Migration in the News | 30 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Australia’s ABC reported that Myanmar should allow an independent investigation into human rights abuses against Muslims before beginning to repatriate Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says. The report also noted that Australia announced it would give an extra $15 million in aid to the Rohingya crisis to support aid works of WFP, IOM and UNHCR.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age and UN News reported that IOM has warned that the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar are going to face an ‘imminent threat’ unless urgent funding is secured ahead of the upcoming monsoon and cyclone season. The report quoted IOM’s John McCue.
  • Al Jazeera reported that a UN Security Council delegation is visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The team will then travel to Myanmar's Rakhine State from which around 700,000 Rohingya fled a military crackdown last year. The report quoted IOM’s Fiona MacGregor.
  • The Kathmandu Post, BBC, The Himalayan Times, Xinhua, and The Kathmandu Post published some findings from a report on labour migration by Nepal’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, jointly prepared with IOM, ILO and The Asia Foundation. IOM’s Paul Norton was quoted.
  • Reuters reported that conditions for migrants already suffering severe abuse in Libya have deteriorated further since a European-backed push to stop boat departures led to a sharp drop in the number of crossings to Italy. Since the clashes in Sabratha last September many migrants who were held in government-run detention centers have been repatriated by IOM, or through bilateral flights.
  • The Irish Times reported that Bosnia and international organisations are calling for urgent action to manage a surge in the number of migrants arriving in the country, which people smugglers are now using to bypass tighter borders along the Balkan route to the European Union. The report quoted IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert.
  • Ghana Web reported that Ghanaian artist and Goodwill Ambassador on Safe Migration, Kofi Kinaata has launched his ‘No Place Like Home’ music video under the auspices of IOM Ghana. The report quoted IOM’s Sylvia Lopez-Ekra.
  • Rudaw, Devdiscourse, Elaph and Alghad Press reported that Germany, a popular destination for Iraqi migrants, is deepening its cooperation with IOM and the Iraqi government to reintegrate those who moved to European states back into their home communities. The reports quoted IOM’s Gerard Waite.
  • Xinhua reported that the Ethiopian government said on Friday 100 of its nationals were repatriated from Yemen with the help of the Ethiopian Embassy in Djibouti and IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh made emotional pleas to the UN Security Council on Sunday for help to return safely to their homes in neighboring Myanmar and for justice over the reason they fled – accusations of killings, rapes and arson.
  • BBC reported about Professor Pavlos Pavildis, a forensic scientist who has made it the focus of his work for the last 20 years to identify migrants who are found dead in the Evros River.
  • The Local reported that Berlin will be the first German city to hold an African Literature Festival from April 26th-28th, highlighting many of the problems faced by African immigrants in Germany and abroad.

Quote of the day

“Climate action is a life-or-death issue. We need greater ambition to tackle climate change.” – António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations. His tweet here.                                              

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