Migration in the News | 16 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News Centre and Voice of America reported that the first-ever international conference to help the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened at the UN Office at Geneva last Friday amid dire warnings of a growing humanitarian crisis in the vast African country. Both reports quoted IOM’s Jean-Philippe Chauzy.
  • The Daily Star reported that aid agencies are in a ‘race against the clock’ to weather-proof Rohingya refugee camps ahead of the monsoon season. The report quoted IOM’s Manuel Pereira.

  • Chronicle Live spoke to a doctor who was part of Britain’s Emergency Medical Team that travelled to Bangladesh about the harrowing conditions in a refugee camp after helping to battle a deadly outbreak of diptheria among Rohingya refugees. Local Bangladeshi health professionals and IOM carried on the team’s work.

  • Tanzania’s The Citizen reported that Tanzania has been named as one of the key routes in human trafficking. The report quoted IOM’s Enna Lutengano.

  • Colombo Page reported that USAID and IOM handed over new transitional homes to 120 families affected by the May 2017 floods and landslides in the Ratnapura district of Sri Lanka. The report quoted IOM’s Giuseppe Crocetti.

  • Sputnik reported that around 500 migrants were rescued off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea on Friday, the Italian coast guard said. The report cited IOM figures.

  • AFP reported that the US and more than a dozen Latin American countries have warned Venezuela its presidential election next month would be seen as illegitimate by the region unless it restored democratic standards. The report cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • AP reported that Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to neighboring Bangladesh to escape military-led violence against the minority group, even though the UN says it's not yet safe for them to return home.
  • CGTN reported about Hainan, a South China island province whose local government sees the potential of migrant workers as a way to make up for a weak cultural environment and talent pool.

Quote of the day

“Let us focus on the overwhelming positives of migration and use facts, not prejudice, to address its challenges.” – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General. Read more here.


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


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