Migration in the News | 28 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN Radio spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing who noted that changing the "toxic narrative" about migration is crucial as the international community negotiates the first ever global agreement on human mobility.
  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer and Dhaka Tribune reported that at least 19,279 Rohingyas have been registered in 30 booths set up near different camps in Cox's Bazar. IOM and Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) have identified symptoms of severe acute malnutrition in 759 Rohingya children under the age of five.
  • HuffPost UK found a number of Facebook pages advertising the Central Mediterranean smuggling route from Libya to Italy used by nearly 90,000 migrants in 2017. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • Bernama reported that the United States has urged the Sudanese government to launch a transparent investigation into recent clashes in Kalma camp for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Darfur region. According to WFP and IOM, Kalma camp is the biggest IDP camp in Darfur.
  • All Africa reported that a landmark new estimate of the number of people around the world trapped in modern slavery could galvanise a global drive to end the international crime by 2030, experts said. It cited IOM, ILO and Walk Free’s report.
  • All Africa reported that thousands of Burundian refugees remain in Tanzania as international migration agencies battle to raise funds to enable their return home. It quoted IOM’s Dr. Qasim Sufi.
  • 24.kg reported that the number of citizens of Kyrgyzstan, who received permission to work in Turkey, sharply increased in 2017. This was stated by the head of the Turkish Migration Service Sezilimiz Ramazan at the fourth meeting of senior officials of the Almaty Process at which IOM is participating.

Trending on the Internet

  • DW reported that the entry of the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) in the Bundestag (German parliament) has shocked many Germans and also unsettled Muslim migrants in Germany.
  • Al Jazeera reported that trained nurses have come to aid of 24,000 pregnant and lactating Rohingya women staying in Bangladesh's refugee camps.

Quote of the day

“As more and more people continue to be on the move, key discussions are also focusing on ways to ensure that their human rights are protected throughout their migratory cycle.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. More here.

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

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