Migration in the News | 6 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that IOM’s Leonard Doyle called on Facebook to police its site and its WhatsApp messaging subsidiary for use by abusive human smugglers.

  • AFP reported that European law enforcement officials say they are tracking at least 65,000 migrant smugglers. The report quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.
  • Radio Free Asia reported that the voluntary relocation of about 100,000 Rohingya refugees from crowded camps in southeastern Bangladesh to a recently formed sedimentary island at the mouth of the Meghna River could start by June. The report referenced a joint report by UNHCR and IOM.
  • Naija 247 News reported that the Nigerian Government has relocated 3,000 internally displaced people of Bama origin in Borno to their hometown, according to IOM.
  • Mercados y Tendencias (Spanish) reported that IOM launched MigrantApp, a mobile application in Costa Rica which gives migrants the opportunity to make informed decisions about regular migratory options.

Trending on the Internet

  • Voices on Central Asia featured the work of photographer and reporter Iris Oppelaar who followed Central Asian labour migrants from their hometowns in remote areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan through their journeys to Russia.
  • Daily Mail reported that experts from the Pew Research Center in Washington DC used UN figures to depict the movement of people in a new interactive map.

Quote of the day

"They [Facebook] have turbocharged the access to smugglers." – Leonard Doyle, IOM Head of Media and Communications Division. Read more here.

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

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