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UN Migration Agency: Over 830,000 Remain Displaced Outside Mosul

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:54

Mosul – IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, released data this week from its Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) estimating some 839,118 individuals (139,853 families) remain displaced in the aftermath of heavy fighting to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

According to reports and scenes witnessed by IOM staff working in the zone this month, thousands of people remain buried under the rubble, their untold stories interred amongst the broken bricks and stones of what was once a bustling city of over 1.4 million, whose history dates back to at least 401 BC.

Three survivors who spoke to IOM this week from their hospital beds gave testimony to the carnage they had witnessed. All three lost family members. (For more, see below.)

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO FOOTAGE

Amira (10)
“ISIL lobbed a mortar on our house. My father was trying to escape with my sisters and younger brother, while mother and I were still behind…Smoke engulfed the house. I could not see anything. Mama was dead lying on the floor. I thought she was alive…”

Sarah (25)
She lay in the ward, her father standing by her side. Both still were trying to make sense of what they had just gone through, and what they had lost. With her mother, a sister and her two children, and three other families with children, they had been trapped inside a house, with ISIL, which was using them as human shields.

The Iraqi army was closing in on the old city with the last few blocks remaining to be taken.

As the women and children huddled indoors, a female ISIL foreign jihadist walked in. She was holding the detonator of the suicide vest she wore.

“’You are all infidels waiting for the infidel army to come and save you,” the ISIL fighter shouted at the terrified women and children before detonating her vest amongst them.

Niqaa (45-year-old mother)
“I wish I had died with them,” she said unable to mention family members’ names as her sister, from East Mosul, stood by her side listening in tears.

It was 19:15 and Niqaa was in the kitchen preparing dinner for her family with what little ingredients she still had. Her youngest son was standing close by chatting away to her. Telling her how he couldn’t wait for the army to arrive so he would be able to leave and go to East Mosul.

“‘I will buy you water there’, ‘I will buy candies and chocolates for me’,” her son was telling her excitedly. “So I gave him some money to keep him happy.”

“‘Mama, I can’t wait for the army to arrive to go out and shout to them that we are civilians, we are a family and I’ll wave the white flag’,” she recounted him telling her, in a gush of excitement at the news that the Iraqi army was nearby and freedom from ISIL reign close.

At that moment, the house rocked as a bomb hit it.

Amira
“I kept on calling out for my mother, shouting for her to help me, but she never answered me. I too had fallen to the ground, my legs were injured. I could not move.”

“I stayed for three days alone in the house calling for my mother, calling to my father, but no one came. I had no food or water… all three days and nights I was alone shouting to anyone, but no one heard me. Mama… I kept on calling, but no answer… I didn’t know she was dead until they rescued me.”

Sarah
The room collapsed, and Sarah suddenly found herself under the rubble. She felt someone pull her towards a crack in the rubble, where she could breathe. For hours Sarah, with grave injuries to both legs, had lay buried.

“At first I could hear the voices of women shouting from under the rubble… I could hear children crying…” she recalled.

Niqaa

“The house collapsed above us. They were all killed. My entire family killed in a split second. My husband and six children gone,” she sobbed.

“No one could bury them, there was too much bombing around. Some civilians in the area dragged me outside to a safe place. They tied my bleeding foot and took me to a safer place. It was five days before the military entered our neighbourhood and rescued us.”

At a field hospital in Hammam al-Alil, a surgeon tried desperately to save her foot. It had to be amputated.

“My children and husband are all dead… they are all dead, there is not one of them left alive,” she sobbed.

Sarah
“At first there were survivors. I could hear the children crying at first, the adults calling out… Then their voices slowly faded one by one as they suffocated and died,” she said.

She was the only one pulled out alive.

Amira
“Three days alone in the house, day and night hearing the bombs outside falling from the skies … all I wanted was for someone to come and get me… It was three days until the army reached our house.”

The interviews with Amira, Niqaa and Sarah can be found here: https://youtu.be/tZJb920pLFY

The United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) supports the IOM field hospital. The hospital continues to provide life-saving assistance to both victims of war and patients.

Since opening in April 2017, IOM surgeons have performed 476 trauma operations (vascular, general, orthopaedic procedures) and 22 non-trauma emergency cases. The hospital has also treated more than 6,200 outpatient and post-operation follow-up cases.

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said, “Harrowing tales from civilians who were caught in West Mosul and the suffering they endured are a reminder that more humanitarian assistance is vital if we are to help them on the route to recovery. Thanks to DFID and our health partners, IOM’s field hospital is able to continue to provide life-saving medical care to the vulnerable.”

Since the beginning of the Mosul operations in October 2016, the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) whose locations of displacement and/or return have been identified by the IOM Emergency Tracking for Mosul Operations (Displacement Tracking Matrix, or DTM) reached 178,952 families, corresponding to 1,073,712 individuals.

Some 234,594 IDPs (39,099 families) have now returned, with an estimated 80 per cent going back to their districts of origin in East Mosul.

The latest DTM Emergency Tracking figures on displacement from Mosul operations are available at: http://iraqdtm.iom.int/EmergencyTracking.aspx

For more information, please contact IOM Iraq:
Hala Jaber, Tel: +964 751 740 1654, Email: hjaberbent@iom.int
Sandra Black, Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email: sblack@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:26Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 

Fatima, 45, walked out of her house in West Mosul in search of water for her children, when a bomb fell nearby, killing her 19-year-old daughter and severely injuring Fatima’s legs. Her youngest boy, 10-year-old Adam, lies by her side, still in shock. Photo: Raber Y. Aziz / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

See and download more photos here: "A Littany of Horrors from West Mosul"

 

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South Korea Welcomes 30 Myanmar Refugees from Thailand

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:54

Seoul – A group of 23 Myanmar refugees from refugee camps in Thailand arrived this week at Incheon International Airport in the Republic of Korea (ROK). Another family of seven, who had been scheduled to travel with these refugees, were delayed for health reasons and will arrive in Korea next week.  

The 23 were welcomed by Korea Immigration Service (KIS) Commissioner Woo-hyun Kim and officials of partner refugee resettlement agencies including IOM, the UN Migration Agency, represented by IOM Seoul Head of Office, Miah Park. The Commissioner reaffirmed the Government’s support for the ROK’s pilot refugee resettlement programme.

Since 2015, the ROK, in partnership with IOM and UNHCR, has accepted 86 refugees for resettlement as part of a pilot project mandated by the country’s July 2013 Refugee Law – the first of its kind in Asia.

Under the initiative, IOM in Thailand provides health screening, pre-departure orientation and arranges travel for the refugees. After arriving in Korea, they stay at a government Immigration Reception Centre for six months and receive Korean language and cultural orientation training. 

“We – the Government and our partners – have all learned a lot over the past three years and I hope that this experience will help us to improve and expand the programme,” said Park. “It has also given us all a much better understanding of the protection and other needs of asylum seekers and refugees in Korea.”

Korea’s Ministry of Justice will evaluate the pilot refugee resettlement programme and decide whether to extend it to the end of 2017.

For more information, please contact IOM Seoul. Miah Park, Tel: +82 70 4820 2781, Email: mipark@iom.int, or Jumi Kim, Tel: +82 70 4820 0292, Email: jukim@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:25Image: Region-Country: Republic of KoreaThemes: Immigration and IntegrationRefugee and Asylum IssuesResettlementDefault: Multimedia: 

Korean officials welcome Myanmar refugees at Incheon airport, 25 July 2017. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 113,433 in 2017; 2,377 Deaths

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:53

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 113,433 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 26 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 251,172 arrivals across the region through 26 July 2016.

IOM Rome reports 10,424 sea arrivals to Italy this month through 26 July, or about 1,000 new arrivals since IOM’s last report on 23 July. That figure trails the full July totals for each of the past two summers by about 13,000 (see chart below), highlighting a trend that IOM has observed of slower traffic to Italy during mid-summer, and fewer deaths (approximately half of those recorded in July 2015 and 2016.) Nonetheless, for the year to date, arrivals to Italy remain slightly ahead of either 2015 or 2016 totals at 94,445.

                                                    

IOM Spain’s Ana Dodevska reported Wednesday (26 July) that 50 people were rescued off the Spanish coast and were brought to land at Almeria and Barbate. She said there were two minors among those rescued. These arrivals bring the total number of men, women and children coming by sea to Spain in 2017 to 7,847.

