Migration in the News | 27 April 2016

Media Highlights

  • Reuters and AFP reported that 49 more refugees and migrants have been sent back to Turkey from Greece under the European Union (EU)-Turkey deal. Reuters cited IOM’s related ongoing resettlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey to the EU.
  • International Business Times and Sofia News Agency reported that according to IOM, over 181,000 refugees and migrants have arrived in  Europe from Turkey and North Africa in 2016.
  • The Daily Sabah reported that the resettlement of Syrian refugees to the EU from Turkey has picked up since the launch of EU-Turkey agreement. It quoted IOM’s Lado Gvilava.
  • Turkey’s TRTWorld reported that US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel disagree on the creation of ‘safe zones’ for displaced people in Syria. Merkel supports the idea. It quoted IOM.
  • Ghana News Agency reported that the Ghana Immigration Service Training School in the Central Region has opened an ICT Centre to build the IT skills of immigration officers under a joint project with IOM.

​​Quote of the Day

“Refugees and migrants are looking for a safer or better life. It is not acceptable to treat them as criminals, or worse, let them die in their search for it. Rather than focusing on deterrence and surveillance, European states must provide safe alternatives to sea crossings and a search and rescue mechanism that is both dedicated and proactive. The lives of hundreds of thousands depend on it," Joanne Liu, Médecins Sans Frontières. More here.


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

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