IOM Media Briefing – 4 April 2017

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04 April 2017

Host community members in Zilkan, Ninewa conduct a cleaning campaign for displaced Iraqis in Qaymawa camp. Photo: IOMIOM Iraq Facilitates Peacebuilding Activities in Conflict-affected Communities
Posted on Tue. April 4, 2017

Iraq – In conflict-affected and retaken areas in Ninewa governorate, Iraq, community members are implementing peacebuilding activities to promote dialogue and enhance social cohesion within their communities.

The peacebuilding activities have been carried out by 10 community “peace builders” trained and mentored by the University of Dohuk’s Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies. The initiative is supported by IOM, with funding from the Government of Japan.

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A boy from an Afghan returnee family stands outside his family’s shelter in Laghman. Photo: IOMIOM Assessment Provides Vital Insights into Population Movements in Eastern Afghanistan
Posted on Tue. April 4, 2017

Afghanistan – IOM  released the results of its Baseline Mobility Assessment under the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) in Afghanistan this week, providing a wealth of information on population movements in Nangarhar, Kunar and Laghman provinces over the past five years.

The results were shared with IOM’s partners from the Government of Afghanistan and the humanitarian community at an event today in Kabul.

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Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 29,369; Deaths: 663
Posted on Tue. April 4, 2017

Switzerland – IOM reports that 29,369 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 2 April, with over 80 percent arriving in Italy and the rest in Spain and Greece. This compares with 172,089 through the first 93 days of 2016.

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Migration in the News


  • IT Wire and All Analytics reported on a new app called GatherIQ from analytics firm SAS which uses crowdsourcing to gather information and analyze data to better understand the dangers faced by migrants.
  • The New Yorker reported that every year, thousands of teenagers from the Nigerian city of Benin risk death and endure forced labor and sex work on the long route to Europe.
  • PRI reported that Afghan refugees in Pakistan now live in constant fear of officials separating them from their loved ones or deporting them to their war-torn native country that many no longer consider home.

Trending on the Internet


  • NPR followed Omar, a teacher from Syria, on his journey across Greece, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, and finally to Germany, where he settled in the city of Dortmund.
  • WEF reported that there are other migration emergencies that aren’t making international headlines, like those in Latin America, which is experiencing a series of interlocking population displacement crises.

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