Migration in the News | 25 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Daily Nation reported that over 40,000 Rohingya families in Cox's Bazar refugee camps have now been trained on shelter upgrading techniques ahead of the fast approaching monsoon and cyclone season. The report quoted IOM’s Dabal Rokaha.
  • India’s Scroll reported that some 25,000 Rohingyas living in the camps built on the steep slopes of hills in Cox’s Bazar are in grave danger of mudslides during the coming monsoon. The report spoke to a climate researcher who said that he is impressed with the coordination between IOM and UNHCR and the other organisations.
  • El País, Czech Republic’s Lidovky, Italy’s La Stampa and TG Com 24 reported that the 700,000 Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh since August are being helped by local authorities and NGOs in preparing for the rainy season. The reports mentioned IOM’s work and quoted Manuel Pereira.
  • Reuters reported that European countries had been urged to do more to stop illegal trade in Libya in fuel and inflatable boats which is helping human traffickers with deadly results. The report cited IOM figures.
  • IRIN reported that in the absence of a functioning state, outside NGOs are left to provide healthcare – even primary healthcare – to most of South Sudan. Yet those organisations continue to face major obstacles to doing their work. The report quoted IOM’s Thon Deng.
  • Ghana News Agency and Graphic Online reported that emerging trends in human trafficking show that victims are trafficked for the gruesome purpose of removing their vital organs for sale. This was disclosed during the signing of the Human Trafficking Standard Operating Procedures in Ghana. The reports quoted IOM’s Sylvia Lopez-Ekra.
  • San Francisco Magazine shared the story of Clemantine Wamariya, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide when she was just a child. Her story is featured in a new memoir called The Girl Who Smiled Beads. The report mentioned that IOM brought her to Chicago.
  • The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation reported that IOM has partnered with the Government of Zimbabwe to launch a three year programme on human trafficking that will see various counter trafficking activities being implemented including strengthening protection to identified victims. The report quoted IOM’s Daniel Sam.
  • The Nation reported that along the US border with Mexico, 7,000 corpses have been found since the early 1990s and a reasonable estimate of the actual death toll is triple that number. The report cited IOM figures.
  • The Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs reported that the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong and IOM conducted a Training Workshop for Diplomatic and Consular Personnel on Identifying and Investigating Human Trafficking Cases.

Trending on the Internet

  • Canada’s Global News reported that Canadians will have to wait at least a few days – and possibly longer – for a fully updated plan to deal with a renewed surge in irregular border-crossings.
  • Haaretz and Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that Israel has shelved plans to deport about 40,000 African refugees.
  • UN News, Euronews, RTE reported about the UN-EU conference on future of Syria which opened in Brussels with urgent calls for additional international support..

Quote of the day

“An unprecedented number of people are on the move and migration can pose challenges to malaria control and elimination. However, we have the tools to beat it – and we will.” –  Jacqueline Weekers, Director, IOM Migration Health Division. Read more here.

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

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