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22 November 2018

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A relative receives money sent by a Filipino working abroad at a remittance centre in Manila. Photo: Reuters/Eloisa Lopez

Migrants Losing USD 25 Billion Annually in Remittance Fees – UN

London (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Lowering the fees migrant workers pay to send money home could result in USD 1 billion more being spent on education in developing countries, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Financial institutions are under pressure after a report by UNESCO, the UN body for education, found the charges to send money to some countries were too high. "It isn't fair at all," said Manos Antoninis, the director of the report.

"Some remittance corridors in Africa carry fees of over 20 percent ... The fact people are still prepared to transmit money even through these tunnels means there is a desperation and a need for such funding to be used by families in the poorest countries."

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Quantifying Mobility with IOM's Displacement Tracking Matrix

Berlin (GMDAC) – The UN Migration Agency (IOM)’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) is a tool decision makers use to track and monitor displacement and population mobility. It also can provide critical information to humanitarian actors and responders during crises, and contribute to their better understanding of beneficiaries’ flows and needs. Timely data and analysis are key for delivering prompt and targeted assistance. 

DTM originated in 2004 to monitor internal displacement in Iraq. It has since been adapted for implementation in over 70 countries. Just in 2017, DTM tracked over 30 million individuals, including internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees and migrants in a broad range of contexts, which included conflict, natural disaster, complex emergencies and protracted crises.

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  • Kurdistan 24 reported that more aid is needed to revitalize areas previously destroyed by ISIL as growing numbers of internally displaced persons return home.

  • Press Trust of India reported that special kiosks will be set up at departure points of all international airports in India to assist emigrants. 

  • Business Mirror reported that the United Nations is extending half a billion dollars’ worth of development assistance through various agencies to help the Philippines meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 and the country’s long-term vision for development by 2040.

  • Travel Weekly reported that of the eight Caribbean islands significantly damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Anguilla's recovery is one of the most impressive even though 90 per cent of its government buildings and electricity infrastructure were ‘substantially damaged’.

  • BBC reported that renowned naturalist and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough will take up the UN's ‘people's seat’ at the opening of crucial climate change talks in December in Poland,  where he will warn that failure to tackle climate change will be a catastrophe for the planet.

  • The Guardian featured novelist Sulaiman Addonia, whose childhood in Sudanese refugee camps shaped his new novel, Silence is My Mother Tongue.

  • PRI reported on a small contingent of the roughly 3,000 migrants on their way to the US-Mexico border who identify as LGBTQ. Many of them fled violence and harassment at home.