Migration in the News | 11 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Guardian reported that deaths in Mediterranean have risen with migrants opting for dangerous routes and exposing themselves to violence, according to IOM. It cited findings from IOM’s Fatal Journeys report.
  • Reuters reported that according to UNHCR, an estimated 270,000 refugees have fled Myanmar in the past two weeks and sought refuge in Bangladesh. It cited IOM.
  • CNN reported that Myanmar's government has rejected a proposed ceasefire by militants in the country's embattled Rakhine state. It mentioned that the US Department of State said it is very concerned about the region and is working with international partners, including IOM, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Star reported that the government has acquired a software system to record biometric data as part of efforts to document the refugees entering Bangladesh from Myanmar. It referenced IOM.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the United States has lauded the Bangladesh government for its generosity in responding to the humanitarian crisis of the Rohingyas fleeing the persecution in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said that they continue to coordinate closely with partners including IOM.
  • AP reported that with Rohingya refugees still flooding across the border from Myanmar, those packed into camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh are becoming desperate for scant basic resources and dwindling supplies. It cited IOM.
  • AP reported about the wider disaster facing Iraq’s Sunni Arabs. Three years of war have freed their lands from the rule of the so-called Islamic State group but have also left the community at its lowest state ever. It cited IOM figures.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that Kuwait reiterated its aspirations to attain the membership of IOM as an observer during a meeting with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Xinhua reported that as much as 78 percent of total remittances may currently be sent to Ethiopia through informal channels in some corridors, citing an IOM report.
  • Kathmandu Post reported that two Sri Lankan women have been rescued from the clutches of traffickers who tried to send them to various foreign destinations using Nepal as the transit point. They were rescued with support from IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply reported that while access to asylum is improving in Mexico, the country still has a long way to go to protect refugees, says Coventry University’s Simon McMahon.
  • iNews reported that according to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, migration curbs will strangle house building plans and that planners need to identify enough land in the capital to build more than 50,000 new homes every year for the next 25 years.

Quote of the day

“Serious action is needed to protect the hundreds of thousands of migrants bottled up in Libya, as innocent people continue to die or be maltreated every single day, on land and at sea. We should not continue to avert our eyes from this brutal reality.” – Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Read more here.

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

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