Migration in the News | 10 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • International Business Times published a photo story showing the new surge in the numbers of Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to Bangladesh. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • UN News Centre, Just Earth News, NPR and Financial Tribune quoted an IOM press statement which reported that at least 13 Rohingya refugees, 11 of them young children, fleeing violence in Myanmar have drowned when the fishing boat they were on capsized in stormy weather. IOM’s Hala Jaber was also quoted.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer reported that the Australian government will provide AUD 20 million as humanitarian support for Rohingya people who have taken shelter in Bangladesh after escaping Myanmar. The funds will be channeled through WFP, IOM, Brac, Save the Children, Oxfam and Care.
  • AP, AFP reported that according to IOM reports, 8 Tunisian migrants have died and a further 20 are missing after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a migrant boat. They quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • Reuters and Middle East Monitor reported that  UN agencies, including IOM, said they were trying to provide urgent help to large numbers of migrants held and then stranded in the smuggling hub of Sabratha as rival factions battled for control of the city. It quoted IOM’s Othman Belbeisi.
  • AP reported that French President Emmanuel Macron says that the first operations to allow migrants to come legally to France from Niger and Chad will start in the coming weeks.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that despite being widely hailed as a turning point in the global fight to end modern slavery, a new estimate of the number of people living as slaves worldwide could in fact complicate efforts to tackle the crime, several academics have warned. The global slavery report was a joint report by ILO, Walk Free Foundation and IOM.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that some 70,000 irregular Ethiopian migrants have been expelled from the Saudi Arabia since March, as the Gulf Kingdom seeks to reduce its reliance on millions of migrant laborers. It referenced IOM.
  • The Independent reported on research that found that ISIL and other terrorist groups are using slaves to generate funding and attract recruits including domestic abusers and rapists. It cited an IOM report.
  • Khmer Times reported that IOM has vowed to continue working with the Cambodian government to provide assistance to its people working abroad. It quoted IOM’s Nenette Motus.
  • Asian Image UK reported about a creative art workshop held in the UK that recognised that female migrants in the UK face specific challenges and vulnerabilities, and attempts to promote integration of female migrants into British society.  IOM UK participated in the event.
  • Philippines’ Business Mirror reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) urged the Philippine government to increase its investments in rural areas to discourage Filipino farmers from migrating to other countries. It cited IOM reports.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Washington Post reported about a Denver-based landscaping company which hires dozens of temporary workers from Mexico each year because it can’t find enough Americans to take the jobs.
  • IPS reported that this year’s World Food Day will focus on the link between migration, food security and sustainable rural development.
  • Christian Science Monitor reported that as Europe puts up more barriers and chaos in Libya continues, the number of migrants returning home will likely increase. But returnees are also uniquely equipped to help educate others about the perils of irregular migration – and have a stake in healing the root problems that led them to leave in the first place.

Quote of the day

“It is not the movement of persons that is the problem, it is the movement of persons without the protection of fundamental rights and norms.” – Sir Michael Aaronson, former chief executive of Save the Children UK. Read more here.

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


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