Cox’s Bazar – After the breakout of COVID-19, IOM was one of the first agencies to start producing reusable cloth masks in Cox’s Bazar through its livelihood programme. To date, Rohingya refugees and host community members engaged in the programme have produced over one million masks which IOM teams distributed to beneficiaries and partners.
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Working in close coordination with the Government of Bangladesh, IOM facilitated the safe return of 160 Bangladeshi migrants stranded in Libya under its Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme on 5 May. More than 100 media reports were published on the return, which are below.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) – in close coordination with the Government of Bangladesh – facilitated this week the safe return of 160 Bangladeshi migrants stranded in Libya via its Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) programme.
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To celebrate International Migrants Day 2020, a virtual concert titled ‘Concert for Migrants’ was organized on 18 December 2020. Featuring popular singers from home and abroad, the concert has reached more than 3.3 million people in more than 30 countries worldwide. In between performing a range of popular songs, the celebrities spoke on the importance of informed migration decisions contributing to regular, safe, and orderly migration, sustainable reintegration as well as migration governance.
This year on 24 December, 13 journalists and one media organization received the prestigious Migration Media Award for their outstanding contribution in 2019 to the migration sector through their contributions made in the form of news updates, articles, and other initiatives. Imran Ahmed MP, Minister of the Ministry of Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment (MoEWOE) handed over the awards to the winners at the award ceremony held at BRAC Center Inn. Mr. Maurizio Cian, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, Giorgi Gigauri, Chief of Mission, IOM Bangladesh, and Asif Saleh, Executive Director of BRAC were present at this event. The Migration Media Award was presented under the European Union funded ‘Bangladesh: Sustainable Reintegration and Improved Migration Governance (Prottasha)’ project, which is implemented by IOM in partnership with BRAC led by the Government of Bangladesh.