Migration in the News | 26 February 2016

Media Highlights

  • IOM Director General William Lacy Swing was a guest on Japan’s BS Fuji Live prime news (Part 1, Part 2) to discuss Europe’s migration crisis. The Japan National Press Club also filmed his press conference in Tokyo.
  • BBC, IBT reported that ministers from EU and Balkan nations met in Brussels yesterday to try to heal rifts over the admission of asylum seekers to the EU. The meeting heard plans drawn up by Austria and eight Balkan countries to limit numbers. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that European nations have adopted a raft of restrictive measures since the beginning of the year as they seek to stem an influx of asylum seekers. It cited IOM figures.
  • Mail Online/AFP reported that the EU's immigration system is just ten days from 'completely breaking down' if it does not curb the number of people arriving in Europe, according to the European Commission. It cited IOM figures.
  • RT reported that Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the EU risks turning his country into a refugee “warehouse” unless other nations in the bloc share the burden of the migrant crisis.  It cited IOM figures.
  • The New York Times reported that with no unified plan to tackle the refugee crisis, European nations seem to be reverting to historical alliances rather than acting with solidarity. It cited IOM figures.
  • Euronews reported that European Parliament president Martin Schultz called Hungary’s decision to hold a referendum on the EU’s relocation scheme for refugees and migrants a “populist and nationalist response to a global challenge.” It cited IOM data.
  • Euractiv reported that NATO’s anti people-smuggler operation in the Mediterranean has drawn criticism from human rights activists for its policy of sending refugees back to Turkey. It cited IOM data.
  • The Washington Post reported that the number of migrant and refugee arrivals in Italy and Greece has already passed 100,000 this year, citing IOM data. Zeit Online, TagesspiegelRP, Welt, Bild, Reuters, Berliner Morgenpost, and Donaukurier cited the same data.
  • Al Jazeera reported that two migrants, stranded in Greece by blocked borders, tried to commit suicide by hanging themselves from a tree in a central Athens square. It cited IOM figures.
  • CNN reported that a French court has upheld a decision to demolish the southern half of the "Jungle" migrant camp near the French city of Calais and relocate the migrants living there to better facilities. It cited IOM estimates.
  • The Globe and Mail reported that the Canadian government spent over C$32 million on flights to carry 23,098 Syrian refugees from Jordan to Canada between December 15 and February 22. IOM made the travel arrangements.
  • Sputnik/Khaama Press Agency reported that many Afghan asylum seekers, disappointed with Germany, want to return home. It referenced IOM’s assisted voluntary return and reintegration programme.
  • Dabanga reported that over 90,000 people have fled Darfur’s Jebel Marra area after fighting between government forces and the Sudan People's Liberation movement that started in mid-January, according to UNOCHA. It cited IOM figures.
  • Ghana’s Graphic Online and Citi FM Online reported that 21 children aged 9-16, suspected to have been trafficked from Ghana to South Africa, have been repatriated with IOM’s help. They were lured to South Africa under the pretext of training them to play football in Europe and America.
  • Pakistan’s Express Tribune and Dawn News reported the inauguration of a support centre in Karachi established by the Federal Investigation Agency, Australia and IOM to provide reception and support services to migrants retuning from other countries by sea and to identify victims of trafficking.

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  • The Guardian reported that Australia is one of at least 30 countries that “illegally forced refugees to return to countries where they would be in danger” last year, according to Amnesty International’s 2015 annual report. It claimed Australia’s boat “turnbacks” policy has acted as an example for other countries in the region to force asylum seeker boats back to sea.

Quote of the Day

“A large number of today’s refugees will be the citizens of tomorrow. The success of the integration of these people is crucial for the social and economic future of our city.” – Mannheim Mayor Peter Kurz. More here


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