Migration in the News | 4 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • NBC reported that two years since a photo of lifeless Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi captured the world's attention, the migration crisis has shifted to the other side of the Mediterranean Sea with most migrants attempting to reach Europe journey from North Africa to Italy. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • AFP reported that Gambian migrants who suffered horrific abuses on their journey through the Sahara desert have formed a group to agitate for job creation from the new government and to dampen expectations among their peers that a life in Europe is within easy reach. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that over 40,000 Syrian refugees living in Turkey have taken advantage of a rare chance to return to their war-torn homeland to celebrate Eid Al Adha. It cited IOM figures.
  • IPS reported that Latin America and the Caribbean called for the free movement of persons to be included in the Global Compact on Migration. It quoted IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson and IOM’s Regional Director for South America, Diego Beltrand.
  • The Guardian reported that traditional west African ‘healers’ and Sicilian psychiatrists are struggling to help free Nigerian women forced into prostitution because of ‘juju curse’. It cited IOM.
  • The Philippines’ Journal Online reported that Philippines Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III called on all sectors to work together for the productive reintegration of Overseas Filipino Workers during a summit co-spearheaded by IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported about the One Day Without Us event which aims to counter increasing xenophobia since the Brexit vote and emphasise the variety of work undertaken by migrants in the UK.
  • BBC shared the story of Rozhin, a Syrian refugee who runs a beauty salon and gown-hire shop at a camp north of Mosul.

Quote of the day

“Immigrants, regularised or not, should have the same rights as all citizens. Irregular migration aggravates the vulnerability of workers to exploitation by unscrupulous hands that benefit from this situation.” – Valter Bittencourt, head of the Network of Migrant Workers of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA). Read more here.

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

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