MAPS are fascinating tools and when combined with news or video they can offer useful insight into migration. Everybody comes from somewhere after all and when people click on the diaspora map on IOM's home page, they inevitably want to know what's going on in their homeland. Where are migrants coming from and where are our emigrants heading?
Why do so many continue to view the world through a lens of ‘us vs them’?
By Leonard Doyle
WHEN migration hits the news, the outcome is often unnerving. The way the subject is handled by journalists can be either inflammatory or reassuring and is all too often the former.
(Photo by Mikel Flamm)
By Joe Lowry
Doy Sen is 24 and has a permanent look of confusion etched upon his face. He left his native town of Tuanggoo, Myanmar ten years ago because of the conflict there. “I am not from a poor family”, he says, but now he is, indisputably, badly off. Three years ago he “settled” under his bridge on highway 1095, where he lives in a mosquito net, his clothes hanging on a line, his pots and plates his only real possessions. His nearest neighbours are two oxen.
By Joe Lowry
Most people understand the need to screen for TB when people are on the move: it ensures they are healthy to travel, that they will not carry disease with them and that they will be able to work when they get to their destination countries. But here's the thing: IOM also sets out to ensure the health rights of migrants, which means providing health services for people at all stages of the migration cycles.