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Refugees, returnees from Nigeria strain Niger host population
23 April 2014 (IRIN ), There are now more returnees and refugees in Niger’s southeastern region of Diffa near the border with Nigeria than there are Malian refugees in western Niger, straining host populations who are already some of the poorest people in the world, and the local authorities.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99979/Refugees-returnees-from-Nigeria-strain-Niger-host-population
Hundreds of migrant children behind bars in Indonesia
17 April 2014 (IRIN ), Saleem Ali* was just 13 when his mother decided that paying strangers to smuggle him through several countries in the hope of reaching Australia was safer than keeping him with her and his sisters in Quetta, southwestern Pakistan.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99952/Hundreds-of-migrant-children-behind-bars-in-Indonesia
Ethnic Somalis under pressure in Kenyan capital
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), Thousands of ethnic Somalis have been arrested and detained in an ongoing security operation dubbed Usalama Watch mainly in Eastleigh, a suburb of Nairobi often known as “Little Mogadishu” because of its predominantly Somali population. Usalama means security in Swahili.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99927/Ethnic-Somalis-under-pressure-in-Kenyan-capital
Back to Rwanda
11 April 2014 (IRIN ), The Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) has long been one of the most significant armed groups active in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where it has been based ever since its founders fled neighbouring Rwanda after playing a key role in the 1994 genocide.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99930/Back-to-Rwanda
Asylum seekers left high and dry in Indonesia
9 April 2014 (IRIN ), Australia’s military-led operation to prevent boats carrying asylum seekers from reaching its shores has been hailed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as a success, with over 100 days elapsing since the last boat reached its target. But in Indonesia - the country from which most of the boats previously departed - Australia’s tough new measures have stranded over 10,000 asylum seekers and refugees who can neither proceed to their desired destination nor, in many cases, return home.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99908/Asylum-seekers-left-high-and-dry-in-Indonesia
Fresh waves of Zimbabwean migrants flee worsening economy
21 March 2014 (IRIN ), A deepening economic crisis in Zimbabwe is worsening already high levels of unemployment and driving a fresh wave of labour migrations into neighbouring countries, say economists.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99816/Fresh-waves-of-Zimbabwean-migrants-flee-worsening-economy
Private security firms prosper as more migrants detained*
12 March 2014 (IRIN ), The riot at Australia’s offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea (PNG), last month, which left one detainee dead and more than 70 others injured, has put the spotlight on the outsourcing of numerous aspects of migration control to private security companies.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99766/Private-security-firms-prosper-as-more-migrants-detained
African migrants in Israel face "voluntary" return or detention
27 February 2014 (IRIN ), Israel has released figures showing that the number of African migrants choosing to accept “voluntary departure” from the country has been steadily increasing since an amendment to its anti-infiltration law was passed in December 2013, with about 2,200 departures recorded since the beginning of 2014.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99712/African-migrants-in-Israel-face-voluntary-return-or-detention
New solutions for Afghanistan’s protracted IDPs
20 February 2014 (IRIN ), Afghanistan’s new government policy on internally displaced persons (IDPs), launched last week in Kabul, was welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as a way to find more sustainable solutions for the country’s 620,000 conflict displaced.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99676/New-solutions-for-Afghanistan-s-protracted-IDPs
Jumble of needs complicate aid to Afghanistan’s displaced
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Authorities and humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan have struggled for decades with displacement, insecurity and natural disasters. But when delivering assistance, officials must make difficult distinctions among the long-term displaced, the short-term displaced and host communities living in abject poverty - divisions that fuel tension and resentment, and give rise to shrewd efforts to work the aid system.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99667/Jumble-of-needs-complicate-aid-to-Afghanistan-s-displaced
Morocco's new migration policy masks continued abuses
