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Weekly News Report: July 5-11, 2021

Togolese migrant workers before their flight home

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Articles and views shared in the Weekly News Report do not necessarily represent ARM’s views. Information in these articles has not been fact-checked by ARM and may contain some errors. ARM is simply compiling all news relevant to migrant communities to inform our advocacy efforts and to facilitate the work of organizations who cater to migrant communities.

More Migrants Evacuated [here] and [source is ARM]

Seventy six migrants and two children were evacuated to Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Sudan and Togo over the past week; 18 of which traveled with the support of ARM in the past week.

Ethiopian Consulate to Launch Vaccine Marathon for Nationals [here]

The Ethiopian consulate in Lebanon announced its plan to organize a vaccination marathon for Ethiopian nationals in Lebanon, in coordination with the ministry of public health and the International Organization for Migration.

Ethiopians who wish to register and get the vaccine can register through this form.

Refugees=Partners Tackles Misconceptions about Aid to Syrian Refugees [here]

Refugees=Partners published a video clarifying misinformation and misconceptions about the aid to Syrian refugees by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The following pints and numbers were reported:

  • Before the crisis, a monthly amount of 173 USD used to be distributed per family, including 27 USD for each member. Both amounts pre- and post-crisis are not enough to cover living expenses;

  • After the crisis, Syran families started receiving cash assistance strictly in LBP for almost 2 years. Today, this  amounts to a quarter of the previous amount they used to receive in USD, due to restrictions by Lebanese banks;

  • Many families report having to be indebted to grocery stores and supermarkets due to the insufficient amount of aid;

  • According to UN reports, only 31% of Syrian families in Lebanon are receiving in-kind or cash aid, although over 80% of them are now below the poverty line.

Curfew for Syrians and Migrants in Zgharta [here]

The Municipality of Zgharta-Ehden, North of Lebanon, announced a curfew on Syrian and migrant workers on July 8, noting concerns and suspicions among Lebandese residents of their “unjustified movement” and threatening to kick out those who do noy abide.

Sisters Voices Podcast Features ARM [here]

The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)’s podcast Sisters Voices hosted ARM to talk about the organization’s work and organizing with migrant domestic workers in Lebanon.

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