Migration in the News | 23 May 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News reported that IOM is overseeing the dredging of more than nine kilometres of abandoned canals, which will then be renovated, in the Cox’s Bazar area, home to around 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in northern Myanmar. The report quoted IOM’s Damon Elsworth.

  • PBS reported that health agencies are hoping to quell the spread of  Ebola before it can spread within the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere and are using the lessons they learned from the previous Ebola outbreak in 2014. The report quoted IOM’s Aki Yoshino.
  • Xinhua reported that efforts are needed to enable migrants in different continents to live a decent life. The report quoted IOM’s Fumiko Nagano.
  • Reuters reported that the UN had urged Algeria to stop rounding up and expelling sub-Saharan African migrants, highlighting an influx of immigrants from Mali and Niger that Algeria says it needs UN help to address. The report quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • The BMJ reported that doctors should challenge anti-migrant rhetoric that legitimizes harmful government policies that deny migrants access to healthcare and leads to social exclusion. The report quoted IOM’s Jacqueline Weekers.
  • CBC reported about a virtual reality art installation called Carne y Arena which harnesses the Oculus system, headphones and convincing motion effects to mimic the miseries that migrants face on their journey while trying to cross the US-Mexico border.
  • AFP reported that nearly 400 African migrants, short of food and water, were found by a search-and-rescue team in the Sahara last week. It referenced IOM Niger’s Facebook post.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times  followed a young refugee’s journey from the horrors of the Syrian war to his first week of school in Winnipeg, Canada.
  • Kathmandu Post reported that in a move to alleviate the financial burden on Nepali migrants applying to work in Malaysia, the government last week scrapped exorbitant additional fees charged by some authorized agents.

Quote of the day

“Fighting for the rights of the migrants to live a decent life and their human rights and freedoms respected is a duty we cannot escape, or delegate" - Fumiko Nagano, Chief of Mission, IOM Gambia. Read more here.    

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


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