Migration in the News | 16 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters, AP, DPA, Pana Press  and Al Jazeera reported that IOM expressed deep concern for around 260 Somali and Ethiopian migrants allegedly held and mistreated by criminal gangs in Libya. They quoted IOM’s Mohammad Abdiker.
  • Reuters reported on IOM Regional Director Eugenio Ambrosi’s remarks that the European Union must do more to help protect migrants stranded in Libya and to convince its member states to share the burden of caring for refugees who reach Europe.
  • New Europe ran an Op-Ed by Marietta Tidei, Member of the Italian Parliament, who noted that climate change and migration are security challenges that require a comprehensive response. It cited IOM figures.
  • Oxfam has urged the UK government to use changes to immigration laws to do more to help refugees as its new report reveals that the global death toll of people trying to reach safety could reach more than 14,000 by the time Britain leaves the European Union at the end of March 2019. It cited IOM figures.
  • Outbreak News Today reported that UN and Iraqi health officials are investigating a suspected foodborne illness outbreak at the Hassan Sham U2 camp near Erbil that has sickened some 825 mainly internally displaced people from west Mosul. It referenced IOM. 

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  • IFAD released a new report that noted that the amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 per cent over the past decade.

Quote of the day

“As I point out in my draft resolution, all OSCE countries must recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and its related challenges, including migration, and work in good faith to implement policies on the international, national and subnational levels to bring this problem under control.” –  Marietta Tidei, Member of the Italian Parliament, rapporteur of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Economic Affairs, Science, Technology and Environment, and member of its Ad Hoc Committee on Migration. Read more here.

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

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