Migration in the News | 30 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Voice of America and Middle East Monitor reported that no migrants have died while crossing the Mediterranean Sea over the past 20 days, according to IOM. They quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • IISD reported that while climate change is threatening to displace more and more people in the absence of mitigation actions, enacting policies and strategies that help manage potential increased migration flows more effectively is essential. It cited an IOM publication.
  • News Deeply reported that as the number of migrants crossing the western Mediterranean accelerated this year, so did the alarmist headlines. Coventry University’s Simon McMahon puts the numbers in context and says there is little evidence yet that migrant routes are shifting from Italy to Spain. It cited IOM reports.
  • Rudaw reported that with international aid organizations warning of a need for psychological services, a displaced man from Mosul has strangled himself to death at a refugee camp in Hassan Sham in the Kurdistan Region. It quoted IOM’s Thomas Lothar Weiss.
  • Indonesia’s Tribrata News reported that the Indonesian Police in Palembang, South Sumatra held a two-day workshop with the support of IOM last week. The workshop sought to improve the operations of the Air and Water Police Corps to ensure the maritime security in the region.

Trending on the Internet

  • Times of Israel reported that the High Court of Justice on Monday allowed Israel to continue deporting irregular migrants to an unnamed third country, but said the government cannot jail those who refuse to go for more than 60 days.
  • Voice of America reported that Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines to save lives.

Quote of the day

“We must all act together – from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya – to be efficient. It’s a challenge as much for the EU as for the African Union.” – French President Emmanuel Macron. Read more here.

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

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