Migration in the News | 28 April 2016

Media Highlights

  • Anadolu Agency reported that nearly 50 migrants arrived in Turkey from Greece on Tuesday under the European Union (EU)-Turkey refugee deal, according to Turkish Immigration Department officials. It cited IOM figures.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that Turkey’s ambassador to France Hakki Akil has called for more help from the international community to cope with the refugee situation in his country. It cited IOM figures.
  • WHO reported that Members of the European Parliament and WHO experts met to discuss universal health coverage for refugees and migrants entering the EU. It mentioned IOM.
  • Daily Sabah/Anadolu Agency reported European Commissioner Johannes Hahn’s visit to a refugee camp in southeast Turkey. It quoted IOM’s Lado Gvilava.
  • AFP reported that EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that Turkey will only get visa-free travel to the bloc once it has met all the criteria agreed to stem the influx of migrants under the EU-Turkey deal. It quoted IOM.
  • AFP reported that Austria yesterday adopted one of Europe’s toughest asylum laws, which allows the government to declare a “state of emergency” if migrant numbers suddenly rise and reject most asylum-seekers directly at the border, including those from war-torn countries like Syria. It quoted IOM.
  • Fellowship for Reconciliation published a blog examining the plight of internally displaced people and refugees in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan. It cited IOM.
  • Radio Tamazuj reported that 90,000 people who fled clashes between government and opposition forces in Wau, South Sudan are facing food shortages. IOM and WPF have distributed some food in the area.
  • The Cameroon Concorde reported USAID has donated over 15,000 metric tons of food for people in Cameroon’s Far North Region displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. It cited IOM figures.

​​Quote of the Day

"What IOM and Roberto Kozak did at the time, changed my life. Changed my father’s life, and the lives of thousands of people. By giving us the chance to start anew, Roberto Kozak also empowered me to create similar opportunities and moments of hope for other people." – Alfredo Zamudio, Director of the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue.  More here


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