IOM Athens reported Thursday that 264 migrants and refugees arrived at three Greek locations (Samos, Lesvos, Megisti) between 24 and 26 July. The total number of arrivals by sea to Greece as of 26 July is 10,783. This compares with 159,991 at this time last year.

The latest fatality in the region was reported on Wednesday (26 July), when 13 bodies were found in a rubber boat off the coast of Libya by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms – the remains included those of two pregnant women and a mother of four. This brings the total of fatalities in the Mediterranean in 2017 to 2,377. Although this figure trails the number of deaths (3,047) recorded at this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,365 fatalities in 2017 through 26 July (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – almost three quarters of the global total.

Among the newly confirmed fatalities from MMP are: six drownings in Rio Bravo (four between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, one in Reynosa, and one in Piedras Negras); 13 bodies found in a rubber boat off the coast of Libya by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms (including two pregnant women and a mother of four); one train accident in Chiapas; and a  number of bodies found in Brooks County and Webb County, Texas, as well as in Pima County, Arizona.

MMP researcher Julia Black noted this week that even though fewer migrants seem to be crossing into the United States in 2017, more people are dying on this route. The US Border Patrol has apprehended 140,024 migrants between January and June 2017, just over half the number (267,746) recorded in the first six months of 2016.  

Despite this overall decrease in apprehensions, migrant fatalities recorded in 2017 are higher than in the same period of 2016. MMP has recorded 231 migrant fatalities in 2017, an increase of 18 per cent compared with the 195 recorded between 1 January and 28 July 2016. This past week has been particularly deadly. In addition to the fatalities from migrants suffocating in a truck container in San Antonio, Texas, last weekend, MMP has reported six drownings along stretches of the Río Bravo separating Mexico from Texas. MMP reports there have been 11 drownings just in July – the second month this year (13 drownings in January) to produce drownings in double-digits.

Migrant apprehensions and fatalities recorded on the US-Mexico border, 2016-2017
Source: US Customs and Border Patrol, 2017; IOM Missing Migrants Project, 2017

So far this year, 56 people have drowned in the border river, which marks a 51 per cent increase over the 37 recorded between 1 January and 28 July 2016.

Added MMP’s Julia Black: “Migrant deaths in the Río Bravo seem to be on the rise in recent years, with 43 such deaths recorded in 2015, and 63 in 2016. However, in the case of migration over any body of water, it is difficult to determine the true number of migrant fatalities.” As of Thursday night, media reports out of the border metroplex of Ciudad Juarez-El Paso indicate, that in addition to four Guatemalans reported drowned in the river earlier this week, another three migrants have gone missing. Authorities do not know if they have drowned, returned to Mexico or crossed into the US and are continuing north.

Latest Mediterranean Update infographic: http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/170728_Mediterranean_Update.pdf
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int
For more information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int
Dimitrios Tsagalas, IOM Cyprus; Tel: + 22 77 22 70, Email: dtsagalas@iom.int
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: adodevska@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:24Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsRefugee and Asylum IssuesDefault: Multimedia: 
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UN Migration Agency Strengthens Coordination for Assistance and Protection of Vulnerable Migrants in Libya

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:53
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Tunis – IOM, the UN Migration Agency is stepping up its protection response to the most vulnerable migrants, including women and children, in Libya.

This new protection intervention focuses on expanding the protection space for migrants in vulnerable situations in Libya. More specifically it includes: strengthened identification and care of migrants at risk of trafficking and exploitation; piloting alternatives to detention for women, children, the sick and wounded; prioritizing the most at risk cases for voluntary humanitarian return if so desired; strengthening humanitarian assistance and vulnerability triage is key as soon as migrants are rescued from the sea.

IOM continues, in close cooperation with the Directorate for Combatting Illegal Migration (DCIM), to advocate for the release from detention of the most vulnerable, such as children and women, and to place them in suitable alternatives such as “safe spaces” and/or increasingly migrant-friendly community housing.

“IOM is committed to bring a positive change for those migrants in vulnerable situations in Libya in full cooperation with both the Libyan authorities and key partners, including UNICEF and UNHCR,” said Laura Lungarotti, IOM Senior Protection Officer.

As part of its response plan, IOM has initiated a one-day joint meeting with UNHCR and UNICEF to present the findings of an IOM-led mapping of existing assistance and protection services in Libya, and to develop joint standard operating procedures to leverage on respective mandates and render the protection response more efficient across UN actors.

According to IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), 91 per cent of the 393,652 migrants identified in Libya are adults, whilst the remaining 9 per cent are children. IOM’s detention centre mapping tool suggests that 13 of the 29 government-led detention centres are hosting 140 unaccompanied children. IOM has already assisted 120 children to return home in line with their best interests with family tracing and reintegration support given once they are back home in their countries of origin.

“Detention is not a place for children,” emphasized Karolina Edsbacker, IOM Protection Officer, stressing the need to find alternatives. Women, especially pregnant and lactating women, should also increasingly be offered alternatives to detention, such as placement in migrant-friendly houses and/or hospitals and safe spaces.

Recognizing the vast need, IOM is also expanding its presence in Libya in order to be able to identify and assist more vulnerable cases.

For more information, please contact at IOM Libya, Othman Belbeisi, Tel: +216 29 600 389, Email: obelbeisi@iom.int or Karolina Edsbacker, Tel: +216 29 202 896, Email: kedsbacker@iom.int

 

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:23Image: Region-Country: LibyaThemes: Integrated Border ManagementMigrants RightsDefault: 
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200 Anti-Trafficking Advocates Vow to Intensify Fight against Human Trafficking in Philippines, Southeast Asia

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:52

Manila – Two hundred anti-trafficking advocates from different agencies of government, non-government organizations, private businesses, academic institutions, and faith-based groups, some from the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) gathered Thursday (27 July) in Manila, to discuss the fight against human trafficking in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

The event, the National Conference on Trafficking in Persons and the Philippine Commitments to the ACTIP and APA, was organized by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) with support from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in observance of the 2017 World Day Against Trafficking.

APA is the ASEAN Plan of Action Against Trafficking in Persons and ACTIP, the ASEAN Convention on Trafficking in Persons.

Observed on 30 July each year, the World Day Against Trafficking is a United Nations sanctioned day meant to raise awareness on the plight of human trafficking survivors and advocate for the promotion and protection of their rights.

The Philippines, having met the minimum standards to address trafficking in persons according to the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, achieved Tier 1 ranking in the 2017 US Trafficking in Persons report for the second year. The conference is a celebration of this key milestone proving the Philippines as a regional leader in combating trafficking, being the first and only Southeast Asian country so far to have attained this ranking.

Atty. Darlene Pajarito, Executive Director of the IACAT, acknowledged the collaborative efforts of advocates to fight trafficking in persons and presented the achievements of the Philippine government in the prevention, protection and prosecution pillars of the response to trafficking in persons.

The conversations at the conference focused on the Philippine commitments enshrined in the APA, on the strength of the ACTIP, which came into force after the Philippines ratified and subsequently submitted its instruments of ratification at the ASEAN Headquarters in Indonesia on 8 March this year. Dr. Apiradee Thienthong shared the key points on the ACTIP and how the advocates in the Philippines could contribute to the APA.

At the end of the conference, the participants identified how their organizations will contribute to achieving the country’s commitments, and how to intensify initiatives to combat trafficking.

Through a commitment signing ceremony, all 200 anti-trafficking advocates re-affirmed their shared responsibility in continuing the fight to end human trafficking in Southeast Asia. IOM Philippines Chief of Mission, Marco Boasso, congratulated the Philippines for its efforts in remaining in Tier 1 status and reaffirmed IOM’s commitment to assist the Philippines in their fight to eliminate trafficking in persons.

For more information, please contact Maria Christina Marfil at IOM Philippines at Tel: +63 2 230 1999, Email: mnlops@iom.int

 

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IOM Philippines Chief of Mission Marco Boasso congratulates the Philippines for continued efforts to end human trafficking. Photo: Ray Leyesa / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

Participants of the National Conference on Trafficking in Persons and the Philippine Commitments to the ACTIP and APA in Manila. Photo: Ray Leyesa / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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UN Migration Agency Supports COMESA to Host Regional Consultative Process for Member States

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:52
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Lusaka – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariat this week jointly organized the first Regional Consultative Process (RCP) meeting for COMESA Member States, Migration Dialogue COMESA (MIDCOM).

