Migration in the News | 10 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters, BBC, IANS, New York Times, World News Network, AP, Huff Post and other media outlets reported that around 50 teenage Somali and Ethiopian migrants were "deliberately drowned" early on Wednesday by a smuggler who forced 120 passengers into the sea off Yemen's coast, according to IOM, the UN Migration Agency. They quoted IOM’s Laurent de Boeck and Olivia Headon.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation and Forbes reported that the European Union recorded the largest increase in slavery of any world region in 2017 to date, with the arrival of more than 100,000 migrants, many of them extremely vulnerable to exploitation. It cited IOM figures.
  • Voice of America reported that IOM is calling for rapid action to prevent a cholera epidemic in South Sudan from spiraling out of control as the rainy season in the country progresses. They cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Olivia Headon.
  • Scientific American reported that forensic scientist Cristina Cattaneo is attempting to identify the badly decomposed remains of 700 people who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. It cited reports from IOM’s Missing Migrants Project.

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  • The Independent reported on an Oxfam report which had testimonies from refugees and migrants who revealed that they faced rape, torture, slave labour and sexual violence in Libya before attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Italy.

Quote of the day

We need to better understand how trafficking and smuggling networks intersect, and to further increase our presence in these remote areas in order to provide information, assistance and alternatives to migrants in need.” – Alberto Preato, IOM Migrant Resource and Response Mechanism Programme Manager. Read more here.

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

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