Migration in the News | 25 November 2015

Media Highlights

  •  Reuters and other media picked up yesterday’s press note on the sharp decrease in the number of refugees and migrants arriving on the Greek Islands last weekend. NBC News quoted IOM staffer Alexandra Flessa.
  •  The Mirror UK reported that border crackdowns after the Paris attacks have resulted in a drop in the number of migrants entering Europe. It quoted IOM’s Ovais Sarmad.

  •  Reuters, AP,  Xinhua reported that UN and IOM on Tuesday condemned new restrictions on refugees and migrants that have left around 1,000 people stuck at Greece’s main border crossing with Macedonia. They cited IOM figures.

  •  Voice of America reported that US Vice President Joe Biden is traveling Wednesday to Croatia to meet with Croatian officials and European Council President Donald Tusk on the sidelines of a summit of Southeastern European leaders in Zagreb. It noted the UN and IOM have called for the reestablishment of coordination mechanisms to provide safe routes through the Balkans for people uprooted by conflict.

  •  AFP reported that  Slovakia will next month take its case against an EU quota plan to distribute 160,000 migrants and refugees across the bloc to the European Court of Justice. It quoted IOM estimates.

  •  Foreign Policy reported on Sweden’s decision to tighten border restrictions and turn away refugees. IOM’s Leonard Doyle said that Sweden has been treating refugees them well and integrating them. “If they’re reaching capacity, it’s because they’re the ones accepting them,” he said.

  •  The Independent Online reported on the two-day conference “Conflict-Induced Migration in Africa” in Durban organized by the African Union and the Africa Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes for key African regional and subregional organisations to assess trends and difficulties arising from conflict-induced migration. It quoted IOM's Bernardo Mariano.

  •  The EU's European Year for Development blog ran IOM's post "How can environmental migration be a positive adaptation and sustainable development strategy?”

  •  SciDev.Net ran a feature on how Pakistan built back better after the floods with the help of IOM and a local NGO.

  • AFP reported on the plight of Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram, while a Ventures Africa blog looked at Boko Haram’s shift in strategy in attacking IDP camps. They cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet 

  •          Reuters TV reported that migrants stuck on the border between Greece and Macedonia are protesting with chanting, hunger strikes, refusing aid and sewing their lips together.
  •          Miami Herald reports that numerous shelters across Mexico, run by the Samaritans, offer services to irregular migrants en route to the United States.

Quote of the Day

We are in a period unlike any other that I have known - unprecedented numbers of people on the move, unprecedented forced migration and increasing anti-migrant sentiment in policy. So we have a lot of work to do." – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at the opening of the 106th IOM Council. More here

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

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