Migration in the News | 8 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that hundreds of Senegalese migrants have been flown home in the past week, after their dreams of a new life in Europe were dashed after they crossed the Sahara desert only to endure the 'hell' of imprisonment in Libya. It quoted IOM’s Jo-Lind Roberts-Sene.
  • UN News Centre reported that amid growing concern for the safety of migrants, particularly in Africa, a high-level body established by the United Nations on the continent, has launched a process to help forge political consensus to address challenges and save lives. It quoted IOM’s Maureen Achieng.
  • Antara News reported that Ambassador of Indonesia to Qatar Muhamad Basri Sidehabi has urged Indonesians to remain vigilant and calm in the wake of the ongoing crisis that erupted after some Arab nations severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. It cited IOM figures.
  • IPS News reported about the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), which works with partners such as IOM. It calls drought ‘one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse’.

Trending on the Internet

  • Reuters reports that nearly half the recent immigrants to the United States have college degrees, reflecting a steady increase in educational attainment fueled largely by growing numbers of people from Asia, according to an analysis of US Census data by the Migration Policy Institute.
  • The Guardian reports from a secretive immigration court in Louisiana, United States, where the removal of undocumented immigrants is fast tracked away from scrutiny and legal aid.

Quote of the day

“It’s very important to try to change the migration narrative which today is very poisonous and it needs to come back to a more positive narrative that recognizes the contributions of migrants.” –  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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

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