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Migration in the News | 03 November 2015

Media Highlights

  • Wired reported on different types of emergency shelter, including the Ikea flatpack home. It quoted IOM shelter expert Joseph Ashmore.
  • NPR reported that Europe’s pledge to track down and prosecute people smugglers – who conceal their identities from migrants – will be extremely difficult to implement.  
  • BBC reported that, according to the UN, a monthly record of 218,394 migrants and refugees reached Europe by sea in October, almost as many as the total number of arrivals in 2014. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Al Jazeera reported that the Greek island of Lesbos has run out of room to bury the growing number of migrants dying at sea, according to the mayor. It cited IOM figures.
  • Buzzfeed reported on an explosion caused by a cooking stove in “The Jungle” camp in Calais, northern France, on Sunday. It cited IOM’s plan to ramp up “winter assistance” for migrants and refugees living in makeshift shelters across Europe with little protection from the cold.
  • AP reported that Afghanistan will take back all Afghans deported from Germany, as Germany struggles to accommodate thousands of new refugee and migrant arrivals. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Australia’s Conversation reviewed IOM’s World Migration Report 2015, noting that migration to cities significantly contributes to urbanization and, if well planned, can make them healthier, more profitable and more interesting places to live.
  • Al Jazeera reported on an IOM-organized job fair in Erbil, Iraq, designed to link up migrants voluntarily returning home from Europe with local employers. It quoted IOM’s Emma Proust.
  • Wall Street Journal reported on the plight of growing numbers of sub-Saharan African migrants stranded in Morocco. It cited IOM figures.
  • Philippines’ Inquirer reported that two years after the Supertyphoon “Yolanda” devastated Leyte, 77 families living in a resettlement area in Tacloban City will finally have a regular supply of clean drinking water, thanks to a $300,000 donation from the Nigeria. IOM was involved in the project.

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  • Channel News 4 shows a new interactive video story on the journeys undertaken by refugees and migrants this year called “Two Billion Miles.”
  • A Guardian investigation reveals that undocumented African and Asian migrant workers are being used as trafficked, cheap labour on Irish fishing trawlers. The story documents sleep deprivation, inhuman hours and low pay on prawn and whitefish trawlers operating from Irish ports.

Quote of the Day

"To block the refugees would fail – but to open Europe’s doors without limit is reckless. Finding a solution means addressing root causes in migrants’ countries.”- Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. More here

 

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Migration in the News | 30 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • BBC reported that Somali refugees are fleeing fighting in Yemen to return home to Somalia and Djbouti in the  Horn of Africa. It cited an IOM report and quoted IOM's Nicoletta Giordano.
  • South Africa’s Eyewitness News published an OpEd by IOM's  Richard Ots on migrant diversity entitled: “Managing Migration for the Benefit of All.”
  •  World Post reported that despite falling temperatures, migrant and refugee arrivals in Europe keep rising, with more people arriving in October than in any previous month. It cited IOM estimates and quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  •  Wall Street Journal reported that rescue workers searched the sea on Thursday for 38 missing refugees and migrants after their boat sank off the Greek island of Lesbos in gale-force winds, killing at least three. It cited IOM figures.
  •  Al Jazeera reported that at least 11 people - mostly children - have died in five separate incidents in the eastern Aegean Sea as thousands of migrants continue to try to reach the Greek islands from Turkey in frail boats and rough seas. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Al Jazeera reported that the NGO Medecins du Monde has filed a complaint against the city of Lille, which includes Calais in its jurisdiction, to provide basic amenities to migrants living in the camp known as “The Jungle.” It cited IOM figures.
  • Nigeria’s New Telegraph reported that the Italian coast guard rescued over a thousand migrants from crowded boats near Libya on Wednesday - the highest number saved in a single day in three weeks. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that Germany pledged to support Greece in dealing with the "extraordinary burden" of migrants landing on its shores every day. It cited IOM estimates.
  • World Economic Forum reported that one person is displaced by disasters every second, according to migration experts at the U.N. climate talks in Bonn. They are calling for climate-related migration to be more prominent in a new U.N. agreement to curb global warming. It quoted IOM’s Mariam Traore Chazalnoel.  
  • The Economist reported that Nigeria has made gains against the Islamic State-affiliated insurgency, which at the height of its power occupied an area of the north-east roughly the size of Belgium. It cited recent IOM figures suggesting that people are still fleeing their homes in the area.
  • Irin reported that until recently Haitians escaping the country after the devastation of the 2010 earthquake took hazardous overland routes to Brazil through South America, often putting their lives in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers. This ended a month ago with the opening of an IOM-Brazil humanitarian visa office in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. It quoted IOM’s Dimitry Poletayev.
  • Reuters reported that Syrians fleeing their country's four-year-old civil war face a complex process if they apply for asylum in the United States. IOM plays a key role in facilitating US refugee resettlement.
  • Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten and DR published reports on the findings of IOM’s World Migration Report 2015.