In an era of unprecedented human mobility, there is global recognition of the need for migration governance as reflected within the framework of the UN General Assembly and the proposed Global Compact on Migration.

COMESA recognizes the great importance of migration in the context of free trade, noting that for regional integration to be fully realized, citizens of its member states must be allowed to move freely to provide and enhance services, tourism, labour and cultural activities, among other aspects of the COMESA integration agenda.

The meeting – Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Mobility through Effective Governance Mechanisms, Data and Dialogue – represents an important step to join other regions with established RCPs in Africa, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Migration Dialogue for Southern Africa (MIDSA), the Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA) and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which were established to provide a platform for dialogue on migration governance in a comprehensive and effective manner.

The MIDCOM dialogue serves to facilitate information exchange, cooperation among states and ultimately establish a regional and holistic approach for addressing migration. The MIDCOM also provides a forum for Member States to engage in non-binding dialogue.

Speaking at the same event, COMESA Assistant Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Kipyego Cheluget emphasized that there is urgent need to encourage more cooperation and less border controls to facilitate free movement of bona fide persons within the COMESA regions. He appealed to COMESA member states to ensure that the RCP is an annual event and called upon the member states to promote the speedy signature and ratification of the Free Movement Protocol. 

"Migration is part and parcel of  human development and COMESA will not achieve regional integration without free movement of people. We must therefore generate information to allay fears on migration and promote the positive contribution of migrants so that our people can appreciate that co-existing  in our countries is fundamental in what we want to achieve in terms of sustainable development," said Zambia’s Minister of Home Affair, Hon. Stephen Kampyongo (MP).

"IOM supports over 15 of such RCPs globally including all Regional Dialogues and RCPs in Africa, and COMESA will not be a exception," added Charles Kwenin, IOM’s Regional Director for Southern Africa. Kwenin further stated that IOM has provided support to 11 COMESA member states to develop Migration Profiles, which serve to provide a comprehensive overview of migratory dynamic and realities and can provide the necessary information to inform evidence based policing. 

The MIDCOM meeting in July 2017 was preceded by the 10th Meeting of the COMESA Chief of Immigration Officers. During the latter meeting, progress was made towards ratification of COMESA’s Protocol on the Free Movement of Persons, Labour, Services, Right of Establishment and Residence (otherwise known as the Free Movement Protocol).

During this event, a flagship training and awareness-raising programme was held for COMESA member states. It was funded by the IOM Development Fund, for the Governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The launch of the training, held on 27 July, included provision of awareness-raising materials on COMESA Protocol, and training tools on Free Movement of Persons in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa.

For more information, please contact IOM Zambia. Bertha Kalyocha Nguvulu, Tel: +260 211 254 055, Mobile: +260 975 766 486; Email: bnguvulu@iom.int

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:21Image: Region-Country: ZambiaThemes: Capacity BuildingGlobal Compact on MigrationInternational and Regional CooperationDefault: 
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IOM Chief of Staff Sarmad Opens Delta Coalition Conference in Dhaka

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:51
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Dhaka – The Delta Coalition met this week (28–29 July) for the Second Ministerial Conference and Working Group Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The Conference was convened by 12 States belonging to four continents under the chairmanship of Bangladesh. It was composed of three thematic sessions that aim to explore ways to sustain, secure and improve the life and livelihood of the people in the Deltaic regions through initiating adaptive, preventive and resilience measures in the context of the impacts of climate change.

Representing IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Chief of Staff Ovais Sarmad gave the opening remarks and chaired the first thematic session on coastal delta management challenges and opportunities in the face of rapid climate change and urbanization, and mobility management.

He noted that deltas are recognized globally as economic and environmental hotspots but are equally very fragile environments due to sensitivity to climate change and the high density of populations they support.

“Delta regions are some of the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and are also the most urbanized, containing significant areas of industrial development in the world,” Sarmad said.

He added, “The challenges are perfectly exemplified in Bangladesh, with the largest delta in the world, which is severely affected by salinity intrusion, cyclones, and storm surges, causing people to move. In the northern part of the country, drought and declining fresh water availability also lead people to move. The poorest often migrate internally – flocking to cities to find more opportunities and better services. The unmanaged mobility has led to increased urban poverty, inequity and pressure on the already stretched urban infrastructure in Dhaka.”

He mentioned the UN Habitat report published in 2015 ranking Dhaka as the world’s most crowded city in the world with an estimated population density of 44,500 persons per square km and an urbanization rate of 3.7 per cent.

Sarmad took the opportunity to highlight IOM’s central objectives in managing mobility due to the impact of climate change: prevention as far as possible of displacement resulting from environmental factors; provision of humanitarian assistance and protection of affected people when displacement occurs; and facilitation of migration as an adaptation strategy to climate change.

He concluded, “Despite mounting challenges, there are strong indications of the international community’s desire and commitment to address the impact of rapid climate change with renewed purposefulness and determination.”

The Delta Coalition was officially launched at a ministerial conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 2016. It is the world’s first international coalition composed of 12 deltaic countries that aims to increase the resilience of at least a quarter of a billion people living in deltas. Its members are the Governments of the Netherlands, France, Egypt, Mozambique, Colombia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Viet Nam, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.

(Ovais Sarmad was recently appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He is expected to take up his new position in August this year.)

For further information, please contact Sarat Dash, IOM Dhaka, Email: sdas@iom.int

 

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:20Image: Region-Country: BangladeshThemes: Capacity BuildingMigration and Climate ChangeMigration and EnvironmentDefault: 
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IOM Responds to Sudden Displacement Caused by Severe Flooding in Yemen’s Shabwa Governorate

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:51
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Shabwa – On 20 July 2017, IOM, the UN Migration Agency team in Shabwa, a governorate in the south of Yemen, reported a displacement of 130 families (780 individuals) who had to abandon their houses, losing all their belongings, caused by the severe floods in the area.

Due to its prepositioning strategy, IOM was able to initiate an immediate coordination process with local authorities in the affected areas and assessed the needs and locations of the displaced population. This meant that in a single day, IOM organized the distribution of non-food items and temporary shelters to the affected families.

“It is a relief to see these families who have lost everything in one day, receiving basic support from the humanitarian community, especially when we know how much they have already suffered from the war and now from the cholera outbreak,” said Laurent de Boeck, the Chief of Mission of IOM in Yemen.

Each family received several mattresses, blankets, sleeping mats, kitchen sets, jerry cans, water buckets, pickaxes, saws, sisal ropes, hammers and plastic sheets. The items were distributed to the affected populations in close coordination with the local authorities in the governorate.

On 27 July, the IOM team in Al Jawf governorate reported similar flood-caused displacement. IOM is currently coordinating a response with the cluster partners and local authorities in the governorate.

Meanwhile, IOM shelter and non-food items (NFI) support has been extended to 191,860 conflict and disaster displaced population since the start of the conflict in 26 March 2015. This support has been provided across the entire country, namely the governorates of Aden, Abyan, Lahj, Hadhramaut, Shabwa, Al Dhale’e, Sa’ada, Hajja, Al Jawf, Taizz, Al Hodiedah, Al Maharah and Socotra.

IOM Yemen Flood Emergency Response is funded by the Humanitarian Pooled Fund (HPF). IOM is seeking additional funding to expand its operations to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable affected populations in Yemen.

For further information, please contact Saba Malme, IOM Sana’a, Tel: + 967 736 800 329, Email: smalme@iom.int. Or Ammar Alfakih, Tel: +967 739 633 930, Email: aalfakih@iom.int.

 

Posted: Friday, July 28, 2017 - 16:19Image: Region-Country: YemenThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsMigration and Climate ChangeMigration and EnvironmentDefault: 
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UN Migration Agency: With Mosul Retaken, Donor Support Now Paramount for Thousands of IDPs

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:53

Mosul – With the battle for West Mosul all but over last week, evidence of a humanitarian calamity that is now just beginning to unravel paints the picture of a crisis that may go well beyond previous expectations, reports IOM Iraq’s Hala Jaber.

Crossing one of the floating bridges over the Tigris River that splits Mosul into twin eastern and western sectors, stark differences emerge quickly as changes in scenery appear unexpectedly.

