Migration in the News | 07 October 2015

Media Highlights

  • BBC reports that the EU is beginning a new operation to intercept boats smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean. IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi is quoted as saying that the operation will fail unless the bloc also fights criminal (smuggling) gangs in Europe.

  • India’s NDTV reports that more than 114,000 people have fled war-torn Yemen, and the figure could reach at least 200,000 by the end of 2016. The AFP story quotes IOM’s Ashraf El Nour speaking in Nairobi at the launch of an inter-agency response plan.

  • Al Monitor reports that rather than an accidental stopping point for refugees and migrants, Tunisia, with new asylum legislation, can become a destination country.

  • Al Jazeera reports that child migrants from Central America’s Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — made headlines last year when more than 50,000 were apprehended in the U.S. In El Salvador and Honduras, gang and drug trafficking violence is largely blamed for the exodus of children. In Guatemala, extreme poverty is described as the leading culprit. It notes that USAID is funding a violence prevention program and work done by IOM and World Vision at Guatemalan shelters.

  • BBC reports that the EU is offering new incentives to Turkey, including financial aid and easing of visa restrictions, for help to resolve the migrant crisis. European Council President Donald Tusk is quoted as saying that, according to Ankara's estimates, three million more people could head to Europe from Aleppo and the surrounding area. The BBC cites IOM as saying it has had no reports of more people leaving Syria, describing the comments as "speculative."

  • Washington Times reports that more nations must step forward to accept refugees and the international community needs to hammer out a resolution of the Syrian crisis as much as it will need to cope with the surging wave of asylum-seekers.

Trending on the Internet  

  • Flight from Syria: Refugee Stories is an e-book published by the Pulitzer Center, featuring reporting and photography by Hugh Eakin, Lauren Gelfond Feldinger, Stephen Franklin, Joanna Kakissis, Alia Malek, Holly Pickett, Alisa Roth, Alice Su and Selin Thomas. The e-book traces the history of one of the biggest displacements of modern times - providing a testament to the suffering and courage of those who fled. The stories, which tell of an abandoned homeland, an indifferent world, and an uncertain future, were originally published in Al Jazeera, BBC News, Guernica, In These Times, Marketplace, NPR, The Atlantic, and The New York Review of Books between 2012 and 2015. It is available free on iTunes.
  • Breitbart features a short film documenting the distress and sense of betrayal felt by Syrian women and families abandoned by men who have migrated to Europe amid the civil war.
  • A photo project -- translated from Spanish as the "American Dream" -- shows objects found in trash cans by Tom Kiefer, who worked as a janitor and groundskeeper at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facility in Ajo, Arizona. The facility is located about 40 miles from the US-Mexico border and about 120 miles from California, CNN reports.

Quote of the Day

"A migration policy that seeks simply to exclude irregular migrants, without taking into account a holistic analysis as to why they are moving, is unlikely to result in better management of migration. Instead, it is very likely to come at an unacceptable cost to the rights of migrants, including more deaths, detention and abuse of innocent people” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. More here

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

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