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Migration in the News | 27 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • Reuters reported that according to the Libyan Red Crescent, 40 bodies were found on its coastline near the ports of Zlit and Khoms. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • AP reported that the bodies of two migrants were found on the Greek islands of Lesbos and Chios on Monday, after accidents aboard two boats bound for Europe. It cited IOM estimates.
  • BBC reported that Europe will have another 100,000 spaces in refugee reception centres created under a deal agreed by European leaders at an emergency summit in Brussels. It cited IOM figures.
  • WorldPost  spoke with members of MSF’s team on the island of Kos about what motivated them to leave their homes and take care of others in a difficult situation. It cited IOM figures.
  • India’s Livemint ran an opinion piece saying the Europe migrant and refugee crisis highlights how dominant industrial powers have singularly failed to live up to their promises and commitments on both political and economic fronts. It cited findings from IOM’s World Migration Report Migrants and Cities: New Partnerships to Manage Mobility.
  • The New York Times reported that the intensity of the fighting in Syria is fueling increased desperation as a growing number of Syrians are fleeing to neighboring countries and, especially, to Europe. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Al Monitor reported that responses to the migration crisis are becoming increasingly diverse as governments turn a blind eye to the Syrian refugee and other crises. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Ghana’s Graphic Online reported that Ghana is urbanising rapidly, resulting in the concentration of the population in urban areas such as Accra, Kumasi and Sekondi/Takoradi. It cited IOM estimates and quoted IOM’s Daniel Kweku Sam.

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  • Business Insider featured an animated map that shows how humans migrated across the globe through history, based on the work of anthropologists and paleontologists working on National Geographic's Genographic Project.
  • In Pictures: The Telegraph published drone shots of migrants and refugees walking through the Balkans.

Quote of the Day

"Migrants are builders of resilience, agents of local development, and city-makers. They are resourceful, creative, and inventive.” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in his opening remarks at the Conference on Migrants and Cities. More here

 

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Migration in the News | 26 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • CNN and UK's The Telegraph reported that despite deteriorating weather conditions, approximately 48,000 refugees and migrants crossed from Turkey to the Greek islands in five days last week.
  • CNN featured a remarkable rescue at sea captured on video of Turkish fishermen pulling a migrant toddler from the sea.
  • New York Times, AFP and Irish Times reported that a woman and two young children drowned, and seven people were missing, after an inflatable dinghy carrying migrants from Turkey hit rocks near the Greek island of Lesbos.
  • BBC reported that leaders from several Eastern and Western European countries are holding an emergency meeting to try to close sharp divisions on the migrant crisis in the Balkans.
  • Reuters reported comments by Slovenia’s PM that the EU faces collapse if the bloc cannot agree on a plan to confront the influx of refugees through the Balkans.
  • Wall Street Journal reported that Greece’s migration minister has rejected accusations by Germany and other European countries that Greece is failing to defend its borders against mass migration.
  • International Business Times reported that European leaders agreed a 17-point plan of action to tackle the escalating refugee crisis in the region.
  • AP reported that Nigeria, a regional hub for human trafficking, needs more assistance to help those who escape exploitation to find stability after they return home.
  • Al Jazeera reported on the indebtedness of Guatemalans who borrow money against their homes to migrate to the US.
  • AFP reported on the situation over 800 Cambodian and other migrant workers living in a camp made out of refurbished shipping containers stacked three blocks high on the outskirts of Bangkok. 

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  • Financial Times published a report by Tim Harford, author of “The Undercover Economist Strikes Back” about the real benefits of migration. He mentioned that migrant remittances to developing countries total almost half a trillion dollars –three times as much as is sent in official development assistance.
  • AFP reported that the EU on Monday pledged to help set up 100,000 places in reception centres along the migrant route through the Balkans, in a bid to end rising tensions on its eastern frontier over how to deal with the crisis.

Quote of the Day

People leave as vulnerable people and come back as vulnerable people. What stands between them being trafficked again is reintegration support." Myria Vassiliadou, EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. More here

 

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Migration in the News | 23 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • BBC reported that the number of migrants crammed into the makeshift camp in Calais is now estimated to be between 4,000 and 6,000 men, women and children. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Reuters and BBC reported that Sweden's Migration Agency has forecast that up to 190,000 asylum seekers will arrive in the country this year, more than double the number previously estimated. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Irish Times reported on environmental degradation, its impact on human security and the potential outbreaks of violent conflict it can cause. It quoted IOM’s  Barbara Bendandi and Mariam Traore Chazalnoël.
  • AFP reported that thousands of people are still making the difficult journey across Europe every day, despite the approach of winter, taking huge risks to flee war and poverty. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Sputnik reported that according to Human Rights Watch, there were at least eight cases of masked and often armed men intercepting boats with refugees and migrants on their way from Turkey to Greece. It cited IOM figures.
  • Buzz Feed reported on the situation of LGBT refugees from across the Middle East who flee to Turkey to escape Islamist militias, sexual assault and death threats. 

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  • BBC reported that when the bodies of dead migrants who perish at sea wash up on beaches around the Mediterranean, not all of them get a proper funeral. Eric Reidy, who has been investigating this issue for some time, has published: "The Secret Mass Graves of the Refugee Crisis - the shocking reality of what happens to those who perish at sea.”
  • Reuters reported that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein accused the Czech Republic on Thursday of committing systematic human rights violations by detaining refugees for up to 90 days and strip-searching them for money to pay for their own detention.