In this tale of two cities, all indications show East Mosul to be recovering at a rapid pace, with much of its life returning to normal and a significant portion of services restored; West Mosul’s rise from the ashes is expected to take much longer. 

From the hustle and bustle of life in the eastern sector, a team from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, crossed the bridge into the eerie, even deadly quiet of West Mosul, in stark contrast to the atmosphere of its twin on the other side of the Tigris, where life is recovering swiftly.

Here, life appears to have stopped.

Rows of houses and neighbourhoods lie in total ruins as far as the eye can see. The carcasses of cars, reduced to smithereens and still parked in front of the shells of what used to be homes, are testament to the ferocious fighting that took place in this part of the city.

Roads that once were jammed with vehicles are deserted and mostly disfigured by mammoth craters. Pavements where children used to play now lie under heaps of rubble. Even stray cats and dogs, which recently used to scurry about these streets and neighbourhoods, have mostly left.

The battle to retake Mosul from ISIL came at a high cost. Entire neighbourhoods of a city tracing its history back to 401 BC now lie in ruin. The Old City is almost a ghost town.

According to the UN, of the 54 residential districts in West Mosul, 15 are “flattened,” with nearly 32,000 houses destroyed in those areas. A further 23 districts are moderately damaged, with nearly half their buildings destroyed. In the 16 neighbourhoods considered “lightly” damaged, there are a combined 16,000 homes destroyed.

In the Old City alone, over 5,500 buildings have been damaged, according to a satellite imagery assessment undertaken by Habitat. Some 490 homes were destroyed in the final weeks of the offensive.

All five bridges straddling the Tigris River have been mangled; many schools and utility grids are in total ruins. Roads and highways struck by heavy shelling are strewn with gigantic craters. Mosul’s airport has been wrecked, as has the city’s historic railway and at least one university.

Officials estimate that nearly 80 per cent of Mosul’s Medical City is now a burnt shell. The Medical City was the largest health facility in the Ninewa governorate, housing several hospitals, a nearby medical school, laboratories and other medical facilities. Explosive devices still litter its floors. Several cars containing undetonated bombs detected by an IOM colleague remain parked inside.

The UN Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq, issued in February, warned: “The operation in Mosul has the potential to be the single largest humanitarian operation in the world in 2017,” and requested USD 985 million for the year, including the estimated costs of supporting civilians impacted by fighting in Mosul. 

By early July, less than half of that amount – USD 440 million – had been received.

IOM continues to provide humanitarian assistance to the tens of thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in its constructed emergency sites at Qayara Air Strip and Haji Ali, as well as to families that remain in host communities outside the camps. 

However, with only 33 per cent of IOM’s USD 28.83 million appeal for the Mosul Crisis received – and 34 per cent of USD 47.46 million 2017 appeal for other areas of Iraq – the funding gap may significantly impact future humanitarian operations.

In response to the Mosul crisis, IOM has provided 287,977 medical consultations and treatments since June 2016, and provided life-saving medical devices to health centres serving large numbers of IDPs. Mobile Medical Teams continue to deliver immediate health services in the areas of greatest need.

IOM has also provided psychological services to 49,100 people, and distributed 61,600 non-food item kits to IDPs. The Organization has distributed a further 38,400 kerosene assistance kits and 9,000 boxes of clothes during the past 13 months as well.

IOM is already contributing to the rehabilitation of infrastructure in three retaken towns affected by the Mosul crisis, including: repairs to water networks, agricultural irrigation canals, a health-care centre, and electricity networks as well as school rehabilitation. It is also working to expand its work to additional retaken areas as and when the security situation allows.

To improve shelter conditions, 17,500 tents and 31 rub halls were installed by IOM and 14,415 emergency shelter kits were distributed. Shelter damage assessments have been conducted in villages south of Mosul, as far as Hamam al-Alil, and planned shelter interventions include critical shelter upgrades and rehabilitation of damaged homes.

Nonetheless, tens of thousands of families have been left without homes. Since the beginning of the Mosul operations in October 2016, the cumulative number of IDPs whose locations of displacement and/or return have been identified by IOM’s Emergency Tracking for Mosul Operations (Displacement Tracking Matrix, or DTM) reached 178,695 families, corresponding to 1,072,170 individuals.

Of these IDPs, more than 846,252 individuals (141,042 families) are still displaced. Another 225,918 IDPs have now returned, with an estimated 80 per cent going back to their districts of origin in East Mosul.

Of all the IDPs currently displaced by the Mosul operations, over 360,100 (or 42 per cent) live in camps and emergency sites around Mosul. IOM’s emergency sites host nearly 22 per cent of these individuals.

IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss said, “The scale of destruction in West Mosul is enormous and the challenge of reconstruction is no small feat in ensuring the return of hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis to their communities and livelihoods. IOM has been on the ground since the start, providing humanitarian assistance, shelter and livelihood support, and is committed to continue with the help of the necessary funding from its donor partners.”

The DTM is collaborating closely with local authorities to extend the tracking system in West Mosul. DTM will focus particularly on setting up a returnee tracking system where levels of displacement affecting West Mosul are greater compared with those on the eastern bank of the Tigris.

The DTM will soon release its report, Mosul Military Operations: Population Movement Analysis (October 2016 to June 2017). The report provides a chronological examination of displacement and return movements that took place during the military operations which started on 17 October 2016.

IOM’s DTM actively monitors displacement across Iraq. 

DTM products and information about DTM methodology can be found on the DTM portal: iraqdtm.iom.int

The latest DTM Emergency Tracking figures on displacement from Mosul are available at: http://iraqdtm.iom.int/EmergencyTracking.aspx

For more information, please contact IOM Iraq: Hala Jaber, Tel: +964 751 740 1654, Email: hjaberbent@iom.int; Sandra Black, Tel: +964 751 234 2550, Email: sblack@iom.int

 

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 16:46Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesInternally Displaced PersonsDefault: Multimedia: 

Displaced Iraqis arrive in Hammam Al-Alil transition zone, south east of Mosul. Photo: Raber Aziz / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

A damaged neighborhood in West Mosul. Photo: Raber Aziz / UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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New UN Migration Report Shows Complex Evolution of Pathways, Cost of Eastern Mediterranean Route

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:46

Vienna – New data released by IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency, reveals a complex evolution of migrant arrivals in Europe via the so-called Eastern Mediterranean Route. The Agency’s main findings are that the cost of getting into Europe has increased significantly when compared to 2016, the routes have changed, and different countries of destination are being prioritized.

Many migrants are now paying upwards of USD 5,000 to get into the European Union, with those coming from Afghanistan, Syria and Pakistan being charged the most. Greece and Bulgaria are being used as transit countries into the Western Balkans, with Northern Europe as the goal destination. While the most popular destination up to June 2016 was overwhelmingly Germany, migrants now seek to get to France, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Austria and Denmark as well. 

“With increased border controls, it has become harder to reach Europe,” noted Livia Styp-Rekowska, IOM’s Border Management Specialist in Vienna. “One constant, however, is the increase in sums demanded.” 

“The response to smuggling cannot be piecemeal,” she added. “It must provide protection and assistance to smuggled migrants; address the causes of migrant smuggling; enhance states’ capacity to disrupt the activities of migrant smugglers; and promote research and data collection on migrant smuggling.”

There are also indications that people have been exploited along the route, and have incurred huge debts to make their way to Europe.

“Loss of life at sea is tragic and should be averted at all costs, but there are other dimensions,” noted Styp-Rekowska. “One also has to remember that those who make it often have their lives put on hold. Our research shows that 40 per cent of refugee and migrant children have had no schooling in the past year. Almost one in three children reported that the last time they went to school was more than two years ago and just as many have missed one to two years of schooling. Twenty-three per cent said they have never gone to school.”

IOM’s flow monitoring surveys are part of the IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) activities in the Mediterranean. The initiative began in October 2015 and is conducted within the framework of IOM’s research on populations on the move through the Mediterranean and Western Balkan routes to Europe.

Between January and June last year, 6,401 surveys were conducted in Greece, Hungary, Serbia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The sample size for the period between January and June 2017 consists of 2,140 surveys. The analysis focuses on the comparison of migrant profiles and characteristics of their journeys between these two time periods.

The full report can be accessed at:

http://migration.iom.int/docs/Flow_Monitoring_Surveys_Analysis_June_2017....

