Migrants are among one of the most vulnerable groups in Maldivian society. They make up just under 25 per cent (94,086 people as per UN 2015 mid-year stocks) of the country’s total population. An additional estimated 25,000 irregular migrants also live in Maldives. Most migrants enter Maldives through regular means but some overstay their visas. The vast majority of migrants come from Bangladesh (58%), India (24%) and Sri Lanka (10%) and 92 per cent are male, many of whom are employed in unskilled labour in the construction and tourism industries.
Northern Italy – Home is hard to define – with more people on the move than ever before, migration is adding extra layers of meaning – and of sweaters, probably – to the concept.
Geneva (IOM) – Every Olympian, in their way, is a migrant—undertaking a life-changing journey towards their goal of athletic perfection.
“A client called at night and ordered a girl. I was sleeping when suddenly I was told to go to the client. He was already drunk and aggressive. I was scared to stay with him. He made me drink and I had to obey."
Geneva – Around the world, brave women (and some men) have been breaking the silence surrounding sexual harassment and abuse committed by those in positions of power. Their courage is paving the way for others to speak out about their own experiences.