Migration in the News | 20 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  •  AFP reported that 23 West African migrants, including a seven-year-old girl, were found alive after being abandoned in the depths of the Sahara, IOM said.

  • Nigeria’s The Independent reported that 14,000 Nigerians who are mostly victims of human trafficking and other exploitative practices arrived in Italy from January to June 2017. It quoted IOM’s Enira Krdzalic.

  • CNN reported that Agadez is becoming a tinderbox, packed with migrants willing to risk everything and sits in the middle of what the United States refers to as a ring of insecurity. It quoted IOM’s Guiseppe Loprete.

  • IRIN spoke to some Gambians under pressure to leave Europe after the exit of Gambia’s leader, Yahya Jammeh in January which made Gambians’ grounds for international protection suddenly become shakier. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that by 2020, 60 million people from sub-Saharan Africa are expected to migrate because of desertification. To encourage them to stay in their countries of birth, a project called the Great Green Wall will encourage would-be migrants to enjoy better conditions at home.
  • An IRIN investigation reveals the extent to which Somalia’s pirates are back in business and this time have added smuggling people and weapons to their activities.

Quote of the day

“We have a lot of migrants with qualifications but perhaps those aren't translated over.”  –  Hibaq Jama, Councillor at City of Bristol, United Kingdom. Watch her speech here.

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

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