Migration in the News | 17 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP and BBC  reported that Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday, in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe. They cited IOM figures.
  • AFP and Gatestone Institute reported that Spain could overtake Greece this year in the number of migrants arriving by sea, according to IOM. They quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Daily Telegraph reported that Libya's coastguard threatened to target a Spanish humanitarian ship rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean this week as tensions continue to grow between NGOs and the Libyan government. It cited IOM figures.
  • LETA/BNS reported that Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas toured the offices of IOM in Gaziantep, Turkey near the Syrian border, observed the living conditions of refugees in Nizip camp, and praised the efforts of Turkey  in providing refugees with a decent living environment.
  • The New York Times ran an OpEd on the latest tragedy in Yemen in which young African migrants were thrown into the sea by human smugglers. It cited IOM figures.
  • Public Finance International reported that the United Nations has released $150,000 in emergency aid relief to Sierra Leone after fatal mudslides in the country. It quoted IOM’s Director General, William Lacy Swing, and Richard Danziger.
  • Ghana News reported on the round table on Migrants Health in Libya as part of a project funded by the government of Finland. It quoted IOM’s Othman Belbeisi and  Poonam Dhavan.
  • India Times published a series of Reuters photos showing that signs of life are returning to Mosul after Iraqi forces have taken back parts of the city. It cited IOM figures. 
  • AFP reported that hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days following a fresh military build-up in Myanmar's Rakhine state, community leaders said Wednesday. It quoted an IOM official.
  • Japan Times ran a commentary which noted that as global temperatures rise and droughts become more common, political agitation, social unrest, and even violence will follow. It referenced IOM.
  • The UN Research Institute for Social Development ran a commentary noting that it is urgent to focus on the educational access and inclusion of millions of child and youth migrants in developing countries, concurrently with the efforts already under way in these countries to expand and improve education systems. 


Trending on the Internet

  • AFP shared the story of a former fisherman from Tunisia who buries migrants drowned at sea.
  • AFP reported about a group of mainly Sudanese migrants who describe their perilous journey to Europe via Libya which has brought them aboard the Aquarius rescue boat, just hours before they arrive in Italy.
  • BBC reported on a group of Nigerian asylum seekers living in a migrant camp in Rome who have started a voluntary street sweeping collective.


Quote of the day


"When we think of the contribution of the diasporas, for the most part we think of the contribution they make to their countries of origin. But in fact, they make a contribution to both.” - Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative for International. Watch more here.

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


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