Migration in the News | 4 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IPS traveled to the border region between Bangladesh and Myanmar to speak with Rohingya refugees, humanitarian workers and officials about the still-unfolding human rights and health crises facing this long-marginalized and persecuted community.

  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the Royal Thai Government has donated $200,000 for the Rohingya refugees who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for safety in Bangladesh. The donation will support IOM and WFP in providing life-saving assistance and protection to the most vulnerable refugees and the host community of Cox’s Bazar.
  • EU Observer reported that for 2017 up to the end of January 2018, a total 20,000 migrants stuck in Libya will have been returned to their home countries, according to IOM.
  • The Slovak Spectator reported that IOM in Slovakia will this year re-open Open Slovak Language Courses for Foreigners from countries outside the European Union.
  • HR Asia reported that labour migration can lead to long-term improvements in the lives of migrant workers if their labour rights are protected and they are given opportunities for skills development, say ILO and IOM in a new study.
  • The Local reported that an activist group and the brother of an Algerian man who died in a Spanish jail used as a migrant centre called Tuesday for an independent probe into his apparent suicide after allegations of police brutality. It cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • CBC’s The Sunday Edition spoke with UN special rapporteur on human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, about why he believes resisting migration is an impossible goal.
  • CNN reported about a new photography exhibition in New York entitled "The Immigrants," which hopes to remind us that immigration has always been part of the human experience.

Quote of the day

“Over 40 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). They and the thousands of migrants caught in crises around the globe are our priority. Our hope is 2018 will bring them relief.”  – Mohammed Abdiker, IOM Director of Operations and Emergencies.

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


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