It was compiled using IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix and funded by UK Aid. Previous reports are available on demand.

For more information, please contact Livia Styp-Rekowska, Tel: +43 1 581 22 22 20, Email: lstyprekowska@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 16:40Image: Region-Country: AustriaThemes: Migration ResearchMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia: 

Syrian refugees crossing the Serbian-Croatian border. File photo: Francesco Malavolta / IOM 2015

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 112,018 in 2017; 2,361 Deaths

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:39

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 112,018 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 23 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 250,586 arrivals across the region through 23 July 2016.

Dimitrios Tsagalas of IOM Cyprus reported on Monday (24 July) that a boat with 143 migrants was found off Pomos Island over the weekend. The migrants arrived at Cyprus’s Latchi harbour early on Monday morning.

“Police approached a boat near Pomos at 01:00 on which migrants were travelling and…towed [it] into the harbour at 04:00,” Tsagalas wrote. “On board were 62 men, 31 women and 50 minors. They were taken to Polis Chrysochous police station to be registered and provided with first aid, food and other supplies by members of the civil defence, the Red Cross and social welfare services.”

Late Monday, Ana Dodevska of IOM Spain wrote Salvamento Maritimo, the Spanish government's sea rescue arm, has reported the 23 July rescue of 44 men, three women and one minor from two small boats located in the Sea of Alboran. The migrants were said to be from Morocco and various nations of sub-Saharan Africa. Their arrival brings total sea rescues off Spain in 2017 to 7,774,  Dodevska said.

IOM Athens' Kelly Namia reported today (25 July) that Greek authorities late last week (21 July) discovered the remains of a 7-year-old Kurdish boy  near the Skaramangas refugee hosting site, west of Athens. The boy’s disappearance prompted an amber alert issued by the NGO 'Smile of the Child', and mobilized a police search operation, which led to the discovery of the boy’s body in the sea not far from the camp.

Police say the boy appears to have drowned. The refugee child's parents have been placed under arrest for exposing a minor to danger. Based on their accounts, the child had originally gone missing in the early hours (1AM) Friday, when his parents and other refugees in the camp began a search without result. A search was launched and the child's body was eventually found in the sea. There were no obvious signs of injury or other indications of criminal activity, Namia writes.

IOM Rome reports 9,396 sea arrivals to Italy this month through 23 July. That figure trails the full July totals for each of the past two summers by about 14,000 (see chart below), highlighting a trend that IOM has observed of slower traffic to Italy during mid-summer, and fewer deaths (approximately half of those recorded in July 2015 and 2016). Nonetheless, for the year to date, arrivals to Italy remain slightly ahead of either 2015 or 2016 totals at 93,417.

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré reported yesterday from Tunis that through 24 July, a total of 11,403 migrants have been rescued in Libyan waters while the remains of 349 men, women and children have been discovered along Libyan shores (see chart below).

“Today (23 July), 281 migrants were rescued at sea off Tripoli and Azzawya by the Libyan Coast Guard. Early this morning, 133 migrants (120 men and 13 women) were rescued off Azzawya and a few hours later, 148 migrants (142 men, two women and four children) were rescued off Tripoli,” she wrote.

The latest fatality in the region was reported last Friday (21 July), bringing the Mediterranean total to 2,361. Although this figure trails the number of deaths (3,047) recorded at this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,282 fatalities in 2017 through 23 July (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – almost three quarters of the global total.

Among the newly confirmed fatalities from MMP are: one body found near Sabratha, Libya; remains of a lone migrant found at a ranch near Falfurrias, Texas, USA; a drowning in Río Bravo, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico; and nine deaths reported from the discovery in Texas of migrants trapped in a locked truck in a shopping mall parking lot incident (eight migrants were found dead inside the truck; one migrant rescued was later reported deceased at a local hospital).

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic:

http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/170725_Mediterranean_Update.pdf
For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe
Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For more information, please contact:

Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Julia Black, IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré, IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iom.int
Dimitrios Tsagalas, IOM Cyprus,Tel: + 22 77 22 70, Email: dtsagalas@iom.int
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: adodevska@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 16:29Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia: 
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UN Migration Agency, UN Habitat Event to Recognize Contribution of Migrants to Cities

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:28

New York – On Tuesday, 25 July, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and UN-Habitat will hold an event at UN Headquarters to recognize the role local authorities play in managing migration. This will take place on the margins of the fourth Informal Thematic Session of the Global Compact on Migration. 

This informal thematic consultation, hosted in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Belgium and Ecuador, will discuss how to better harness the economic, social and cultural contributions of migrants to their host cities and explore the role of local governments in enhancing the developmental impacts of migration. The main focus will be on reviewing policies to promote integration and inclusion for migrants, as part of broader multi-level migration governance frameworks. 

Ambassador Michel Lastschenko, Special Envoy for Asylum and Migration, Federal Government of Belgium, remarked, “Belgium is extremely pleased to support this event. We welcome this opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices for supporting migrants with integration and at the same time encourage them to contribute their resources, skills and ideas, to build, revitalize and enrich cities: socially, economically and culturally.”

The event will also serve as a platform to formally announce the organization of a Global Conference on Cities and Migration, hosted by the Belgian Federal Government and the City of Mechelen. The Conference, to take place on 16-17 November 2017, will serve as a preparatory event for offering a space to collect best practices from local governments, and for them to provide their inputs towards developing a Global Compact on Migration.

The Conference will also provide a first informal review on the implementation of the migration-related commitments of Habitat III, ahead of the first follow-up during the 9th World Urban Forum which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2018. 

Increasing migration to cities does not take place without challenges. Population growth in cities poses a great deal of pressure on infrastructure, the environment and the social fabric of the city. The pace of urbanization can disproportionately affect the capacity of national and local governments of low-income nations to cope. 

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General for UN-Habitat, said: “We need better national policies, more engagement and adequate support for local governments to harness the significant benefits from migrants in our cities. In order to enable dignified support of migrants who come in large numbers, governments at all levels need to empower local actors and collaborate effectively to promote people-centred integration policies which both protect the human rights of migrants, and also to improve the quality of life for all those living in cities.”

In many countries, migration contributes to poverty reduction and enhanced human development by bringing significant social, economic and cultural benefits to cities and local communities. When well-managed, migration spurs economic growth, creates businesses and jobs, fills crucial labour and skills gaps, expands tax bases, contributes to social security schemes and promotes trade, investment and innovation.

Jill Helke, IOM Director of the Department of International Cooperation and Partnerships, said: “Migration is a people process, and it is actions by leaders, especially at the local level, which will determine whether and how migrants can unleash their potential to contribute successfully – economically, socially and culturally – with significant and long-lasting impact for themselves, their families, and communities.”

Further details about the event are available at: https://unofficeny.iom.int/migrants%E2%80%99-contributions-cities.

For more information, please contact Lanna Walsh, IOM Office to the United Nations in New York, E-mail: lwalsh@iom.int or Filiep Decorte, UN-Habitat New York Liaison Office, Email:  decorte@un.org

 

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 16:23Image: Region-Country: United States of AmericaThemes: Migration and DevelopmentDefault: Multimedia: 

Dozens of Cambodians commute through the Thai border in Poipet. For many, they work daily in nearby border towns while others might venture further in to work for short to long term periods. Photo: Muse Mohammed / UN Migration Agency (IOM)

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UN Migration Agency Selects Kony to Accelerate Digital Strategy to Reach More Migrants

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:22

Austin – Today (25/07), Kony, Inc., a leading enterprise mobility and digital applications company, announced that it has been selected by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, to accelerate its digital strategy and support its vision to provide information and humanitarian services to more migrants and government agencies.

As the world’s leading intergovernmental agency dedicated to the wellbeing, safety and engagement of migrants, IOM will use the Kony AppPlatform to deliver mobile apps, including the MigApp, to provide key information and humanitarian services to migrants worldwide.

IOM works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 166 member states, over 400 field locations and more than 90 per cent of its staff deployed in the field, mobile applications play a critical role in the success of IOM as one of the lead responders to the world’s worst humanitarian emergencies.

IOM is dedicated to enabling humane and orderly migration, promoting international cooperation on migration, assisting in the development of practical solutions for migration issues and providing humanitarian assistance to migrants, including refugees and internally displaced persons.

