Migration in the News | 23 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters and AFP reported that  Libyan coastguards recovered the bodies of 11 migrants who died off Libya’s western coast during an attempted crossing to Italy on Sunday. Reuters noted that IOM has flown back 25,000 migrants from Libya to their home countries since the start of last year.
  • Al Bawaba and AP reported that Fishermen rescued 79 Rohingya off the coast of Sumatra island Friday, marking the second time members of the persecuted minority were found stranded at sea near Indonesia. The Indonesian government will coordinate with UNHCR, IOM and the Myanmar Embassy, in its response.
  • TV N1 Zagreb spoke with IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert who noted that despite the increase in number of migrants arriving in Bosnia, he does not think the crisis level has been reached at this moment.
  • The Observers spoke to an Ivorian migrant who shared his experience of escaping the arrests in Algeria by hiding in an abandoned construction site. The report mentioned IOM’s assisted voluntary return and reintegration programme helping migrants return to their home countries.
  • AFP reported that Venezuela's economic collapse ranks as one of the worst in modern history, according to the International Monetary Fund. The report cited IOM figures that nearly a million Venezuelans have left the country over the past two years.
  • OAS published a message by its Secretary General Luis Almagro about the Venezuelan people who are experiencing an involuntary exodus, forced upon them by the country’s growing economic crisis. He cited IOM figures.
  • The Jakarta Post reported about migrant protests, on Friday night, against the local government’s policy to treat them like prisoners at the Balikpapan detention centre. IOM mediated between the police and protestors.
  • Arab News reported that Kuwaiti police arrested two Filipinos for allegedly convincing housemaids to run away from their employers’ homes. The report cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Australian reported that a group of business and community leaders has called for visa changes to force skilled migrants to reside in smaller cities and regional centres to ease pressure on Sydney and Melbourne, and create opportunities for other capitals.
  • Open Democracy reported that despite rapid growth in the number of women and men migrating within Southeast Asia, the outcomes for migrant workers remain poorly understood.

Quote of the day

“We need long-term solutions and that means partnerships where African countries also really see a benefit and you can’t just control migration, you also need to improve free movement of people.” – David Kipp, German Institute for Security and International Affairs. Read more here.

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

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