIC) between 11-13 December 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.

  • The Hindu reported that literacy levels in rural households of India dip with seasonal migration, according to the 2019 UNESCO GlobalEducation Monitoring Report.

  • Al Jazeera reported on the forcible disembarkation of refugees and migrants who had refused to leave a cargo ship docked in the port of Misrata.

  • NBC News reported about Bling-O, a fundraising event in Texas that aims to raise money for migrants and asylum seekers