Migration in the News | 23 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News Centre and Xinhua reported that UN agencies including IOM, UNHCR and WHO were providing assistance to thousands fleeing the Iraqi city of Talafar, ahead of military operations.
  • The New York Times reported that smugglers are abandoning hundreds of migrants as they attempt to cross the unforgiving sands and heat of the Sahara. It cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Monica Chiriac.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported about asylum seekers in Italy participating in a community service scheme which helps them get involved in volunteer work. It cited IOM figures.
  • BBC reported about an initiative devised by an organisation called R Ventures Capital which aims to change perceptions of migrants to Europe from "job stealers" to "job creators". It quoted IOM’s Martin Wyss.
  • Prensa Latina reported that more than 3,000 Haitians live today in displaced persons camps, built after the 2010 earthquake that caused more than 300,000 deaths, according to IOM.
  • The Guardian reported that 17 refugees who were found clinging to a lighthouse off the Florida Keys after fleeing Cuba in a self-made raft, and then were sent to Guantánamo Bay for a year, have been resettled in Brisbane, Australia. It referenced IOM.
  • The Jakarta Globe and Indonesia’s Metro TV News reported that next Friday, the Indonesian government officials and business leaders will convene in Perth, Australia for the inaugural meeting of the Bali Process Government and Business Forum. The forum, which has more than 40 members, is made up of governments and international organizations including IOM.
  • Nepal’s MyRepublica reported on IOM-funded research showing that 88 per cent of Nepali migrant workers surveyed preferred to use formal channels like bank transfers to remit money home. It quoted IOM’s Paul Norton.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that 60 undocumented migrants from Central America were discovered locked inside a food truck by US officials as they tried to cross the border.
  • The Guardian ran and op-ed by Gracie Mae Bradley, an advocacy officer for Liberty who argued that it’s poisonous to use homelessness charities’ data to target migrants.

Quote of the day

“The public debate in the Netherlands on migrants integrating into the labour market has traditionally been quite black and white… Job creation is still one of the main issues at the moment, so migrants who themselves are creating jobs are the best way to promote tolerance and acceptance of migrants.” – Martin Wyss, Chief of Mission, IOM The Netherlands. Read more here.

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

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