Migration in the News | 25 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News Centre reported that investing in value-based migration data that squarely focuses on impact can benefit the world to the tune of USD 35 billion dollars, according to a new report launched Wednesday in Davos, Switzerland, by IOM and McKinsey. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

  • CNN’s Connect the World spoke with IOM DG Swing on what must happen after CNN’s reporting about the slave trade in Libya in 2017.
  • Sputnik reported that leaders of Greece, Italy and Nigeria, as well as IOM’s DG Swing, participated in a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday to address the migration crisis, stressing the failure of the European Union to deal with the issue in an effective way so far.
  • Xinhua reported that the Ethiopian government said Wednesday that 21 of its nationals were repatriated from Libya. The repatriation was in partnership with IOM.
  • Reuters reported that Nigerian actress Stephanie Linus says celebrities like her can mobilize their fanbase and help stem the flood of women who swap Africa for a better life in Italy only to end up selling sex. It cited IOM figures.
  • IANS reported that a total of 4,485 migrants and refugees entered Europe across the Mediterranean up to January 21, while 201 perished at sea, IOM reported.
  • Bloomberg reported that the focus of EU’s efforts on immigration should shift from keeping people out toward building effective integration systems. It cited IOM figures.
  • New York Minute Magazine reported that journalist Philip Obaji Jr. has documented Boko Haram activity over the last few years and interviewed Boko Haram victims about life at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Madinatu. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • Gulf News reported that Indian expatriates in the UAE have attained the distinction of being the largest community of Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in the world. It cited IOM reports.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported that European leaders warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday against a return to nationalism, with France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel calling for more global cooperation to harness the forces of globalization.
  • IPS reported that CARE published a report that aims to shine a spotlight on the humanitarian crises that have been largely neglected by the international community.

Quote of the day

“Too often, data are seen as the abstract business of experts operating in backrooms. Yet data are essential to produce real-life results, such as protecting migrants in vulnerable situations...” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.


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


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