Migration in the News | 16 June 2016

Media Highlights

  • Reuters and AFP reported 34 migrants have been found dead in Niger desert after being abandoned by their smuggler, according to a statement released by the Nigerien government.. It used IOM data.
  • Sputnik reported that Dutch marines taking part in the European Border Agency Frontex operations in the Mediterranean Sea rescued 193 migrants from a sinking ship, the Netherlands’ Defense Ministry said on Wednesday. It cited IOM data.
  • AP reported that more than 3,400 migrants died or were recorded as missing as they tried to cross borders around the globe in the first five months of the year — over 80 percent of them trying to reach Europe by sea, according to IOM. It quoted IOM’s Frank Lackzo and Leonard Doyle.

  • New Business Ethiopia reported that 74 Ethiopian male migrants – 53 adults and 21 unaccompanied minors – stranded in Tanzania after crossing the Kenyan border irregularly were safely assisted back home to Ethiopia with IOM’s help.

  • Spain’s La Vanguardia reported on I Sea, a new application that allows anyone with a smartphone to help detect small boats crossing the Mediterranean Sea and thus help save lives. It cited IOM figures.

  • Amnesty International said in a press release that the Dominican Republic has unlawfully expelled hundreds of Dominicans to Haiti who have been caught in the middle of a wave of returns and deportations of more than 100,000 people in recent months, in a new report launched a year after the Dominican Republic ended a moratorium on deportations on June 18, 2015. It cited IOM figures.

  • Notimerica.com reported that Mexican and US authorities are on the alert in view of the growing numbers of irregular migrants from Central America heading into the United States. It cited IOM figures.

  • Bangladesh’s The Daily Star featured the story of a Rohingya couple who fled Myanmar and were eventually granted refugee status in Indonesia after a failed attempt to reach Australia by boat. The couple are currently staying in accommodations provided by IOM. 

  • Papua New Guinea Today reported the launch of a clean water supply point in the drought-hit provinces of PNG as part of a joint EU-IOM programme. It quoted IOM’s Nenette Motus.

Trending on the Internet

  • From The World Bank blog on migration, remittances and development: “Migrants and their families must be at the core of any remittance framework.”

Quote of the day

“Let us resolve towards a situation. . . in which no one mother or father loses a child to sea, in the dead of the night.” –Francesco Rocca, Italian Red Cross president and vice president of the IFRC. Read more here.


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


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