Migration in the News | 26 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IPS reported about Rohingya refugees who have made it to India. Most of these refugees had landed in Delhi after failed stints in Rohingya camps in Bangladesh or Jammu (a northern Indian city), where they were repeatedly targeted by radical Hindu groups. The report cited IOM figures.
  • The Jakarta Post reported that the Indonesian Vice President guaranteed that the government will accommodate the Rohingya stranded in Aceh last week. He said the government will work with UNHCR and IOM to support them.
  • The Guardian reported on scientists’ warnings that hundreds of thousands of people will be forced from their homes on low-lying islands in the next few decades by sea-level rises and the contamination of fresh drinking water sources. The report quoted IOM’s Dina Ionesco.
  • Radio Canada International reported that Canada had announced $19.5 million in funding to UN agencies, including IOM, and NGOs working to address humanitarian needs in Syria and Lebanon.
  • The Slovak Spectator reported that foreigners living in Slovakia will be offered free consultations on residence, work and life in the country once a month in Bratislava by IOM’s Migration Information Centre. The report quoted IOM’s Michal Milla.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer reported that 171 Bangladeshi migrants were arrested at the Mexican border this year while entering the USA irregularly. According to IOM and BRAC Migration Programme, the arrested migrants landed in US jails while waiting for repatriation.

Trending on the Internet

  • Danish Institute for International Studies reported that diaspora groups – migrants, refugees and their descendants – are important development actors in countries affected by protracted conflict and poverty.
  • The Independent reported about a Windrush generation grandmother who, despite paying her taxes in the UK for nearly 40 years, still lost her job at a charity which helps migrants because she could not prove her right to work in the country.

Quote of the day

“Millions of people are going to be at risk from extreme heat, extreme water shortages and flooding as well as sea level rises... we are talking about something that is going to play a huge role in the years ahead in terms of forcing people to leave their homes.” – Dina Ionesco, head of IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division. Read more here.                                          

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


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