Migration in the News | 16 February 2016

Media Highlights

  • Euronews reported that a new cemetery has been opened on the Greek island of Lesbos for migrants and refugees who drown trying to cross the Aegean. It cited IOM data.
  • New Europe reported the European Commission has given Greece EUR 12.7 million to provide reception facilities for thousands of refugees and migrants arriving from Turkey by sea. It cited IOM estimates.
  • CCTV America reported that NATO has initiated plans to stop migrant flows in the Aegean by deploying ships and will try to identify and capture human smugglers. It referenced IOM data.
  • Frankfurter Allgemeine quoted IOM DG William Lacy Swing speaking optimistically on the EU migration crisis at the Munich Security Conference. “Our economies can manage this,” he said.
  • CNN interviewed IOM Iraq’s Sandra Black about IOM’s voluntary return assistance for Iraqis returning from Europe.
  • News Ghana and Ghana Broadcasting Corp reported on the launch of an EU-funded Migration Information Centre run by IOM and the Ghana Immigration Service.
  • South Sudan’s Radio Tamazuj reported on the establishment of IOM/IHP light base camps to extend aid operations to remote areas.

​​Trending on the Internet 

  • BBC reported that China has issued new guidelines to protect children in rural areas whose parents have migrated to cities to work.
  • The Guardian reported that according to an ITUC report, abuse of migrant workers is now a top risk for businesses. The majority of companies are unaware of how parts of their supply chain could be vulnerable to serious human rights abuses.

Quote of the Day

“Migration has always been one of the most important drivers of human progress and dynamism.” Professor Ian Goldin, University of Oxford. World Economic Forum.


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

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