Migration in the News | 27 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AP reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing warned about increasing reports of sexual violence directed at Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks.
  • AFP reported that the nearly half a million Rohingya refugees who have entered Bangladesh since August will likely not be leaving soon, the UN said, calling for longer-term plans to manage the influx. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Canadian Press reported that Oxfam Canada says hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have been fleeing violence in Myanmar in recent weeks, are without shelter and clean water in flooded refugee camps. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Medan Bisnis Daily (IND) reported that Rohingya refugees in Medan, North Sumatra are grateful to the Indonesian government and IOM for their daily support in the country. They are currently waiting for resettlement as they have been staying there for seven years. 
  • Xinhua reported that the European Commission rolled out a new scheme to bring at least 50,000 refugees to Europe over the next two years, in a bid to curb human smuggling in the Mediterranean. It cited IOM figures.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that according to IOM, the European Union has resettled 30,000 asylum seekers out of 100,000 it was due to relocate from mainly Greece and Italy.
  • Reuters and DPA reported that a Libyan coast guard vessel fired shots and boarded a humanitarian ship in the Mediterranean on Tuesday, demanding that the migrants on board be handed over to them, Mission Lifeline charity said. They cited IOM figures.
  • TRT reported that  thousands of people, many from earthquake-ravaged Haiti, are crossing the US border to seek asylum in Canada. It spoke with IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • AFP reported that Pope Francis urged people across the world to open their arms to migrants, as Catholic charity Caritas launched its “Share the Journey” campaign on migration. The campaign is also being backed by other organizations including WFP, UNHCR and IOM.
  • Voice of America reported that the United States is ending a program that allowed children fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for refugee status in the United States before leaving home. The government will instead focus on ‘more targeted’ refugee processing in Central America, working with the government of Costa Rica, the UN and IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Bloomberg reported that Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico may offer a preview for Americans of one of the most jarring potential consequences of global warming: the movement of large numbers of people pushed out of their homes by the effects of climate change.
  • Rappler reported that nine Filipina artists came together at the Philippine embassy in Berlin to hold an art exhibit featuring works inspired by their experiences as immigrants.

Quote of the day

“With open arms... that is exactly how to welcome (migrants), with arms wide open.”– Pope Francis during the “Share the Journey” campaign on migration launch. More here.

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

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