Migration in the News | 19 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that new legal action by the EU against eastern member states for refusing to take their share of refugees shows how the worst migration crisis since World War II still divides the continent. It cited IOM figures.
  • Fox News reported that more than 900 African and Asian migrants – including at least 25 minors and seven pregnant women – en route to Europe have been rescued by a Libyan Coast Guard patrol. It referenced IOM reports.
  • News Ghana reported that the Turkish Coastguard received two search and rescue vessels as part of a EUR 20 million agreement between the European Union and IOM. It quoted IOM’s Lado Gvilava.
  • Latin American Herald Tribune reported that the Bolivian government seeks to use the upcoming International Peoples Conference to pressure international institutions to respect migrants’ rights, multilateralism and international law. Deputy Minister Alfredo Rada noted that in recent decades, “important progress” has been made regarding the international rights of migrants, which have been defined by IOM and UNHCR.
  • Asharq Al-Awsat reported that a number of migrants suffering from hunger, torture and sexual abuse at the hands of human traffickers presented filmed evidence of these crimes in a video of the area where they are being held. It cited IOM.
  • Sudan Tribune reported that IOM in South Sudan has estimated that 5.5 million people in South Sudan are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition due to the conflict and the country’s collapsing economy. It quoted IOM’s Antonio Torres.
  • Qatar Tribune and Qatar News Agency reported that Qatar Charity (QC) has signed 93 cooperation agreements worth more than $126mn with UN agencies and humanitarian organizations, including IOM, in addition to international and regional charities.

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  • IFAD released a new report that noted that the amount of money migrants send to their families in developing countries has risen by 51 per cent over the past decade.

Quote of the day

“It’s not possible to separate, either in debate or in practice, the defense of migrants’ rights from the defense of multilateralism or from global warming.” –  Alfredo Rada, Bolivian Deputy Minister of Coordination with Social Movement. Read more here.

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


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