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Anger over calls to limit air-con for Hong Kong maids

The Star Online, China, 11 August 2017 - Calls to restrict air conditioning for Hong Kong's domestic maids amid sweltering summer temperatures were dubbed inhumane by rights groups Friday (Aug 11), after a politician suggested helpers should get "used to the hot weather".

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 16, 2017 04:10 PM |
INFOGRAPHICS: Bangladesh ranks 10th in Global Slavery Index 2016

Data Leads, Bangladesh, 10 August 2017 - Bangladesh ranked 10th among countries where more than 45 million people globally are living in modern slavery. In Bangladesh, 1,531,300 people are living in modern slavery, according to Global Slavery Index 2016. According to the index, which ranks 167 countries, half the population of modern slaves are in five countries -- India, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Uzbekistan.

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 16, 2017 04:04 PM |
Modern Slavery: Asia’s reality check

The Nation, India, 10 August 2017 - About 45.8 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery. Half of them live in five Asian countries, according to Global Slavery Index.

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 16, 2017 01:55 AM |
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Migrants in Disaster Risk Reduction: Practices for Inclusion

In today’s increasingly globalized and mobile societies, internal and international migrants, refugees and asylum seekers represent a significant share of the population of cities and countries. This publication presents experiences from researchers and practitioners from a variety of geographical contexts on how they have been included and have participated in disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery activities. It aims to highlight the importance and benefits of, as well as options for, integrating migrants into decision-making, policy-setting and implementation of disaster risk reduction initiatives. This publication builds upon the knowledge and experiences gathered through the Migrants In Countries In Crisis (MICIC) Initiative, a global state-led process for which IOM has been serving as Secretariat, and the Council of Europe’s EUR-OPA programme on “Migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the context of major risks prevention and management”.

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 15, 2017 04:52 PM |
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

In September 2015, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda was adopted, and for the first time, migration was included in mainstream global development policy. With the objective of communicating how IOM identifies migration in the 2030 Agenda to stakeholders and the wider public, and to shed light on the complex challenges and opportunities that accompany the migration-related targets, this IOM publication aims to showcase how different areas of migration are addressed in the Sustainable Development Goals.

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 15, 2017 04:51 PM |
Extreme Heat and Migration

The impacts of climate change on global temperatures profoundly affect people’s ability to sustain their livelihoods as well as their health; both of these dimensions in turn influence the migration of people. Indeed, increasing heat related to climate change is likely to result in more disruptive events, such as frequent droughts, wildfires, episodes of extreme temperatures and heat waves. Such events are already directly and indirectly displacing large numbers of people each year and likely to lead to the migration of more people in the future. For the first time, this IOM infosheet explores the links between extreme heat and migration and provides an overview of the challenges faced, as well as possible ways to address them.

Posted by Ying Yang at Aug 15, 2017 04:49 PM |
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