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Migration in the News | 16 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • DPA, AP and BBC reported that the European Union and Turkey have agreed though key elements of the plan remain open. The reports cite IOM estimates.
  • Turkey’s Haberler quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing speaking at the Global Forum on Migration and Development in Istanbul. He said that countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq will need more support to deal with the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis.
  • UN News Centre and Reuters reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the recent killing of nine civilians and two police officers in Burundi’s capital Bujumbura. The dead included IOM staffer Evariste Mbonihankuye.
  • Turkey’s  Anadolu Agency reported that four refugees transferred to Cambodia from Nauru under a deal with Australia have left an IOM-supervised villa in Phnom Penh to join the community, according to Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton. It quotes IOM’s Kristin Dadey.
  • Romania’s TVR interviewed IOM's Mircea Mocanu in a programme on the EU’s migrant relocation scheme, Romania’s reception of migrants and local authorities’ involvement in the integration process.
  • AFP reported that a wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants from Turkey to Europe sank Thursday near the island of Lesbos after colliding with a Greek coastguard vessel, leaving at least seven people dead, including four children, rescuers said. It cites IOM estimates.
  • Haiti’s Le Nouvelliste reported that Brazil will welcome all Haitian nationals with legal visas. Fernando Vidal, the Brazilian ambassador to Haiti, said that a reception center to deal with visa applications has been opened in collaboration with IOM.
  • Public Radio International reports that Tunisian fishermen are being trained to be 'safety nets' for migrants making the deadly sea crossing to Italy. It cites IOM estimates.

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  • Reuters reports that Swedish authorities will start setting up camps for refugees next week, and tens of thousands could spend the Swedish winter in tents.
  • BBC reports that pregnant asylum seekers in Australia's Nauru migrant camp will not be allowed to come to Australia, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has said.
  • Mashable shares a video which shows that in an attempt to get to Britain, migrants who were fleeing from Calais, France hitched a ride with a truck, not knowing that a polar bear named Nissan was stowed inside. The bear was in the process of being transported to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster when the migrants joined him.

 

Quote of the Day

"There are not deserving and undeserving migrants. They are only members of the human race who need protection, assistance and support."  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon 

 

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Migration in the News | 15 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • AFP reported that 317 Ethiopian migrants intercepted en route to South Africa are being held in overcrowded Malawian jails, despite having served their sentences for illegal entry. IOM repatriated 70 Ethiopian prisoners from Malawi in September.
  • Toronto Star interviewed IOM Rome Chief of Mission Federico Soda on the Mediterranean migrant crisis and Canada’s response to it.
  • Arab Today reported that Egyptian Manpower Minister Gamal Serour met with IOM MENA Regional Director Carmela Godeau to discuss ways to train and create jobs for young people to discourage them from irregular migration to Europe.
  • AFP reported that a woman, a young girl and a baby have died after a boat carrying migrants and refugees to the Greek island of Lesbos sank.
  • DPA reported that according to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU member states are failing to deliver on their pledges to help tackle the bloc‘s migration crisis. He wants action from EU  leaders when they meet this week.

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  • Belgium’s Le Soir reported on a new Belgian academic study that confirms the positive impact of migration on the EU economy.
  • ·AP reported that basic rights and sympathy are in short supply for thousands of migrants around the northern French city of Calais. The migrants, many of whom are fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, now live in what may be the EU’s biggest and most squalid ghetto.
  • ·BBC interviewed five migrants who successfully crossed the Aegean to reach the Greek island of Lesbos.

Quote of the Day

"Migration must be understood as part of the solution to world's development challenges." UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres 

 

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Migration in the News | 13 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • Reuters reports that some 600 Rohingya are stranded in limbo in Thai shelters and immigration detention centres, some suffering depression and other mental illnesses after their ordeal, with little access to mental health care. It quotes IOM’s Jeff Labovitz.
  • Buzzfeed reports that despite the horrific conditions that come with a winter crossing, the surge of migrants into Europe will continue into the Northern Hemisphere’s colder months. It cites IOM estimates and quotes IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Guardian UK reports on the despair of deportees on the Haiti-Dominican border following the  Dominican government’s implementation of a citizenship policy in August. It cites a survey of returnees conducted by IOM.
  • New York Times reports that a small group of Eritrean asylum seekers left Italy for Sweden on Friday, initiating a contentious EU relocation program meant to help the EU’s front-line countries deal with the largest movement of refugees on the continent since World War II. It cites IOM estimates and quotes IOM’s Federico Soda.
  • Daily Star Bangladesh reports that 103 Bangladeshis, who were rescued by the Myanmar navy in its coastal waters in May, returned home yesterday. It quotes IOM’s Asif Munier.
  • UK’s Daily Star reports that the number of migrants surging into Europe has almost doubled, as fears grow about dropping temperatures with winter around the corner. It cites IOM estimates.
  • Estonia's ERR features a newly published IOM booklet for asylum seekers and refugees that, in addition to providing some general facts about Estonia, gives readers a first glimpse into the nature of Estonians and their culture.
  • UK’s ITV News reports from the Greek island of Lesbos on a typical day on an island overwhelmed by refugees arriving from Turkey. It cites IOM figures.
  • Xinhua shares the story of Ali, a 28-year old Eritrean national, who is one of thousands of migrants who successfully crossed the Mediterranean to Italy as a gateway to Europe. It cites IOM estimates.

