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Migration and Border Policy links: Work visas, Manus shooting, the fate of Sumte and more

The Khazir refugee camp, Iraq, April 2017 (Photo: Getty Images/Carl Court)

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20 April 2017 17:00

  • Australia, New Zealand and the US have announced restrictions to skilled work visas.
     
  • During a week-long visit to the Middle East, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discussed trade and migration with Gulf leaders and announced plans to establish a foreign employment department to oversee the growing Filipino migrant worker population.
     
  • The International Organization for Migration held an international dialogue on cooperation, governance and the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing spoke with UN Radio to reflect on what’s driving the Compact.
     
  • Amnesty International called for the closure of Manus Island following the Good Friday shooting.
     
  • The Kaldor Centre has updated its Transfer Tracker to show the latest figures on the ‘voluntary’ repatriation of asylum seekers from Manus Island and Nauru.
     
  • Writing for the New York Times, Jessica Benko discusses the nexus between climate change and human displacement in the Amazon Basin, the Lake Chad region, Syria, China and the Philippines.
     
  • UNFCC has assembled a Task Force on Displacement to respond to population movement caused by climate change. Dr Sarah Nash sets out what is known so far.
     
  • The Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights released a report on sexual exploitation and abuse of migrant and refugee children in Greece.
     
  • Two years on, Ben Mauk reflects on the fate of the small German town of Sumte, which captured attention in 2015 for its refugee to villager ratio of seven-to-one.

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