Migration in the News | 26 February 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Xinhua reported that IOM’s global migrant research project had recorded 6,142 migrant fatalities worldwide, in 2017.

  • Voice of America and UN News reported that IOM is appealing for nearly USD 194 million to provide essential aid to three million Syrian war victims displaced internally or as refugees in neighbouring countries. They quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and Joel Millman.
  • Press TV reported that around 3.3 million Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs) had returned to their areas of origin by the end of January, according to IOM. It quoted IOM’s Gerard Waite.
  • UNB reported that newly appointed Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka, Lwin Oo has met Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and discussed various bilateral issues, including the Rohingya crisis. It cited IOM reports.
  • Iraqi News reported that displaced families across Iraq will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming local and parliamentary elections. It cited IOM  reports.
  • UN News reported that a resurgence of communal violence and armed conflict in recent weeks has led to an increase in the number of internally displaced persons in northern Mali, according to IOM.
  • Nigeria’s Pulse reported that thousands of Africans stake their lives as they venture on a boat journey in search of what they think will be a better living standard. It noted that the government and IOM had repatriated 3,000 Nigerian youths from Libya.
  • The Colombian Post reported that as more migrants are blocked at the American border and more undocumented immigrants are deported from the United States, border communities in Mexico could be overwhelmed. It quoted IOM’s Christopher Gascon,
  • PRI reported that the Ethiopian diaspora in the US uses social media to great effect in shaping coverage of events back home, especially the protest movement that has pummeled Ethiopia for more than two years. It referenced IOM.
  • USA for IOM board member, Tolu Olubunmi, spoke at “March Against Slavery in Libya and Beyond” in Los Angeles, California and noted that these rallies are a testament to the global support for eradicating this worst kind of evil and restoring hope to its victims.
  • Kenya’s Hivisasa reported that Governor Ferdinard Waititu met with IOM’s Michael Pillinger and discussed partnership in addressing challenges facing Kiambu youths such as drug abuse, unemployment, alcoholism, insecurity among others.

Trending on the Internet

  • Global Times reported that the latest abuse case in Malaysia  involving an Indonesian maid highlights another failure to protect migrant helpers despite repeated government pledges.
  • New York Times reported that a French outpost is part of a new forward defense in Europe’s struggle to hold off migration from Africa.

Quote of the day

“[Migration] is not something to be stopped, it is something to be properly managed or addressed at all levels. If that's not there, then we will continue to have nefarious criminals operating in the cracks.” – Harry Cook, IOM Data Management & Research Specialist. Read more here.


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


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