Migration in the News | 9 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, Nam News Network reported that traffickers in Niger are taking African migrants dreaming of reaching Europe on more dangerous routes through the Sahara desert in order to avoid detection after a government crackdown on smuggling, IOM said. They quoted IOM’s quoted IOM’s Alberto Preato and Olivia Headon.
  • AFP reported that life has suddenly got tougher for the charity boats trying to stop migrants drowning off Libya. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • Maclean’s reported that in a world that has largely turned its back on millions of refugees, a new generation of smugglers and con artists are emerging and Canada is fast becoming their cash cow. It referenced IOM reports.
  • UN News Centre, Xinhua and Prensa Latina reported that rapid responses are critical to stemming a cholera outbreak that has afflicted South Sudan for more than a year, exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation that has left approximately four million people displaced by conflict, according to IOM. They quoted IOM’s Dr. Beldina Gikundi.
  • The East African Business reported that the Burundi government has said it will waive taxes on capital or businesses of Burundians returning home. It quoted IOM’s Kristina Mejo.
  • Channel Africa reported that IOM  has called for the creation of safe channels of migration for African nationals fleeing to Europe.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reported that the argument for low-skilled immigration is not just about filling an employment hole. The millions of immigrants of little skill who swept into the work force in the 25 years up to the onset of the Great Recession have largely improved the lives of Americans.

Quote of the day

“The benefits of immigration really come from occupational specialization. Immigrants who are relatively concentrated in less interactive and more manual jobs free up natives to specialize in what they are relatively good at, which are communication-intensive jobs.” " – Ethan Lewis, associate professor of economics at Dartmouth College. Read more here.

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

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