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05 December 2018

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UN OCHA Releases Global Humanitarian Overview, World Humanitarian Data and Trends Reports

Geneva – Today, United Nations OCHA releases two reports — the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) 2019 and World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018 — under the theme, “Measuring and mitigating risk: preventing protracted emergencies from becoming the new norm”.

Jointly launched for the first time, the two reports will give a comprehensive assessment of global humanitarian needs, response and requirements as well as evolving trends in humanitarian response.

Read: World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2018 | Global Humanitarian Overview 2019

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‘Through the Eyes of a Migrant’ VR competition deadline extended to 18 December.

Deadline Extended for Virtual Reality Film Competition – ‘Through the Eyes of a Migrant’

Geneva – The Virtual Reality Film Competition: ‘Through the Eyes of a Migrant’ has extended its deadline for proposals to 18 December. As part of the ongoing Global Migration Film Festival, the Virtual Reality Film Competition will use new technologies to depict the challenges and promises of migration in films developed by 10 young participants based on the pitches submitted by IOM’s extended deadline.

Participants moving to the second round will receive a virtual reality kit they will then use to produce their own film; IOM is also planning a series of webinars to better prepare these young filmmakers.

All interested young film-makers (between the ages of 15 –30) must be both citizens and residents of developing countries (see the list of eligible countries here). They are invited to submit a one-minute video pitch as a weblink through the competition’s main page. This video pitch should outline the participant’s idea of migration or a storyline/concept that the filmmaker plans to use to develop her or his short video.

The Global Migration Film Festival is taking place in over 100 countries; it brings together people from all walks of life to enjoy dozens of movies chosen from nearly 750 submissions. These films will continue through to International Migrants Day, 18 December 2018.

For more information, please follow the link to our main webpage or email virtualreality@iom.int.


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Table Mountain Nature Reserve, Cape Town, South Africa.

Enhancing Intra-African Tourism for Economic Growth and Development

Geneva – Tourism is one of the most promising economic sectors in Africa. It has the potential to not only drive economic growth on the continent, but to catalyze inclusive economic development.

At the recently concluded 4th Pan African Forum on Migration (PAFoM) in Djibouti, it was widely acknowledged that enabling the free movement of people on the continent is key to boosting intra-African tourism.

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“The house had been empty for three years, but it was the only option for us. I saved money, and got the essential services in as I want my girls to live in comfort.”

Valerii Grek – Internally displaced from Dokuchaevsk, to Donbas, Ukraine

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  • The Guardian featured the story of a Sierra Leonean man separated from his 10-year-old son in the Mediterranean. The son was eventually located by IOM in Libya. 
  • Reuters reported that the number of migrants arriving in Yemen is set to rise by 50 percent this year compared to 2017, according to IOM. 
  • Xinhua reported that the number of irregular migrants traveling to Spain continues to rise, with 59,048 reaching the country during the first 11 months of the year, according to the Spanish Interior Ministry. 
  • Devex reported about a USAID-funded IOM project which seeks to build community cohesion and improve reintegration of returning refugees and migrants in El Salvador.
  • Newsweek reported that nearly 4,000 migrants have died or gone missing along the route through Mexico toward the U.S. border in the past four years, according to AP figures.
  • AFP reported that 15 migrants died and 10 others survived at sea for 11 days after their boat capsized off the Libyan coast, according to survivors.
  • Bangladesh’s Daily Star reported that US Ambassador to Bangladesh assured continued support during a visit to Cox’s Bazar, where he also met Rohingyas and IOM officials.
  • Xinhua reported that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed urged Yemen's warring factions to end the war that has devastated the Red Sea nation for the past four years.

  • CBC reported on an effort being carried out by the University of Calgary to interview refugees and newcomers so as to improve experiences for people fleeing war-torn countries.
  • The Economist reported that language problems affect responses to crises and that interpreters must try their best to understand and fill in the gaps left by cultural differences.
  • ABC reported that a group of refugees from Ethiopia, Iraq, Sudan and Syria has been granted permanent residency by the United Kingdom after living in legal limbo at a British military base in Cyprus for two decades.