Migration in the News | 27 February 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IPS and the UN News reported on the 2nd Global Consultation on Migrant Health held in Sri Lanka last week. The meeting, attended by representatives from over 40  countries, adopted a “Colombo Statement,” which aims to address the health challenges of increasingly mobile populations. They quoted IOM’s Davide Mosca.
  • Daily Sabah and ARA News reported that according to IOM some 13,924 immigrants have entered the European Union by sea so far in 2017. An estimated 366 have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that that IOM is appealing for USD 76.8 million to provide lifesaving assistance to displaced and conflict-affected people in South Sudan.
  • Sputnik reported that 70 Spanish NGOs organized massive rallies across the country on Sunday, calling on the government and EU member states to accept more refugees. It cited IOM figures.
  • El Periódico Mediterráneo reported that according Pro-Human Rights of Andalusia (APDH-A) – an NGO – 295 migrants died while trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar to reach Spain in 2016. It referenced IOM.
  • Libya Prospect reported that according to Amnesty International, rival forces in Libya have carried out indiscriminate attacks and direct attacks on civilians, forcing thousands to become internally displaced and causing a humanitarian crisis. It cited IOM figures.
  • AP reported that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) handed over 13 minors to the ICRC as part of a commitment to gradually liberate all children under 15 serving in its ranks.  The children will be medically evaluated by the ICRC and then handed over to the care of IOM, UNICEF ​​and the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare (ICBF).
  • La Prensa Grafica reported that El Salvador’s General Directorate of Migration and Immigration (DGME) said that at least 52,548 Salvadoreans were deported last year. Some 21,340 were returned from the United States and 31,147 from Mexico. It cited IOM data.

Trending on the Internet

  • Self reported that the 2017 Oscars got political -  from fashion statements to actual speeches. Hot topics included migration and immigrants.

Quote of the day

“(The) legal migrant is a blessing for a country. But illegal migrants create health, social, economic and political issues for a country.” –  Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. Read more here.

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


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