Migration in the News | 19 April 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters and Xinhua reported that nearly 9,000 mainly African migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean over the long weekend after smugglers in Libya put them onto unseaworthy boats heading toward Italy. Reuters quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • Associated Press reported on the spike in migrant arrivals in the Mediterranean over the weekend as a result of warmer weather and the looming start of intensified Libyan coast guard patrols designed to prevent irregular migrants from reaching Europe. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • DW spoke with a Mexican photographer who has witnessed the horrors of migrants being sold in slave markets in Libya. International Business Times recounted the story of one survivor who returned home to Senegal with IOM’s help. They referenced IOM’s report.
  • BBC reported that despite protests from far-right groups, refugee children in Greece continue to attend school, boarding IOM-organized buses, in preparation for their eventual integration into the Greek education system.
  • Al Jazeera reported on Egypt’s Rashid tragedy in September last year which claimed the lives of more than 200 people who were trying to cross the Mediterranean. It referenced an IOM press note.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported on a fish farm project run by IOM and a local charity that helps Indonesian trafficking victims rebuild their lives. It also reported that under a new pilot project run by IOM, village heads in rural Indonesia have been empowered to take on human traffickers in a bid to crack down on the illegal practices. Both reports quoted IOM’s Paul Dillon.
  • UN Multimedia published an interview with IOM DG William Lacy Swing at the ongoing International Dialogue on Migration in New York.
  • The Maravi Post published an analysis of anti-trafficking responses in Malawi. It referred to IOM counter-trafficking policies.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that child refugees in Europe are being forced to sell their bodies to pay smugglers.
  • The Guardian published the story of Leoluca Orlando, mayor of the Italian town of Palermo who fought the mafia and won and is now trying to persuade the EU to allow freedom of movement for migrants by offering Palermo as a blueprint for other cities trying to integrate migrants.

Quote of the day

"The Global Compact is a historic opportunity to achieve a world in which migrants move as a matter of genuine choice. It's time for the international community to come together to more responsibly and humanely manage the movement of people." IOM Director General William Lacy Swing at IO International Dialogue on Migration in New York. More here.

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


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