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  • Reuters reports on unknown Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees who drowned this summer in the Aegean trying to reach Greece from Turkey  in flimsy inflatable boats. There is no room left in the narrow plot of land in the pauper's section of Lesbos island’s St. Panteleimon cemetery.
  • Telegraph UK reports that Lord Rose, the former CEO of Marks & Spencer, speaking at the launch of a pro-EU group, said mass migration from Europe had not had a “detrimental” effect on Britain. He said that current numbers of people coming to work in Britain are not too high.

Quote of the Day

"Large scale migration of people from poor to rich countries could drive economic growth and boost battle against global poverty" World Bank Chief Jim Yong Kim. Read more here

 

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Migration in the News | 12 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • BBC, Reuters , Journal Telegraph, Sputnik, The World Weekly, NPR and UK’s Daily Mirror cite IOM’s report that the number of migrants arriving on the Greek islands near Turkey has surged to about 7,000 a day in the past week.
  • New York Times, Voice of America and AFP report that the U.N. Security Council on Friday adopted a resolution to authorize the European Union and individual countries to seize migrant-smuggling vessels on the high seas off Libya. They cite IOM figures.
  • Eurasia Net reports that nearly a year and a half after war in eastern Ukraine with Russia and Russian-backed separatists forced over a million people to flee their homes, the Ukrainian government still is relying on hundreds of volunteers to help the displaced. It quotes IOM’s Anna Vlasenko.
  • India’s NDTV reports eleven would-be migrants from Syria and Africa drowned when a boat bound for Europe capsized off the Egyptian port of Baltim. It cites IOM estimates that this year alone, 3,092 people have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean, while over half a million have made the voyage.
  • Germany’s DW reports that Greece is setting up its first refugee hotspot to receive migrants coming into Europe from the Middle East and Africa. The center, on Lesbos, is the first of five designed to register and screen all incoming migrants. It cites IOM figures.
  • AP reports that the Czech Republic is beefing up security on its Austrian border, as the influx of migrants to the European Union continues.  It cites IOM estimates. 

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  • AFP reports a win-win relationship. Asylum seekers battling boredom in Sicily as they wait for their applications to be processed volunteer to keep elderly and lonely Italians company. 

Quote of the Day

"Migrants are not only beneficiaries of Europe’s bounty: they are also an opportunity”- Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary General. His tweet here

 

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Migration in the News | 09 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • NPR’s Renee Montagne talks to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing about the EU’s decision to crack down on smugglers using naval vessels. The DG noted that smugglers over the years have earned in excess of $30 billion annually. In terms of earnings that puts them in third place behind drugs and arms traffickers.
  • BBC reports on the EU’s Operation Sophia and speaks with IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi. He points out that going after the boats will not necessarily have a major impact on the flow, because the smugglers will simply find alternative routes or means of bringing migrants to Europe.
  • Reuters reports on the trauma experienced by Rohingya trafficking victims in smugglers camps, now living in shelters. It quotes IOM’s Jeff Labovitz who says that many experienced starvation, beatings, extortion, and rape in the camps.
  • Al Jazeera reports that the EU is set to relocate its first group of refugees from a camp in Italy to Sweden on Friday - a first step in the implementation of a refugee quota system that will move people from overcrowded camps in Italy and Greece to States across the EU. It cites IOM estimates.
  • Reuters reports that the UN Security Council is due to vote on Friday on whether to approve Europe’s Operation Sophia naval operation to seize and dispose of vessels operated by human traffickers on the high seas off Libya. It cites IOM estimates.
  • National Review reports that many of those who make it safely to Greece pass through Austria, which has been seen the arrival of 100,000 refugees and migrants in the past three months. The country usually processes 20,000 asylum applications a year. The article cites IOM figures.
  • Pakistan’s Daily Times reports that the nation marked the 10th anniversary of the 2005 earthquake on Thursday and recalled the horrific loss of life. It mentions the efforts of IOM and other agencies in the massive relief operation to aid survivors.
  • UK’s The Tablet and International Business Times feature Fr Mussie Zerai, an Eritrean Catholic priest who has been nominated for the 2015 Nobel  prize for his role in helping migrants trying to reach Europe. The reports cite IOM estimates.

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  • New York Times that in Stuttgart, Germany, migration has long been an engine of growth, and integration is the bedrock of civic pride. The challenge is building a city they can live in.
  • Reuters reports that  EU governments agreed on Thursday to step up deportations of irregular immigrants and discussed creating an EU border force to cope with hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war.
  • Time photographer James Nachtwey documents the dangerous passage of migrants and refugees from the waters of the Aegean Sea to the back roads of the Balkans. 

Quote of the Day

"The negative narrative on migrants and refugees is beginning to change… This is a positive development, but it is not enough.”– Michael Møller, Director General of the UN Office in Geneva. More here

 

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