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18 Dec 2017 description


  • 655,000 new arrivals (Since 25th August) are reported as of 17 December (IOM Needs and Population Monitoring and UNHCR Family Counting).

  • As of 15 December, the Bangladeshi Immigration and Passports Department has registered 844,207 people through biometric registration.

  • As of 15 December, the Armed Forced Division (AFD) has completed 6.74 kilometers of earthworks on the main road in the Kutupalong Balukhali extension.

17 Dec 2017 description

Since 25 August, more than 655,000 Rohingya refugees have fled violence in Myanmar and crossed into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Not only has the pace of new arrivals made this the fastest growing refugee crisis, the concentration of refugees in Cox’s Bazar is now amongst the densest in the world.

Key numbers

212,000 Rohingya estimated to be in Cox’s Bazar before the August influx

655,000 New arrivals as of 17 December 2017

867,000 Total number of Rohingya refugees estimated to be in Cox’s Bazar.

12 Dec 2017 description

With funding support from the Office of United States Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), and managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Rapid Response Fund (RRF) has allocated a new grant of $208,560 USD to Plan International to provide Emergency Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) assistance to over 200,000 vulnerable displaced persons in Zamzam and Tawilla IDP camps in North Darfur State to cover needs and gaps created by the increase in cases of Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD).

12 Dec 2017 description

Amman – The psychological effects of the six-year-long Syrian conflict have been devastating for many of those affected. IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is helping enhance psychosocial support to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Today (12/12) in Amman, front-line officers working with refugees will complete a three-day psychosocial support training, which aimed to improve the capacity of frontline protection and health workers to incorporate mental health and psychosocial support in their work.

12 Dec 2017 description

Cox’s Bazar - IOM, the UN Migration Agency has launched a major intervention to help halt the spread of diphtheria among Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

As a mass vaccination programme gets underway, IOM is working to provide vaccination support services and other services. These include community awareness raising; tracing of those who have come in contact with infected individuals to offer them preventative medical attention; and providing observation facilities for people recovering from the disease.

12 Dec 2017 description

- 457 undocumented Afghans returned from Pakistan
- 10,123 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran
- 96,807 total returns from Pakistan since 01 Jan 2017
- 428,054 total returns from Iran since 01 Jan 2017
- 79% of returnees from Pakistan (359 individuals) assisted
- 6% of returnees from Iran (628 individuals) assisted
- 141 Unaccompanied Migrant Children (UMC) from Iran among those assisted, 0 from Pakistan
- 103 Medical Cases (MC) from Iran among those assisted, 0 from Pakistan

Situation Overview

11 Dec 2017 description

Kinshasa – Over the past year, the humanitarian situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has deteriorated at an alarming rate. IOM, the UN Migration Agency is appealing for USD 75 million to urgently meet the growing needs of displaced Congolese and the communities hosting them in the eastern and south-central provinces of North and South Kivu, Tanganyika and the Kasai.

08 Dec 2017 description

The objective of the VAS is to provide baseline data to map the basic needs and critical gaps of services in areas of high return and to share the findings with government authorities and partners for better planning and targeting of transition and recovery activities. Wau County was prioritized by the Inter Cluster Working Group (ICWG) in Wau due to the increasing number of returnees observed to be moving from the PoC AA site and collective centres (churches) back to their home areas in Wau County. Ninety-four per cent of IDPs staying at PoC AA are from Wau County itself.