Migration in the News | 14 October 2016

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AP reported that the international relief effort for victims of Hurricane Matthew is advancing and a second US military ship has arrived off Haiti's coast. Truck convoys organized by the UN, IOM and NGOs have started reaching more isolated communities.
  • Le Nouvelliste reported that Canada has disbursed over USD 4 million for Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew. It included USD 1.2 million for IOM to establish and manage temporary shelters, distribute relief items and coordinate relief supplies.
  • Atlanta Black Star reported that thousands of Haitians have been arriving in Tijuana, Mexico, in recent weeks hoping to cross into the US, which has suspended deportation of Haitians following Hurricane Matthew. IOM and UNHCR are assessing the situation.
  • Dublin News reported that some 7,400 Afghan returnees are crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan every day, prompting UNHCR and IOM to warn of an escalating humanitarian crisis.
  • Reuters, Europe Press and ANSAmed reported that at least 17 migrants are missing after a night-time rescue of more than 100 others from a partially submerged rubber boat off the coast of Libya, according to rescue NGO MOAS. They cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that some 100 African migrants managed to clamber over the fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Thursday under the cover of heavy rain. It cited IOM data.
  • A Rand Corporation blog looked at why reestablishing border controls in Europe could be prohibitively expensive. It cited IOM figures.
  • interviewed IOM Iraq Chief of Mission Thomas Lothar Weiss as Iraqi forces gear up to retake the city of Mosul from the so-called Islamic State.
  • Reuters reported that as long as population growth in African countries outstrips their ability to educate, house and employ their citizens, large numbers of people will continue to migrate. It quoted IOM’s Richard Danziger and cited IOM estimates.
  • Prensa Latina reported that Guatemalan police arrested 106 undocumented migrants, apparently Asians and Africans, who were discovered in a parked vehicle in the municipality of Esquipulas on the border with Honduras. It referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • CNN reported that  Bostonians this week were met with a stark reminder of the global refugee crisis as they crossed over Congress Street Bridge and caught sight of the city's latest art installation: 22 figurines clinging to inner tubes floating below, each representing a million of the world’s 21.3 million refugees.

Quote of the day

“Safe, orderly and regular human mobility can be one of the keys to a world in tune with itself. As we face unprecedented simultaneous, complex and protracted humanitarian emergencies, we must work together to tackle the root causes; turn migration challenges into opportunities through good governance; develop a broad, durable consensus among a wide constituency; and develop coherent, coordinated policies among partners.” – IOM DG William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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


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