Migration in the News | 17 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights


  • Gurtong reported that improved access to previously inaccessible areas in South Sudan has enabled IOM to reach people with lifesaving assistance for the first time in over a year.
  • IISD reported that the UN Secretary-General António Guterres has issued a report on migration, which will serve as an input to the zero draft of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration.
  • Times Live reported on militia violence that has devastated villages in the Central African Republic. The author interviewed eyewitnesses to the violence in the northwest of the country.
  • ALL Africa reported on the first meeting of the High Level Panel on International Migration in Africa (HLPM) held on Monday 15 January which highlighted regional migration priorities and actionable commitments that will lead to the successful implementation of the work plan of the Panel in preparation of the final report.
  • Reuters reported that some 1,400 migrants were taken from overcrowded boats off the coast of Libya on Tuesday. Two bodies were recovered according to the Italian coastguard. It cited IOM figures.
  • Devex reported that aid workers in Cox’s Bazar continue to respond to the overwhelming needs of Rohingya population, as worry grows that once-disorganized trafficking gangs are quickly formalizing. It quoted IOM Communications Officer Fiona MacGregor.
  • Premium Times reported that IOM and the European Union evacuated 132 Nigerians from Libya on Monday 15 January

Trending on the Internet

  • The Economist explained as to why the process of “chain migration” has become so controversial in the United States.
  • BBC reported that French President Emmanuel Macron says that France will not allow a new migrant camp to be set up in Calais.

Quote of the day

“The humanitarian situation in the DRC is at breaking point as is our capacity to respond due to extremely limited funding.” – Jean-Philippe Chauzy, IOM DR Congo Chief of Mission.

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


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