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06 December 2018

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Woman crosses river during dry season in Nepal. Photo: IOM/Amanda Nero

Migration Stakes at the 24th Climate Change Conference (COP24)

Katowice (IOM) – From a migration perspective, the most significant decision Parties will have to take at COP24 concerns the work of the Task Force on Displacement. The Task Force, of which IOM is a member, developed recommendations on displacement related to the adverse impacts of climate change.

Parties will consider these recommendations and adopt a decision on the next steps. Another important issue is the institutionalization of the climate migration agenda under the Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC). The work on human mobility issues is set to continue for another five years and discussions on how to shape this strand of migration work are ongoing. 

IOM has been contributing to the work of the UNFCCC, supporting both the implementation of the human mobility agenda and Task Force on Displacement workplan, together with UN and civil society partners. IOM also strives to create synergies between the UNFCCC and the Global Compact for Migration (GCM), as climate change drivers of migration are formally acknowledged within the GCM.

IOM (Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division) is attending COP24 between 3 and 14 December in Katowice, Poland. 

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Ebola was officially confirmed on 1 August in Beni, D.R. Congo. Photo: Alain Coulibaly/MONUSCO/CC BY-SA

South Sudan, Rwanda Ramp Up Ebola Prevention Efforts

Abidjan (Devex) — As of 19 November, the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo had surpassed 200, with 326 confirmed cases. The World Health Organization has given the all-clear to alerts that have been raised so far by neighboring countries. Still, preparedness activities are being implemented in nine surrounding nations, with Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda earmarked as top priorities for preventative support. 

“More than anything else, communication is a key part in preventing and containing Ebola,” said Olivia Headon, South Sudan spokesperson, International Organization for Migration. “The prevention stage is the most critical to prevent ... the spreading of the outbreak ... [but] we are very much preparing in case the preventive stage flips to response.”

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“This t-shirt kept me safer. When I pick it up today, I remember the difficulties I faced, and tears fall from my eyes.”

Hannatu Yusuf - Internally Displaced from Baga, a rural town, to Maiduguri Displacement Camp, Nigeria

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  • IANS/AKI, Reuters, MENAFM and African Daily Voice reported that at least 12 migrants died after a rubber boat which spent more than 10 days at sea capsized off Misrata, Libya. IOM, which assisted the survivors, called for search and rescue operations to be stepped up in the Mediterranean. In related news, AFP stated that a rights group has called for an international criminal investigation into the incident.

  • UN News reported that top politicians and officials from across the world will gather in Marrakech, Morocco this weekend ahead of a major UN conference to formally adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

  • The Libya Observer reported that 105 irregular migrants have been transported from Zuwara accommodation centre to Tripoli via Zuwara International Airport, in preparation for repatriation to their countries of origin.

  • Reuters reported that more than 700,000 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran this year, according to IOM data.

  • Georgetown Public Policy Review reported, in the first of a three-part series, that as the refugee emergency in southeast Bangladesh enters its second year, solutions are slow to come and needs remain unmet.

  • Indonesia’s TribunNews and  Rakyatku reported that the Mayor of Makassar City, Mohammad Ramdhan Pomanto, and IOM Indonesia Chief of Mission Mark Getchell signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Wednesday to improve the quality of health care in Makassar City under a USAID-funded project.

  • Mothership shared the story of a three-year-old boy in Singapore who has befriended migrant workers and exchanges gifts of balloons and letters with them.

  • The Guardian reported that economic migration from Africa to Europe driven by poverty could double in the next decade unless urgent investment is made in job creation for young people in rural areas.

  • UN News highlighted a new study by the International Labour Organization which reveals that the number of migrant workers has jumped by millions, leaving some countries without “the most productive part of their workforce.”

  • Migration Policy Institute held a webinar on how Latin America is responding to the Venezuelan exodus. Senior officials from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru discussed their countries' responses to this migration while other experts spoke about the broader trend across the region and the prospects for future policy responses.

  • The Lancet published an article focusing on the extent to which the Global Compact for Migration promotes the health of child and adolescent migrants.