Migration in the News | 19 January 2016

Media Highlights

  • IRIN reported that the planned relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy to other European Union states has failed, with only 272 relocated in the past four months. It quoted IOM Greece’s Daniel Esdras.
  • PRI’s The World compared photos of immigrants landing on Ellis Island in the US a century ago with those of Syrian refugees arriving in Europe today. An IOM photo was included in the story.
  • Bloomberg reported that at least 60,000 people are still living in camps six years after the Haiti earthquake.  Another 55,000 Haitians have been returned to Haiti from Dominican Republic since June 2015, adding to the number of internally displaced, according to IOM.
  • PressTV reported that Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders said all male Muslim refugees should be incarcerated in EU asylum centers to protect women on the streets. It cited IOM data.
  • Bulawayo24 reported that non-EU immigrants, including Zimbabweans, will have to earn at least UKL 35,000 a year to be allowed to live and work in the UK indefinitely under new immigration rules that come into effect in April. It cited IOM data.

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  • "The Secret of Immigrant Genius.” Having your world turned upside down (by migrating) sparks creative thinking, according to Eric Wiener writing in the WSJ..

Quote of the Day

“When migrants are successfully integrated and instilled with a sense of belonging, everyone reaps the benefits.” – IOM DG William Lacy Swing writing in the World Economic Forum blog. More here

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

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