Migration in the News | 30 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that helpless parents in Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state are marrying off their under-age daughters in a bid to save them from being assaulted, resulting in thousands of minor Rohingya girls falling pregnant. It referenced IOM reports.
  • Reuters reported that children are playing and drawing their trauma at child-friendly spaces in refugee camps in Bangladesh. It cited IOM figures.
  • Parliament TV reported that IOM’s Peter Van der Auweraert spoke to the International Relations Committee of the United Kingdom’s House of Lords, about the current situation regarding trafficking in human beings, smuggling of migrants and irregular migration in the Western Balkans.
  • Norwegian Refugee Council reported that as the Iraqi Government announced military operations to retake the last stronghold of ISIS, IOM has recorded that almost 65,000 people have fled Western Anbar already this year. Another 75,000 remain in western Anbar, according to the UN.
  • Xinhua reported that over 2,000 foreign nationals have returned to their countries from Greece with the support of IOM, which assisted with the voluntary return and reintegration programs.
  • Cronkite News reported that each year, the Pima County Medical Examiner in the US state of Arizona receives hundreds of remains from the Sonoran Desert believed to be undocumented border crossers. Since 2001, the office has received 2,728 bodies, with nearly one third still unidentified. It cited an IOM report.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reported about Nagapattinam, a district in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state, which has become nearly uninhabitable due to hotter temperatures which could rise another five degrees by the late 21st century.
  • Council of Europe reported that ending restrictions on family reunification is good for refugees and good for host societies.

Quote of the day

“Cities that are inclusive are able to solicit active engagement from all communities, and over time can create a greater sense of belonging among migrants…” – Alice Charles and Dilip Guna, World Economic Forum. Read more here.

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


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