Migration in the News | 31 August 2016

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • DW, DPA, Reuters, Xinhua, EFE, TeleSUR, Sputnik, Tribune News Service, ABC News, Vatican Radio, Hurriyet Daily News and others reported that the number of migrants and refugees rescued in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy surged by over 7,000 at the end of August, bringing the total number rescued in 2016 to over 111,500, according to IOM. Several quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • BBC, Daily Express, Die Welt, Spiegel-Online, Frankfurter Rundschau, Heute.de, El Paìs, Le Soir, Tribune de Genève and others reported the findings of the “Mediterranean Missing” project that analyses Italy and Greece’s handling of the investigation, identification, burial and repatriation of migrants drowned at sea. The project is implemented by IOM, the University of York and City University London. Several quoted IOM’s Frank Laczko.
  • Sputnik reported on the challenges of assisting thousands of migrants and refugees stranded in Greece and the need to step up their relocation to other EU member states. It quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.
  • UN, Sputnik and Press TV reported on the resettlement of 10,000 Syrian refugees to the United States in the current fiscal year. The operation was facilitated by IOM.
  • Aljazeera reported on how, after decades of emigration, the economically depressed southern Italian village of Camini is undergoing a revival, thanks to an influx of refugees. It cited IOM estimates.

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  • Hyperallergic featured the work of photographer Omar Imam, a former refugee, who portrays refugees in surreal, black-and-white scenes.

Quote of the day

“If we treat them (refugees) as unavoidable nuisances and a drain on our resources, they will become a drain indeed… But if we treat the thousands of Alan Kurdis and Omran Daqneeshes as an incredible stroke of luck, an opportunity to energize and sustain the country as a prosperous democracy, we will do very well indeed.” – Crawford Kilian,  Canadian novelist, More here

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


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