Peaks and Valleys: Nepal’s Migration Story

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 11:42 -- publisher

By Joe Lowry in Kathmandu

This is a story – or two stories – about three women and a man, going in different directions. A story of hope, and a story of despair. One of dreams dashed, one of butterflies in the stomach. A story of escape, and a story of imprisonment. It is about setting out on a new life full of soaring promise, and of returning to deep, bitter disappointment.

Born Displaced: IOM Supports Conflict-Affected People in Ukraine

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:58 -- publisher

By Varvara Zhluktenko

Only weeks after she had to flee from Crimea, Niyara* gave birth to her ninth child. The boy was born in the Western-Ukraine city of Vinnytsia in late July, on the eve of the Muslim holiday of Uraza-Bayram (Eid al-Fitr). An economist and child psychologist by education, Niyara, her husband and her other eight children are some of the 270,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Eastern Ukraine and Crimea who had to look for refuge within other parts of Ukraine.

Peace and Prosperity within touching distance in Southern Philippines

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 10:54 -- publisher

By Marco Boasso, Chief of Mission, IOM Philippines

I was very excited to see the progress the Government of the Philippines and the Bangsamoro Authorities have made towards peace. Like many of those who have visited Mindanao and the island provinces, I have been charmed by the hospitality, friendliness and resilience of the people I met. It was always with pleasure that I visited our beneficiaries across Mindanao and our IOM staff in Cotabato and Zamboanga.

Migration on the Global Agenda

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:34 -- publisher

By Andrew Bruce

As the International Organization for Migration and the Migration Policy Institute launch the tenth “Issue in Brief” in Bangkok today, IOM Regional Director Andrew Bruce reflects on its subject matter: how migration must be integrated into the post-2015 United Nations Development Agenda. This event coincides with the opening of the 69th UN General Assembly in New York, which will discuss the post-2015 vision.

From shoreline to shelter

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:42 -- admin

By Naomi Mihara

Itijah Subahan is glad to have left the sweltering heat of the makeshift dwelling where she and her family had been living for the past 11 months.  Displaced by the fighting that broke out in Zamboanga city between the separatist Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Philippine army one year ago, she and her husband, seven children and two grandchildren evacuated to a narrow stretch of shoreline, known as “Cawa-Cawa”.

Key Migration Opportunities and Challenges for SIDS

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 17:12 -- admin

By William Lacy Swing

The 3rd UN International Conference on Small Island Developing States which commences today in Apia, Samoa, promises to be a rich lagoon of conversations on forced displacement, on the human impacts of climate change and natural disasters, on the importance of migrant remittances to economic growth, and finally – on what this all means: the implications of Labour Mobility. IOM’s experience in the 13 small island developing countries where it operates validates the correlation between migration, development, and the environment.

The Other Migrants Project: Providing Adaptive Livelihood Lifelines

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:13 -- admin

An Interview with the IOM Mauritius Chief of Mission Lalini Veerassamy

Beyond recognising that small island States face starker challenges and risks that border on extinction, IOM Mauritius conducted studies to identify appropriate alternative livelihood that could be offered to displaced communitiess. The “Other Migrants” Project was implemented with the financial support of the IOM Development Fund and under the guidance of a Project Implementation Committee led by the Mauritian Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.

Crossing Borders: Relocation and Adaptation

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 18:08 -- admin

An Interview with Professor Jane McAdam

1. In the context of SIDS, could environmental challenges and climate change cause permanent resettlement and/or relocation of its inhabitants?

While Pacific island communities stress their desire to remain in their homes for as long as possible, there is also recognition that environmental challenges and the impacts of climate change may mean that islands become uninhabitable over time.  While relocation is their least preferred option, it is nevertheless one possible element in a ‘toolkit’ of responses.  Relocation and resettlement (terms that are often used interchangeably) in essence describe the physical movement of a community from one place to another, with an attempt to re-establish the community in the new location.  

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