Migration in the News | 28 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is once again in hot water for allowing objectionable videos on its website, this time drawing a rare rebuke from IOM. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.

  • The BBC shared the story of Yaya who lost his wife and sons after they drowned during their attempt to cross the Mediterranean. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Huffington Post reported that an examination of the wider situation in the Mediterranean casts doubt over whether fewer NGO rescue boats would actually lead to fewer migrants making their way to Europe. It referenced IOM.
  • Xinhua reported that Iraqi forces battling Islamic State (IS) militants on Saturday liberated most of the city of Talafar as they recaptured eight neighborhoods during the day, including the old citadel of Tal Afar in central the city. It cited IOM figures.
  • Jamaica Observer reported that based on a feasibility survey issued to members of the Diaspora, the Government of Jamaica has rejected calls to allow Jamaicans living overseas to vote in upcoming general election. Nonetheless, the government, with support from IOM Jamaica, has shifted focus towards increasing Diaspora investment in the country.
  • Bangladesh Today reported that speakers at a workshop on Sunday said dissemination of accurate information at the right time through proper channels can save many lives during natural disasters, including flood and landslides. It quoted IOM’s Michael Hewitt.
  • Bdnews24 reported that Canada is providing C$262,500 through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund for immediate assistance to over 10,000 flood victims in Bangladesh. Canada also provided support to IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • SBS reported that the ancient language of Sanskrit, spoken by only a tiny number of people in its homeland of India, has been given a new lease on life in Australia by an enthusiastic group of migrants in Sydney.
  • The Guardian shared photos from a project called Migrate where photographers used polaroid cameras to share stories of refugees.

Quote of the day

“You don't solve the migrant crisis at sea, you solve it on land. The moment a migrant reaches the coast and they jump in a boat, that's already too late.” – Dr. Persi Giacomo, Research Leader on Defence, Security and Infrastructure at think tank Rand Europe. Read more here.

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

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