Migration in the News | 28 February 2018
Media Monitoring Highlights
Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that aid agencies are reinforcing shelters, moving latrines and providing search and rescue training in the world's biggest refugee settlement in Bangladesh before monsoon rains strike in April, bringing deadly landslides and floods. It quoted IOM’s Fiona MacGregor.
- Xinhua, UN News and Radio Canada International reported that with the wet season approaching in Bangladesh, UN relief agencies are preparing to strengthen vital infrastructure and boost resilience among Rohingya refugees living in shelters as well as local communities hosting them. IOM’s Manuel Marques Pereira is quoted.
- Arab News reported that during the first International Humanitarian Forum, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed two agreements with IOM worth $2.3 million to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and $1.1 million to help Syrian refugees in Greece.
- The New York Times reported from Gujrat, Pakistan where some of the 90 migrants who drowned earlier this month when a smuggler’s boat carrying them from Libya to Italy capsized, came from. It cited IOM figures.
- OZY reported on the challenges Zambia faces in taking in thousands of Congolese refugees. It noted that aid agencies such as IOM are securing more land, tents and other logistics to accommodate incoming refugees.
- Xinhua reported that African countries should harness market-based initiatives supported by the local private sector to bridge a yawning water and sanitation access gap in the continent. It quoted IOM’s Alberto Ibanez Llario.
- Sudan’s Radio Dabanga reported that African intelligence agencies have announced a cooperation plan with the African Union and the UN to curb illegal immigration. It cited IOM estimates.
- ONU Italia reported that representatives of Catholic specialized agencies from every region of the world will meet next week in Rome to debate how best to serve migrants and refugees today and in the coming years. IOM will be represented by Michele Klein Solomon.
Trending on the Internet
- Rolling Stone reported that extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes across the US, last year.
- Euronews’ Living It featured the story of a former homeless migrant, Lebanese chef Alan Geaam, who lived on the streets of Paris and who today works in his own Michelin starred restaurant.
Quote of the day
“Most people don't realize how much climate affects everything, from their property values to how hard people work.” – Solomon Hsiang, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more here.
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