Migration in the News | 09 May 2016

Media Highlights

  • Euronewsinsiders programme interviewed IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi on the challenges of resettling refugees who have fled their home countries and arrived in the European Union (EU).
  • Sputnik reported that according to IOM over 189,000 migrants and refugees have arrived in Europe since the beginning of 2016.
  • Huffington Post reported that thousands of South Asian asylum seekers face detention and deportation under the EU-Turkey agreement aimed at stemming the flow of migrants into Europe. It quoted IOM’s Daniel Szabo.
  • UN News Centre interviewed Karen AbuZayd, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor for the UN Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants scheduled for September 19th 2016. She said that the UN is looking for a closer relationship with IOM to create a “go-to place” with regard to migrants.
  • Forbes reported that Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has reiterated his offer of USD100 million to any government prepared to provide an island on which to establish a community for Middle Eastern refugees. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that  the European Investment Bank is prepared to financially assist Turkey with caring for the 2.7 million Syrian refugees sheltering in the county. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Scotland’s The National reported claims by the NGO Global Justice Now that the catastrophe faced by people fleeing the Middle East and North Africa to reach Europe should not be described as a “migrant crisis,” but a crisis of inequality, war, and climate change. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Phnom Penh Post reported that Cambodian officials will visit Nauru to interview two Iranian refugees interested in resettling in Cambodia under a the deal with Australia. It noted that IOM will provide resettlement assistance.

Trending on the Internet

  • RT reported that a German education center is teaching migrants how to approach and get acquainted with local women.
  • Express Online reported that according to a study by Oxford University’s Migration Observatory, only one in four EU workers in Britain have the skills required of non-EU citizens seeking UK work visas.

Quote of the day

“Better integrated refugees and asylum seekers make them a better part of our society and therefore strengthen our own social system.”  - IOM EU Regional Director Eugenio Ambrosi. Read more.


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

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