Migration in the News | 28 May 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that more than 100 East African migrants escaped from smugglers holding them captive near the Libyan town of Bani Walid earlier this week, with some of them wounded and reportedly killed in the process. The report referenced IOM.

  • Al Jazeera, Reuters and AFP reported that Spanish authorities have rescued more than 500 people attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to reach Europe. The reports cited IOM figures.
  • Project Syndicate published an op-ed which noted governments around the world are engaged in a series of talks that could fundamentally alter how the movement of people across borders is managed. Most significantly, it would commit signatories to protecting ‘those displaced by natural disasters and climate change.’ The report referenced IOM.
  • Dhaka Tribune joined a family, one of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who arrived in the Balukhali in Bangladesh, to see how they are living their lives in a refugee camp. IOM, along with a number of international NGOs and UNHCR are involved in improving the camps.
  • AFP reported that a baby boy named Miracle was born on board a ship in the Mediterranean after his migrant mother was rescued trying to make the crossing from Libya. The report cited IOM.
  • Cyprus News Agency reported that ten families of Syrian refugees, from Lebanon and Jordan, are expected to be resettled in Cyprus within 2018, according to an agreement between the Republic of Cyprus and IOM. The report quoted IOM’s Natasa Xenophontos-Koudouna.
  • UAE’s The National reported that the Syrian regime has a new law which allows the Syrian government to seize lands from private citizens for ‘development projects’. However, those Syrians who are displaced, in opposition-held territories or who are refugees have no way of going to claim their properties and rights, a danger that host countries and organizations like IOM and UNHCR must counter.
  • Awoko reported that IOM together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and its partners held a one-day national consultation dialogue on the Global Compact on Migration for Sierra Leone.
  • Guyana Times reported about the causes of the high level of emigration, and by extension a great degree of ‘brain drain’ in Guyana. The report cited IOM.
  • Sri Lanka’s The Island reported that Sri Lanka’s Health Minister has reiterated the government’s commitment to continue providing the long-standing free health care delivery system. The report noted that the government recently entered into a partnership with IOM which will establish a Health Assessment Programme for inbound long-stay visa applicants.
  • Herald Net reported about the late Paul Bochan, an immigrant who was a US Army veteran who served during the Korean War. A native of Poland, in World War II, he survived a concentration camp. His wife, Jean Bochan wrote a book about his life. There’s a photocopy of a USD 1,166 check in Jean’s book. It’s made out to Paul Bochan, ordered by IOM, as part of ‘German Forced Labour Compensation’.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported a Dutch artist rescued migrant ships in Lampedusa, turned them into canal boats and employed refugees to run tours.
  • AFP reported that a young Malian man was hailed a hero on Sunday after he sprang into action to save a four-year-old child hanging from a fourth-floor balcony in Paris by single-handedly scaling the facade of the building and hauling the youngster to safety.
  • Al Jazeera reported that a spate of far-right attacks targeting refugees, migrants, anti-fascists and others has aroused concern in Greece.

Quote of the day

“The causes and consequences of climate change demand close attention. Displaced people must be able to get on with their lives in dignity." –  Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General-designate of Amnesty International. Read more here.

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


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