Media Monitoring Highlights
- UNSOM reported that 106 Somali refugees fleeing conflict in Yemen arrived in Mogadishu, Somalia. IOM facilitated their return with the support of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre and UNHCR.
- AFP reported that terrible conditions in Libya are driving a surge in the numbers of migrants attempting to reach Italy in the depths of winter. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
- Prensa Latina reported that 94 migrants trying to cross from Turkey to Greece were intercepted by the Turkish coastguard in the Aegean off Izmir. IOM fed the group before they were transferred to Izmir’s Provincial Directorate of Migration.
- Canadian Press reported that Canada has announced C$ 52 million in funding for aid agencies working with refugees in Iraq to cover health care, water and sanitation, and psychosocial support. It quoted an IOM nurse – Azad Murad.
- El Pais reported on a documentary – Casa en Tierra Ajena – which looks at forced migration from Central America to the United States. It cited IOM data.
- Papua New Guinea’s EMTV reported that refugees on Manus island will be involved in community development projects under a program called Community-Based Planning Project through Refugee Settlement and Integration. IOM and PNG’s Immigration and Citizenship Services Authority are supporting the initiative.
- The Times of Central Asia reported a handover of counter-trafficking manuals and equipment to the Uzbek government. The manuals were jointly developed by USAID and IOM.
Trending on the Internet
- BBC reported that according to UNICEF, 26,000 children crossed the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy in 2016. The broadcaster described Libya as “an epicenter for migrant child abuse.”
Quote of the day
"Whether they're migrants or refugees, let's treat them like children. It's a reflection of our humanity, our values, how we respond to this crisis." – UNICEF’s Justin Forsyth on child migrants crossing the Mediterranean. Read more here.
For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrvals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int