Migration in the News | 20 February 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • EU External Action reported that European Commission Vice-President Federica Mogherini discussed how to better manage migration flows with UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi and IOM DG William Lacy Swing on the margins of the Munich Security Conference.
  • Xinhua reported that according to IOM, nearly 100,000 displaced Iraqis have returned to their communities in the last month, despite intensified fighting in some areas.
  • South China Morning Post reported on Filipina women trafficked to Hong Kong and forced into prostitution. It quoted IOM’s Nurul Qoiriah.
  • Phnom Penh Post reported that two Cambodian men who were trafficked from Thailand onto a Malaysian fishing vessel were repatriated from Indonesia on Wednesday. IOM and the Cambodian Embassy in Jakarta facilitated their return.
  • DPA reported that hundreds of migrants stampeded a six-meter border fence in Morocco on Friday and entered the independent Spanish enclave of Ceuta, according to Moroccan authorities. It cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • Voice of America reported that two documentaries on the plight of migrants and refugees trying to cross the Mediterranean have received Oscar nominations this year. Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rossi has been selected in the Documentary category and 4.1 Miles by Daphne Matziaraki has been nominated in the Short Documentary category.

Quote of the day

“Migration isn't a danger, it's a challenge to grow. European countries must not only welcome migrants but integrate them into society. They bring to us a culture, a culture that is rich for us. And also they have to receive our culture and there has to be an exchange of cultures. Respect. And this removes fear.” –  Pope Francis. Read more here.

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

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