Migration in the News | 7 March 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation and The Philippine Daily Inquirer ran an Op-Ed by IOM’s Dr. Nenette Motus marking International Women’s Day 2017 and calling for the empowerment of migrant women in “the changing world of work.”   
  • UN News reported that as a severe drought deepens in Somalia, the risk of famine is looming, with about half the population in need of some form of assistance, according to the UN. It noted IOM’s USD 24.6 million Somalia appeal.
  • DPA and AFP reported that Iraqi forces are edging closer to IS-occupied central parts of western Mosul, where over 45,000 people  have been displaced by fighting. They cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Hala Jaber.
  • Al Jazeera reported that US-backed Iraqi forces captured Mosul's al-Hurriya bridge that leads to the IS-held city centre from the south. It cited IOM figures.
  • Espresso and Diário de Notícias reported that a first group of six Yazidi refugee families have arrived in Portugal under the EU’s agreement to relocate refugees from Greece. IOM facilitated their relocation.
  • Libya Observer reported that IOM helped 163 stranded Malian migrants return home from Libya.
  • Guatemala’s AGN reported that the government has launched a strategy to prevent child migration and to provide care and education for children and adolescents repatriated from the United States. It cited IOM data.
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that 13 to 40 million people living in Bangladesh’s coastal areas could be forced to migrate by the end of the century due to rising sea level, tidal surges, cyclones and increasing salinity. It cited an IOM report.

Trending on the Internet

  • Food Wine Travel reviewed Liz Posmyk’s The Barber From Budapest & Other Stories, a “memoir with recipes” that looks at the migrant’s role in Australia’s history, culture and culinary growth. The author’s family travelled to Australia from Hungary as refugees with IOM.

Quote of the day

“We need gender-specific interventions to promote women’s access to technology and ‘the changing world of work.’ These must offer women not just more dignified migration opportunities, but also better access to education, health and justice in their countries of origin.” – Dr. Nenette Motus, IOM Regional Director for Asia Pacific. Read more here.

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

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