Migration in the News | 31 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • CNN, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, AFP,  RFA, AP, Bangladesh’s The Independent all reported that an estimated 18,500 people have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since the latest outbreak of violence on 25 August. Thousands more are still trapped in no-man’s land between the two countries according to IOM. They quoted IOM’s Shanjukta Sahany, Peppi Siddiq and Chris Lom.

Trending on the Internet

  • ICRC reported that for migrants fleeing violence or seeking better economic opportunities, the Evros River is a perilous crossing that has claimed many victims trying to enter Greece.
  • AFP reported that hundreds of migrants are sleeping near a Brussels train station, sparking fears in the EU capital of a new 'Jungle', similar to the dismantled camp in Calais.

Quote of the day

“Most of the civilians crossing the border are women, children and the elderly. I appeal to Bangladesh, which already hosts an estimated 400,000 Undocumented Myanmar Nationals, to continue to admit desperate people fleeing the violence.” –  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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

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