Migration in the News | 5 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that according to IOM figures, more than 100,000 migrants and refugees have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean to Europe since the beginning of the year, and 2,247 have died trying. It also quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • BBC and International Business Times reported that around 50 migrants are feared to have drowned in waters off the Moroccan coast, the Spanish coastguard has said. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that Italy summoned Austria’s ambassador Tuesday after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to stop migrants entering, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year. It cited IOM figures.
  • DW reported that Italy now wants to control more closely the work of aid organizations assisting refugees in the Mediterranean and is preparing new procedures and new rules of conduct. It cited IOM figures.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that more than 7 million children in West and Central Africa are on the move because of violence, poverty and climate change, accounting for over half of all migrants in the region, UNICEF said. It cited IOM figures.
  • Phnom Penh Post reported that Thailand has extended the suspension of hefty fines and other punishments for undocumented migrant workers until the end of this year. It referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • EU Observer reported that the European Commission has said €35 million in additional funds and EU refugee resettlements from Africa could help Italy cope with irregular migration.
  • Open Democracy reported that although far more men than women undertake the perilous journey through the North African desert or across the Mediterranean in rubber rafts, it is the women who have a greater risk of dying along the way – most of them at sea.

Quote of the day

“If properly addressed, it [migration] could contribute to poverty eradication, job creation and economic transformation. We must therefore place migration at the top of the policy agenda.” –  Abdalla Hamdok, Acting Executive Secretary of UNECA. Read more here.

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

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