Migration in the News | 26 April 2016

Media Highlights

  • The New York Times reported that as Turkey struggles to cope with the 2.7 million Syrians it hosts and honor its agreement to stop refugees from crossing into Europe, renewed fighting in Syria could make the problem worse.
  • The Telegraph UK reported that Norwegian authorities are offering a "bonus" 10,000 kroner (£1,000) to asylum seekers willing to leave the country voluntarily under IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return Programme. It quoted IOM’s Joost van der Aalst.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) has relaunched rescue operations in the Mediterranean, accusing European governments of failing to save migrants in peril at sea. It cited IOM figures.
  • A New Statesman blog said that to combat Islamic State, the world's leaders need to restore order to Libya. It cited IOM data.
  • Reuters reported that Niger's security forces arrested more than 100 people in the Sahara desert who were trying to illegally cross the country's northern border into Algeria. It quoted IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete.
  • The Copenhagen Post reported that MSF is teaching Tunisian fishermen how to rescue refugees and migrants from sinking boats in the Mediterranean and how to take care of the bodies of those who have drowned. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Mozambique News Agency reported that UNHCR announced on 15 April that it has begun to relocate Mozambican refugees in southern Malawi from areas close to the border, to Luwani, 320 kilometres away. IOM is providing the logistics.
  • An OpEd in Zambia's Daily Mail highlighted the potential of diasporas to contribute to development. It cited a 2010 survey conducted by the Zambian government and IOM.
  • CNN reported on the one-year anniversary of the Nepal earthquake. It cited IOM’s cash for work program in Sankhu, an hour’s drive from Kathmandu.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported the plight of Nepal’s earthquake survivors one year on. It cited IOM cash-for-work programs to demolish damaged buildings and clear debris.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council featured the story of 12-year-old Yangmo Tamang, a survivor of the Nepal earthquake, who is undergoing physiotherapy at a rehabilitation center established by NRC and IOM a year ago.
  • The Philippines’ Rappler reported on the opening of a typhoon-resilient evacuation center in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, established by UNICEF and IOM.

​​Quote of the Day

“It's about immersion. With the proper skills they (migrants) are going to be paying taxes. They're going to be productive and therefore help you in your productivity. Help you in your continued growth.”  Ángel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General. More here.


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

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