Migration in the News | 22 December 2016

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Time ran a feature disputing confidential reports by Frontex, the EU Border Agency, acquired by the Financial Times, which claim that by saving lives in the Mediterranean, NGOs are colluding with people smugglers. It cited IOM data and quoted IOM’s Federico Soda.

  • Reuters reported that rescuers saved around 300 migrants from rubber and wooden boats in the Mediterranean on Wednesday, but recovered six dead bodies during the operations, according to the Italian coastguard. It cited IOM data.

  • Sputnik reported that according to IOM nearly 1.8 million people are now internally displaced across Nigeria as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency.

  • IRIN reported that Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry has denied reports of abuses against the country’s Rohingya minority. It cited an IOM report that 34,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since October.
  • Tempo reported on the visit of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to Rohingya refugee camps near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. She was accompanied by Bangladeshi, IOM and UNHCR officials.  
  • New York Times correspondent Somini Sengupta interviewed young West African migrants at IOM’s transit centre in Agadez, Niger, comparing their experiences with her family’s migration from India to America. 
  • Huffington Post ran an opinion piece from the Walk Free Foundation welcoming the UN Security Council’s adoption last week of a resolution on human trafficking in conflict. It calls for trafficking risk to be included in humanitarian needs assessments – an approach recommended by IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that according to UN Special Representative for International Migration Peter Sutherland, the EU should do its best to “undermine the homogeneity" of its member states and promote multicultural values.

Quote of the day

“Being a migrant has to be an opportunity to start afresh and to build a better life” – Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director. Read more here.

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


Follow Us