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26 November 2018

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Abdul Jabar Dimalna, an IDP from Marawi City, Philippines. Photo: IOM/Julie Batula

The Sustainable Development Goals and IDPs

(Forced Migration Review) – In 2015, internally displaced persons (IDPs) were recognised in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, marking the first time an international framework has acknowledged the importance of including in a country’s development plan those who have been internally displaced. 

Launched in 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) had set tangible targets including to cut extreme poverty, reduce child mortality and promote universal primary education. The MDGs, however, neglected to take into account the needs of people affected by disasters and conflict, such as IDPs. 

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Les Damnés du Climat/Klimafluch & Klimaflucht (Climate Refugees)

(Arte TV) – UN Migration Agency (IOM) experts on migration and climate change, together with other international and local specialists, discuss these issues in Les Damnés du Climat/Klimafluch & Klimaflucht – an ARTE documentary.

Watch the documentary: French and German | With subtitles (English, Spanish, Polish, Italian)


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The Liffey River in Dublin, Ireland. Photo: IOM/Muse Mohammed

Bid to Restore Birthright Citizenship Gains Ground in Ireland

Dublin (The New York Times) — Ireland, which seems intent on bucking the illiberal tide in the West, is at it again: As other countries move to tighten restrictions on immigration, the Irish public is overwhelmingly in favour of a proposal to reinstate birth-right citizenship.

A proposed law on the subject passed a preliminary vote in the Irish Senate on Wednesday, three days after an opinion poll for the Irish edition of The Sunday Times of London showed that 71 percent of respondents favour birth-right citizenship. Nineteen percent were opposed and 10 percent undecided.

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Divya: "I wasn’t happy always feeling like a foreigner, so I adapted, and now I feel like both a local, and a migrant."

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  • Reuters reported that at least 631 African migrants have died trying to reach Spain so far this year, nearly three times more than the 2017 total. 

  • AFP reported that more than 15,000 migrants have returned home from Libya through a voluntary programme since the beginning of 2018, according to IOM.

  • Daily Asian Age and Northeast Now News reported that IOM has opened two new modern health facilities to replace a small medical post constructed from bamboo and tarpaulins in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

  • DW reported that drugs, poverty and tourism are driving ‘child prostitution’ in Nairobi’s slums.

  • UN News reported that UN agencies have called for more resettlement options and an end to the detention of asylum seekers in Libya.

  • The Nation reported that IOM developed an online portal for the Royal Thai Police Cadet Academy to assist with training officers to detect fraudulent travel documents, people smuggling and transnational crime.

  • The Guardian reported on a pop-up store in London, where shoppers can buy a range of items for refugees including sleeping bags, emergency blankets and solar lamps.

  • Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported that with an urbanisation rate of 4 per cent, Punjab’s cities are growing rapidly due to increasing rural-urban migration.

  • NBC reported that a group of doctors from Southern California crossed the border into Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday to treat members of the migrant caravan currently camping in overcrowded shelters.