Migration in the News | 5 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights


  • United Nations and Just Earth News reported that UN agencies are calling for urgent aid to help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Cyclone Mora, which swept across the Bay of Bengal earlier this week. They mentioned the launch of IOM’s appeal to help Rohingya migrants in Bangladesh.
  • AFP reported that torrential rains and wind destroyed 1,000 makeshift homes in northeast Nigeria over the weekend, aggravating conditions for the thousands of people displaced by Boko Haram violence. It quoted IOM’s Henry Kwenin.
  • AP reported that the disabled and older people find themselves at much greater risk of starvation or abuse, according to Human Rights Watch. It spoke with Nyang Maria, a South Sudanese woman who’s unable to use her legs. IOM gave her a special-needs tricycle.
  • AFP reported that Spanish coast guards rescued more than 170 migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe from northern Africa in four separate boats. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Guardian reported that far-right activists are planning a sea campaign this summer to disrupt vessels saving refugees in the Mediterranean, after successfully intercepting a rescue mission last month. It cited IOM figures.
  • Nigeria’s The Guardian reported that although no fewer than 1, 594 irregular migrants from Nigeria have so far returned from Libya from January through May this year, many more are still stranded outside the country, quoting IOM’s  Dr. Nahashon Thuo.
  • Indo Asian News Service reported that Greek police on Friday started the evacuation of an improvised refugee and migrant camp located in an old airport here. IOM arranged a nine-bus convoy to carry out the evacuation.
Trending on the Internet​​​​​​​
  • News Deeply published an Op-Ed which argues that economists’ warnings that migration will undermine European welfare states are based on the same mistaken assumptions common to the anti-immigrant movements roiling the continent.
  • A CEPS publication explores ways in which responsibility for refugees can be fairly distributed, globally and within the EU and how irregular migration can be curbed while expanding legal immigration to the benefit of all concerned.

Quote of the day

“The World Environment Day is a reminder of the interconnectedness between humans, mobility and environment. If we care for nature, we care for people and we care for migrants and their communities.” – Laura Thompson, UN Migration Agency (IOM) Deputy Director General


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


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