Many migrants encounter tremendous challenges throughout their journeys and though many migrants, especially those forcibly displaced or migrating irregularly, carry very few personal possessions, most people do carry a smartphone, which can be a gateway to reliable and practical information on migration and humanitarian services.

IOM intends to use the Kony AppPlatform to build multiple apps to support its mission, not only to empower migrants to take charge of their own journey, but also reduce their dependency on unauthorized entities and processes that are not beneficial to the migrants.

“Since our establishment in 1951, IOM upholds the belief that migration builds resilience,” said Bernardo Mariano, IOM’s  Director of the Information and Communication Technology Division. “Migrants are agents of change and development. Our ultimate objective is to reduce the human and financial costs of migration through increased engagement with migrants. We look forward to leveraging Kony’s technology, expertise and secure mobile applications to further our commitment to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits not just migrants but all of society,” he added.

IOM selected the Kony platform to develop and deliver the MigApp, with the goal of reaching 1 billion migrants and achieving 1 million downloads of the app by 2018. The MigApp is a one-stop-shop application that users can download to their mobile phones for free to access information and services relevant to their migration process.

The goal is to help migrants make informed decisions, provide them with access to services related to their migration process, and allow access to IOM programmes. Features planned for the first phase of MigApp include:

  • Remittance comparison allowing migrants to find cost-effective ways to send money home;
  • Access to up-to-date practical information on IOM programmes and services;
  • “I am a Migrant” space where migrants can share their experiences, tell their stories and upload photos to share with other MigApp users;
  • Notification services providing alerts on emergencies, health-care information, and other important information related to their location;
  • IOM news;
  • Online registration enabling IOM to capture data which can be used to analyse migration patterns and trends.

“We are thrilled to partner with all global leaders, and we take special pride in supporting the mission of the UN Migration Agency,” said Thomas E. Hogan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kony, Inc. “As a global citizen deeply committed to the communities we serve, our contribution to humanitarian services for the world’s migrants is both important and rewarding.”

Kony is a recognized leader in the enterprise mobility space. Recently, Kony was the only leader named in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms Report for five consecutive years. Kony has also been named a “Leader” in the IDC MarketScape: 2017 North American Mobile Banking and Payments report, with the highest rating for Mobile Banking capabilities.

For more information, please contact at IOM:  Alex Dougan, Tel: + 41 22 7179 352, Email: adougan@iom.int

Jean Kondo at Kony, Inc., Tel: +1 510 823 4728, Email: Jean.kondo@kony.com

Danielle Tarp at Blanc & Otus, Tel: +1 415 856 5182, Email: Danielle.tarp@blancandotus.com

Language English Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 16:18Image: Region-Country: United States of AmericaThemes: Missing MigrantsOthersDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM will use the Kony AppPlatform to deliver mobile apps, including the MigApp, to provide key information and humanitarian services to migrants worldwide (Screengrab).

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Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugee Affairs to Meet on Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees

PBN News Germany - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 10:17
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Cairo – The Arab Regional Consultative Process on Migration and Refugees (ARCP) is meeting in Cairo, Egypt on 25-26 July 2017 in preparation for the ongoing consultations on the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) and the Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

The meeting is organized in cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOM, the United Nations Migration Agency and aims to ensure the active participation of the members of the League of Arab States (LAS) in the ongoing consultations of the two Global Compacts and encourage their diplomatic missions in New York to coordinate in this regard.

The meeting also aims to raise awareness among LAS Member States on the ongoing processes for the development of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and the Global Compact for Refugees, and to identify key messages, priorities and experiences.

The first of these forums is the Regional Consultation on the GCM, led by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), in collaboration with IOM and LAS, which will be held in Beirut in September 2017.

The ARCP meeting will take place over two days; the first day of the meeting will be dedicated to the GCR and the second day to the GCM.

Among keynote speakers are Ambassador Laura Thompson, Deputy Director General of IOM; H.E Mr. Abdelkrim Benoutiq, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs; Ambassador Badre Eddine Allali, Assistant Secretary-General, Head of Social Affairs Sector, League of Arab States; Mrs. Carol Batchelor, Director of International Protection Division, UNHCR; and Ambassador Mohamed Ghoneim, Assistant Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Migration, Refugees and Combatting Human Trafficking, Arab Republic of Egypt.

On day two, dedicated to the Global Compact on Migration, IOM thematic specialists and GCM experts will lead the discussions on an array of topics which include:

  • Addressing the drivers of migration;
  • Reducing irregular migration and assisting migrants in vulnerable situations.
  • Supporting the positive impact of mobility and of diaspora on all dimensions of sustainable development
  • Identifying means to strengthen dialogue and partnerships between governments, civil society, private sector and international organizations for safe and orderly migration.

For more information, please contact Hend Eltaweel at IOM's Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, Email: heltaweel@iom.int

Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 16:15Image: Region-Country: EgyptThemes: Global CompactGlobal Compact on MigrationInternational and Regional CooperationDefault: 
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Contributions of Migrants, Diasporas to Sustainable Development Frames Discussions at Fourth Informal Consultation of the Global Compact for Migration

PBN News Germany - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 04:19
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New York – Member State representatives, UN agencies, civil society, migrants and diaspora leaders are convening at UN Headquarters 24-25 July for the fourth thematic consultation of the Member State-led process to develop a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM). The theme “Contributions of migrants and diasporas to all dimensions of sustainable development, including remittances and portability of earned benefits” will examine the challenges and opportunities in leveraging the economic and social contributions of migrants to countries of origin and destination.

The consultation is the fourth in a series of six that will take place this year, feeding into the consultation phase of the GCM, the first intergovernmentally negotiated UN agreement to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner.

In his opening remarks later today, Director General of IOM Ambassador William Lacy Swing will emphasize the advantages of making sure migration is considered in development planning, including:

  1. Ensuring that migration is seen as an issue affecting all aspects of human development, including human rights;
  2. Allowing migration to be embedded in the broader development strategy, fostering a coordinated approach rather than piecemeal action.
  3. Helping to identify gaps in existing legal frameworks and prompting the inclusion of relevant international instruments; and
  4. Ensuring that funding and technical assistance are appropriately aligned.

Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration is also expected to highlight that "while the net benefits of migration outweigh its costs - by a large margin - the public perception is often the opposite. Such public perceptions and attitudes negatively influence sound migration policy choices. This must be reversed so that policy is evidence-based and not perception-driven."

Panel discussions are focused on examining key elements of enabling frameworks in countries of origin and destination to encourage and maximize migrants’ contributions. These elements include incentives to invest, diaspora bonds, support to migrant entrepreneurs, skills development and circulation, political participation of migrants, and social remittances.

The UN Migration Agency (IOM) is co-hosting two side events during the consultation. The first is Unlocking the Power of Diaspora: New Partnerships for Development in partnership with UNDP and organized by the Governments of Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Morocco and Spain, with funding from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. It will focus on highlighting good practices set by countries of origin to partner with diaspora for development and the role of the international community to support governments in developing effective partnerships with diaspora. IOM will also launch the “iDiaspora platform”, an online forum for members of diaspora communities to contribute their opinions to the intergovernmental process to develop a GCM.

The second is “Migrants’ Contribution to Cities” in partnership with UN-Habitat and organized by the governments of Belgium and Ecuador. It will explore policies to promote better integration and inclusion of migrants, as part of the broader multi-level migration governance framework.

IOM continues to support the intergovernmental process as it evolves, particularly extending the required technical and policy expertise. The last two consultations will take place in Vienna (4-5 September) and Geneva (12-13 October) on the topics of smuggling of migrants and irregular migrants, respectively.

For further information, please contact Lanna Walsh at IOM’s Mission to the UN in New York, Tel: +1.212.681.7000, Ext. 263, Email: lwalsh@iom.int

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IOM to Launch Online Platform to Engage with Diasporas

PBN News Germany - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 04:07
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New York - IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launches today (24/7) an online forum for members of diaspora communities to contribute their opinions to the first, intergovernmental agreement on international migration, “the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).”

“The iDiaspora Forum is a platform designed to initiate ideas, learn lessons, and share best practices. Diaspora engagement is a booming industry,” says iDiaspora Forum Moderator, Dr. Martin Russell.

The need to strengthen cooperation with diaspora groups and involve them in the preparation of the Global Compact is highlighted in the New York Declaration adopted on 19 September, 2016 at the first-ever UN Member States Summit on migration.

