Migration in the News | 27 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • DW reported that billions of dollars in remittances flowed to Africa in 2017 and that the money could go further if it wasn't more expensive to send money to Africa than anywhere else in the world, according to a new World Bank study. The report quoted IOM’s Mathieu Jacques.
  • Nigeria’s Pulse and Xinhua reported that five migrants died trying to cross the Mediterranean, the Spanish coastguard said Thursday after rescuing more than 180 others, while they searched for another two boats with dozens aboard. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Caj News reported that more than 120 Cameroonian migrants have been repatriated from Libya. The report quoted IOM’s Florence Kim.
  • Devex reported that international donors have pledged $4.4 billion in aid for civilians in Syria in 2018 at a conference in Brussels, far short of what the United Nations says is needed to provide humanitarian assistance there this year. The reported quoted IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson.
  • Daily Mail reported that a migrant has been rescued crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by hanging onto the inflated inner tube of a lorry tyre. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Colombia Reports said that human rights groups have called on Colombia’s presidential candidates to better address how they intend to deal with the growing influx of migrants from Venezuela. The report quoted IOM’s Ana Duran.
  • Liberian Observer reported that authorities of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission have disclosed plans to construct a transit camp for Liberians who may be returned from the USA. The Commission has started working with partners including IOM to set up a technical working group that will establish contact with Liberian embassies in the region.
  • MENA FN reported that Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismael launched a resettled project for Somaliland nationals in the Diasporas who have no legal status in their countries of residence or those wishing to voluntarily return to their motherland. The project will be implemented by IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Radiolab reported about an anthropologist who found the body of a young female migrant while conducting field research in the Arizona desert. The story tells how she was identified and the subsequent quest for her family.
  • The New York Times reported about the risks refugees take to make the treacherous journey in the world’s deadliest migration route because the lives they left behind posed an even greater danger than the sea.
  • CBC’s Megan Williams spent 16 days aboard the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius, where she witnessed the impact of the migrant crisis up close.

Quote of the day

“Countries, institutions, and development agencies must continue to chip away at high costs of remitting so that families receive more of the money.” – Dilip Ratha, World Bank. Read more here.

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

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