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Migration and Border Policy links: IOM's anti-trafficking app, Kenya’s High Court ruling and more

Kenyan refugee camp to stay open, plenty of new research into migrants' paths and why Afghan refugees left Pakistan last year.

Aerial Views of Ifo 2 Refugee Camp in Dadaab, Kenya (Photo: Flickr/United Nations)
Aerial Views of Ifo 2 Refugee Camp in Dadaab, Kenya (Photo: Flickr/United Nations)
Published 16 Feb 2017 

By Daniel Thambar, an intern with the Lowy Institute’s Migration and Border Policy Project.

  • The Kenyan government’s bid to close the largest refugee camp in the world (the Dadaab camp) has been blocked by the high court.
  • The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a report that looks at the mobility of skilled workers in ASEAN member states, and highlights how highly skilled workers are being under-utilised in the region.
  • Paolo Boccagni, writing for Comparative Migration Studies, investigates how migrants’ aspirations develop over time, building on a study of 224 immigrant domestic workers in Italy.  
  • In a recent report, Germany’s migration commissioner, Aydan Oezoguz, urges people to regard migration as something 'normal', and the government to grant limited electoral rights to non-naturalised migrants.
  • The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) identified 213 victims of trafficking in Slovakia in the last 10 years. IOM has developed a new mobile app to help combat this issue.  
  • IOM published the Iraq Community Stabilisation Handbook which looks at the social and economic conditions in 15 Iraqi governorates, and outlines some of IOM’s key achievements in those areas.
  • Alex Gray published a blog on 'Which countries have the most immigrants?' for the World Economic Forum, collating visual data from the Daily Telegraph and MPI.
  • Nauja Kleist from the Danish Institute for International Studies and Dorte Thorsen from the University of Sussex released a new book, Hope and Uncertainty in Contemporary African Migration. See a summary of the book here.
  • Human Rights Watch released a report titled 'Pakistan Coercion, UN Complicity: The Mass Forced Return of Afghan Refugees', which describes the coercive factors that caused Afghan refugees to leave Pakistan en masse in 2016.

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