Migration in the News | 12 March 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that aid agencies fear the upcoming monsoon in Bangladesh will imperil thousands of Rohingya refugees crammed into makeshift camps. It cited IOM.

  • The Asian Age reported that the Rohingya refugees who live in shacks clinging to steep denuded hills in southern Bangladesh pray that the sandbags fortifying the slopes will survive the upcoming monsoon. It noted that IOM is putting debris-removal equipment and work crews throughout the camps and is working to improve roads and stabilize slopes.
  • AFP reported that on Saturday, the Libyan navy rescued 252 migrants trying to reach Europe, in two separate operations off the country’s western coast. It cited IOM figures.
  • Ghana News Agency reported that scores of media practitioners have received training on how to use social media to accurately report on migration issues. It quoted IOM’s Erik Akomany.
  • News of Bahrain reported that Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa yesterday pledged Bahrain’s full support to IOM, to prevent exploitation and people trafficking, and protect displaced persons and migrants fleeing conflict. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Nigeria’s Herald reported that some Libya returnees from Edo state have gone back to the North African country, preferring to die there than being frustrated in Nigeria. The returnees advised IOM, the European Union and other humanitarian agencies not to partner with the Government in sending aid to them.
  • Times of Malta reported that access to education, or the absence of it, directly impacts how migrants and refugees are perceived and represented, socially and economically, as well as how they perceive themselves and integrate, according to IOM’s Federico Soda.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported that governments across the world should legalize and regulate temporary climate migration, rather than try to prevent it.
  • BBC featured stories of immigrant mothers and their daughters who talked about how migration changed their lives.

Quote of the day

“Education plays a huge role when it comes to integration – it is the easiest way for asylum seekers to be exposed to the new culture of their host country and make friends. This gives them a sense of belonging.” –  Sari Albaaga, President of refugee youth group, Spark15. Read more here.

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

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