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14 December 2018

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Libya: Essential Humanitarian Support Reaches Communities in Tawergha, Nearby Areas

Tripoli – This week (12/12), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in cooperation with Libya’s Ministry of State for Displaced Affairs and the Local Council of Tawergha delivered essential humanitarian assistance to communities in Tawergha, 200 kilometres southeast of Libya’s capital Tripoli, and in the surrounding village of al-Emarat. 

After over seven years of insecurity, and subsequent displacement, communities have begun to return to their homes in the surrounding areas. In recent months, and after the return of calm to the area, at least 100 families have permanently returned.  

As they begin to rebuild their lives, returnees struggle to access basic services. IOM’s recent humanitarian support reached more than 100 families in Tawergha and 88 in nearby al-Emarat.

In its recent intervention, IOM supplied families with generators, winter blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits, as well as diapers for children.  

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Displaced Communities in Ukraine Put Down Roots, Integrate in Local Communities, Says IOM Survey

Kyiv – Natalia is not from Mariupol and would not be living in this industrial city in southern Ukraine were it not for the conflict that displaced her and her family from their home village of Shyrokyne in February 2015.  

But she treats the city as if it were her own, organizing fellow-displaced people as well as locals to clean up a messy public space next to a food kiosk she has opened with the help of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). 

“People stopped dumping here when they saw what we had done. My neighbours and clients support my initiatives and business development, and it helps me move further. I see that the positive emotions I give to the local community come back to me,” she says.  

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IOM Launches Policy Framework for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration

Geneva — The International Organization for Migration (IOM) today released A Framework for Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) to guide policymakers and practitioners’ work in this important field.   

AVRR programmes help migrants who are unwilling or unable to stay in their host countries return to their countries of origin. IOM started implementing AVRR programmes in 1979 and has since then provided return and reintegration support to over 1.6 million people.  

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“I think for some time the cow was associated with stability, harmony and self-reliance we had before displacement.”

Vlada Internally displaced From Donetsk to Kyiv, Ukraine

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Michael: "When you grow up in the west, from a young age you are fed with preconceived ideas & stereotypes until you actually meet those ‘others’."

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Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended IOM Bangkok’s screening for the 3rd annual Global Migration Film Festival

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  • AP reported that hundreds of girls have vanished into human trafficking networks in Indonesia, and are among 61,000 dead and missing migrants in the country.

  • AFP reported that bad weather has not stopped migrants from crossing the Mediterranean from Morocco to Spain, a journey that has claimed hundreds of lives this year.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on calls from Amnesty International that the Islamic State's destruction of rural land and property in Iraq should be considered a war crime.

  • Artemis reported on the use of catastrophe bonds to finance refugee and migration response, to fill a funding gap currently not addressed through normal humanitarian assistance.

  • The Daily Star published an op-ed explaining the need for a policy framework for displaced people.

  • Hawaii Public Radio featured  Sudanese songstress Alsarah and her views on the intersection of culture, migration, and music.

  • CNBC reported that Japan has formally passed legislation to allow more foreign workers to alleviate severe labour shortages, adding that this may not be enough to mitigate the nation’s dwindling workforce.