Migration in the News | 4 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Balkan Insight reported that while the number of refugees in Bulgaria has fallen significantly, some refugee children still have little or no access to adequate care. It spoke with IOM’s Teodora Nikolova.
  • Caj News reported that Libya has returned more than 100 Ghanaians arrested for attempting to irregularly cross to Europe via the North African country. It quoted IOM’s Anita Wadud.

  • Time reported that Italy's parliament voted to allow a limited naval mission to support Libya's coastguard in a bid to curb human traffickers. It cited IOM figures.

  • New Europe reported that according to Human Rights Watch, Italy’s deployment of navy ships to assist Libyan authorities intercept migrant boats in Libyan waters could implicate Italy in human rights abuses against migrants subsequently detained in Libya. It cited IOM figures.

  • Al Jazeera reported that South Sudan's refugee crisis is the fastest-growing in the world and humanitarian organisations are warning it is worsening because more people are fleeing conflict. 

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian shared a viral film of a young Syrian woman who filmed her journey from the ruins of Kobane in Syria to Austria. Her footage shows what many refugees face on their perilous journey to Europe.

Quote of the day

“We should not focus efforts on trying to ‘stop’ migration, but rather on creating conditions in which migration is a choice and not a necessity… takes place through regular channels, and … acts as a catalyst for development." Jo Rispoli, IOM Senior Regional Specialist on Labour Mobility and Human Development. Read more here.

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

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