Migration in the News | 23 March 2017
Media Monitoring Highlights
- Xinhua, Libyan Express reported that Libya’s Head of the Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Serraj, met Wednesday in Tripoli with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, to discuss irregular migration and human trafficking in Libya. Reliefweb also ran IOM’s press note on the DG’s visit.
- Reuters reported that humanitarian ships operating off the coast of Libya are undermining the fight against people smugglers and opening a corridor that is ultimately leading to more migrant deaths, an Italian prosecutor said on Wednesday. It cited IOM figures.
- Daily Sabah reported that Belgium's migration minister attacked aid groups for saving drowning migrants in the Mediterranean, saying they were only causing more deaths by doing so. It cited IOM figures.
- Lifezette reported that approximately 9,000 irregular migrants entered Germany during the first two months of 2017, government figures show. It cited IOM figures.
- AP reported that one year after the Brussels attacks, the city's physical scars may have healed, but the pain is still apparent beneath the surface. It referenced IOM.
- Philippine Star reported that the governor of Maguindanao province offered lots for offices of two national agencies essential to domestic campaigns against human trafficking and misguided Islamic extremism. Manila Times reported that the governor also urged women to help in the government’s efforts to rid villages of extremists and radicals. They quoted IOM’s Tara Dermott.
- Ghana’s CitiFMonline reported that the government is working to improve its fight against human trafficking, according to Minister of Interior Ambrose Dery. It mentioned the handover of vehicles and equipment from IOM and the United States to assist in counter-trafficking efforts.
- AlterNet reported that people with disabilities are more vulnerable to climate change, yet their needs are not being met. It cited IOM figures.
- Associated Press reported that Argentina's San Luis province is happily receiving Syrian migrants through what is seen as the most generous migrant program of its kind in South America.
- BBC Sport follows the Syria football team as they chase World Cup qualification against the backdrop of war.
“I’m appalled at the conditions detained migrants have to endure.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing during his visit to Tripoli, Libya. Read more here
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