Migration in the News | 26 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UNB reported that some 607,735 undocumented Rohingyas have been identified in four sub-units of Cox's Bazar district, a 3.7-fold increase since the last reporting period in July. It cited an IOM report.
  • Saudi Gazette reported that a team from KSrelief is visiting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. The visit has been organized in cooperation with the Bangladeshi government and IOM to assess the basic humanitarian needs of Rohingya refugees.
  • IRIN reported that intense frustration is building across the aid community that despite its best efforts it has been unable to dent the catastrophic levels of suffering in South Sudan. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Devex reported on some of the biggest trends to emerge from the Global Goals Week, which included migration and refugees. It mentioned the global compacts on migration and refugees for which IOM and UNHCR will continue to hold consultations with civil society and member states through the end of the year.
  • The New York Times reported about the Refugee Food and Art Festival in New York which featured booths, installations, murals and performances, as well as hors d’oeuvres and meals prepared by displaced chefs. It quoted IOM’s Hajer Naili.
  • Xinhua reported that  UNHCR and IOM announced Friday that more than 100,000 South Sudanese refugees were relocated to camps in Ethiopia since September 2016.
  • Reliefweb reported on the reorganization of the Wau Protection of Civilians site, the most congested camp in South Sudan, to improve safety and living conditions for the 39,000 internally displaced people living  there. It quoted IOM’s Ashley McLaughlin.
  • Reuters reported on Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s call on Monday that UN aid should henceforth be used to organize the return of Syrian refugees to their country and not to "keep them in destitute camps" in Lebanon where 1.5 million Syrians have found refuge since the beginning of the conflict. It cited IOM figures.
  • Gambia’s The Point reported the harrowing experiences of Gambians in Libya who have voluntarily returned home with the assistance of the Gambian government and IOM.
  • Uganda’s The Observer reported on an EU-funded IOM project that will help youth living in slums in Kampala to set up businesses. It quoted IOM’s Elisa Crowe.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Salt Lake Tribune published an op-ed which noted that data showed that in the US immigrants assimilate successfully into the local culture and social fabric.
  • A Sydney Morning Herald report imagines what would happen if Australia halted immigration.  

Quote of the day

“Migration is an issue for our times, and there is a real need to go after root causes such as conflict, but we can all agree that refugees and migrants should not be treated like criminals.” – Yury Fedotov, Executive Director at the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. More here.

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

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