Migration in the News

Migration in the News | 18 August 2017

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  • AFP reported that Spanish police on Thursday said they had shut down a gang charging migrants 5,000 euros each to bring them across from Morocco via the Strait of Gibraltar on jet-skis. It cited IOM figures.

Migration in the News | 17 August 2017

  • AFP and BBC  reported that Spanish coastguards rescued nearly 600 people from 15 boats and a jet ski on Wednesday, in the waters between Morocco and Spain, a route increasingly used by migrants trying to reach Europe. They cited IOM figures.

Migration in the News | 14 August 2017

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  • Politico, DW and The Belfast Telegraph reported that following talks with the heads of IOM and UNHCR, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to cooperate more closely with Libya to stem the influx of migrants from North Africa to Europe via perilous Mediterranean crossings.

Migration in the News | 21 August 2017

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  • Reuters, AFP, Xinhua, Euronews and FNA reported that Iraqi security forces launched on Sunday an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar. All cited IOM figures.

Migration in the News | 16 August 2017

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UN News, AFP, Al Jazeera, UPI and Just Earth News reported that  IOM has released $150,000 in emergency, first-response aid relief after learning Monday that devastating floods and mudslides left hundreds dead in Sierra Leone. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.

Migration in the News | 15 August 2017

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NPR reported that smugglers off the coast of Yemen threw as many as 280 migrants overboard in the past week, according to IOM. It spoke with the organisation’s Joel Millman.

Migration in the News | 11 August 2017

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TRT, AFP, Al Jazeera, ABC News, Reuters, Global Times, SBS, NPR, CNN all reported that six migrants drowned and 13 went missing on Thursday when smugglers forced an estimated 180 Ethiopian migrants off a boat bound for Yemen. They quoted IOM’s Laurent de Boeck and Olivia Headon.

Migration in the News | 10 August 2017

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Reuters, BBC, IANS, New York Times, World News Network, AP, Huff Post and other media outlets reported that around 50 teenage Somali and Ethiopian migrants were "deliberately drowned" early on Wednesday by a smuggler who forced 120 passengers into the sea off Yemen's coast, according to IOM, the UN Migration Agency. They quoted IOM’s Laurent de Boeck and Olivia Headon.

Migration in the News | 9 August 2017

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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.

Migration in the News | 4 August 2017

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Balkan Insight reported that while the number of refugees in Bulgaria has fallen significantly, some refugee children still have little or no access to adequate care. It spoke with IOM’s Teodora Nikolova.

Migration in the News | 3 August 2017

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CNN reported that Italy will deploy two military ships to Libya in an effort to deter irregular migration and human smuggling into Europe. It cited IOM figures.

Migration in the News | 2 August 2017

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UN News Centre reported that the UN has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, after a visit by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and the allocation of $10.5 million from a new fund.