Migration in the News | 23 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Time published an editorial by ILO Director General Guy Ryder, Walk Free Foundation Chairman Andrew Forrest and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing which notes that nearly 150 years after most countries officially abolished it, more than 40 million people remain trapped in modern slavery – either forced into labor or marriage. 
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent and Qatar Today reported about today’s pledging conference in Geneva co-organized by IOM which aims to raise the necessary resources to enable the humanitarian community to meet the most urgent needs of Rohingya refugees.
  • AFP reported that authorities in Bangladesh were bracing Sunday for another possible surge in Rohingya refugee arrivals, with thousands from the Muslim minority believed stranded along the border with Myanmar waiting to cross. It quoted an IOM volunteer.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the Bangladeshi government has decided to scale up the monitoring of development works in Cox’s Bazar to ensure improved transportation and healthcare facilities at the Rohingya makeshift camps within the shortest possible time. It referenced IOM figures.
  • The Wire reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation. It cited IOM figures.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that according to Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Rohingya crisis has led to an emergency situation for the children who have entered Bangladesh fleeing the violence in Myanmar. It cited an IOM report.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that rain from Thursday evening coupled with gusty wind continued on Saturday, multiplied the misery of Rohingya refugees who entered Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar. It quoted IOM’s Saikat Biswash.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that Bangladesh has completed biometric registration of 224,000 Rohingya refugees who have crossed the border to escape Myanmar’s Rakhine state. It quoted IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • North Africa Post reported that the humanist migration policy adopted by Morocco stands as a model in the MENA region and the African continent, said IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Libya Observer reported that the Sudanese government announced the arrival of 172 Sudanese citizens returning from Libya under the voluntary repatriation program by IOM.
  • Global Press Journal reported that with as many as four million Zimbabweans living abroad according to IOM, body repatriation is big business these days with costs that can tally well into the thousands.

Trending on the Internet

  • ANSA reported that immigrants working in Italy account for almost 9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) and pay 11.5 billion euros of social security contributions, according to a recent report.
  • Swiss Info reported that asylum seekers often experience traumatic events before migrating to Europe, but even after they obtain refugee status, stressful conditions can foster or exacerbate mental health problems, according to research.

Quote of the day

“We need to give our attention specifically today to making sure that the Rohingya refugees are not somehow lost in this arc of suffering across this area of the world.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing speaking today in Geneva, at the Pledging Conference for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis. More here

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

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