Bangladeshi Migrants Return Home from Libya With IOM’s Assistance (IOM)

More than 150 Bangladeshi migrants including conflict wounded, survivors of failed sea crossings to Europe and former detainees returned home from Libya Thursday morning with the assistance of the International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme.

After ISIL, Agricultural Production Struggles to Recover in Parts of Iraq (IOM)

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) occupied large swathes of Iraqi territory between 2014 and 2017. The consequences of this occupation are still being felt in many rural areas where agricultural production was used as both a source of political propaganda and income, or destroyed as the group was forced out, a new IOM report says.

USD 1.35 billion Needed to Help Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants and Host Countries (IOM)

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) yesterday (13/11) launched a USD 1.35 billion regional plan to respond to the increasing humanitarian needs of Venezuelan refugees and migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the communities hosting them.


Concern For Migrants At Europe’s African Land Borders (IOM, Forbes)

Clinging desperately to the truck’s undercarriage, it’s hard to imagine the boy’s terror. What horrors drove him to the Spanish border, we’ll never know. The 13-year-old dropped under the lorry’s wheel, and his tiny body was crushed. Another life lost in Europe’s unremitting migrant crisis; but not, like most, amid the misery of a Mediterranean crossing. The child died attempting entry at one of Europe’s two land borders with North Africa – frightening frontiers where human rights are in free fall, experts warn.

Alasdair Lane

Many imperial Romans had roots in the Middle East, genetic history shows (IOM, Science)

Two thousand years ago, the streets of Rome bustled with people from all over the ancient world. The empire’s trade routes stretched from North Africa to Asia, and new immigrants poured in every day, both by choice and by force. Now, an ancient DNA study has shown those far-flung connections were written in the genomes of the Romans.

By Lizzie Wade

Libya: Migrant mother’s dying wish to get children to Europe (IOM)

For the sixth year in a row, more than 1,000 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

African migrants trapped in Mexico protest for right to travel to USA (IOM, The Observers)

Hundreds of African migrants have taken part in a series of protests in Tapachula, a Mexican town near the border with Guatemala, since August 18. The protesters, who have been trapped in the town for weeks, are demanding documents so they can travel north to the United States and Canada. Due to pressure from the United States, Mexico has been cracking down on migrants.


Criminals Target Migrants In Mexico Seeking U.S. Asylum (IOM, npr)

One day last week in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, a fearsome gun battle broke out on the main boulevard to the airport, as drivers careened off the thoroughfare in terror while rival narcos blasted away at each other.

John Burnett