Migration in the News | 6 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • El Pais and MO Magazine reported on recent developments along the Central Mediterranean route, Libya, and related issues such as Austria’s warning that it would consider using military assets at its border with Italy to stop migration, and Italy’s proposal to close its ports to NGOs vessels carrying out rescue at sea. They quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.
  • Europapress.es reported on migrant arrivals via the Central Mediterranean and Italy’s proposals to change how rescue at sea is regulated in the Central Mediterranean.  It referenced IOM’s press note and quoted Director General Swing and Eugenio Ambrosi.  
  • New Europeans carried an exclusive interview with IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi on the benefits of, and the need for more adequate legal migration pathways as an essential measure for reducing irregular migration.  
  • Bloomberg reported that Europe is in the midst of its second migration crisis since 2015. This one is smaller than the last, but harder to resolve. It cited IOM figures.
  • BBC reported that there has been a sharp rise in migrant arrivals on Spain's south coast this year. Since the start of 2017, 6,464 migrants crossed the Mediterranean to Spain, according to IOM.
  • Bisnow reported that the massive influx of refugees into Europe in the past two years has created challenges for societies across the continent – and real estate is at the front lines.
  • WNPR discussed why the phenomenon of “climate migration” has a global reach and what legal protections exist for those forced to leave their homes for environmental reasons. IOM’s Mariam Traore Chazalnoel was one of the guests.
  • Vice Impact reported that people who flee their home country's fallout from climate change often become people with no institutional protections. It quoted IOM’s Mariam Traore Chazalnoel who hopes that with sufficient education the UN can approach climate migrants not as economic ones, but more as victims of a humanitarian emergency who should receive the asylum that it entails.
  • CBC shared the story of a Nigerian would-be migrant who was held for ransom in Libya and regrets his attempt to reach Europe. It quoted IOM’s Richard Danziger.
  • Xinhua reported that China on Wednesday donated one million US dollars through IOM to aid the displaced and vulnerable communities and returnees in Somalia. It quoted IOM’s Gerard Waite.

Trending on the Internet

  • IRIN ran an Op-Ed noting that efforts to close irregular channels into the EU will work only if they are accompanied by an expansion of regular, legal channels. In practice this means EU member states putting a greater number of work visas on the table in discussions with the countries from which people are migrating and through which they are transiting.

Quote of the day

“Women and girls make up half the world's migrants. Their views must be heard in developing solutions to migration challenges.” –  Louise Arbour, UN Special Representative for International Migration. Her tweet here.

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

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