Migration in the News | 31 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Kathmandu Post, United News of Bangladesh and Dhaka Tribune ran an Op-Ed by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing for World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The Bangkok Post and Jakarta Post also published Op-Eds by IOM's Dana Ladek Graber and Fitriana Nur respectively to mark the event.
  • RFI reported that up to 80 per cent of the Nigerian migrant women and girls who arrive in Europe via Italy could be sex trafficking victims, according to IOM. It spoke with IOM’s Federico Soda.
  • The Guardian reported that more than 200 years since it was abolished, slavery is rife all over the world. It spoke to people who have escaped. It cited IOM figures.
  • IPS reported that millions of humans are forced to flee armed conflicts, climate change, inequalities, and extreme poverty and fall easy prey to traffickers who lure/force them into sexual exploitation, forced labour and even selling their skin and organs. It referenced IOM.
  • Voice of America reported that the migrant route from Mexico to the United States has become deadlier since the Trump administration's tougher immigration policy came into force, IOM said. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • New York Times reported that in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, soccer has become a joyful escape from painful realities. It cited IOM.
  • Outlook Afghanistan reported that Refugee and Repatriation Minister Syed Hussain Alami Balkhi said an honorable and dignified return of Afghan refugees from their host countries was a top priority of the ministry. It mentioned IOM’s support to the refugees.
  • Zambia’s Daily Mail reported that Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) is to conduct research which will help demystify the negative social norms some African countries have about immigrants. It quoted IOM’s Charles Kwenin.
  • South China Morning Post reported that a Pakistani man claiming he was deprived of food and forced to work as a “slave husband” after he migrated to Hong Kong is speaking out to prevent others from living through his heartbreaking story. It quoted IOM’s Nurul Qoiriah.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC spoke to an Afghan asylum seeker about being deported to Croatia under a new European Court of Justice ruling.
  • Al Jazeera reported that local authorities in Mongolia are scrambling to find ways to stop young people from leaving small towns for the capital. Ulaanbaatar is struggling to cope with the influx of people, even as the mayor banned urban migration.

Quote of the day

“We do not know the exact number of victims of trafficking, but we do know it’s far too many." - 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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