Migration in the News | 10 June 2016

Media Highlights

  • AFP reported that 2,000 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Thursday, and another 1,000 on Wednesday, according to the Italian Coast Guard. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Guardian UK reported that UK Border Force officers detained three migrants, believed to be Iranian, as they tried to cross the English Channel in a small boat. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • The Irish Examiner reported that Italian authorities are looking into claims that they arrested the wrong man in a major Eritrean migrant-smuggling investigation. It cited IOM figures.
  • Humanosphere reported that while Europe tries stop the flow of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, pending legal challenges in Europe may overturn the deal with Turkey that has helped to limit the number of Syrian refugees arriving in Greece. It mentioned IOM estimates.
  • AFP reported on a play called “Boat of Death” performed by Sudanese artists to highlight the perils that sea crossings pose to irregular migrants. It quoted IOM’s Dalia El-Roubi.
  • EFE reported that a Moroccan NGO has called for international help to locate 58 Moroccan migrants who are missing after the sinking of a boat on 27th May in the Mediterranean. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Germany’s N-tv reported on IOM’s reintegration program in Northern Iraq for returnees from Europe.
  • IPS reported that water scarcity, conflict and the refugee exodus are megatrends in West Asia, according to the UNEP. It quoted IOM’s Daria Mokhnacheva.
  • The Diplomat ran a feature on the situation of Indian migrant workers in the Middle East. It noted that IOM predicts that India will soon emerge as one of the largest migrant-sending countries of the world.

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  • AP reported that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit the Greek Island of Lesbos on June 18th to assess the migrant situation and show his solidarity as part of the effort to formulate a global response to the crisis which has seen hundreds of refugees and migrants dying in the Mediterranean.

Quote of the day

“The fence (between Mexico and the US) has a very powerful psychological impact on our culture. It represents the tragedy of the thousands of people who have died trying to cross it… of those who left their families to look for better opportunities or to escape violence or even death… It's like a wall of tears.” – Mexican artist Ana Teresa Fernández. Read more here

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


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