Migration in the News | 19 March 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer, UNB, The Bangladesh Today reported that IOM is appealing for USD 182.1 million from the international community to support Rohingya refugees and local community members in Cox's Bazar, particularly during the monsoon season. All quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

  • Papua New Guinea’s Post Courier reported that IOM teams are now working with the government and partners to assess the full impact of the recent earthquake in the five affected provinces in the island nation. The reporter quoted IOM’s Lance Bonneau.
  • Catholic News Agency reported that Pope Francis encouraged dialogue with government leaders to help migrants and set free those who today are oppressed, rejected and enslaved. IOM’s Michele Klein Solomon was quoted.
  • DPA reported that at least 14 migrants, including four children, drowned on Saturday when their wooden boat capsized during an attempt to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey to the Greek island of Agathonisi. IOM was referenced.
  • The Daily Beast reported about Nigerian women who are caught up in the sex-slave racket in Italy. The article quoted IOM’s Carlotta Santarossa.
  • Nigeria’s Graphic reported that journalists and media practitioners have been urged to use social media tools to enhance their reportage on migration-related issues. The reporter quoted IOM’s Frantz Celestin.
  • IPS reported that the life of the average migrant or refugee has largely turned out to be an unmitigated nightmare. The reporter talked about the Global Compact on Migration which covers a wide range of issues concerning migrants and refugees and quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • UK’s This is Wiltshire shared the story of a Syrian optician who battled bombs, snipers and spiralling inflation to make the best glasses in war-torn Afrin. The reporter noted that IOM and other agencies helped her and her family who are now living in the UK.
  • New Statesman reported that poor nations such as Bangladesh are especially vulnerable to rising sea levels but the West’s prime real estate hotspots are also at risk. The reporter cited IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Atlantic reported that Netflix's TV series ‘Collateral’ is framed as a police drama but is actually an interrogation of the refugee crisis in Europe.

Quote of the day

“The Global Compact on Migration consistently recognizes that all migrants have human rights, including the right to be treated with dignity and respects their right to access education, health care, due process and justice before the law.” – Sarnata Reynolds, Oxfam. Read more here.

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

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