Migration in the News | 24 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that risks faced by hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas living in settlements in Cox’s Bazar in relation to human trafficking, exploitation and gender-based violence are increasing with time. The report referenced IOM.
  • IPS featured the story of two migrant workers in an Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome, which shone the spotlight on an interesting phenomenon in the country known for its cuisine where many of the chefs today are not locals but foreigners. The report cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that four European Mediterranean countries are launching an initiative in June to identify thousands of missing migrants who died or went missing during the perilous sea crossing to the continent. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Nigeria’s Naij reported that seven people were reportedly killed and dozens wounded following an attack by two suicide bombers at a mosque in Bama, Borno state. The report referenced IOM.
  • Bangladesh’ New Age reported that remittance inflows to Bangladesh dropped slightly to $13.47 billion in 2017 from $13.54 billion a year ago although global remittance payments hit record in 2017, according to a World Bank report. The report mentioned IOM’s joint response plan for the Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

Trending on the Internet

  • Bloomberg reported that the world’s 266 million migrant workers sent a record $466 billion to developing countries last year following two consecutive declines and the money bound for home this year is projected to increase to $485 billion, according to the World Bank.
  • The Economist reported that evidence from past refugee waves, and the experience of other countries, suggest that the long-term gains to everyone of allowing refugees to work outweigh the short-term costs.
  • The Times (paywall) reported that children lured to Britain on the promise of trials at Premier League football clubs are among thousands of slaves whose captors are evading justice.
  • The Times (paywall) reported that ‘hostile environment’ on immigration is going to make life difficult for a lot more people with foreign-sounding names in the UK as a result of the Windrush debacle.

Quote of the day

“Remittances are expected to continue to increase in 2018, by 4.1 percent, to reach USD 485 billion.” – The World Bank. Read more here.

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


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