18 February 2014 (IRIN ), Migrants in Morocco continue to suffer human rights abuses at the hands of security forces and resentful locals, despite migration policy reforms that were welcomed by local rights organizations when they were announced five months ago.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99668/Morocco-s-new-migration-policy-masks-continued-abuses
Mauritania fertile ground for Arab donors
17 February 2014 (IRIN ), Drought-prone, chronically hungry Mauritania, with the help of the UN, is reaching out to Arab donors, encouraging them to reach beyond their customary role in development and engage in humanitarian response.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99656/Mauritania-fertile-ground-for-Arab-donors
Cameroon and Nigeria take on task of laying down a border
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), Twelve years after an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling demarcated the Cameroon-Nigeria border, the UN and the governments of Cameroon and Nigeria are making headway in physically laying down the border and helping develop the long-marginalized oil-rich Bakassi region. But while many positive lessons can be drawn from the Nigeria-Cameroon demarcation process, when it comes to development, there remains much work to do, say Bakassi residents.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99628/Cameroon-and-Nigeria-take-on-task-of-laying-down-a-border
Sudan and Egypt implicated in human trafficking
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), Since 2009, hundreds and possibly thousands of refugees, most of them Eritrean, have been kidnapped in eastern Sudan and sold to traffickers in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, where they are held and tortured until their relatives can raise tens of thousands of dollars in ransom money. According to a report released on 11 February by Human Rights Watch (HRW), security forces in Sudan and Egypt have either turned a blind eye to this violent trade in men, women and children or, in some cases, colluded with the traffickers.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99632/Sudan-and-Egypt-implicated-in-human-trafficking
Yonathan Habte, trafficking survivor: "At least if I died, it wouldn’t go on"
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), In March 2012, Yonathan Habte*, then 26, decided to flee Eritrea where he had evaded military service and was facing jail. With a background in computer engineering, he was confident he could make a life in another African country. Instead, he was kidnapped near the Sudanese border and trafficked to Egypt, where he barely survived three months in two different camps in the lawless Sinai region, near the Israeli border. He talked to IRIN over the phone from Sweden.
http://www.irinnews.org/HOV/99631/Yonathan-Habte-trafficking-survivor-At-least-if-I-died-it-wouldn-t-go-on
Time to rekindle Timbuktu's flame
12 February 2014 (IRIN ), The ‘Flamme de la Paix’ monument lies on the northwestern outskirts of Timbukutu, Mali. There, on 27 March 1996, hundreds of weapons were symbolically destroyed, and representatives from the Malian government and Tuareg rebel movements promised to promote peace and reconciliation in a region wracked by bitter conflict.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99630/Time-to-rekindle-Timbuktu-s-flame
Violence grinds healthcare to a halt in Nigeria's Borno State
5 February 2014 (IRIN ), Persistent attacks by Boko Haram (BH) militants in Nigeria's Borno State have forced dozens of clinics to shut down and hundreds of doctors to flee, leaving many residents to seek medical attention across the border in Cameroon, health professionals and residents told IRIN.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99595/Violence-grinds-healthcare-to-a-halt-in-Nigeria-s-Borno-State
Island nation takes on the world’s polluters
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), A Russian film crew arrived in Palau at the end of 2013 to shoot the reality show ‘Octpob’ on one of the archipelago’s more than 500 islands. The show leaves contestants in isolated locales with limited water and food to test their survival skills. In 2004, the US version of the show, Survivor, was also shot in Palau.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99578/Island-nation-takes-on-the-world-s-polluters
UN shifts approach to help Sahel’s 20 million hungry
3 February 2014 (IRIN ), Over 20 million people in the Sahel will need humanitarian assistance in 2014, up 8.7 million over the number of people in need in 2013, estimates the UN, which launched an ambitious three-year Sahel strategy today.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99584/UN-shifts-approach-to-help-Sahel-s-20-million-hungry
Uncertainty delays Afghan refugee return
31 January 2014 (IRIN ), A slowdown in the number of Afghan refugees returning from Pakistan is expected to continue in 2014, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), as Afghans at home and abroad look to the year ahead with some uncertainty.
http://www.irinnews.org/Report/99545/Uncertainty-delays-Afghan-refugee-return

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