Migration in the News | 1 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Human Rights Watch reported that asylum seekers and other migrants arriving by sea to Spanish shores are held in poor conditions and face obstacles in applying for asylum. It cited IOM figures.
  • Ventures Africa reported that according to a UNICEF study, thousands of African children heading to Italy across the Mediterranean Sea face abuse and violence in Libya and most of them travel alone and are unprepared for Europe. It cited IOM.

  • The National reported that criminal networks are taking advantage of families fleeing their homes in war-torn countries and are using them for forced begging, sexual exploitation and organ harvesting. It cited IOM reports.
  • The Cambodia Daily reported that nearly 60,000 undocumented Cambodian migrant workers were reported to Thai authorities by their employers last week – the first step in regularizing their status following a Thai crackdown on irregular migration. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.  
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that Kuwait has applied to join IOM as an observer. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

Trending on the Internet

  • RT reported that France's highest administrative court has ruled that the French government must provide migrants sleeping rough in the city of Calais with water and sanitation facilities.
  • The Guardian reported that according to a study by the UK’s Office of National Statistics, the fruit and vegetable processing and hotel industry are among sectors of economy facing the worst damage if the free movement of people ends in Britain.

Quote of the day

“When migrants succeed, societies do too. The crucial issue is not that migration and development are linked, but how they can be leveraged to create positive development outcomes.” – Hisham Badr, Assistant Foreign Minister for Multilateral Affairs and International Security of Egypt. Read more here.​​​​​​​


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


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