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Five on Friday | January 15, 2016

MCN Five on FridayA tumultuous week in US migrant news, with the border surge crisis intensifying while officials increased deportation operations. Meanwhile, worldwide, a record-high 60 million people were forced migrants last year, compared to the 40 million after World War II, points out a Financial Times article. Here are some articles and resources on migration news and health this week.

1. Karen, Executive Director, forwarded on this New York Times article entitled, "UN to Help US Screen Central American Migrants," detailing a new program to stem illegal border crossings and highlighting anger among Democratic lawmakers at the recent increase in deportations. 

2. Claire, Writer & Editor, saw this Guardian article “Surge in Central American migrants at US border threatens repeat of 2014 crisis.” Claire also shared a Financial Times article entitled, “Migration and Climate Change Top Risks Facing Global Economy.” “‘The world’s risks are becoming increasingly interconnected,’ says Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz, head of global competitiveness and risk at the World Economic Forum, pointing to the links between climate change, forced migration and political instability.”

3. Olivia, Health Network Associate, shared this Freakonomics podcast entitled, “Is Migration a Basic Human Right?” which includes an interview with Secretary Madeleine Albright, who fled Communist Czechoslovakia as a child.

4. Theressa, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, shared two school-based health resources. The Children’s Health and Education Mapping Tool is a one-of-a-kind resource that allows users to harness the power of geographic information systems (GIS) technology for data-driven decision-making. Theressa also forwarded on the newly released 2013-14 Census of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) report.

5. Amy was surprised and saddened to hear of the passing of Alfred Vazquez, civil rights activist and United Farm Workers organizer. 

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