Migration in the News | 20 March 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Los Angeles Times reported that according to IOM, there were 7,763 deaths in 2016, a 27% jump over the previous year with most of the increase occurring in the Mediterranean Sea. It quoted IOM’s Frank Laczko.
  • The Washington Post reported that an apparent military strike targeted a boat carrying Somali refugees off the coast of war-battered Yemen, killing dozens of people along a dangerous migrant route that leads to Libya and to smuggling ships heading to Europe. It quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker. AP also reported that Somalia has called on the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen to investigate the incident. It quoted IOM’s Laurent De Boeck.
  • UN News reported that European Union countries have welcomed more than 14,000 asylum-seekers from Greece and Italy since October 2015, IOM said, encouraging EU member states to follow through on their commitments. It quoted IOM DDG Laura Thompson.
  • DW reported that EU and North African ministers are meeting in Rome to discuss strategies for curbing the number of migrants coming to Europe. It cited IOM figures and tweet.
  • Pakistan Press International reported that UN officials urged governments at the Security Council to implement rules on prosecuting human traffickers. IOM's Ashraf El Nour was among the speakers addressing the UN body.
  • Teen Vogue reported Vine and Snapchat star Jerome Jarre and other celebrities banded together to successfully raise money to help fight famine in Somalia and to care for its residents who were affected by a severe drought. It cited IOM reports.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that with the humanitarian response to Somalia’s food crisis lagging, communities have turned to social media and messaging apps to identify families in need of urgent help.

Quote of the day

“Irrespective of national identity, all people must be assured equal protection of their universal human rights.” – Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, United Arab Emirates. Read more here.

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


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