Migration in the News | 22 May 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News reported that reflecting the reality of life on the ground for millions of migrants fleeing their homes must form the basis of the upcoming Global Compact for Migration. The report quoted IOM’s William Lacy Swing.

  • The Irrawaddy reported that Myanmar authorities have resumed using loudspeakers to urge the nearly 4,000 Rohingya taking shelter on a sliver of land between the border fences of Bangladesh and Myanmar to leave, sparking fresh panic among the refugees over their imminent future. The report quoted IOM’s Meghan Genat.
  • AFP reported that the impending arrival of an anti-establishment, far-right government in Italy heralds even more controversy over how to deal with the flow of migrants as it raises the specter of mass expulsions. The report referenced IOM.
  • Italy’s Dire spoke with IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete after the UN denounced Algeria for the "systematic rejection" of sub-Saharan migrants without documents outside their borders.
  • Dhaka Tribune published an op-ed which noted that to ensure that people migrate safely, more needs to be done to raise awareness around the proper channels of migration. The report mentioned that organizations such as IOM are involved in raising community-level awareness around safe migration.
  • Myanmar Times reported that lack of economic reform, direction and strategy by Myanmar’s leaders is resulting in a draining of young talent from the country, according to a World Bank report. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Pakistan’s The Express Tribune reported that Pakistan received remittances of more than $16.5 billion between July 2017 and April 2018. This amount is the highest in the first 10 months of any fiscal year as reported by the State Bank of Pakistan. The report referenced IOM’s Data Portal.
  • The Colombian Post reported that there are 37.7 million people from Latin America and the Caribbean who have left their country of origin. Some move to countries in the same region, but many seek better opportunities, traveling longer distances. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that Eritrean and Sudanese migrants and refugees were second and fourth respectively, in number of refugees and migrants arriving in Italy by sea during the first five months of 2018. The report cited IOM figures.

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  • The Guardian reported that vulnerable members of the Windrush generation are still living in destitution on the streets, despite the UK government’s promises to sort out the crisis that led to thousands of people being wrongly targeted by a government crackdown on irregular immigrants.
  • Hindustan Times reported that every year, thousands of Nepalis move to the Konkan region of Maharashtra, home to the world-famous Alphonso mango, to earn a living keeping monkeys, birds and thieves away.
  • AP reported that a group of African migrants set sail last month on a 1,900-mile journey across the Atlantic to Brazil, but quickly ran into trouble and were adrift for weeks before fishermen towed them ashore, Brazilian authorities said.

Quote of the day

“Migration affects all of society – so all of society is needed, to respond.” – Miroslav Lajčák, President of the UN General Assembly. Read more here.          

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

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