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.

Trending on the Internet  

  • 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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