Migration in the News | 31 May 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that Cyclone Mora battered Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing five people, damaging thousands of homes and ripping through a refugee camp for those who had fled violence in Myanmar. Just Earth News and Xinhua, in a similar report, mentioned that IOM deployed three rapid assessment teams to the most affected districts, where 177 people died and 109 remain missing.
  • AFP reported that IOM and UNHCR had launched a USD 75.5 million appeal to tackle a swelling humanitarian and migration crisis in Libya. The funds will go toward providing essential services for displaced people, refugees and asylum-seekers.
  • Xinhua reported that a total of 69,574 migrants and refugees have crossed the Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe this year, down from almost 200,000 over the same period in 2016, according to IOM figures.
  • Huffington Post reported about GatherIQ which puts analytics in the public’s hands to address world problems. One of the first projects the mobile app will address involves global migration using data from the IOM’s Missing Migrants Project. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • AFP reported that some African migrants travel thousands of kilometres across west Africa to get to the southeast Nigerian city of Calabar where they take small boats to a closer and less risky promised land: rich oil-producing African countries.
  • Montsame News Agency reported on a meeting between Mongolia’s Health Minister and IOM’s Dr. Nenette Motus. Both parties agreed to focus on the health conditions of foreigners in Mongolia as well as Mongolians residing overseas, especially irregular migrants, by studying possibilities for providing health care service and cooperating with relevant ministries.
  • Times of India reported that more than 80,000 foreign employers have registered with e-migrate, the portal of India’s Ministry of External Affairs, to recruit workers from India. It quoted IOM.
  • Charlotte Magazine shared the story of a Syrian refugee family who, after four years of tests and screenings and near-death experiences, was approved to move to the United States. But they were stranded at the airport in January while a network of refugees in Charlotte, North Carolina anxiously awaited their arrival. They’ve gone through a series of interviews including with IOM.

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  • Refugee Council listed the top 20 facts about refugees and asylum seekers based on the latest report published on UK migration statistics.

Quote of the day

“People have died, in the sea. People are dying. And they shouldn’t have died. I mean, that calls for sorrow, doesn’t it? I think most human beings feel sorrow. But sometimes they get so bombarded with stuff coming over television, they don’t know what to think.” –  Vanessa Redgrave, English actress and political activist. Read more here.

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

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