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Invest Now for Tomorrow’s Migration, Says IOM’s 2010 World Migration Report

Geneva – The world will be taken by surprise by the relentless pace of migration unless States, international organizations and civil society make a concerted effort to invest in how they respond to it, says the World Migration Report (WMR) 2010 launched today by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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States Pledge to Intensify Cooperation on Refugee Protection and Mixed Migration

The conference was convened in light of the growing number of refugees and irregular migrants moving southwards from the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region to South Africa and the need to ensure a coordinated and effective response by governments and civil society.

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IOM and Partners Plan Response to Potential Xenophobic Violence

“I cannot risk the life of my family while trying to watch the World Cup final”, said Ellias, a 26 old Zimbabwean from Gwanda, who is married with two children. He was passing through Musina on his way from Mamelodi Township near Pretoria.

Over the weekend, IOM conducted interviews with returning migrants on the Zimbabwean side of the border, with more than 90% of the 140 interviewed stating they had fled threats of violence and 10% stating that they had already suffered xenophobic violence prior to their departure.

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