Migration in the News | 1 December 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AP, AFP and Bloomberg reported that between 400,000 and 700,000 African migrants are living in camps in Libya, often under ‘inhuman’ conditions, the chairman of the African Union Commission said Thursday at the close of a summit of European and African leaders. They referenced IOM.

  • The World Economic Forum ran an op-ed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing in which he outlined three new initiatives that will help make sense of migration in an era of ‘post-truth’ politics and ‘fake news’.
  • Africa News reported that at least 250 Cameroonians returned home from Libya with IOM’s assistance, days after media reports of migrants being traded as slaves in Libya sent shockwaves through sub-Saharan Africa and shocked the world.
  • Al Jazeera published a report explaining who the Rohingya people are, noting that they are an ethnic group, majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. It cited IOM figures.
  • Nigeria’s This Day Live reported that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Thursday received 150 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya. They were brought back with the assistance of IOM.
  • Global Citizen reported that for the fourth straight year, more than 3,000 refugees and migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean, according to IOM.
  • IPS published a piece by IOM’s Dina Ionesco which looks at climate migration and how it is central to the Paris Agreement and the Global Compact for Migration.
  • Mauritius’ L’express published an op-ed which noted that when migration is done right, by respecting all the rules and regulations, migrants can contribute actively and positively to host countries. It referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Economic Times reported that Indians are the largest migrant group from outside the European Union to settle in the UK but the overall migration in the country has fallen over the last year, according to latest data just released.
  • Al Jazeera reported about refugees and migrants who attempt to master Scottish dialect in Scotland's largest city, Scotland.

Quote of the day

“More than ever before, migration touches every state in an era of deepening globalization.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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


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