Russell adds that “diaspora communities have emerged as key influencers in global development practices. As policymakers and practitioners stride forward with discussions around the Global Compact, we are launching the iDiaspora Forum as a partnership through which diaspora individuals and institutions can help increase the visibility of diaspora engagement to the GCM”.

The online platform is structured along different themes focusing on issues that include diaspora capital and economic development, social cohesion, skills transfers, humanitarian support, innovative communications and developing diaspora capacities. All registered members can share their recommendations and experiences about each topic which are moderated by an acknowledged expert. Members are also given the opportunity to ask the moderator questions about diaspora engagement in the GCM.

“We want to ensure to work together to nurture Diaspora’s role for developing policy and practice. Let's share, be ambitious and have fun,” concludes Russell.

For more information, please contact Florence Kim at IOM HQ, Tel: +41227179111, Email: fkim@iom.int

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 111,514 in 2017; 2,360 Deaths

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:15

Geneva – IOM, the UN Migration Agency, reports that 111,514 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 19 July, with almost 85 per cent arriving in Italy and the remainder divided between Greece, Cyprus and Spain. This compares with 244,722 arrivals across the region through 19 July 2016.

IOM Spain’s Ana Dodevska reported on 20 July that there have been 7,514 arrivals this year by sea, a number slightly lower than the 10,751 Spanish authorities released on Wednesday – a statistic that includes migrants and refugees arriving by land at Spain’s twin enclaves on the African continent, Melilla and Ceuta.

IOM Libya’s Christine Petré also reported Thursday the remains of one man were discovered close to Subratah on Thursday 20 July. That raises the total number of bodies retrieved this year to 349. At the same time the number of rescued in Libyan waters so far this year reached 11,122. Last year at this time the figure was 11,233.

These latest fatalities bring the Mediterranean total to 2,360. Although this figure trails the number of deaths (2,996) recorded this time last year, it nonetheless marks the fourth consecutive year migrant deaths on the Mediterranean Sea have exceeded 2,350.

Worldwide, the IOM Missing Migrants Project (MMP) reports that there have been 3,269 fatalities in 2017 through 19 July (see chart below) with the Mediterranean region accounting for the largest proportion of deaths – almost three quarters of the global total.

MMP regional figures today record: victims in three train accidents in Mexico (in Chiapas, in Mexicali, and in Coahuila); three drownings on the Texas–Mexico border along the Rio Bravo (in Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Brownsville); one incident at the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic in which five Haitian migrants (including a baby) drowned in an irrigation canal; and one body found near Mojácar, Almería, Spain.

Jan 1 – July 19

2017

2016

Mediterranean

2,360

2,997

Europe

34

25

Middle East

36

87

North Africa

265

916

Horn of Africa

103

112

Sub-Saharan Africa

136

57

Southeast Asia

45

41

South Asia

1

0

East Asia

1

3

North America

1

0

US/Mexico

154

190

Central America

37

59

Caribbean

96

56

South America

0

16

Total

3,269

4,559

 

 

For the latest Mediterranean Update infographic: http://migration.iom.int/docs/MMP/170721_Mediterranean_Update.pdf

For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe

Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

For more information, please contact:
Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int
Flavio Di Giacomo at IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int
Kelly Namia at IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom.int
Julia Black at IOM GMDAC, Tel: +49 30 278 778 27, Email: jblack@iom.int
Christine Petré at IOM Libya, Tel: +216 29 240 448, Email: chpetre@iomint   
Ana Dodevska, IOM Spain, Tel: +34 91 445 7116, Email: adodevska@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:46Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Humanitarian EmergenciesMissing MigrantsDefault: Multimedia: 
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UN Migration Agency Issues Report on Arrivals of Sexually Exploited Migrants, Chiefly from Nigeria

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:13

Rome — Over the past three years, IOM Italy has seen an almost 600 per cent increase in the number of potential sex trafficking victims arriving in Italy by sea. This upward trend has continued during the first six months of 2017, with most victims arriving from Nigeria.

This is one of the key findings of a new report published by IOM, the UN Migration Agency, Human Trafficking through the Central Mediterranean Route, which was released in Italian this week (21 July) by IOM’s Coordination Office for the Mediterranean in Rome. An English version will be available soon.

Among other findings, the report states that sexual exploitation increasingly involves younger girls – often minors – who are already subject to violence and abuse on their way to Europe. IOM estimates that 80 per cent of girls arriving from Nigeria – whose numbers have soared from 1,454 in 2014 to 11,009 in 2016 – are potential victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

The report is based on data collected by IOM at landing sites and in reception centres for migrants in the regions of southern Italy, where the Organization carries out identification of potential victims and assists those who, once identified, decide to escape their exploiters and accept IOM support.

"Trafficking is a transnational crime that devastates the lives of thousands of people and is the cause of untold suffering," said Federico Soda, Director of the IOM Coordinating Office for the Mediterranean. "This is a theme we have been working on for years, committing to protect, prevent and collaborate with the authorities dealing with organized crime."

IOM Project Manager Carlotta Santarossa added: "The report describes the organization's activities in the face of this phenomenon: the difficulties in protecting victims and the main vulnerabilities identified among several cases of people who were assisted by the Organization. We also wanted to tell some of the stories of people who have been assisted by IOM staff to highlight the true nature of this painful and hateful form of slavery. We also feel that it is increasingly urgent that data analysis be accompanied by an examination of the market these girls supply, and the growing demand for paid sexual services."

IOM staff working in Sicily and elsewhere meet potential trafficking victims as soon as they reach Italian soil. This allows IOM to develop a list of indicators that are useful in the identification of potential trafficking victims amongst the newly arrived migrants, using indicators based on information collected during individual and group meetings with migrants. These indicators are broadly described in the report, accompanied by some of the stories that have been collected by IOM staff during their activities.

Among the more significant indicators:

  • Gender: Most sex trafficking victims are women;
  • Age: Most victims are young and often underage, between 13 and 24 years old. (In 2016, there was a decrease in the age of the youngest victims of trafficking);
  • Nationality: It is important to emphasize the peculiarities of the case of trafficking victims from Nigeria, not only from Edo State but from different parts of the country (Delta, Lagos, Ogun, Anambra, and Imo are the states of origin that, apart from Edo State, are most cited by the Nigerians met by IOM);
  • Psycho-physical Wellness: In a group setting, victims of trafficking are usually the most submissive and silent. Sometimes they are obviously controlled by other migrants that speak on their behalf, or refuse to let IOM staff interview them in private.

Other indicators of trafficking emerge during in-depth individual talks; for example, some migrants claim that they have not paid anything for the journey because someone else paid for their movements. When IOM staff identify a potential trafficking victim, they explain to them that it is possible to access certain protection mechanisms and, with the victim’s consent, the Organization’s staff report the victim on the anti-trafficking toll-free number. If the person agrees, IOM staff also provide assistance in communicating and filing a report to the investigating authorities.

Activities in the field demonstrate that most trafficking victims are not willing, at least at first, to reveal their experience or to take advantage of security programmes provided by IOM and local institutions. There are many reasons for this including links between trafficking victims and traffickers, the control that the accompanying person (for instance, madame or boga) has over the victims, or the belief that victims cannot violate an oath sealed with a voodoo ritual or a rite of initiation (the victim is committed to honouring her agreement). Finally, there is a sense of responsibility towards one’s family that results in a fear of retaliation by traffickers on the victim’s family members back in their country of origin.

Very often the young women whom IOM staff meet have been victims of sexual violence during their journey; they have experienced serious trauma and suffer from psychological distress.

Very often the young women whom IOM staff meet have been victims of sexual violence during their journey; they have experienced serious trauma and suffer from psychological distress.

For more information on the report, please go to http://www.italy.iom.int/sites/default/files/news-documents/RAPPORTO_OIM...

 For more information, please contact:

Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int

Joel Millman, IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int

 

Language English Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:48Image: Region-Country: SwitzerlandThemes: Counter-TraffickingHuman SmugglingMigration ResearchDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM staff Italy, meeting with a migrant. Photo: UN Migration Ageny (IOM) 2017

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UN Migration Agency, EU Partner to Provide Returning Nigerian Migrants with Reintegration Assistance

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:13

Abuja – As of late July onwards, nearly 4,000 Nigerian migrants, who become stranded in European or African countries and wish to return home, will receive reintegration assistance from IOM, the UN Migration Agency. By involving the migrants’ local communities, collective reintegration projects, such as business partnerships between returning migrants and members of their community, aim to discourage risky irregular migration through sustainable work and dialogue at home.

