Migration in the News | 9 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Europe Online reported on the UNHCR’s concern over ‘extremely worrying’ reports that Greece has been forcing back Turkish nationals intending to seek asylum without reviewing their pleas for shelter. It mentioned an IOM-ran programme.
  • AP and Deutsche Welle reported that German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel has announced extra aid to improve conditions at refugee camps in Libya. It referenced IOM.
  • International Business Times reported on a UN report that reveals that the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has killed at least 231 people in Mosul, Iraq in the past two weeks. It mentioned that IOM has also been monitoring the situation.
  • UPI reported on the hundreds of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon who are being held in administrative detention. It quoted IOM’s Ruba al-Aboushi.
  • Travel Wire News reported that Abdalla Hamdok, the Deputy Director of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) said Africa is still missing out on the many benefits of migration because of tight border policies. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Irrawaddy ran an op-ed which noted that Kachin State’s Internally Displaced Persons (IDP)’s issues needs to be answered because displacement creates social problems in a peaceful society and disrupts the state, the Union, and the economy. It cited IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply published an op-ed by Francois Crepeau, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants in which he proposes eight goals to transform the way states manage migration.
  • Mashable reported that Airbnb has come up with a way to help refugees, evacuees, and other displaced people through “Open Homes”, a platform that allows everyone to sign up to host a person in need.

Quote of the day

“Migration is here to stay. Its inclusion in the sustainable development goals demonstrated the importance of migration today and the commitment of states to addressing it.” –  Francois Crepeau, United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. Read more here.

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

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