Migration in the News | 11 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Voice of America and Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are struggling from mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts, while almost half of the children are malnourished. The reports quoted IOM’s Olga Rebolledo.

  • AP reported that Myanmar's military sentenced seven personnel to 10 years in prison and hard labour over the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. The report cited IOM estimates.
  • IPS reported that one year into the most recent series of protests and a humanitarian crisis with no end in sight, international groups, including IOM, have called for action to help protect Venezuelans.
  • UN News reported that IOM launched a regional action plan to bolster its response to massive population outflows from Venezuela, amid the worsening political and socio-economic situation in the South American country. The report quoted IOM’s Diego Beltrand.
  • Rudaw reported that the Kurdistan Regional Government wants more cooperation from the international community and aid agencies to assist with 1.4 million internally displaced people and Syrian refugees. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Reuters and The Telegraph reported that Italy has broken up a criminal ring that smuggled migrants from Tunisia to Sicily on speedboats less than a year after a similar racket was dismantled. The reports cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • UN News reported that amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries.
  • KALW Radio reported about a coding boot camp called Hola Code that aims to help returned Mexican migrants seek a better life.

Quote of the day

“It’s very important that as cities receive more immigrants that they develop policies that proactively address the inclusion of these people into the urban fabric. This is what makes cities more sustainable” – Marie Price, George Washington University. Watch her interview here.


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