Migration in the News | 18 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Al Jazeera reported that Rohingyas in urgent need of medical treatment are slowly getting the help they need but medics are struggling to cope with the influx. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • The Globe and Mail reported that in more than a dozen of interviews they did, they were told stories of the military attacking Muslims as they flee, setting land mines and torching villages – a tactic that will dissuade them from returning. It quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker and Peppi Siddiq.
  • AP reported that UNICEF is estimating that 240,000 children have fled Myanmar's Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh over the last three weeks. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Voice of America and the The Daily Star reported that according to the UN and international agencies, the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar appears unstoppable as nearly 400,000 have arrived in Bangladesh in the last three weeks. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Reuters reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh could die due to a lack of food, shelter and water, given the huge numbers fleeing violence in Myanmar, Save the Children warned. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that torrential rain heaped new misery on the Rohingyas, who continued struggling for survival with shortage of food and safe drinking water. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.

  • The Times of India reported that Bangladesh is staring at massive crisis with aid agencies falling short of drinking water and other essential supplies. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.

  • AFP reported that Bangladesh will build 14,000 new shelters to house the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees camping on roadsides, in fields and on hills. It noted that IOM will form a group of all UN agencies and private groups to coordinate aid work.

  • The Daily Star reported that the humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate, making it one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years, according to the UN. It noted that IOM is seeking a coordinated humanitarian response to the massive inflow.

  • EU Observer reported on the EU’s upcoming proposals to increase returns, and examined the reasons for the recent reduction of flows from Libya.  It quoted Eugenio Ambrosi.

  • Al Arabiya, UNRIC, ORF and RTBF reported that children and young people trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses as 77 per cent of young people traveling along the Central Mediterranean route report direct experiences of exploitation. They cited IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys. They quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi and Mathieu Luciano.

  • AFP reported that a string of recent Europe-bound migrant arrivals suggests that the Black sea may be emerging as part of a new 'Romanian route' to western Europe. It quoted IOM’s Mircea Mocanu.

  • New Age reported that experts have stressed the need for integrating human mobility in national policies on climate change, disaster risk reduction and sustainable development across the Hindu Kush Himalaya region. An IOM co-hosted worshop discussed these challenges.

Trending on the Internet

  • Eurativ spoke with Andrew Geddes who leads the the Observatory of Public Attitudes to migration ahead of its launch. He noted that a better understanding of attitudes can help to craft informed policy debates and shift public attitudes.
  • Voice of America reported that UN experts says thousands of migrants are at high risk of enforced disappearance, which generally goes unreported and unpunished.

Quote of the day

" A better understanding of public attitudes to migration can help to craft informed policy debates and shift public attitudes.” – Andrew Geddes, Director of the Migration Policy Centre at the European University Institute. Read more here.

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