Migration in the News | 3 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The New Nation published an Op-Ed by IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi who noted that the EU desperately needs to re-prioritize the tougher and longer-term investment in migrant and refugee integration.
  • AFP and Huff Post reported that Italy's interior minister called Sunday on other European countries to open their ports to rescue ships ahead of talks with France and Germany on tackling the migrant crisis. They cited IOM figures.
  • Voice of America reported that dozens of people are missing and believed drowned after an inflatable boat carrying more than 100 people sank off the coast of Libya last week. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). IOM is one of their key partners supporting the DRC government in their response.
  • Washington Post reported that Libya is now home to a thriving trade in humans where some of the world's most desperate people are being held as slaves, tortured or forced into prostitution. It cited IOM figures.
  • Xinhua reported that the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has called for further efforts to curb illicit financial flows out of Africa, which is estimated at up to 80 billion US dollars per year. It cited IOM statistics.
  • Denton Record-Chronicle shared the story of two North Texans originally from African countries. They are planning a humanitarian campaign to travel to Africa and bring hope to communities in the war-torn country of South Sudan. One them is Aruto Ngel, a former refugee who shared that when they moved to Dallas, he owned little more than what they carried in white IOM plastic bags.

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  • The Guardian reported that many Haitians and Dominicans are moving south for jobs and opportunities – and some are receiving a less-than-sympathetic welcome after a 3,000km trek.
  • AFP reported that the peak of the migrant crisis in Europe has passed but many of those who came are here to stay and governments must focus on helping them integrate, the OECD said.

Quote of the day

“We hope the films at our next festival will instill understanding, empathy with characters, awe at their journeys and admiration for those who welcome their new neighbors.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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

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