Migration in the News | 12 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Politico and The Guardian reported that border restrictions in Eastern Europe are forcing migrants to choose more dangerous routes, which increases the risk of death, according to IOM’s Fatal Journeys report.
  • Nigeria’s PM News reported that  the real number of migrant deaths were far higher than the numbers reported, citing IOM’s Fatal Journeys report.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, ABC News, the New York Times reported that migrant children trying to reach Europe face beatings, forced labour and sexual exploitation, with sub-Saharan African children facing the highest risks, in part stoked by racism. They cited an IOM-UNICEF joint report.
  • IRIN reported that the risk of drowning is far from the only danger facing migrants attempting to cross the central Mediterranean route into Europe. Migrants are subject to arbitrary detention, arrest, harassment, bonded labour, slavery, and sexual exploitation. It referenced IOM reports and quoted IOM’s Maysa Khalil.
  • IPS reported that IOM  has appealed for USD 26.1 million to meet the immediate needs of some 313,000 newly-arrived Undocumented Myanmar Nationals now sheltering in seven sites in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.
  • Xinhua reported that China's progress in human rights promotion were applauded by a number of senior diplomats and international organizations' leaders who joined some 800 people at the opening ceremony of a photo exhibition. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC featured the story of  Mohamed, a Syrian refugee who fled Aleppo and set up a $3m dollar shoe factory in Turkey that employs 1,000 people.
  • Gallup reported that the European Union’s Migrant Acceptance Index score as a whole is just slightly higher than the global average (5.29).
  • The Guardian has launched a new documentary called Second Innings, about three Afghan boys building a new life playing cricket in London thanks to a project organised by the Refugee Council.

Quote of the day

“If you try to run, they shoot you. If you stop working, they beat you,” Aimamo, a 16-year-old unaccompanied child from Gambia quoted in IOM-UNICEF report. Read more here.

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

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