Media update

Time Magazine reported on the latest arrivals in the Mediterranean over the past week, quoting extensively IOM. CNN reported that HMS Bulwark, of the British Royal Navy, has rescued Sunday more than 1,000 migrants, including 10 pregnant women (total arrivals over the weekend: 5,000.) It cited IOM and quoted IOM’s Federico Soda saying that the numbers are high, and they are rising. The Independent (UK), EU Observer, Voice of America and AFP picked up IOM’s numbers of arrivals so far this year. AFP and AP reported that hundreds of people using small boats and dinghies have arrived in the past day on the eastern Aegean islands near the Turkish coast. They cited an IOM report that 46,150 migrants have already arrived in Greece so far this year.

Bryan Denton for The New York Times

The New York Times reported on the international response to what has become “the worst migration crisis” since World War II and published IOM’s estimates and infographics regarding the situations in the Mediterranean and Andaman Sea.


Quote of the day

“I didn't know where my fellow travellers were heading. But I knew one thing: my dream of making it to Europe, no matter the cost and risk involved, had been achieved. It was worth it.”

Syrian migrant Moutassem Yazbek talking to CNN about how he lost his job in Dubai, and decided to attempt a crossing of the Mediterranean.


Migrants’ stories

  • The Guardian’s Patrick Kingsley continues his outstanding series of migrants’ stories by publishing an interactive journey of a migrant from Syria to Sweden.

  • BBC continued its series of articles related to migration in its latest report: “Who are the Mediterranean’s migrants?” Four families and individuals who made the long trip over land and sea describe why they decided to leave their homes and what they are hoping for from a future in Europe. BBC linked its report to IOM Missing Migrants project’s website.


Migration in brief

The “Gapminder” explains in a simple way the delicate situation in which Syrians fleeing the conflict are and describes how the proposals of EU might not be adapted to the number of people who need protection.