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Mexican filmmaker Samuel Kishi, new IOM goodwill ambassador

“I am the son, grandson and great-grandson of migrants” says IOM’s new Good Will Ambassador, Mexican filmmaker Samuel Kishi. Photo: Magali Espinosa.

 

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced yesterday the appointment of Mexican filmmaker Samuel Kishi Leopo as its new Goodwill Ambassador, making him a strategic ally in promoting the mandate of the leading United Nations agency in the field of migration.

“I am honored to introduce Samuel today as our ambassador,” said Dana Graber Ladek, IOM Mexico´s Chief of Mission.

“In him we see an outstanding personality in the world of culture, with the capacity to help us defend migrants’ human rights, raise awareness about the positive impact of regular migration, warn about the risks of irregular migration, and promote orderly, safe, and dignified migration.”

Kishi joins other public figures with similar responsibilities, including Egyptian actors Nelly Karim and Asser Yassin, Ghanaian musical artist Kofi Kinaata, Ukrainian-Tatar singer-songwriter and actress Jamala, and Haitian singer and pianist Phyllissia Ross.

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“I am the son, grandson and great-grandson of migrants, I am Mexican, I have Mexican blood, my paternal grandparents are Japanese, and my maternal great-grandfather was Chinese,” said Kishi.

“I believe that we are all migrants; we are in constant movement throughout our lives, we migrate in different ways and to different places. In addition, I am interested in human issues, changes, displacement, rootedness and uprooting, identity and human resilience.”

Kishi began his film career in 2011 and has ever since participated in more than 100 national and international exhibitions and film festivals. In 2019, he premiered his multi-award-winning film “Los Lobos” at the Busan International Film Festival (Republic of Korea), a story about two children who migrate to Albuquerque (New Mexico, United States) with their mother, and experience for the first time in their lives the challenges of uprooting.

The film has received to date awards at 25 international festivals, including the Best Film award from the International Grand Jury in the Generation Kplus section at the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany.

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IOM was founded in 1951 and became part of the United Nations in 2016. It strongly advocates the principle that orderly and humane migration benefits migrants and society. In addition, IOM serves as the coordinator and secretariat of the United Nations Network on Migration and is a key interlocutor in the field of human mobility, supporting migrants and developing effective responses to the changing dynamics of migration.

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IOM launches open South America portal

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Buenos Aires – IOM, the International Organization for Migration, this week launched the Open South America Portal, a web platform providing migrants and stakeholders in the region with access to reliable and timely information on human mobility restrictions and health and safety measures adopted by governments in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open South America, available in SpanishEnglish and Portuguese, shares official information by country on the latest measures, including border restrictions, quarantine requirements and COVID-19 tests for migrants and travellers.

The portal also provides updated information on authorized entry points and key places for travellers and migrants, such as consulates, migrant care and health centres, airports, border crossings points and ports. This information can be explored through an interactive map.

The platform, funded by the IOM Development Fund, is also accessible to vulnerable migrants who may be stranded or are at risk of receiving misinformation on migration.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, South America has been one of the most impacted regions worldwide. According to the World Health Organization figures, as of 8 July 2021 there were 33,475,765 COVID-19 cumulative cases in the region, which represents 89 per cent of the total cases in Latin America, and 18 per cent of all infections recorded globally.

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Countries such as Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador all experienced severe outbreaks. For example, Brazil currently reports the third highest number of cumulative cases (18,855,015) and second highest death toll (526,892) globally.

“Open South America will facilitate orderly, regular and responsible migration in South America amid the uncertain times of COVID-19 and after the pandemic,” said Minister Ana Laura Cachaza, General Director of Consular Affairs of the Government of Argentina.

“Migrants’ access to up-to-date information through innovative online tools is essential considering the changing migration dynamic in the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Marcelo Pisani, IOM Regional Director for South America.

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29,000 Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians, other Africans migrated through the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in 2021 —IOM

The International Organisation for Migration has said that 29,000 individuals including Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalians and other Africans have emigrated to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea this year.

About 13,000 were arrested by the coast guards and returned home while 761 migrants were said to have perished in the sea.

Disclosing this to journalists in Abuja on Friday, the Chief of Mission, IOM Nigeria, Mr Franz Celestin, said less than five per cent of migrants usually made it to Europe, adding that the vast majority stay in Africa.

He further said that a lot of migrants were trafficked within the Economic Community of West African States, adding that Mali was the number one destination point for trafficked Nigerian women.

Responding to questions on the number of people who have undertaken the perilous trip to Europe through the Mediterranean, the IOM Chief said, “A combination of unemployment and underemployment is pushing people to migrate.

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“In this year, 29,000 migrants from Sub-Sahara Africa have migrated to Europe through the Mediterranean. About 13,000 were intercepted by the coastguard while 761 died.”

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Celestin stressed the importance of tackling human trafficking which he said grossed about $150 billion annually.

“Traffickers make a lot of money and they would continue to do it until a coordinated response is evolved to stop them. We are collaborating with Interpol in this respect; we are connected to the Interpol i/247 database. We connected the MIDAS to the Interpol database where we pass the information on traffickers to the Interpol,” he stated.

Celestin explained that the IOM has been involved in the biometric registration of children in the North-East, noting that the agency has registered no fewer than 17,053 children in 18 different internally displaced person camps between 2019 and May 2021 in Borno State.

The agency chief also disclosed that IOM was involved in the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Compact for North-East.

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FG condemns killing of Nigerian footballer in UK

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The Federal government has condemned the alleged killing of a Nigerian Footballer, Kelvin Igweani, by the UK police.

Recall that Igweani, a Nigerian Footballer, was shot dead by officers, who attended a call out to a house, where a child was found with serious injuries.

Reacting, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), in Abuja on Wednesday described the incident as very unfortunate,and sad.

Dabiri-Erewa condoled with the family of the deceased and the Nigerian communities in the UK while praying that God grants rest to the soul of the departed.

“We call on the UK government for a thorough and proper investigation to be carried out on the incident,” the statement added.

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