Migration in the News | 6 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • BBC, NPR, New York Times, AAP, UN News Centre and IPS reported that more than 123,000 Rohingya are now said to have fled violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state since 25 August. All highlighted IOM’s appeal to provide life-saving services and quoted IOM’s Director General William Lacy Swing, Mohammed Abdiker and Sarat Dash. Meanwhile, Reuters has reported that Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is coming under further pressure to halt violence against Rohingya Muslims.
  • The Daily Star reported that the Bangladeshi government is setting up a camp in Cox’s Bazar to accommodate all newly arrived Rohingyas from Myanmar and also create a database on them soon. It was also announced IOM will build camps for Rohingyas while the WFP would provide food.
  • Stuttgarter Nachrichten reported on the European relocation programme, quoting IOM’s Federico Soda who argued that the programme did not fail from a humanitarian perspective, as it helped 27,000 people. Soda noted that there are many challenges at the political level and that it may have been too ambitious in terms of how fast people could be relocated.
  • Stuttgarter Nachtrichten and Stuttgarter Zeitung reported on the decreasing figures of migrants coming to Italy, quoting IOM’s Federico Soda who noted that the figures of migrants entering Libya have decreased as well.
  • Frankfurter Rundschau published an article on European and German migration politics, quoting IOM’s Alberto Preato who stated that migrants will always find new ways to migrate and new routes will be created, resulting in even more people dying, as according to some migrants, the desert is an even bigger graveyard than the Mediterranean Sea.  
  • Papua New Guinea’s The National reported that the provincial disaster office in Jiwaka is embarking on an IOM awareness campaign on climate change and its effects on the daily lives of the people.

Trending on the Internet

  • Pulitzer Center reported that in Qatar, Zina laws treat sex outside of marriage and pregnancy out of wedlock as crimes punishable by imprisonment. But without means to seek legal recourse, it is mostly low-skilled migrant women who face charges.
  • Time shared the story of a Syrian family’s first summer in the United States. They were the first refugees from Syria’s ongoing civil war to settle in Iowa.

Quote of the day

“This is our rendezvous with history. We have been building up to this moment for three decades and we must not miss this opportunity.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, referring to the Global Compact on Migration. Read more here

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

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