Migration in the News | 9 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Bangkok Post reported about an IOM-implemented project, Poverty Reduction through Safe Migration, Skills Development and Enhanced Job Placement in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand (PROMISE) which works to promote better employment opportunities and working conditions for migrants.

  • IPS and The Daily Star reported that IOM and FAO are distributing 50,000 vegetable gardening kits to tackle malnutrition and improve the diet of people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
  • AFP reported that an Indonesian fishing boat rescued five Rohingya off western Aceh province after five others starved to death and their bodies were tossed overboard when they were stranded at sea for almost three weeks. Immigration officials said they will coordinate with IOM and UNHCR.
  • Al Jazeera reported that more than 150 refugees from Afghanistan have been locked up in a detention centre in Indonesia. The report noted that IOM gave money to those in detention.
  • Vatican News reported about last week’s World Health Day which focused on a strong call for universal health coverage. The report quoted IOM’s Jacqueline Weekers.
  • Colombia Reports reported that Colombia had launched a two-month census of Venezuelan migrants on Friday in an attempt to oversee how many citizens from the crisis-ridden neighbouring country crossed the border. IOM and UNCHR will be involved in the process.
  • New Telegraph reported how some parents in Nigeria’s Edo State were pushing their children into prostitution and irregular migration. The report cited IOM’s work in facilitating returns of Nigerian human trafficking victims.
  • South China Morning Post reported that an anti-human-trafficking law for Hong Kong is expected to be discussed at the city’s panel on security next month. The report cited IOM.
  • Asharq Al Awsat reported that Saudi Arabia continued to provide relief and humanitarian aid to Yemenis in all governorates with eight trucks laden with relief aid having arrived in al-Jawf province north Yemen on Saturday. IOM Director General William Lacy Swing was quoted.
  • Ghana Grio reported about a three-day training workshop co-hosted by IOM aimed at equipping journalists with skills and knowledge in the application of social media and mobile apps to enhance their reporting on migration issues.

Trending on the Internet

  • ABC reported about a program for new young migrants to Australia through which they are exposed to the broad range of careers available in agriculture and are given pathways and networks if they are interested in pursuing further work or study.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that Lebanon’s general prosecutor should ensure an adequate investigation into allegations that a migrant domestic worker suffered months of abuse before jumping from a balcony and injuring herself.
  • The Conversation reported that Australians from some migrant backgrounds achieve better results than their local peers, according to recent reports on the academic performance of school students.

Quote of the day

“The truth is that too many migrants face dangers and vulnerabilities. None of them deserve to be attacked, vilified, abused or killed in their search for a safer and better life.” – Francesco Rocca, President of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Read more here.

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

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