Migration in the News | 13 December 2016

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AP reported that seven years after the Haiti earthquake, at least 50,000 displaced people still remain in camps. It quoted IOM’s Fabien Sambussy.
  • UN News reported on the inauguration of a clean water project in the Haitian town of Merger designed to halt the spread of cholera. The project is one of several implemented by international agencies, including IOM.

  • Korea Times reported on an exhibition entitled: "My Migrant Neighbor II", organized by IOM Seoul and showing the work of Korean sculptor Yi Hwan-kwon. The display celebrates International Migrants Day on December 18th.

  • Front Page Africa reported that delegates from West African ECOWAS states are attending a three-day cross-border meeting on epidemic-prone diseases, including malaria and Ebola. It quoted IOM’s Kabla Amihere.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that satellite imagery and interviews with refugees place responsibility for the burning of Rohingya villages in Burma’s Rakhine State squarely with the Burmese military. It cited IOM figures.

  • RT reoprted that the European Union and Mali have reached an agreement on repatriating failed Malian asylum seekers. It cited IOM figures.

  • Malawi 24 and Channel Zim reported that Malawian ambassador to Zimbabwe Annie Kumwenda and UNDP Zimbabwe country director Verity Nyagah have urged governments and development partners to create conducive environments that will discourage young people from irregular migration. Both made their calls at the 65th anniversary of IOM in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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  • The Independent reported that hundreds of migrants are caught up in the Italian legal system as police, prosecutors and judges struggle to combat human trafficking. They are the victims of a new tactic by which professional smugglers avoid being caught by forcing migrants, many of them minors, to sail the boats from Libya to Italy.
  • The Daily Star reported that 130 countries at the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) in Bangladesh agreed to push for a global treaty that provides better protection for migrants.

Quote of the day

"Migrants have contributed to our societies socially, culturally and economically and this is well-supported by anecdotal, empirical and statistical data." - Jillian Roque, Public Services International, at the GFMD. Read more here.

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

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