Migration in the News | 18 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Hindu reported that according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, the Rohingya refugee crisis has seen a faster exodus than that from Syria in 2013 and noted that since it is man-made, it therefore needs a political solution.
  • Radio Free Asia reported that as many as 15,000 new Rohingya refugees entered Bangladesh as new satellite imagery showed “tens of thousands of structures, primarily homes inhabited by ethnic Rohingya Muslims” had been burned in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.  It noted that top UN officials, including the heads of UNHCR and IOM, issued a joint statement urging the international community to raise USD 434 million.
  • AP reported that thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and into Bangladesh. In Washington, DC, a bipartisan group of nine US senators wrote to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina commending her for opening her nation’s borders to Rohingya but also urging her to accelerate the approvals for aid groups and increase cooperation with UNHCR and IOM.
  • UN News Centre reported that after weeks of conflict in western Libya, UN agencies have been working around the clock to meet the urgent needs of the more than 14,000 refugees and migrants who had been held captive in numerous locations in the coastal city of Sabratha. It quoted IOM’s Othman Belbeisi.
  • Xinhua reported that the Libyan coast guard on Tuesday rescued 147 irregular migrants off the coast of the western city Garabulli. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sri Lanka’s Daily Mirror published an op-ed co-authored by IOM’s Giuseppe Crocetti which noted that migration should be a choice.
  • Kathmandu Post reported that the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police arrested four foreign employment fraudsters who had abandoned 16 Nepalis in the United Arab Emirates. The Nepali Embassy in the UAE, IOM and the Non-Resident Nepali Association National Coordination Committee (UAE) supported the victims’ repatriation.

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  • RT reported that representatives of France’s leading environmentalist party have photographed themselves showering in their clothes to put pressure on the government to provide more bathing facilities and toilets for unregistered migrants on the country’s northern coast.

Quote of the day

“Migration, if managed properly, has considerable potential for economic growth and development for countries where migrants come from and host nations.” – Greenwell Lyempe, access to justice analyst, Zambian Ministry of Justice. More here

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

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