Migration in the News | 3 March 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Los Angeles Times reported that as Iraqi security forces breach IS-held neighborhoods in western Mosul, thousands of residents have seized the chance to escape in the ensuing chaos. It quoted IOM’s Hala Jaber.
  • Rudaw reported that the first influx of approximately 2,000 people displaced by fighting in west Mosul arrived in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region on Thursday. It cited IOM figures.
  • Malijet reported that a group of 163 stranded Malian migrants flew home from Libya yesterday aboard an IOM charter flight.
  • Reuters reported that the European Commission wants EU states to detain more migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected to prevent them from absconding. The Commission will also increase funding for IOM voluntary returns from Libya.
  • NewEurope reported on progress achieved by the migration partnership framework along the central Mediterranean migrant route from West and North Africa to Italy.
  • El Heraldo reported on a USAID-funded IOM project that helps set up small shops for victims of armed conflict in Colombia as part of a reintegration programme. It quoted IOM’s Mauricio Lopez.
  • Asia-Plus reported that Tajikistan government officials and civil society representatives attended a forum on combatting human trafficking organized by USAID and IOM. It quoted IOM’s Dragan Aleksoski.
  • Dawn reported on the emptying of Pakistan’s refugee camps as growing numbers of Afghans are sent back to Afghanistan in the wake of terror attacks. It cited IOM figures.

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  • Financial Times reported that London’s 1.8 million migrant workers each contribute GBP 46,000 (USD 56,000) to the city’s economy every year.

Quote of the day

"We are all migrants. Most of us have migrated some distance in our lifetime. But all of us have migrated through time." - British-Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid. More here.

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