Migration in the News | 1 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, people smugglers make about USD 35 billion a year worldwide and are the ‘real big problem’ behind the migrants’ deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • Al Jazeera reported that US and Haitian officials have discussed repatriating 58,000 Haitians who moved to the US after the 2010 earthquake. It cited IOM figures.
  • Papua New Guinea’s The National reported that lessons learnt from the 2015 drought should help the Government and the people prepare better for the El Nino event forecast to hit the country again in August. It mentioned that organizations such as IOM are teaching people basic skills to prepare for natural disasters.
  • Channel Africa reported that UN agencies are seeking to rally support for people fleeing escalating violence in the Central African Republic. It quoted IOM’s Yoko Fujimura.
  • Al Jazeera reported that according to IOM, hundreds of thousands of refugees are facing an "acute crisis" after a cyclone destroyed their camps in Bangladesh.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Conversation debunked some common myths about people migrating across the Mediterranean through a report published by the University of Warwick.  

Quote of the day

“Migration is not an issue to be solved, it's a human reality that has to be managed or governed. We know that historically migration has always been overwhelmingly positive.” –  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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