Migration in the News | 26 April 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Washington Post reported that 1,089 migrants are believed to have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea since January 1, according to IOM.
  • Thomson Reuters published an op-ed by IOM’s Dr. Nenette Motus, marking World Malaria Day.
  • AP reported about the Yemen crisis and the pledge conference in Geneva, Switzerland.  The Saudi Gazette reported that Saudi Arabia pledged $150 million. Both cited IOM figures.
  • Nigeria’s The Guardian reported on 253 Nigerians who voluntarily returned from Libya on Tuesday. They were brought back by IOM and the Nigerian embassy in Libya.
  • Al Jazeera reported that climate change is leading to an acute water crisis in coastal Bangladesh, where women are bearing most of the strain. It cited an IOM study.
  • Sudan Tribune picked up IOM South Sudan’s press note on its response to an influx of more than 22,000 displaced persons in and around Wau, since the upsurge of violence on 10 April 2017.
  • Jamaica’s The Star reported that the Jamaican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will take ownership of the database developed under the IOM-funded online Diaspora Mapping initiative, which has now ended.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC spoke with an organ trafficker in Beirut, whose job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money, and the influx of refugees from Syria to Lebanon has created many opportunities.
  • AP reported about the “Finding Home” app which allows users to "walk a mile in a refugee's shoes" by simulating the daily struggles of a fictional Rohingya Muslim who was forced to flee her home.

Quote of the day

“It is also extremely difficult to count migrants because migration tends to be clandestine, with people moving through politically unstable regions.” –  Joseph Walker-Cousins, senior fellow at the Institute for Statecraft and former head of the British Embassy Office in Benghazi, Libya. More here.

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


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