Migration in the News | 25 April 2016

Media Highlights

  • Reuters reported that according to IOM, refugees and migrants are now landing in Greece from Turkey at the rate of about 150 a day from Turkey – a slight increase from earlier this month. Daily Mail UK, Express and Prensa Latina also ran the story, citing IOM figures and quoting IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Reuters reported on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to a Turkish province bordering Syria  on Saturday, where she met Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu. In another report Reuters reported that Germany has called for the creation of “safe zones” for internally displaced people in Syria to stem the flow of migrants to Europe – a plan supported by Turkey. Both reports cited IOM figures.

  • AFP reported that Turkish PM Davutoglu pressured Merkel and top EU officials to deliver on a promise of visa-free travel for Turkish citizens as part of Turkey’s migrant deal with the EU. It cited IOM’s report that the number of migrants arriving in Greece was “once again ticking up.”

  • IRIN reported on South-South economic migration, which exceeds migration from the poor countries of the South to the rich countries of the North. It cited IOM data.

  • Prensa Latina reported that, according to IOM, nearly 3 million people have been displaced from countries neighboring Lake Chad by the Boko Haram insurgency.

  • A Washington Post Op-Ed says that what’s missing in the EU’s strategy to stem migrant flows to Europe is a more humanitarian commitment to provide for those seeking refuge, and a commitment to tackle the conflicts driving them from their homes. It cited IOM figures.

​​Quote of the Day

“We should improve rehabilitation services and build accessible infrastructures.”  Phillip Sheppard, IOM Nepal physiotherapist. More here.


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

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