The European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) support is part of the EU–IOM Initiative for the Protection and Reintegration of Migrants, which was launched in Nigeria on 20 July. Roughly 3,800 Nigerian migrants will receive in-kind reintegration assistance to start businesses, study or cover medical and accommodation costs after they return home from other African countries (an estimated 3,000 migrants) and from EU member states (800 migrants) over the next three years. This represents a major scale-up in the reintegration assistance that IOM provided previously; the Organization supported around 300 returning migrants in the past year.

The timing of the initiative is critical as Nigeria continues to be the most common nationality of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea into Italy. Some 37,551 Nigerians arrived on Italian shores last year and this year, 9,286 have arrived as of May 2017. Tragically, many others never arrive; since January 2,207 migrants have died or remain missing at sea along the Central Mediterranean route, IOM reports.

IOM has helped more than 1,770 stranded Nigerians return safely from Libya this year. Many were victims of exploitation, detention and abuse during their travel to Libya, where the journey to Europe often ends. Nearly all of them are not forcibly displaced, but rather set out in search of better job opportunities. The most vulnerable among them, such as children, women with young children, victims of trafficking, those with disabilities or in need of medical attention, received in-kind reintegration assistance.

This support will continue under the EU Trust Fund project, but with a wider purview that includes the communities of returning migrants as well. Collective reintegration assistance will group returning migrants in work or training partnerships with members from their home community, in order to develop local support systems. It will also create more sustainable work opportunities by combining resources and engage unemployed youths, who might otherwise consider making dangerous journeys to Europe to find jobs.

These initiatives form part of IOM’s comprehensive approach to migration and displacement along major migration routes, working with concerned governments and civil society partners to ensure that those migrants who find themselves in situations of vulnerability along parts of their journey are able to benefit from adequate levels of protection and assistance, including upon their voluntary return in their country of origin.

IOM will work with governmental, non-governmental and religious organizations to develop new partnerships on reintegration delivery within communities. Key partners from the Government include the Ministry of Labour and Employment and the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI).

“Nigeria’s national migration policy recognizes the importance of the return and reintegration of Nigerian migrants and promotes the facilitation of their adapting to a new life in their home country,” said Sadiya Farouq, NCFRMI Federal Commissioner, at the project’s launch, and commending the important focus.

In addition to scaling up reintegration assistance, this project aims to inform young Nigerians about the risks of irregular migration; returning migrants will be paired with unemployed youth at home to warn them about the perilous journey through the desert and across the Mediterranean Sea towards Europe. “The EU stands with Nigeria and the West African region and we will have other, complementary projects related to the migration phenomenon. Some are already ongoing, others will start soon,” added Kurt Cornelis, Head of Cooperation for the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS.

“Facilitating partnerships between returning migrants and their community members is also important to counter some of the stigma and shame migrants say they face at home, after failing to reach their destination or goals outside Nigeria,” explained John McGeoghan, IOM Nigeria Project Manager, at the project launch. “Community mapping under this project will start in six areas of Edo, Lagos and Delta states, from where very large numbers of Europe-bound migrants often leave, hoping to work abroad. This will identify priority socio-economic opportunities and needs, the local actors who can assist returning migrants and identify what reintegration initiatives are possible,” said McGeoghan. 

The EU Trust Fund project is being implemented in 14 African countries. The participating countries are: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, the Gambia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.

For more information, please contact IOM Nigeria:

Julia Burpee, Tel: +234 906 228 2406; Email: jburpee@iom.int;  

John McGeoghan, Tel: +234 906 228 4580; Email: jmcgeoghan@iom.int

Language English Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:47Image: Region-Country: NigeriaThemes: Assisted Voluntary Return and ReintegrationDefault: Multimedia: 

IOM has helped more than 1,770 stranded Nigerian migrants return safely from Libya this year. Through the European Union Trust Fund, many will receive reintegration support to restart their lives at home. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

"It was a deadly journey," Armstrong says of his attempt to reach Europe by road and sea. He chose to return to Nigeria through IOM in April. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

"Her name is Flourish. That's what we hope to do now that we're home," her mother says. "I want to start tailoring again." The EUTF project will help her do that. IOM helped the mother and daughter return safely from Libya in May, after months of detention. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

"Her name is Flourish. That's what we hope to do now that we're home," her mother says. "I want to start tailoring again." The EUTF project will help her do that. IOM helped the mother and daughter return safely from Libya in May, after months of detention. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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UN Migration Agency Supports Upcoming Social Innovation Hackathon in Erbil, Iraq

PBN News Germany - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:12

Erbil – The first Social Innovation Hackathon in Erbil, Iraq, will take place on 21–22 July organized by Re:Coded, a humanitarian innovation non-profit organization. The event will be supported by IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

The Social Innovation Hackathon will bring together more than 50 local developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians and community residents to develop creative technology solutions that address the specific challenges facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. These include barriers to education, difficulty accessing the job market and social cohesion between displaced Iraqis and host community members.

Participants are expected to arrive from across northern Iraq, and will include residents of the Qushtapa refugee camp as well as students from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani.

Since early 2014, over 3.3 million Iraqis have been internally displaced due to conflict, and more than 240,000 Syrian refugees currently live in Iraq. The humanitarian crisis has created many difficulties, disrupting sectors such as education and employment.

The Social Innovation Hackathon is an expression of the belief that the collaborative development of technology-oriented solutions can address these issues. Participants will bring their expertise and collaborate on designing technology-oriented solutions that address the challenges associated with displacement. Participants will be divided into teams of varying skill sets and expertise to generate project ideas around the creation of learning opportunities, improving access to employment and enhancing social cohesion.

Re:Coded staff and experienced developers will provide technical mentorship to teams throughout the event; humanitarian community leaders will also advise the teams to ensure understanding of the many deep-rooted challenges facing refugees and IDPs in Iraq. At the event’s conclusion, seed funding will be awarded to the project judged to have the greatest potential for positive impact.

IOM is sponsoring the Hackathon as part of its Social Cohesion and Innovation project in Iraq. IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Weiss said: “IOM is pleased to support this pioneering initiative with Re:Coded, which aims to assist and involve refugees, IDPs and members of the host community and help young innovators, developers and social entrepreneurs identify the problems and challenges in their communities that can be addressed through technological solutions.”

Re:Coded CEO Alexandra Clare said: “We are excited to bring together a diverse community of developers, humanitarians, community members and creatives to encourage innovative and sustainable solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing refugees and displaced people in Iraq.”

The Social Innovation Hackathon is supported by IOM and the US Government. Partners include Zain Iraq, Five One Labs as well as media partners Bite.Tech and Techfugees.

This June and July, Re:Coded ran a four-week summer programme in the Qushtapa refugee camp. The IOM-supported programme, the first of its kind in Iraq, provided 40 young refugees, aged between 12 and 18, with hands-on experience in computing concepts, programming fundamentals, gaming and algorithms as well as softer collaboration skills and problem-solving.

For more information, please contact

Alexandra Clare, E-mail: ali@re-coded.com or Aleksandra Lasota-Baranska, E-mail: abaranska@iom.int

Sandra Black, E-mail: sblack@iom.int, Tel: +964 751 234 2550

Language English Posted: Friday, July 21, 2017 - 15:45Image: Region-Country: IraqThemes: OthersDefault: Multimedia: 

The first Social Innovation Hackathon in Erbil, Iraq brings together more than 50 local developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians and community residents to develop creative technology solutions that address the specific challenges facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

The first Social Innovation Hackathon in Erbil, Iraq brings together more than 50 local developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians and community residents to develop creative technology solutions that address the specific challenges facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

The first Social Innovation Hackathon in Erbil, Iraq brings together more than 50 local developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians and community residents to develop creative technology solutions that address the specific challenges facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

The first Social Innovation Hackathon in Erbil, Iraq brings together more than 50 local developers, designers, social entrepreneurs, humanitarians and community residents to develop creative technology solutions that address the specific challenges facing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo: UN Migration Agency (IOM) 2017

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