Migration in the News | 13 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that African migrants, despite the risks of dying or living in deplorable conditions, continue their arduous journey to Europe. It quoted IOM’s Richard Danziger.
  • EFE reported that people smugglers are increasingly relying on social media platforms, particularly Facebook, to find their customers. It quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.
  • AFP reported that Nigerien city of Agadez has found its local football team boosted by an unexpected influx of new players: migrants in limbo awaiting passage to Europe. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that Sudanese security forces have stepped up their patrols along the 600-kilometre frontier with Eritrea in a bid to curb migrant smuggling. It quoted IOM’s Asfand Waqar
  • The New Nation reported that Ethiopia's government is warning it will run out of emergency food aid starting next month as the number of drought victims in the East African country has reached 7.8 million. It cited IOM.
  • CAJ News reported that more than 5,000 Somalis have fled the drought and conflict in their country and sought refuge in neighbouring Ethiopia this year. It quoted IOM’s Joséph Nyangaga.
  • Belarus News reported that Belarusian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Kravchenko presented Belarus' experience in migration flows management at an OSCE-CEI High-Level Panel Discussion. It mentioned that Belarus is ready to offer the capacities of its International Training Center, set up 10 years ago with IOM’s assistance.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that IOM will provide necessary medical supplies to a major dialysis unit in Erbil, northern Iraq, with Kuwaiti financing.
  • Donia Al- Watan reported that a study conducted by IOM and Georgetown University found that only through security will Internally Displaced Persons find durable solutions in Iraq. It quoted IOM’s Thomas Lothar Weiss.
  • Xinhua reported that Ethiopia is urging undocumented nationals residing in Saudi Arabia to take advantage of the three-month amnesty, which came into force on March 29. It referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reports that the European Commission will decide to open legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc's migration crisis
  • The Economist reports that according to the OECD, the number of college-educated migrants heading to its member countries grew by 70 percent between 2001 and 2011.

Quote of the day

“We need a new set of strategies to combat human smuggling and reduce the profits in the industry. This means moving beyond just border control and returns. Where mobility is restricted, then smugglers benefit.” –  Tuesday Reitano, deputy director at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime. Read more here.

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

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