Migration in the News | 21 May 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • France 24 reported that sixteen members of a mostly female network of Nigerian human traffickers operating forced prostitution rings in France went on trial last week in Paris, facing their accusers as the trafficked women testified to being lied to, beaten and raped. The report cited IOM figures.

  • UNB reported that IOM distributed over two million Vetiver grass plants in the past two weeks to reduce soil erosion and the risk of landslides in the makeshift camps where thousands of Rohingyas are at risk from impending monsoon rains. The report quoted IOM’s Megan Genat and Manuel Pereira.
  • The Washington Post reported that according to WHO, the criteria had not yet been met to declare a public health emergency of international concern in Congo, where three cases of Ebola have now been confirmed in an urban area. The report mentioned that IOM is aiding the Congolese government in deploying teams of epidemiologists and other medical staff to 16 border crossings.
  • Eurasia Diary reported that hundreds of migrants were left in limbo for hours Friday after Bosnian police dismantled a makeshift camp in Sarajevo but police in the south refused to let them reach a centre offering them accommodation. The report quoted IOM’s Peter Van Der Auweraert.
  • AP reported that a convoy of buses with 270 migrants, including children, that were stuck in central Bosnia, was allowed to pass after several hours of political bickering on Friday. The report quoted IOM’s Peter Van Der Auweraert.
  • Loop News Barbados reported that the Barbados Immigration Department is undertaking a systematic overhaul of its objectives and operations in order to offer “the best citizen-centred service possible”. It was revealed during the handover of IOM’s Technical Assistance Report on e-Visas and Business Intelligence Analytics.
  • Somalia’s Hiiraan shared the story of Fahima, a Welsh Somali lady whose parents fled the civil war in their home country in the 1980s. She is one of the 10,000 Somalis currently living in Cardiff, making it one of the largest Somali populations in the UK, according to IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Channel 4 News reported that  it’s been estimated that a thousand highly skilled migrants, among them doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs, have been told to leave the UK under measures intended in part to expel terrorists and war criminals.
  • CGTN reported that educated immigrants returning to Mexico could help fill the country’s need for software engineers.

Quote of the day

“In many countries around the world, farmers are the most affected by droughts and they will move. With their cattle, with their children or whatever… And then… they won’t have many places to go. We have only one planet and they can’t go to space.” – Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Read more here.                

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

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