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13 December 2018

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Placing IDPs on the Map in Ethiopia and Beyond

Addis Ababa – Climate change combined with conflict has resulted in a significant increase in the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ethiopia in recent years.

“Ethiopia is one of the countries experiencing large numbers of internal displacement – 2.6 per cent of its population,” said Mitiku Kassa, Commissioner of the National Disaster Risk Management Commission of Ethiopia, during the 109th Session of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Council in late November.  

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Confronting the Challenges of Migration in West and Central Africa

By Richard Danziger, IOM Regional Director for West and Central Africa

Dakar (Africa Renewal) – Without a doubt, migration is a defining issue of this century. One billion people, one-seventh of the world’s population, are migrants. Some 258 million people are international migrants, 40 million are internally displaced and 24 million are refugees or asylum seekers. In 2018, there is no longer a single state that can claim to be untouched by human mobility.

About 423 million people are living in the Economic Community of West African States, a 15-member grouping whose aim is to promote economic integration in a region where the unemployment rate is sometimes 20 per cent – inevitably leading to migration.

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Against the backdrop of the UN’s Global Compact on Migration, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, says local leadership must play a key role in managing migration. It’s time to listen to mayors, she says.

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  • ANSA reported that nearly 111,000 migrants have reached Europe by sea so far in 2018, according to IOM figures. 
  • Capital FM reported that Kenya is among the UN member states that adopted the Global Compact for Migration in Marrakech, Morocco this week. 
  • Rudaw reported that Iraq is preparing to hold a census in 2020. The report noted that the Kurdistan Regional Government conducted a demographic survey of the Kurdistan Region this year, in coordination with IOM. 
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that the increasing use of DNA tests by governments, to identify refugees and reunite families who have been separated after fleeing to Europe and North America, has raised concern about data privacy.  
  • ANSA reported on the increasing cooperation between Spain and Morocco on tackling irregular migration.

  • InfoMigrants reported on the Global Migration Film Festival and asked whether building understanding through sports works as well in reality as it does on screen.