Migration

The race to adapt

AFAR/JOHANNESBURG, 1 July 2014 (IRIN Global) - Momina Ali is a teenager in one of the toughest and hottest places on earth - Ethiopia’s Afar region where average annual temperatures hover around 35 degrees Celsius. Increasingly intermittent rainfall in her village, Anderkelo, means that every three or four days Momina takes a day off school to search for water. In future the chances are that Momina’s treks for water could take even longer, depending on how rising temperatures affect the rains around her village and hence its water table. full report

Stemming Zimbabwe’s urban influx

HARARE, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A government-approved programme to give micro-loans and training to young people in rural areas is helping to stem the influx of migrants to Zimbabwe’s urban centres full report

Australian immigration policy piles pressure on Indonesia

BANGKOK, 24 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - The system for registering, protecting, and finding durable solutions for asylum seekers in Indonesia risks becoming overburdened - potentially sparking unrest - as migrant arrivals continue and Australia’s maritime immigration policy deters boat journeys, officials and activists say. full report

Bangladesh-Myanmar border tensions pinch desperate Rohingya

DHAKA, 19 June 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Tensions are rising as the deteriorating humanitarian situation and limited access to livelihoods for Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar’s largely Buddhist Rakhine State lead to accusations that some are smuggling drugs across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh. full report

A fresh start for climate change refugees

BERHALE/JOHANNESBURG, 12 June 2014 (IRIN Global) - Firmly attached to her home region and long used to the harshness of her living conditions, Amina Aliyu would probably not see herself as a potential “climate change refugee”. But there is a strong probability that in 10 or 15 years the place where she lives will no longer be fit for human habitation and migration to another region, or even another country, will be the only option. full report

Understanding the surge in migrant boat crossings to Europe

JOHANNESBURG/TRIPOLI, 29 May 2014 (IRIN Global) - Italian newspapers have recently been full of reports of countless rickety boats conveying thousands of desperate migrants to its shores. full report

Bleak outlook for 96,000 Kachin IDPs three years on

WINEMAW, 27 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Nearly three years after renewed fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State, aid workers say the humanitarian situation is deteriorating. Tens of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) are in limbo, unsure of their future. full report

Australia-Cambodia refugee deal sparks criticism

PHNOM PENH, 21 May 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Human rights activists have strongly criticized a controversial deal between Australia and Cambodia which could see up to 1,000 refugees settled in the country. full report

Improved mental health care for refugees in Israel

TEL AVIV, 14 May 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Thousands of African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel suffering from trauma and depression after fleeing abuses in their home country or surviving torture camps in Egypt are now getting improved mental health care, though more needs to be done, say refugee groups. full report

Could climate change spread kala-azar?

KISUMU/NAIROBI, 8 May 2014 (IRIN Global) - Climate change and increased population movements could see the spread of kala-azar (also known as visceral leishmaniasis or black fever) to hitherto unaffected locations, scientists warn. full report

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