Migration in the News | 6 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Voice of America reported that the possible ending of a United States humanitarian program that has protected nearly 60,000 Haitians from deportation since the 2010 earthquake will mean a surge of child servants. It quoted IOM’s  Mariana Rendon.
  • AFPreported that seven migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have been found dead in an abandoned refrigerator truck near the Libyan capital. It cited IOM figures. 
  • Dhaka Tribunereported that despite a halt in the crackdown on them by security forces in Myanmar, Rohingyas are still fleeing their homes and crossing over to Bangladesh, fearing further attacks. It quoted IOM’s  Sanjukta Sahany.
  • AFPreported 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.
  • Eater NY reported that the fundraising dinner series for refugees, “Displaced Dinner”, is getting even bigger with a new feast at a new cafe later this month.  The series started last month with Lutfi Mohammed, a refugee who finally arrived in the U.S. with the help of IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • An Amnesty International report highlights the failure to address rampant deception and extortion in Nepal’s labour recruitment business, putting migrant workers at risk of forced labour abroad and leaving them with crippling debts.
  • San Francisco Gate reported about Samantha Grier, founder of “Caring for Children” which is sending 5,000 teddy bears to Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

Quote of the day

“While migration is not incompatible with the welfare state, the ghettoization of migrants and refugees, and their reliance on public assistance, are economically and politically unsustainable. Failing to address the problem will further strengthen the far right and erode possibilities for refugee protection and guaranteeing migrants’ rights.” –   Behzad Yaghmaian, professor of political economy at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Read more here.  

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


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