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  • A new UNDP report “Labour Migration, Remittances, and Human Development in Central Asia,” reveals that migration and remittance flows to the remittance-dependent region have dropped since 2014,  due to the economic slowdown in Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as tighter implementation of migration regulations in Russia.
  • UK’s The Independent reported that the population of Britain will increase by almost 10 million in the next 25 years, with net migration accounting for more than half that number.

Quote of the Day

"Migration has the potential to play a significant role in economic development, innovation, cultural diversity and the realisation of the country’s national development plan” – IOM South Africa Chief of Mission Richard Ots. More here

 

For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrivals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

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Migration in the News | 29 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • UK’s Daily Star reported that according to IOM’s World Migration Report 2015, mass immigration is creating ghettos in major cities. It quoted IOM’s June Lee. World Economic Forum also ran an article on the findings of the report.
  • The Guardian, International Business Times, Sputnik and AFP reported that the Greek coast guard rescued 242 people off the island of Lesbos after the wooden boat they were travelling in capsized, leaving at least three people dead. They cited IOM estimates.
  • Al Jazeera reported the story of novelist Sulaiman Addonia. He spent his early life in a refugee camp in Sudan, lived in Saudi Arabia in his teens, and arrived in the UK in 1990 as a child immigrant. The article cited IOM figures.
  • Thomson Reuters reported that WHO is launching a campaign to vaccinate 255,000 people against cholera in Iraq over the next month. It cited IOM figures that over three million Iraqis are displaced in the country, which is hosting 249,000 Syrian refugees.
  • National Geographic reported that residents of a tiny Slovenian town are welcoming migrants, but have mixed emotions as tens of thousands flood into local roads and fields. It cited IOM figures.
  • Irish Times reported that the European Commission says it was not informed by Austria of plans to build a border fence with Slovenia – another EU member state. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Switzerland’s  RTS interviewed IOM’s Dina Ionesco for a programme about migration and climate change.

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  • Daily Mail reported the president of the Czech Republic assertion that migrants are “using children as human shields for men with iPhones’ to justify arriving in Europe.
  • Mail Online featured migrants pictures of the sons, daughters, possessions and memories they have abandoned in order to reach Europe.

Quote of the Day

"The multicultural character of society today… calls us to deepen and strengthen the values needed to guarantee peaceful coexistence between persons and cultures”- Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN, quoting Pope Francis during the Conference on Migrants and Cities. More here

 

For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrivals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

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Migration in the News | 28 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • Voice of America reported that according to IOM’s World Migration Report 2015, increasing numbers of migrants are moving to cities around the world to take advantage of the many opportunities urban centers offer. It quoted IOM’s June Lee.
  • New York’s Vocativ reported that young people are more likely than older crowds to want higher levels of immigration. It cited IOM’s World Migration Report and quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Xinhua reported that according to IOM’s World Migration Report, people worldwide who say their economic situation is "poor" or "getting worse" are more likely to favor lower immigration to their country.
  • AFP reported that according to UNHCR, over 700,000 refugees and migrants have reached Europe's Mediterranean shores so far this year. It cited IOM estimates that 5,239 people arrived in Greece on Saturday (24/10) and 4,199 on Sunday.
  •  PBS reported that a 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck the mountainous region of northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, with aftershocks infiltrating northern Pakistan and India which also happened ten years ago. It quoted IOM’s Matthew Graydon.

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  • Reuters reported that politicians who use derogatory language about refugees and migrants may ultimately be responsible for causing violence, racism and bigotry, according to U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.
  • Al Jazeera’s America Tonight spoke to three young Central Americans about why they are risking their lives to reach the United States. Despite the crackdown, migrants keep attempting the journey, undeterred by violence or deportation. 

Quote of the Day

"Migration is here to stay. It is an opportunity for the future that we need to work with." - Tortosa Mayor Ferran Bel i Accensi during the Conference on Migrants and Cities. 

 

For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrivals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

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