Migration in the News | 20 January 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News, Voice of America and Sputnik reported that IOM, UNHCR and 72 partner agencies have launched a USD 691 million Regional Refugee and Migrant Response Plan to support refugees and migrants in Europe.
  • Huffington Post reported that as of 17 January, 219 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe in 2017 – over twice the number of deaths recorded in the same period last year. It quoted IOM’s Federico Soda.
  • IRIN reported that climate change will soon become a massive driver of migration. It noted that groups like UNHCR and IOM are aware of the risks and are working to bring the issue to the forefront of policy discussions.
  • The Journalists Resource reported that teenage immigrants have a harder time adjusting to their new country than young children. They attend fewer years of school and earn less money as adults, according to a new study. It cited IOM.
  • APPS Policy Forum featured an analysis of Australia’s policy on asylum seekers, which has left thousands stranded in Indonesia. It noted that in 2015, some 2,874 individuals were living in community housing arranged by IOM.
  • Indonesia’s Medan Bisnis  reported that 146 migrants were relocated from an overcrowded detention center in the port city of Belawan to community housing rented by IOM in Polonia, Medan.

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  • Reuters reported that billionaire investor George Soros will partner with Mastercard in a venture they say could help migrants, refugees and others struggling to improve their economic and social status.

Quote of the day

“Today’s narrative about migration has become unacceptably toxic and negative.” – IOM Deputy DG Laura Thompson at the World Economic Forum 2017. Read here.

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

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