Migration in the News | 20 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP, AP and Deutsche Welle reported that at least 120 migrants were feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya while trying to make the perilous crossing to Europe. They cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • Xinhua reported that some 930 migrants and refugees have been rescued in several operations in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • The Economist reported that in Senegal, thousands of men are still attempting a risky passage to Europe. It mentioned IOM’s support to return 165 Senegalese from Tripoli, Libya.
  • New York Times published an Op-Ed about the United States’ oldest overseas naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where 28 Cuban migrants are waiting to be resettled to a country other than the US. IOM employs about 18 people to oversee the migrants’ care.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation and Bangkok Post reported that the number of recorded suicides and attempted suicides has soared at Thailand's largest camp for refugees from Myanmar. They cited an IOM study and quoted IOM’s Harry Smith and Dana Graber Ladek.
  • Bangkok Post marks World Refugee Day and spoke with people who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of asylum seekers. One of them was IOM’s Dana Graber Ladek.
  • Indonesia’s Serambi reported that the Disaster Risk Reduction Forum in Aceh included a dialogue session to reduce potential threats related to natural disasters. IOM continues to support the Forum in implementing their activities.

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  • Pew Research Center reported that the United Kingdom is home to nearly 3 million people who were born elsewhere in the European Union and migrated to the UK to work and live. One of the looming questions as Brexit talks get underway is the status of these internal EU migrants.

Quote of the day

“International cooperation and governance of migration rest on commitment to sharing experiences, solutions and responsibilities.” –  Louise Arbour, Secretary-General of the Intergovernmental Conference. Read her tweet here.

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

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