Migration in the News | 5 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Bangkok Post reported that migrant labour offers economic benefits for host countries and workers' home countries alike but in the Asean region, difficulties experienced by workers are too often neglected. It quoted IOM’s Nissara Spence.
  • AFP reported that Doctors of the World Spain called for an independent enquiry into the suspected deaths of seven African women in the waters between Morocco and Spain. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sputnik looked at the plight of refugees living in temporary shelters scattered across Libya after more than five years after the start of the civil war. A Libyan official said that the government was coordinating its work with the EU, Italy and international organizations, including IOM, that are working at migrant centers.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported on the Moradis, a family from Iran, who are among the potentially thousands of refugees left in limbo after the US travel ban took effect in June.
  • The Phnom Penh Post reported that a Cambodian woman was arrested and sent to pre-trial detention yesterday for allegedly trafficking more than 20 Cambodian nationals to Malaysia to be domestic workers. Separately, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said it repatriated three undocumented Cambodians from Malaysia with IOM’s support.

Trending on the Internet

  • Voice of America reported that a group in Italy is training migrants mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, as beekeepers, then pairing them with honey producers who need employees
  • Washington Post shared the story of Leyla, a transgender woman who escaped her native land at the Russian republic of Chechnya and found asylum in the United States.

Quote of the day

"The contribution of migrants in general to their host countries is one thing, but to their home economies, it is quite substantial." – Robin Ramcharan, executive director of the Asia Centre. Read more here.

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

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