Migration in the News | 27 June 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The London Economic published an op-ed on Refugee Week by IOM UK’s Chief of Mission Dipti Pardeshi.
  • AFP and Kuwait News Agency  reported that Spanish coast guards rescued more than 200 migrants on Saturday as they attempted to make the perilous sea crossing from North Africa to Europe. It cited IOM figures.
  • Al Jazeera and Prensa Latina reported that an Irish naval ship has rescued 712 people, including pregnant women and infants, off the coast of the Libyan capital of Tripoli as part of an international migrant rescue effort, Ireland’s Defence Forces say. It cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • EuroNews reported that over 2,100 men, women and children have died in the Mediterranean sea while trying to reach Europe in the early part of 2017, citing IOM figures.
  • Sputnik reported on comments by French President Emmanuel Macron that Europe should welcome refugees because it is a European tradition and honor. It cited IOM figures.
  • Interfax reported on the joint USAID-IOM programme that has provided comprehensive support in reintegration for more than 1,300 people and has helped hundreds of Ukrainians start their businesses. It quoted IOM’s Manfred Profazi.
  • The Alliance for Maternal Health Equality reported on the Re-Health initiative, a joint effort of IOM and the European Commission Directorate General for Health and Food Safety which aims to contribute to improving the capacity of EU Member States under particular migratory pressure to address the health-related issues of migrants arriving at key reception areas, while preventing and addressing possible communicable diseases and cross-border health events.
  • Sputnik reported that the number of cases of human trafficking has increased in recent years in Libya, according to the head of the Tunisian Observatory for Human Rights. It referenced IOM.
  • AFP reported on the dangers faced by West African migrants taking the route through Agadez, Niger on their way to Europe. It cited IOM figures.
  • PRI reported about tracing conflict gold in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It quoted IOM’s Maxie Muwonge.
  • InStore Magazine reported that a jeweler has completed the first export of responsible and conflict-free artisanal gold from Eastern Congo to Canada through a project funded by Global Affairs Canada and USAID, and supported by IOM.
  • IRIN News reported that the Government of Nigeria is ready to convert its recent military momentum against Boko Haram into a revitalization of the state’s agricultural sector, which could be life-saving for the 5.2 million people suffering from acute food security across the region. It cited IOM figures.
  • Financial Tribune reported that Teymour Qaderi, a young Kurdish filmmaker, has been selected as Intercultural Leader by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) for his short film Big Fish which deals with the global issue of migration and focuses on the drowning of Syrian child Alan Kurdi. The same film won the CHINH India Award during PLURAL+ 2016, the joint UNAOC-IOM youth video festival.
  • Xinhua reported that the Australian government and IOM have launched a two-year AUD 4 million (USD 3 million) project to help undocumented Afghans in Pakistan and their host communities, as well as those returning to Afghanistan,
  • Jakarta Globe reported on the plight of asylum seekers stranded on Jakarta’s sidewalks. It referenced IOM.
  • Humanosphere reported that a factory fire in Lima, Peru, that killed four young people has drawn official and international attention to the sometimes deadly risk posed by the country’s use of forced labor. It referenced IOM and quoted IOM’s Jose Ivan Davalos.

Trending on the Internet

  • EuroNews showed a 360 video on the children living in refugee camps who are now attending formal education classes in Greek schools.
  • Huffington Post reported on practical ways to help refugees, telling readers to start by understanding the multi-organizational refugee process.

Quote of the day

“…We focus a lot on avoiding people losing lives in the hands of smugglers and traffickers – and this is a humanitarian priority – but I think we also have the responsibility to open regular channels for people to come to Europe in a sustainable, human and regulated way.” – High Representative/Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini. Read more here

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

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