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US refugee influx, EU resettlement, policy tools, and more

Updated: Aug 9

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Migration News From Around the World


US: Migrant influx overwhelms authorities at US-Mexico border

More than 2,000 migrants made their way across various points along the US-Mexico border over the past week, according to US border officials. Authorities report that migrants are coming from several countries in South and Central America, with border facilities unable to process the large number of irregular migrants being detained. More than 56,000 migrants have crossed through the Darién Gap since January, according to Panamanian data.


EU: 13 European countries now ready to resettle migrants

13 out of the 27 EU countries are now prepared to resettle migrants on a voluntary basis, according to EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson. Johansson stated that 8,000 migrants had already been selected for the resettlement program, and that states are willing to provide financial aid towards resettlement.


Africa: Ethiopia to repatriate 12,000 Ethiopians back home

The Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country would begin repatriating 12,000 Ethiopians across Africa and the Middle East. The program is being run in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Officials indicated that over 100,000 Ethiopians have been repatriated in 2022 so far.


Africa: High risk of xenophobic violence in South Africa, warns UN

UN human rights experts expressed concern that South Africa might see further “explosive violence” in the country, and called for the government to take urgent action to curb the widespread attacks on migrants that have occurred in the country in recent weeks. Episodes of attacks against low-income migrants has dogged South African politics for years, notably last in 2008 when 60 people died and over 100,000 were displaced due to xenophobic violence.


Opinion and Analysis


The shrinking options for Venezuelans

With neighbouring economies also hit hard by Covid, Venezuelan migrants find that their welcome is running out wherever they go. Paula Dupraz-Dobias takes an in-depth look at the escalating challenges for Venezuelans who face hostile conditions both at home and abroad.


Special report on Afghanistan

The IOM’s latest edition of Migration Policy Practice offers a special look at Afghanistan, with a series of articles covering protection and migration pathways the international community can support.


Why are asylum seekers treated differently to other refugees?

New Zealand receives less than 0.001 percent of the world’s asylum seekers — and less than half of their applications for refugee status are successful. Sharon Brettkelly explores why asylum seekers are treated differently to other refugees.


Migration needs different storytelling and tools to push for policy changes

In a world where forced migration is increasing rapidly, Sonja Wolf discusses the need for a different set of tools and narrative techniques to bring about policy changes on migration.


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British Red Cross, London, United Kingdom

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