Migration in the News | 14 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Channel 1 and Just Earth News reported about the Global Conference on Children on the Move, in Berlin, Germany where IOM joined more than 20 UN and civil society organizations to discuss the rights of children, especially children on the move. Both quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • USA Today reported that the number of migrants who entered Europe in the first half of 2017 is 35 per cent of the number from a year ago. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that the smuggling capital of Africa, Agadez, is a crossroads of hope and shattered dreams where would-be migrants headed for a better life in Europe cross paths with others who failed to make it and are heading home. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported about sub-Saharan African migrants who make desperate attempts to reach Europe via war-torn Libya, a major transit point for migrants looking to cross the Mediterranean. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported about the explosion in the number of Nigerian women trafficked into Europe. It referenced IOM.
  • Reuters reported that about 800 people fell ill in a mass outbreak of food poisoning at a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Quartz reported that Ghanaians are increasingly among the tens of thousands of migrants arriving on Europe’s southern shores. It quoted IOM’s Kazumi Nakamura.
  • Australia’s ABC reported that asylum seekers at Manus Island are suing the Commonwealth for allegedly breaching its duty of care by holding them in conditions which did not meet Australian standards and caused them physical and psychological harm. It mentioned that some of the asylum seekers had been in the care of, or in contact with IOM to return to their country of origin.
  • Euronews reported from Kutupalong in Bangladesh, where a refugee camp and makeshift settlement now provide shelter for some 66,000 Undocumented Myanmar Nationals. An IOM clinic in the settlement, established in October 2016, now sees over 5,000 patients a month.

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  • Bangkok Post reported about the Thai education law that allows children of migrant workers to study in state schools with financial support, the same as Thai children.

Quote of the day

“All migrant children are entitled to care and protection regardless of their migratory status.” –  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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

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