Migration in the News | 10 August 2016

Media Highlights

    • AP and Sputnik reported IOM estimates that over 260,000 refugees and other migrants have arrived in Europe this year after crossing the Mediterranean. Over 3,100 have died attempting to cross.
    • An OpEd in The New Federalist argues the case for closer cross-border cooperation in Europe to improve the efficiency of processing newly arrived migrants and asylum seekers. It cited IOM figures.
    • The Ethiopian Herald reported that Ethiopia is working to free the remaining 438 of 931 Ethiopian irregular migrants detained in Zambia and Zimbabwe while trying to reach South Africa. IOM facilitated the repatriation of the other 493.
    • DPA reported on the plight of irregular African migrants stranded in the Libyan city of Misrata. It quoted an unnamed IOM source.
    • AP reported that Greece plans to improve housing conditions for the 57,000 refugees and migrants stranded in the country. It cited IOM data.
    • The Phnom Penh Post reported that most Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand continue to use unofficial channels to enter the country and do not apply for work permits, due to the high cost and long waiting times, according to an IOM survey.
    • Europa Press and AFP reported on the rising number of migrants in Costa Rica stranded en route to the US. They quoted IOM's Roeland de Wilde.
    • Paraguay.com reported that Paraguay plans to amend its Migration Act, because it is outdated and may violate human rights. New legislation has been drafted in collaboration with IOM.

    Trending on the Internet

    • BBC reported on Dami Olatunde, a Nigerian comedian based in the US, who has become hugely popular on African social media through his portrayals of African family life.

    Quote of the day

    “If populist fear-mongering drives countries to embrace exclusionary, protectionist policies, the effect on the global economy – and the livelihoods of millions of people around the world – would be disastrous." – Peter Sutherland, UN SRSG for International Migration. More here.

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

     

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