Migration in the News | 11 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • TRT, AFP, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Reuters, Global Times, SBS, NPR, CNN all reported that six migrants drowned and 13 went missing on Thursday when smugglers forced an estimated 180 Ethiopian migrants off a boat bound for Yemen. They quoted IOM’s Laurent de Boeck and Olivia Headon.
  • Voice of America reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is heartbroken over the drowning of dozens of migrants off the coast of Yemen. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sky News reported that a dramatic increase in the number of migrants arriving on Spanish shores means it may soon overtake Greece to become Europe's second most popular migrant destination. It cited referenced IOM and quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • The New York Times shared footage recorded Wednesday in Playa de los Alemanes in Cádiz province, Spain, in which migrants are filmed scrambling onto the packed beach and pulling a black inflatable dinghy onto the sand. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sputnik quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi who noted that IOM would like to see the 2017 trend for record refugee relocation numbers in the European Union to continue speeding up, and for EU member states to fill their relocation quotas.
  • The Straits Times reported on the launch of a UN Office on Drugs and Crime and Thailand Institute of Justice report on human trafficking in Thailand. It cited IOM figures showing that 55,000 undocumented Myanmar and Cambodian migrants fled the country following a recent crackdown on irregular migration.
  • Nigeria’s The Punch reported that the National Emergency Management Agency received 128 stranded Nigerians who voluntarily returned to the country from Libya, with the assistance of IOM. 

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  • The World Economic Forum reported how the European Qualifications Passport for Refugees, a document that would certify academic transcript according to European standards will help refugees continue their education.

Quote of the day

“We must also increase legal pathways for regular migration and other credible alternatives to these dangerous crossings for people in need of international protection." – United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Read more here.

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

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