Migration in the News | 21 March 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Bangkok Post reported about a new programme implemented by IOM that helps migrants gain additional skills to improve their employment opportunities.

  • Prensa Latina reported that over 770 undocumented migrants died worldwide from January 1 up to now – 64 per cent of them in the Mediterranean Sea, according to an IOM report. The report quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Information Nigeria shared the story of a Nigerian couple who were among the migrants recently arrived from Libya under the EUTF-IOM joint initiative for migrant protection and reintegration in Nigeria.
  • Xinhua reported that 12,983 migrants and refugees have entered Europe by sea through the first 11 weeks of 2018, citing IOM figures. The report quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Ghana News Agency reported that although it was generally assumed that African migration flows are mainly directed toward Europe, existing evidence indicates that most migration in West Africa happens within the region. The report quoted IOM’s Frantz Celestin.
  • Fox News reported that thousands of returning former Afghan refugees who lived in Pakistan have had a difficult time adjusting to life back in their native country. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Christian Science Monitor reported that Colombia, which borders Venezuela, has borne the brunt of Venezuelan migration amid that country’s economic crisis. The report referenced IOM estimates.
  • Xinhua reported that Parliamentarians from more than 137 countries are meeting next week to work on parliamentary inputs to the United Nations-led reforms on the rights and protection of migrants and refugees. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will join the panel.
  • FAO published a new report that urges avoiding mutual aggravation of links between water scarcity and migration. It noted that more data is required on the concept of environment migrants, a message FAO and IOM are emphasizing as co-chairs of the Global Migration Group.
  • Café Babel reported that two decades after the war that tore their country apart, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina are still hoping to join the European Union as several thousand flee to the West in hope of a better life. IOM’s Peter Van Der Auweraert was quoted.
  • Open Democracy published an op-ed which noted that India’s new trafficking bill seeks a wide array of new powers to punish, but does nothing to address the causes of exploitation in the first place. The author cited ILO, Walk Free Foundation and IOM’s report.
  • DFID UK reported that the UK is stepping up its efforts to help Rohingya men, women and children living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Alongside international aid organisations including IOM, the UK has helped to ensure more than 158,000 people have received reinforced shelter and sandbags to protect them from winds and flood water.
  • Daily Maverick published an op-ed which noted that migration is one of the key shapers of socio-political change, provoking the rise of xenophobic political parties in Europe. IOM was cited.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that some Belgians are opening their homes to migrants on their way to the UK, giving them a bed for the night. But not everyone thinks that giving shelter to people planning to cross the channel irregularly is a good idea.
  • Al Jazeera reported that human rights groups have warned of a campaign of intimidation after Italian authorities seized a Spanish rescue ship and threatened criminal charges against some of its crew members who refused to hand over rescued refugees and migrants to the Libyan coastguard.

Quote of the day

"Sports, and the chance to enjoy them, link intrinsically via migration, because migrants, by providing the inputs that make our economies hum, give us the freedom to fill our free time with fun." –  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.


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


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