Migration in the News | 17 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Dhaka Tribune reported on IOM Director General William Lacy Swing’s remarks that the Rohingya crisis is the world’s biggest humanitarian disaster and as such the world should stand by them. He made the remarks during his visit to Cox’s Bazar’s Kutupalong, Balukhali and Naikhongchhari Rohingya camps on Monday. The Daily Sun and The Daily Observer also reported on DG Swing’s visit.
  • The Daily Star reported that Malaysia and other ASEAN countries will jointly pressure Myanmar government to speed the repatriation of Rohingya people who fled persecution in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh, the deputy prime minister of Malaysia said. It mentioned the visit of IOM Director General William Lacy Swing to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.
  • UN News, Xinhua reported that Senior United Nations officials are urging the international community to come together in support of a 23 October pledging conference to “send a strong message to Rohingya refugees and their generous hosts in Bangladesh that the world is there for them in their greatest time of need.” It cited the joint statement of OCHA, UNHCR and IOM.
  • VICE News reported that aid agencies warn there will be a “humanitarian catastrophe” if conditions in makeshift camps for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh don’t improve immediately. It cited IOM.
  • Gulf News reported that the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Shaikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered three further airlifts of relief supplies to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Dispatched relief items have come from the International Humanitarian City-based stocks of participating aid agencies, including IOM.
  • The New Arab reported that as the so-called Islamic State group faces defeat in Iraq, the mental scars of their brutality remain carved into Iraqis who suffered under the self-styled 'caliphate'. It spoke with Abdulhalim Hasan, a Syrian psychiatrist with IOM.
  • AP and UN News reported that Pope Francis demanded Monday that world governments collectively commit to end rising world hunger by resolving the conflicts and climate change-related disasters that force people to leave their homes in search of food. UN News quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing,
  • Reuters and DPA reported that Tunisia's navy has recovered 26 more bodies of Tunisian migrants who drowned when their boat sank last week in a collision with a navy vessel, bringing the death toll from the incident to 34. They cited IOM figures.
  • UN News reported that the number of migrants crossing the Sahel to Europe has fallen sharply recently, IOM said, attributing this to the measures taken by Libya and Niger to combat irregular migration. UN Radio also interviewed IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete.
  • IRIN reported about a rising trend of migrant-smuggling from Turkey to Romania over a notoriously dangerous body of water. It quoted IOM’s Abby Dwommoh.
  • Xinhua reported that one of the measures being adopted by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Africa to check distressed migration is by creating opportunities in agriculture, Deputy Director General and African Regional Representative Bukari Tijani said Monday. It mentioned that FAO will team up with IOM and the Global Migration Group to seek solutions to migration challenges.
  • Catholic Radio Network reported that IOM is currently distributing essential relief supplies, including blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, cooking sets, and soap among others to approximately 3,800 families in South Sudan’s Lainya County. The distribution in Lainya comes after IOM and partners verified reports of increased returns to the area.
  • Curacao Chronicle reported that Bahamas Prime Minister Hubert Minnis told parliament last week that all irregular migrants in the country, regardless of their nationality, have until 31 December 2017 to return voluntarily to their country of origin, warning that after this time they will be pursued without respite, arrested and expelled from the Bahamas. It cited IOM figures.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that police in Britain are ramping up efforts to investigate cases of modern slavery, yet the true scale of the crime is hugely underestimated, the UK’s anti-slavery chief said on Monday. It cited a report by ILO, Walk Free Foundation and IOM.

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  • The Irish Times ran an op-ed which notes that singing and music-making promote inclusion and intercultural contact in a way that is often more accessible than language.

Quote of the day

“Lingering food insecurity and lack of rural development as a result of climate change and armed conflicts have exacerbated the refugee and migrant crisis.” – Idriss Jazairy, Executive Director, Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue. More here

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