Migration in the News | 2 March 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Xinhua, ANSA and Sputnik reported that, according to IOM, there has been a sharp decrease in the number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe by sea this year. Some 16,775 people arrived through the first 57 days of 2017, compared to 124,986 during the same period in 2016.
  • VOA reported a warning by IOM that millions of people facing famine in three African countries and in Yemen risk starving to death without urgent action to help them. It quoted Joel Millman.
  • AFP reported that the Spanish coast guard rescued 257 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe from Morocco in inflatable dinghies last weekend. It cited IOM data.
  • AFP, Humanosphere and Middle East Confidential reported that over 10,000 people have fled western Mosul in the past week as Iraqi military forces try to recapture the city from the so-called Islamic State. They quoted IOM’s Thomas Lothar Weiss and Hala Jaber.
  • AP reported that Iraqi troops are within 900 yards of the symbolically important main government complex in Mosul, according to commanders. It cited IOM data.
  • AFP reported that some 45,000 civilians have fled fighting in the Mokha region of southwestern Yemen, according to UNHCR and IOM.
  • AFP reported that according to IOM, some 7,000 people have fled from villages around the north-east Nigerian town of Chibok, because of Boko Haram insurgent attacks.
  • An OpEd in Nature argued  that data on movements of refugees and migrants are currently flawed. It cited a paper by IOM’s Frank Laczko.
  • La Prensa Grafica and EFE reported that at least 136 LGBTI Salvadoreans have been forcibly displaced because of their sexual orientation, according to IOM. They quoted IOM’s Jorge Peraza Breedy.
  • Reuters reported that a growing number of asylum seekers in Papua New Guinea have decided to accept cash from Australia to voluntarily return to their home countries. IOM will facilitate their return.

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  • The Economist explained why Britain will find it impossible to cut its annual net migration figure to less than 100,000.

Quote of the day

“Treating people decently is the right thing to do. It ensures that they are able to contribute to their new society, in financial and other ways, as soon as possible. That is better for everyone.”  –  Op-Ed on refugee integration, The Guardian. Read more here.

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

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