Migration in the News | 24 November 2016

Media Monitoring Highlight

  • Reuters reported that Iraqi security forces escorted groups of civilians out of the Gogjali district, on the outskirts of Mosul, on Tuesday, as fighting with ISIL militants continued. It cited IOM
  • Reliefweb reported a UN statement that UNHCR, IOM, UNICEF and WFP have resumed delivery of humanitarian aid to an estimated 85,000 Syrians stranded on the Jordanian-Syrian border.
  • Refugees Deeply reported on at the difficulties faced by young failed asylum seekers sent back to Afghanistan from Europe. It referenced IOM’s assisted voluntary return programme.
  • Mexico’s Notimex reported that over 1,400 migrants were rescued and eight bodies were recovered in the Mediterranean between Libya and Sicily on Tuesday. It cited IOM figures.
  • Malaysia’s Sun Daily reported on an event hosted by Mercy Malaysia that welcomed moves by the government to allow refugees limited employment opportunities. It quoted IOM DG William Lacy Swing.
  • Peru’s Gestion reported on the signing of an agreement between the government and IOM to strengthen migration management and combat human trafficking.
  • Transitions Online reported that a Ukrainian teacher is under arrest for allegedly trying to sell a 13-year-old boarding school student to an organ trafficker for USD10,000, according to the BBC. It cited IOM data.
  • The Irrawaddy reported on the housing challenges facing the first refugees to return to Myanmar from camps in Thailand last month. Their return was facilitated by the two governments, UNHCR and IOM.
  • Interfax reported on a European Union donation of vehicles and equipment to Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service to build border management capacity on the Ukraine-Belarus border. The project was implemented by IOM.

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  • International Business Times published photos showing dramatic rescues of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean by the Italian coastguard and the rescue NGO MOAS.

Quote of the day

We welcome the statement by the government to allow limited employment opportunities in Malaysia. It is a myth that these migrants will take away our (Malaysian) jobs. The truth is they are doing jobs that we are not doing or not willing to do.” – Mercy Malaysia president Datuk Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus. Read more here.


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


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