Migration in the News | 24 February 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Al Jazeera and AFP reported that the South African government has called for calm after a wave of xenophobic violence in which dozens of shops and houses owned by immigrants have been torched and looted near Pretoria and Johannesburg. They quoted an IOM statement condemning the attacks.
  • South Sudan’s Gurtong reported that IOM has started to relocate over 6,000 internally displaced people sheltering at the UN Protection of Civilians site in Wau due to overcrowding. It quoted IOM’s Ashley McLaughlin and Kevin Merkelz.
  • AP reported that over 1,000 migrants have been rescued in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy since Wednesday. It cited IOM figures.
  • CDN reported that an Amnesty International report noted the lack of a National Human Rights Plan in the Dominican Republic. The report said that, according to IOM, the country deported over 40,000 people of Haitian descent between January and September 2016.
  • Daily News Egypt reported that Egypt’s Ministry for Immigration and Expatriate Affairs and IOM have hosted Egypt’s first international partners round table on harnessing the development impact of migration. It quoted IOM’s Amr Taha.
  • HDX published a blog by IOM’s Julia Black on the importance of data visualization in the Missing Migrants Project.

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  • BBC News and Reuters  reported a 49,000 drop in net migration to the United Kingdom in the year to September 2016. It fell to 273,000.

Quote of the day

“In times of increasing mobility and migration flows, of globalisation, of terrorism, the only way forward is together.” –  Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. Read his speech here.


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


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