Migration in the News | 29 April 2016

Media Highlights

  • Europost reported that the European Union relocation of refugees from Greece must be sped up to avoid a humanitarian crisis. It quoted IOM’s Daniel Esdras.
  • MailOnline and Deutsche Welle reported that UN SG Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the Austrian parliament, warned of growing xenophobia in the country after its adoption of stricter asylum laws. They cited IOM.
  • Washington Post published a letter to the Editor from IOM DG William Lacy Swing.  He called for action to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean, saying that it is inadequate to just count the casualties.
  •  Huffington Post reported Norway’s decision to offer financial incentives to asylum seekers who agree to return home through under IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return Program. It quoted  IOM’s Sigurd Tvete.
  •  ANSA reported that Austria will implement new border controls on its Brenner border with Italy to stop irregular migrants from entering the country. It cited IOM figures.
  •  Nepal’s Republica criticized IOM and other international aid agencies for slow delivery of assistance one year after the April 2015 earthquake.  
  •  Times of Central Asia reported on the 12th Central Asia Border Security Initiative Conference on April 27-28 held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which brought together officials from countries in the region and international agencies, including IOM.
  •  El Diario reported on a campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking and irregular migration held in schools in Dosquebradas, Risaralda Department, Colombia. It was organized by the Foreign Ministry, the local government, Migrados Dosquebradas and IOM.
  • GuineeConakry.Info reported that IOM handed over a tractor and a rice husker in Katongoro (Boke) as part of an IOM project funded by the Belgian Development Cooperation to help Ebola-affected communities.

Media Highlights

  • Huffpost Impact ran a blog by UN ASG Magdy Martinez-Soliman arguing that migration is unavoidable and it therefore makes makes sense to facilitate and manage it positively, instead of trying endlessly to prevent it.

​​Quote of the Day

"Unfortunately, it is a human phenomenon that the newcomers (in Europe) are always ill-regarded by the old inhabitants of an old population." - Kemal Karpat, Turkish scholar and author.  More here


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