Migration in the News | 3 April 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IANS/AKI reported that a total 27,850 migrants and refugees landed in Europe in the first 89 days of this year, of whom 23,125 reached Italy, according to IOM.
  • Reuters reported that a four-day-old baby was one of over 480 migrants rescued on Saturday during search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea. It cited IOM figures.
  • NRT reported that more than 200 migrants were rescued by a Spanish aid agency after being found drifting off the coast of Libya on Saturday.
  • AFP reported that Greece will toughen rules on voluntary repatriation to combat alleged abuses by economic migrants seeking refugee status. It mentioned IOM’s repatriation programme.
  • Greek Reporter and Ekathimerini reported that as more migrants arrive in Greece with warmer weather, authorities plan to crack down on rejected asylum seekers. It mentioned IOM’s assisted voluntary return programme.
  • Asharq Al-Awsat reported that up to 10,000 migrants stranded in Libya will be flown back to their home countries this year, but the returns can only play a limited role in tackling migrant flows toward Europe, according  to IOM Libya’s Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi. It also quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • Rudaw reported on the TEDxNishtiman conference on Rehabilitation and Development held in Erbil, Iraq on Saturday, which was organized with the participation of internally displaced persons and refugees, and sponsored by IOM. It quoted IOM’s Ashley Carl. An earlier report quoted IOM’s Barbara Rijks.
  • Reuters reported two more planes carrying Afghans deported from Europe landed in Kabul this week, failed asylum seekers sent back under an agreement between the European Union and Afghan government. It quoted IOM’s Masood Ahmadi.

 

Trending on the Internet

  • Global News reported on a group of Syrian refugees and local supporters that has started cooking meals on weekends and delivering them to Halifax shelters as a way of giving back to the community.

Quote of the day

"Peace in Syria is a moral and political imperative both for the Syrian people and for the world – an imperative that cannot wait." – UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Read more here.

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

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