Migration in the News | 22 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that an armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • News Deeply reported on why despite the dangers, many young migrants from Ethiopia and Somalia, most of them under 18, are still making the journey from the Horn of Africa to Yemen, hoping to reach wealthy Gulf states. It cited IOM.
  • IPS reported that varying forecasts reveal that there could be around 25 million to 1 billion environmental migrants by 2050, with 200 million being the most widely cited estimate, according to a 2015 study by the Institute for Environment and Human Security of the UN University. It also cited IOM estimates.
  • Caribbean News Now reported that since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, 37,967 displaced people are still living in 27 camps in Haiti despite the efforts of the Haitian government and the international community to assist and relocate 97 per cent of the displaced population. It quoted IOM’s Fred Standley Vincent.
  • Pakistan’s  Daily Times reported that more than 50 per cent of the war-related deaths, following the 2003 Iraq invasion, were civilians. It cited IOM estimates.

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  • Al Jazeera published an op-ed by Guma El-Gamaty, a Libyan academic and politician who argues that the current EU anti-irregular migration policies towards Libya will only destabilise it further.

Quote of the day

“There must be alternative solutions to detention for those who enter a country without authorisation and governments should be offering broader options for migrants and refugees to enter destination countries safely and legally.” – Pope Francis. Read more here.

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

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