Migration in the News | 5 March 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least 11 people, including two IOM staff, in an attack on a military barracks in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno state late on Thursday. It quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker.

  • Nigeria’s This Day reported that the UN at the weekend demanded for the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of the attack Thursday night on Rann town in Borno State, which killed aid workers from IOM and security operatives. Nigeria’s The Herald also reported that IOM and UNICEF have deplored the attack. Both quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker.
  • Nigeria’s The Guardian reported that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has described the attack on humanitarian workers in Rann, Borno State, as utterly despicable, saying it shows Boko Haram insurgents as Godless and brutish.
  • AFP reported that humanitarian work has been suspended until next weekend in a remote town in northeast Nigeria after a Boko Haram attack killed three aid workers, including two IOM staff, the UN said on Saturday.
  • IPS reported that the human costs of the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are borne disproportionately by women and children, whose homes have been pillaged and burned, who are not in school and thus vulnerable to soldier recruitment, and who have now been left with almost nothing. It quoted IOM’s Jean-Claude Bashirahishize.
  • AFP reported that at least 49 people were killed in a fresh outbreak of ethnic violence overnight in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's troubled Ituri province. It cited IOM figures.
  • Asharq Al-Awsat spoke with IOM Director General William Lacy Swing who noted that around 3,000 migrants were lost in the Mediterranean last year, while about 21,000 were rescued and nearly 120,000 have crossed the Mediterranean into Italy.
  • Washington Post reported that thousands of Venezuelans are pouring out of their nation in one of the biggest migration crises in Latin American history, causing growing alarm in the region and prompting neighboring countries to rush thousands of soldiers to the border. It cited IOM figures.
  • IPS reported that migrants from Bangladesh are on nearly on every corner in the center of Rome. According to IOM, the stabilization of the Bangladeshi population is ongoing and as of 2016, nearly 54 percent of the 142,403 Bangladeshi migrants in the country hold EU long term residence permits.
  • Ghana Nation reported that some Ghanaian female migrants allegedly suffering maltreatment and sexual exploitation in Jordan are calling on the Ghanaian government to assist them return home. IOM recently raised concern about the increasing reports of Ghanaian female migrants being abused in the Middle East.
  • eNCA reported that IOM and the United States have praised the Zimbabwean government’s efforts in dealing with human trafficking and migration.
  • Papua New Guinea’s Post Courier reported that its Immigration and Citizenship Authority Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha has met with Thai Immigration Police, IOM and border management system vendors in Bangkok, Thailand this week to explore further efforts to modernise and strengthen PNGs borders.

Trending on the Internet

  • A Reuters reporter and photographer traveled with a group of migrants as they fled Venezuela. On a bus ride through five South American countries, the Venezuelans dreamed of a better life ahead – but couldn’t forget the broken land they had left behind.
  • AFP reported about France’s first official reception centre for migrants which serves as an example of mobility and versatility.

Quote of the day

“The current humanitarian tragedy of migrants and related political tensions is not linked to current population movements but to our failure to respond to them and to assume our collective responsibility.” – Nils Melzer, UN special rapporteur on torture. Read more here.

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

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