Migration in the News | 12 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Huffington Post published an op-ed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Robert Glasser, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction on climate change migration.
  • Nikkei Asian Review reported that Myanmar plans to begin letting Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh back into the country as early as next month, but at a very slow pace that the process could last nearly a decade. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Huffington Post reported that the new Global Estimates of Modern Slavery, published in September by the ILO and the Walk Free Foundation, with input from IOM, are such important milestones for the anti-slavery movement.
  • Qatar’s The Peninsula reported that Qatar Red Crescent Society is working to enhance the medical sector in Mosul, Iraq in cooperation with IOM.
  • Finland’s Yle reported that a programme run in cooperation with IOM, the Helsinki Deaconess Institute and partners offers help to undocumented migrants who have been denied asylum in Finland.
  • Biometric Update reported that UN agencies tracking displaced individuals are increasingly using biometric registration to better target aid, particularly in areas of conflict, where personal identification systems tend to be weak. It quoted IOM’s Henry Kwenin.
  • Kathmandu Post reported that Nepal’s Ministry of Health in conjunction with IOM organised a consultation meeting on the development of a National Migration Health Policy to address a wide range of health issues faced by migrants and their families. It quoted IOM’s Paul Norton.

Trending on the Internet

  • Bloomberg reported about a new app that will help migrants phone home through a traditional phone network.
  • The New York Times reported about a Syrian girl who has a big social media after tweeting about the horrors of Aleppo and writing a book with her mother chronicling their experiences.

Quote of the day

“We need to set about the long-haul task of making the planet fit for purpose once more through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and, in the meantime, making it more resilient to disasters, limiting the damage already done.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Robert Glasser, UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction and head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction. Read more here.

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

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