Thousands of African migrants facing rape, torture and extortion in Libyan detention centres are abandoning hopes of reaching Europe and instead queueing up to take charter flights back home under a scheme set up by the United Nations.
In Upala, Costa Rica, a dozen spirited teens sit in a circle and discuss the reasons why young people in Central America leave their homes in search of a better life. “Safety,” says one, a tall, outgoing boy from Nicaragua. “Access to education,” remarks another, a rather shy but energetic Costa Rican girl. “Economic opportunity,” suggests another.
Earlier this month, IOM, the UN Migration Agency assisted 21 stranded migrants in South Sudan return home to Kenya and Somalia.
So here we are, at the cusp of entering a new era on migration governance through the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM) to be reached in 2018. With the development potential of migration now also firmly embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we need to ensure that we take it one step further in the GCM.
Tanja Dedovic, Labour and Human Development Coordinator at IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s Regional Office in Vienna, recently created a cookbook centring on food as cultural exchange. The cookbook, The Migration of Culinary Traditions in the Region, is now available for free download.