Migration in the News | 23 February 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Nigeria’s Vanguard published an Op-Ed by IOM DG William Lacy Swing on tomorrow’s Oslo Humanitarian Conference, which will address the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.
  •  Just Earth News reported IOM and UNHCR’s joint statement on Yemen, where the ongoing two-year conflict is forcing displaced families to return to their homes, despite a lack of security. It quoted IOM’s Laurent De Boeck.
  • DW spoke to recent Nigerian returnees from Libya, who shared their harrowing experiences trying to reach Europe. It quoted IOM’s Nahashon Thuo.
  • TRT reported on links between local organized crime, migrant smuggling and the oil trade in Zawiya, the Libyan town where the bodies of over 70 drowned migrants were recovered earlier this week. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • Kathimerini reported that Greek government plans to create pre-departure detention centers for rejected asylum seekers on Greek islands have run into opposition from locals. It referenced IOM’s assisted voluntary return programme.

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  • The Guardian reported that the mayor of the Belgian town of Mechelen, Bart Somers, has been named World Mayor of the Year by the independent City Mayors Foundation for his efforts to integrate immigrants.

Quote of the day

“Instead of bringing wealth and stability to millions, Lake Chad’s surface has shrunk dramatically over six decades—feeding only the poverty that today feeds so much violence. We meet in Oslo this week to save this once beautiful place. Let’s not miss our chance.” –  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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

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