- Reuters reported that Southeast Asia needs legal migration channels to help curb human smuggling and avoid a repeat of this year's disaster when hundreds of refugees were lost at sea or died in jungle camps. It quoted IOM Director General Swing. EFE, Anadolu Agency, Strait Times and The Nation also reported Swing’s comments on global migration trends made at a press conference in Bangkok ahead of a conference on irregular migration in the Indian Ocean.
- AP reported that Canada’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February could serve as a model for more effective ways to help over four million Syrians who have fled their country since 2011. After initial screening by UNHCR, eligible refugees will undergo further checking by officials from Canada at an IOM operations center in Jordan.
- AFP reported that the operation to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada has begun, with 10,000 people due to depart for their new home by the end of the year. It quoted IOM’s Craig Murphy and Leonard Doyle.
- IRIN reported that researchers and climate change advocates are hopeful that any agreement reached at the COP21 Summit in Paris over the next two weeks will not only recognise climate change as a key driver of migration, but also outline steps to ensure future movements are planned and well-managed. It quoted IOM’s Dina Ionesco.
- Toronto Star reported that Canada’s newly opened refugee processing centre in Jordan aims to process 500 people a day, and will eventually become the hub of much of Canada’s Syrian refugee resettlement program. The report noted that health screening of the refugees may be done by IOM or the Red Cross.