Migration in the News | 24 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Washington Post spoke to some of the thousands of Nigerians who returned from Libya in 2017 after being rescued from slavery, highlighting that some found themselves back into the epicenter of Nigeria’s sex-trafficking industry. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.

  • Vox reported about the story of Rohingya refugees who survived the violence in Myanmar and got separated from their family. Now, after losing other family members, they reunited with those who also survived. It cited IOM.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that despite several years of highly publicized efforts to address problems in the Thai fishing industry, necessary steps have not been taken to end forced labour and other serious abuses on fishing boats. It cited an IOM survey.
  • China.org published an op-ed which noted that migration remains a huge challenge facing mankind today and the UN is hoping that 2018 will bring the biggest common agreement on how best to address it. It referenced IOM.
  • IBNA reported that IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert stated during a meeting with Bosnia and Herzegovina Minister for Human Rights and Refugees, Semiha Borovac, that it is necessary to involve a bigger number of the country’s institutions to provide an adequate response to the migrant crisis and the increasing number of migrants who are arriving in the country.

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  • Al Jazeera reported that Bangkok is home to a growing community of approximately 4,500 refugees and 2,000 asylum-seekers from more than 50 countries. Regarded as ‘illegal aliens’ under Thai law, they face a period of indefinite detention.
  • ITV reported that hundreds of migrants from Africa are taking dangerous mountain routes in freezing temperatures through the Italian Alps to cross into France.

Quote of the day

“With more legal pathways for migration – based in large part on realistic analyses of labour market needs – there would be fewer irregular border crossings, fewer migrants working outside the law and fewer abuses of irregular migrants.” – Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration. Read her tweet here.

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

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