Migration in the News | 20 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Dhaka Tribune spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing about the current situation surrounding the Rohingya refugee crisis and what IOM is doing to tackle the issue.
  • Devex reported that humanitarian actors on the ground at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, have come together to advocate against the creation of one condensed “mega camp” for Rohingya refugees. It cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Megan Genat.
  • IPS reported that in Zimbabwe, remittances from the diaspora are mitigating extreme poverty and are keeping families afloat. It quoted IOM’s Lily Sanya.
  • IRIN reported that despite impressive economic growth and decades of capacity building, Ethiopia faces another humanitarian crisis as one of the worst droughts in living memory scorches the Horn of Africa. It referenced IOM.
  • IPS reported that although Mexican immigrants help sustain both the US and Mexico economies, neither government takes into account their special needs once they get deported. It quoted IOM’s Cristopher Gascón.
  • EU Observer reported that EU leaders at a summit in Brussels still have no solution to an internal asylum stalemate, opting instead to focus their attention on stopping people from leaving for Europe. It cited IOM estimates.
  • The Week reported that critics have accused the Western media of under-reporting a recent terrorist attack in the Somalian capital Mogadishu that left at least 300 people dead and hundreds more seriously injured. It cited a tweet by IOM’s Itayi Viriri.
  • IANS and Voice of America reported that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland where he will meet with officials from UNHCR, IOM and ICRC to discuss a number of the current global humanitarian crises.
  • Singapore Management University’s Catalyst Asia, in a special issue on Thailand, interviewed IOM’s Dana Graber-Ladek on the UN Migration Agency’s work in the kingdom.

Trending on the Internet

  • SA News reported that many children cross borders into South Africa unaccompanied by adults. Some arrive with their parents and relatives but they later disappear and cannot be traced.

Quote of the day

“As media, communicators, and humanitarians, it is time to stop pandering to a discourse that obscures the real story of migration….” – Hannah Wallace Bowman, head of communications and strategic partnerships at Lighthouse Relief. More here.

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


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