Migration in the News | 11 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IPS spoke with several agencies working on the ground to provide emergency services for Rohingya refugees and found out that literally every woman, except the very old and young, has had experiences of either being molested or experienced extreme levels of abuse. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • UN News Centre and Bangladesh’s Green Watch reported that UN agencies launched on Tuesday a massive immunization campaign to prevent a cholera outbreak among the more than half a million Rohingya refugee arrivals in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. IOM’s Patrick Duigan was quoted.
  • Global Citizen reported that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have been flooding into Bangladesh since August 25 with 10,000 more refugees arriving in just one day. It noted that organizations like IOM are concerned about the spread of diseases.
  • Devex reported that aid workers and organizations, including IOM, in Myanmar are facing both access and safety concerns, Androulla Kaminara, director at the European Commission’s humanitarian arm, ECHO said Monday, warning the Rohingya refugee crisis had passed a “tipping point.”
  • AFP reported that at least 14 Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing Monday after their overloaded boat capsized, the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar. It referenced IOM.
  • Xinhua and Just Earth News reported that three weeks since category 5 Hurricane Maria ripped through Dominica, the scope of the damage remains daunting, with islanders in dire need of water, electricity, food and supplies. They quoted IOM’s Jean-Philippe Antolin.
  • Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported that rural communities in Zimbabwe continue to be affected by climate change related challenges like flooding and drought resulting in communities being adversely affected in accessing basic needs. It quoted IOM’s Lily Sanya.

Trending on the Internet

  • Quartz published a report suggesting that a better way to encourage citizens to accept migration may be to allow migrants, or their employers, to contribute to existing welfare systems.
  • Bangkok Post reported that Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore have become the region’s migration hubs and are now home to 6.5 million migrants from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, according to the World Bank.

Quote of the day

“But the truth is that we are all connected to modern slavery; and we all bear the solemn responsibility of seeing it wiped out.” – Amber Rudd, UK Home Secretary. Read more here.


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