Migration in the News | 20 March 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • ANSA reported that IOM is continuing its efforts to repatriate migrants in Yemen, where the ongoing conflict has put foreigners at risk of abuse, violence and death. IOM’s Khan Aseel was quoted.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Agadez hosts thousands of vulnerable people from different corners of Africa, and there are signs that the flurry of humanitarian activity might be drawing in more. The report referenced IOM.
  • AFP reported that governments should focus on “greener” policies to improve the supply and quality of water, the United Nations said. The reported quoted France’s Minister for Ecology and Solidary Transition Nicolas Hulot, who said during an IOM conference that the climate was already displacing twice as many people as conflicts were, and that it might already be the main cause of migration.
  • Australia’s The Mandarin reported on how collaboration between like-minded national governments can improve pre-migration health assessments through information sharing, collaborative learning and increased capability in countries of origin. The report referenced IOM.
  • All Africa reported that Rwanda has reiterated its readiness to receive African migrants from Israel and Libya. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Louise Mushikiwabo said that they are still waiting to reach an agreement for migrants in Libya within the context of the African Union which is working with IOM.
  • Euro-Mediterranean Monitor reported that Syrians whose asylum requests were turned down faced death or torture following return to Syria. The report cited IOM.
  • El País reported that Italian authorities in Catania, Sicily have ordered the detention of the Spanish ship Open Arms for promoting “illegal immigration and criminal association.” The report referred to IOM data.
  • Reuters reported that Colombia proposed on Monday that the International Monetary Fund provide assistance to help several hundred thousand Venezuelan refugees who have fled an economic and political crisis to neighboring countries, officials at the G20 summit said. The report cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • SBS reported that the Australian government will create a new visa to compete with other countries for ‘high-tech skills and talent’, with companies allowed to sponsor migrants for jobs paid more than $180,000.
  • Migration Policy Institute published an online guide that links users directly to the most credible, high-quality data on immigrants and immigration in the United States and internationally.

Quote of the day

"Without the right planning and support, people migrating from rural areas into cities could be facing new and even more dangerous risks." – Kanta Kumari Rigaud, World Bank. Read more here.


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


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