Migration in the News | 16 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The New Nation, Bangladesh’s The Independent and Asian Age Online reported about IOM Director General William Lacy Swing’s visit in Bangladesh to see the condition of displaced Rohingyas staying in the camps at Kutupalong and Balukhali. IOM’s Patrick Duigan and Shirin Akhter were also quoted.
  • The Daily Sun reported that Bangladesh is set to become even more climate vulnerable as a result of the effects of climate change. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Bernama reported that amid the growing concern being voiced worldwide over the Rohingya refugee crisis, US permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Nikki Haley, held discussions on Thursday with U Thaung Tun, National Security Advisor of Myanmar on the Rohingya crisis. It quoted IOM’s Sarat Dash.
  • UNB reported that  a ministerial-level pledging conference on Rohingya crisis will be held in Geneva on October 23. It will be co-hosted by the EU and the government of Kuwait, and co-organised by UNHCR, IOM and OCHA.
  • IPS published an op-ed as part of a series of stories on the occasion of World Food Day, which this year proposes specific ways to address the huge challenge of massive human movement. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that Tunisia’s navy said on Sunday it recovered 10 more bodies of Tunisian migrants who drowned when their boat sank last week, bringing the death toll from the incident to 18. It referenced IOM.
  • UNIAN has polled a number of experts on the trends and reasons for the drop in Ukraine’s population. It cited an IOM study and quoted IOM’s Varvara Zhluktenko.
  • Libyan Express reported that Moroccan nationals held in a detention center in Tripoli have started an open hunger strike to protest the delay of their repatriation to their home country. It mentioned that IOM earlier launched a program that saw hundreds of irregular immigrants return home from Libyan detention centers.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that artist Ai Weiwei has assembled a set of 300 installations around New York City, based around the concept of fences and borders.
  • International Business Times showcased haunting photos of Rohingya refugees by award-winning photojournalist Kevin Frayer who spent two weeks documenting the crisis in Bangladesh.

Quote of the day

“The causes of growing human suffering have been clearly identified…. Remedies have been also presented. All is needed is for decision-makers to listen and implement. The future of migration can in fact be changed.” – Baher Kamal, Senior Advisor to the IPS Director General on Africa & the Middle East. Read more here.

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

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