Migration in the News | 16 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News, AFP, Al Jazeera, UPI and Just Earth News reported that  IOM has released $150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief after learning Monday that devastating floods and mudslides left hundreds dead in Sierra Leone. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • The New York Times reported on the plight of young Ethiopians and Somalians who were forced into the sea by human smugglers near the coast of Yemen. It quoted IOM’s Laurent de Boeck.
  • UN News, Xinhua, News Agency of Nigeria and other media outlets reported that over the past three days, IOM has found more survivors and victims' remains from last week's tragedy – when hundreds of migrants were forced from two boats into the sea off the coast of Yemen.
  • Sputnik reported that IOM, in cooperation with a number of humanitarian organizations and watchdogs will launch three new assistance programs in Yemen to alleviate the crisis in the war-torn country.
  • Fars News Agency and EIR News Service reported that IOM and other partner agencies have calculated that 602,759 Syrians displaced by the war returned to their homes between January and July of 2017. 
  • The Washington Post reported that aid groups say Italy is forcing them to stop rescuing migrants at sea. It cited IOM figures.
  • Huffington Post reported that over the past week three NGOs have suspended operations assisting in the rescue of migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya, coinciding with a 76 per cent drop in the number of people making the perilous journey in the first 10 days of August. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sputnik reported on comments by Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti that some positive developments may be seen in the migration crisis overwhelming both Italy and Libya, but Europe still must join efforts to cope with the influx of migrants passing through the Mediterranean Sea. It cited IOM data.
  • Time reports that thousands of asylum-seekers in Greece's Aegean islands are stranded in appalling circumstances, according to a new report by Refugees International. It cited IOM figures.
  • Xinhua and Iraqi News reported that weeks after the retaking of Iraq's Mosul city from the ISIL, many internally displaced persons are exhibiting signs of stress and anxiety, IOM warned on Tuesday.
  • Eco Business published an OpEd noting that among the many threats associated with climate change, deteriorating global security may be the most frightening of all. It referenced IOM.

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  • Financial Times reported that migrants from Bangladesh have become the second-largest source of arrivals in Italy this year after Nigerians, a big increase that is reshaping migration flows in the central Mediterranean.

Quote of the day

"Today, more than ever, we must stand with refugees. We should also remember in our prayers those who have lost their lives at sea or in exhausting land journeys. Their stories of pain and hope can become opportunities for fraternal encounter and true mutual knowledge. Meeting refugees in person will dispel any fears and 'distorted ideologies' about them." – Pope Francis


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


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