Migration in the News | 3 March 2016

Media Highlights

  • Die Welt reported comments by IOM DG William Lacy Swing expressing his admiration for German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “visionary and courageous decision” to open Germany's doors to refugees and migrants.
  • Euronews, n24 and Märkische Online Zeitung quoted IOM estimates of migrant and refugee arrivals and deaths in the Mediterranean.
  • Time and Al Jazeera reported that almost 2,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Europe by sea every day in the first two months of 2016, according to IOM.
  • Sputnik reported that the current migrant crisis is exacerbating tensions within the European Union, above all between Greece and Germany. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • BBC reported that according to NATO commander US General Philip Breedlove, Russia and Syria are "weaponizing" migration to destabilize and undermine Europe. It quoted IOM estimates.
  • New Europe reported that thirty times more refugees and migrants arrived in Greece during the period January and February 2016, compared with the same period in 2015. Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that ongoing efforts to limit the influx were not working. It quoted IOM data.
  • The Norway Post reported that Greece and Norway have agreed that NOK 231 million provided to Greece under the EEA and Norway Grants will go towards funding the refugee influx through 2017. Some of the funding will go to IOM to administer four migrant reception centres.  
  • Xinhua reported that according to MSF, arbitrary border restrictions in the Western Balkans increase the risk of refugee abuse and make it difficult for humanitarian agencies to assess people’s needs. It cited IOM data.
  • Digital Congo reported that some 200 displaced households living in Mugunga I and Bulengo camps have returned to their home villages in the Kamuronza group in Masisi, North Kivu. The voluntary return was facilitated by IOM and the National Commission for Refugees.
  • The Ethiopian Herald interviewed IOM’s Maureen Achieng on migration issues in the Horn of Africa.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Syrian refugees in Mauritania see the country as a gateway to Europe, rather than a new home. It quoted IOM’s Anke Strauss.
  • Iran’s MEHR News Agency reported the launch of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Migration Report in Bangkok and quoted IOM’s Nenette Motus.
  • Paraguay’s Diario La Jornada reported the launch of an IOM project: "Strengthening of the national strategy for the prevention of the reintroduction of malaria in the Paraguay". 

​​Trending on the Internet 

  • The Bangkok Post reported that the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) has launched a Southeast Asia mission to comb the seas for boat people, including Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar.
  • Middle East Online reported that Pope Francis used an address in St Peter's Square to hail the “generous help” offered to migrants and refugees by Greece, saying the situation “requires cooperation among all nations.”

Quote of the Day

"We need to recognize what migrants and refugees contribute to our societies. We have an obligation to counter the negative narrative that characterizes the present public discourse.” – UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson. More here


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

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