Quote of the Day

"World leaders must be willing to become more culturally diverse because they need workers. Leaders who are not preparing their people for this, through public education, public information, and awareness-raising campaigns, just may not be doing their job.”  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. More here

 

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Migration in the News | 21 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • IRIN reported that rough seas and colder weather usually signal a drop in the number of migrants and refugees attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. But after a summer of unprecedented refugee arrivals, this winter is likely to be different. It quotes IOM’s Florence Kim.

  • El Salvador’s El Economista,  Honduras’ La Tribuna, La Prensa, Mexico’s Aguas Digital, Publimetro, El Periódico de México, El Mundo de Córdova,  La Opinión, El Día, Listin Diario, Noticias SIN,  TERRA Chile, TERRA Argentina, Venezuela’s Entorno Inteligente, and Colombia’s El Espectador and W Radio reported that food insecurity and violence are the main triggers of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They quote IOM’s Jorge Peraza.

  • DW and Voice of America reported on a new Amnesty International study of Rohingyas fleeing persecution in Myanmar. The report warns of another looming crisis. IOM’s Jeff Labovitz is quoted.

  • Thomson Reuters reported that people smugglers are exploring new routes to Malaysia from Myanmar and Bangladesh after a crackdown on trafficking in Thailand. The report quotes IOM’s Jeff Labovitz.
  • DW, AFP, Irish Times and BBC reported that migrant and refugee arrivals in Greece have passed half a million this year. The surge of arrivals has led to pressure on the EU to set up "hotspot" reception centers. They cite IOM estimates and quote IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • NY’s Daily News reported on the current migrant and refugee crisis and how it has affected countries around the world. It quotes IOM’s Thomas Weiss on Iraq.
  • Al Jazeera reported that IOM has called on governments to monitor sex trafficking and provide specialized assistance to 1.5 million refugees expected to enter the EU this year, warning of a surge in sexual assault against women smuggled to Europe from West Africa. It quotes IOM’s Federico Soda.
  • The Wall Street Journal reported that thousands of people are fleeing Eritrea to escape a life of conscription and poverty. It cites IOM reports and quotes IOM’s Kristina Touzenis.
  • UK’s Mail Online reported that dozens of new arrivals at an over-crowded camp on the Greek island of Lesbos were attacked with sticks by a mob of Afghan migrants. It cites IOM estimates and quotes IOM’s Joel Millman.

  • Thomson Reuters reported that conflict, political unrest and a lack of economic opportunities in Erbil, northern Iraq,  has left thousands of people desperate to leave. It quotes IOM’s Sandra Black.

  • AFP reported that 317 Ethiopian migrants are languishing in overcrowded Malawian jails, despite having served their sentences for illegal entry. IOM told AFP that nearly $200,000 would be needed to repatriate them.

  • AP reported on 26-year old Mohammed Al-Haj’s journey to Europe from Aleppo, Syria. It cites IOM estimates.

  • Irin Africa reported on West African migrants who die en route to Europe. It cites IOM figures.

  •  DPA reported that another 70 refugees will be flown out of Italy on Wednesday and brought to Finland and Sweden under a fledgling European Union scheme to relocate migrants across the bloc. It cites IOM figures.

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  • Reuters reports that Slovenia will ask the EU for police back-up to cope with the influx of migrants.
  • NPR shares the story of  Omar Al-Awad and his family who are considered among the lucky few Syrians who have been able to rebuild their lives in America’s heartland. 

Quote of the Day

"We need to work together to ensure that migration benefits everyone: countries of origin, transit and destination and, of course, the migrants themselves.”  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. More here

 

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Migration in the News | 20 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • Focus News Agency reported that Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev and IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson will sign an agreement between the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior and IOM for the adoption of a two-year cooperation programme.
  • ReutersBBC and Irish Examiner reported that the Balkans are struggling with a growing backlog of migrants, after Hungary sealed its southern border. Slovenia tried to impose limits, leaving thousands stranded on cold, wet borders where tempers frayed. It cites IOM estimates.
  • CNNSky News and International Business Times report that thousands of refugees have been stuck in deplorable conditions between Serbia and Croatia, after Croatian authorities barricaded their border. It cites IOM figures.
  • BBC reports a bottleneck of refugees and migrants trying to travel north through Croatia and Slovenia - which is now limiting the daily number it will allow through. It cites IOM estimates that an average of 5,000 asylum seekers are still arriving in Greece on smugglers' boats every day.
  • Huffington Post blogs that journalists need to find fresh ways to report and explain the whys and wherefores of the influx of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe. It cites IOM estimates. 
  • The New Yorker follows a Syrian refugee’s journey from Syria to Sweden. IOM’s Joel Millman is quoted.
  • Thomson-Reuters features the African Movement of Working Children and Youth (AMWCY), which helps young Africans who work, travel and migrate within the continent, offering advice, contacts and vocational training. It cites IOM figures that West Africa has the largest number of migrants in the continent – around 8.4 million in 2009.

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  • RT shares aerial images of France’s ‘New Jungle’ refugee camp that show the surging number of people currently living in makeshift tents in the port of Calais, hoping to move on to the UK. Meanwhile, the city’s mayor is considering calling in the army to maintain order.
  • Newsweek reports that a Berlin-based computer coding school for refugees and migrants hopes to expand across a multiple European capitals in the next few years.

Quote of the Day

"The current migration and refugee challenges in Europe demand resolve and generosity... Our responses need to be guided by human rights, law and solidarity”- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General.  More here

 

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

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