Migration in the News | 1 September 2016

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • CNN International and Vatican Radio interviewed IOM’s Leonard Doyle on the rising numbers of migrants and refugees trying to reach Italy by sea from North Africa and possible solutions to the crisis. He highlighted the need to improve socio-economic conditions in sub-Saharan countries of origin and provide opportunities for managed, circular labour migration to allay European political fears.
  • AFP/Jiji Press and Reuters reported that Italy rescued another 1,800 migrants from the Mediterranean, bringing the number of rescues this week to 12,500. They cited IOM data and AFP quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • NPR and Daily Sabah reported that Mediterranean crossings continue to climb to unprecedented levels, with over 10,000 migrants rescued earlier this week. They cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • AFP published an overview of key developments in the European migration crisis since the highly publicized death of 3-year-old Syrian Aylan Kurdi a year ago. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sydney Morning Herald and WiredGov reported on the “Mediterranean Missing” project,  authored by IOM, the University of York and City University London, which analyses Italy and Greece’s handling of the investigation, identification, burial and repatriation of migrants drowned at sea.
  • Lainformacion.com reported that Guatemalan police rescued 57 African migrants, allegedly from the DR of the Congo and Senegal, who were abandoned in a bus near the border with Honduras while trying to reach the United States. It cited IOM.
  • EFE reported that European Parliament Human Rights Sub-Committee president Elena Valenciano has urged EU institutions and member states to do more to stop the deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean. It cited IOM figures.
  • Phnom Penh Post reported that IOM is working the authorities to repatriate 18 trafficked Cambodian fishermen arrested when their Thai vessel was intercepted for illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.

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  • World Bank reported that an estimated USD 582 billion was sent home by migrants to relatives in their home countries in 2015, a 2 percent decline from 2014, when the amount was USD 592 billion.

Quote of the day

Europe has a duty to protect the rights of migrants and protecting the right to life must come first.”– Elena Valenciano, President, Human Rights Sub-Committee, European Parliament. More here.

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


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