Migration in the News | 7 May 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Africa News and Reuters reported that Doctors without Borders (MSF) is concerned about the fate of hundreds of migrants and refugees, including women and children being held in a dangerously overcrowded detention centre in Libya. The report noted that IOM has initiated a process of “voluntary humanitarian return” for some detainees.

  • The Washington Post reported that Rohingya refugees face another threat. The Bangladeshi camps – carved out of jungle – have become overcrowded slums of flimsy shelters teetering on steep, unstable slopes. Aid groups warn that the approaching storm seasons could prove deadly. The report quoted IOM’s Fiona MacGregor.
  • The New York Times featured the story of a young refugee boy who, together with his parrot and family, was among nearly 100,000 undocumented Afghans pushed out of Pakistan last year. The report cited IOM figures.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that IOM has assisted with 10,576 voluntary returns from Greece to 84 countries and territories over a 20-month period. The report quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Sri Lanka’s The Island and Daily Mirror reported that an Inbound Health Assessment programme in coordination with IOM will be established in Sri Lanka to screen foreigners who apply for long-stay visas for TB, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and filaria. The reports quoted IOM’s Giuseppe Crocetti.
  • Euronews reported that that United States’ Department of Homeland Security announced last week it would terminate the Temporary Protected Status designation for Nepal, adding it to a growing list of countries that are losing the protective status. The report referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Center for Strategic and International Studies published a report to illustrate how migration patterns in the North African Maghreb are changing and how governments in the region are responding to these shifts at an important juncture.
  • The Guardian reported that at least 1,000 highly skilled migrants seeking indefinite leave to remain in the UK are wrongly facing deportation under a section of the Immigration Act.

Quote of the day

“Migration isn’t a one-directional process; it’s a colossal process that has been happening in all directions for thousands of years." – Mohsin Hamid, novelist. Read more here.                            

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

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