Migration in the News | 13 March 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Anadolu Agency reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Sudan’s foreign Minister Ibrahim Gandur discussed migration issues, as Sudan is a transit country for many irregular migrants mostly from countries in the Horn of Africa.

  • Reuters and ENCA reported that Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency has welcomed an order by a leading traditional ruler revoking a voodoo ritual, saying it should sharply reduce the number of people being trafficked to Europe and improve the chances of prosecuting traffickers. It cited IOM.

  • CGTN reported that regardless of who wins the election in Sierra Leone, unemployment will remain as the major challenge, leaving thousands of young people with no option but to leave the country. It spoke to a former migrant who was repatriated from Libya with IOM’s help.

  • Zimbabwe’s Chronicle reported that the United States has allotted $750,000 to fight human trafficking in Zimbabwe for the next three years. It quoted IOM’s Lily Sanya.

  • The Jakarta Post published an op-ed which noted that stories of migrants’ death in the hands of abusive employers tell how their own governments have failed them and their families. It cited an IOM report.

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  • CGTN reported that migrant workers play an invaluable role in keeping China thriving, and are the unsung heroes without whom the cities would just stop working

Quote of the day

“If no time limit is put on a person’s detention and they are separated from their family – including mothers separated from their children – this leaves them in mental anguish.” – Joanne Vincett, Yarl's Wood Befrienders volunteer. Read more here.

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


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