Migration in the News | 24 November 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • CNN reported that Libyan officials have denounced the migrant slave auctions exposed in a CNN investigation, but claim more support is required from the global community to tackle the issue. It quoted IOM’s Othman Belbeisi.

  • CNBC Africa reported that the IOM Regional Office in Pretoria will today officially launch the first ever Regional Migration Data Hub for the Southern African Region.
  • The Irish Times reported that for decades, the US has been the promised land and a refuge for people fleeing poverty and violence across South and Central America, but more and more migrants are reluctantly choosing to stay in Mexico instead. It cited IOM figures.
  • Ghana’s Pulse reported that the EU's anti-trafficking operation is working to train Libya's coastguard on how to respect the human rights of migrants recovered at sea with support from IOM and UNHCR.
  • This Day Live reported that creating jobs for young people in agriculture can both help Africa’s economic transformation and offer a solution to some of the challenges facing the continent and the world. It cited IOM data.
  • Ghana Web reported that the actual number of Ghanaian deaths recorded during irregular migration most likely far exceeds reported figures. It quoted IOM’s Kojo Wilmot.

Trending on the Internet

  • USA Today reported that Bangladesh signed a deal with Myanmar on Thursday to allow the return of hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in the Buddhist-majority nation.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that city pollution has triggered a reverse migration trend in India – from the city to the countryside.

Quote of the day

“Using terms such as ‘illegal’ rather than ‘irregular’ migrants, or ‘hordes, waves and swarms’ rather than simply ‘large numbers’, conveniently obscures the vulnerabilities that come from being a foreigner.” – Louise Arbour, UNSG 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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