Migration in the News | 23 December 2016

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News and PanaPress reported that the UN Peacebuilding Fund is to finance a  USD 3 million pilot project that will provide professional and peace building skills to Somali refugees volunteering to return home from Kenya. IOM will be one of the implementing partners.

  • The Indian Express reported that war in Syria, now in its sixth year, and the conflict in Iraq, has worsened the global migrant and refugee crisis in 2016. It cited IOM figures.

  • EFE reported that at least 92 percent of municipalities in El Salvador are receiving requests for help from people displaced by widespread violence or environmental problems. It cited IOM data.

  • El Mundo reported that number of Salvadorans deported, mostly from the US and Mexico, passed 48,000 in November 2016. It cited IOM figures.

  • ABS-CBN News reported that the Philippines’ Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) and IOM signed an amended cooperation agreement as part of peace negotiations between the government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF.)

  • Huffington Post reported on the Geneva Data Portal, a one-stop portal for searching the largest collection of published information managed by the UN and other agencies based in Geneva. It cited IOM’s emergency manual.

  • Business Day reported that Nigerian migrants sent home USD 35 billion in remittances in 2016, the second largest amount in Africa. It quoted IOM’s Enira Krdzalic.

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  • France 24 published a timeline of the ongoing European migrant crisis in 2016.

Quote of the day

“Counter-trafficking efforts in emergencies are a matter of life and death. Employing such measures in crisis settings helped prevent individuals from falling victim to highly exploitative practices that could seriously impair their physical or psychological well-being or prove fatal.” – Ashraf El Nour, IOM Permanent Observer to the UN in New York. Read more here.

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

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