Migration in the News | 3 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights


  • Voice of America reported that Rohingya women who say they fled mistreatment by the military in Myanmar have told tales of horror that leading human rights groups have documented. It quoted IOM’s Fiona MacGregor.

  • The National published a report by IOM’s Fiona MacGregor on the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees.
  • New Strait Times published an op-ed that calls to raise global awareness of the citizenship rights and basic human rights of the Rohingya. It referenced IOM.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that some 500 more Rohingyas have arrived in Bangladesh over the last few days, bringing the total number of refugees to 655,500, IOM said.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM has repatriated more than 19,000 irregular migrants from Libya in 2017. It quoted IOM’s Juma Ben-Hassan.
  • AFP reported that the year 2017 marked what Italian authorities hope was a turning point in the nation’s struggle to manage a chaotic and deadly rush of migrants to its shores. Italy also sought the processing of migrants on-site, in cooperation with UNHCR and IOM, with a programme of repatriating economic migrants and transferring vulnerable people.
  • Reuters reported that migrant arrivals to Italy by sea fell by a third in 2017 compared to a year earlier, the Interior Ministry said, as Libyan authorities helped to slow departures during the second half of the year. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Xinhua reported that many Gambian youth have begun to realize that with good self-initiated projects they can lead a fulfilling life on their home soil without embarking on perilous Mediterranean journeys to Europe. Some were repatriated with IOM’s help.
  • Euro News reported that more than one hundred irregular migrants from Gambia have been sent home from Libya by the UN's migration agency under IOM’s voluntary return programme.
  • The Local reported that new data has revealed that a total of 481 people drowned at Spanish swimming spots during the whole of 2017, a rise of ten percent on the year before. It also cited IOM figures.
  • Newsweek reported that dozens of Nigerian migrants freed from Libya are now returning home and have recounted abuses suffered at the hands of traffickers, jailers and bosses who bought them or rented them as slaves. The migrants, returning home via Benin, where they have been taken by IOM, said that the town of Gharyan had become a hub for indentured servitude.
  • The Manila Bulletin reported that of the nearly $3 billion remitted by overseas Filipino workers in 2017, a big slice was contributed by the 2.5 million Filipino women working abroad, mostly in the Middle East. Thousands were victims of human smuggling and were repatriated back home through the help of good Samaritans, the Department of Foreign Affairs and IOM.
  • Voice of America shared the stories of some of the hundreds of migrants who came back to Sierra Leone last year. IOM assisted them on their return.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that researchers plotted temperature rises against the number of asylum applications and are predicting that as the southern hemisphere heats up, the number of people migrating to the EU each year will triple.
  • The Economist published an article by Michael Clemens, an economist at the Centre for Global Development who noted that free movement would make the world $78 trillion richer.

Quote of the day

“One thing we identified as a particular risk in the camps here is trafficking(...) we're hearing about traffickers approaching Rohingya women and tricking them.” – Fiona MacGregor, IOM Communications Officer.

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


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