Migration in the News | 24 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IANS reported that 111,514 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017, by July 19, more than half the number from a similar period last year, according to IOM.
  • AP reported that four years into South Sudan's devastating civil war, the world's youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a ‘massive scale’, a new Amnesty International report says. It quoted IOM’s Aladin Borja.

  • UPI reported that sex trafficking involving migrants fleeing to Italy by sea increased by nearly 600 per cent over the past three years – particularly among young girls, citing an IOM report.

  • Reuters reported that thousands of Nigerian migrant girls being brought to Italy, are in great danger of being forced into prostitution in Europe and are often naive about their fate at the hands of traffickers, IOM said.

  • Citi FM reported that The Ghana Immigration Service has indicated its preparedness to tackle cross border crimes including human trafficking and other irregular migration activities at Ghana's borders through various projects sponsored and implemented by the European Union and IOM.

  • Irish Examiner reported that that three adults and five children discovered in a container in Rosslare, Co Wexford, were lucky to have survived such an arduous journey, the Irish Road Haulage Association said. It cited IOM

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  • Al Jazeera reported that as the US and parts of Europe close their borders to migrants and refugees, Chile has become an unlikely destination for Caribbean and South American immigrants escaping poverty and political instability.

Quote of the day

“While the net benefits of migration outweigh its costs – by a large margin – the public perception is often the opposite. Such public perceptions and attitudes negatively influence sound migration policy choices. This must be reversed so that policy is evidence-based and not perception-driven." – Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration. Read more here.


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


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