Migration in the News | 4 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters and Xinhua reported that France, Germany and the EU executive promised Italy more support in handling the influx of migrants arriving by boat from Africa. The plan of action drawn up by the interior ministers also calls for the UNHCR and IOM to make sure asylum seeker camps in Libya "meet international standards in terms of living conditions and human rights."
  • New York Times published an Op-Ed which noted that the conditions in Africa that send people across the Sahara and into the chaos of Libya are only getting worse. It quoted IOM’s Federico Soda.
  • Voice of America reported that UNHCR is calling on the UN sanctions committee to extend international sanctions on the sale of weapons to Libya to include financial and travel bans on human smugglers and traffickers responsible for gross violations against refugees and migrants. It cited IOM figures.
  • UNICEF shared the story of Ousmane who left his home in Guinea to try his luck with the desert crossing to Libya with dreams of getting to Italy by boat. Along the way, he faced hunger, beatings, and bandits. Now he is back in Guinea with help from IOM.
  • Reuters reported that tens of thousands of migrant workers, most of them from Myanmar, have fled from Thailand in fear after new labor regulations adopted by the military government. It cited IOM.
  • Phnom Penh Post reported that the Cambodian government closed all unofficial border checkpoints in Banteay Meanchey and Battambang in an apparent response to Thailand’s laws imposing stricter punishments on migrant workers. It quoted IOM’s Troy Dooley.

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  • Reuters reported that Algeria plans to grant residency rights and job permits to irregular African migrants, responding to a shortage of workers in farming and construction while also seeking to combat a surge in racist sentiment.

Quote of the day

“A welcoming attitude and humane assistance to all arriving migrants regardless of their legal status is the best, and only way, to start a mutually beneficial process.” –  Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director. Read more here.

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

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