Migration in the News | 29 March 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News Centre reported that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein deplored the massive loss of civilian lives in Mosul, Iraq in recent days. It cited IOM.
  • New Deeply reported from Djibouti after the attack that killed 42 Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen, on the desperate choices faced by refugees who fled to Yemen and now find themselves in the middle of another conflict.  It quoted IOM’s Nada Mahmoud.
  • AP reported that the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as proposed foreign aid cuts threaten to pull the United States from its role as the world’s top emergency donor. It quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker.
  • IRIN reported on the initiatives of the Gambian government under its newly elected president to positively reduce migration to Europe. It quoted IOM’s Michele Bombassei.
  • Caritas reported that its regional representatives met in Rome to develop a policy position paper on migration – protection, integration, returnees, deportation and human trafficking. It quoted IOM’s Federico Soda.


Trending on the Internet

  • Voice of America reviewed "Migration Blues", a new album from veteran bluesman Eric Bibb, that uses the sounds of the American South to tell the tale of everyone from 1920s farmers fleeing the Dust Bowl for California to refugees crossing the Mediterranean to Europe in the 2010s.

Quote of the day

"Time is of the essence. We risk seeing further tragedies in the Mediterranean, so we must act and act quickly." – Carmelo Abela, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security of Malta. Read more here.

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


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