Migration in the News | 11 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Inter Press Service reported that climate change poses a major risk to the poorest rural populations in developing countries, dangerously threatening their lives and livelihoods and thus forcing them to migrate. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • AAP reported that according to IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, people smugglers make about USD 35 billion a year worldwide and are driving the tragedy of migrants who die trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
  • RT reported that the destruction at the recently liberated city of Mosul will take months if not years to rebuild, and at an incredibly high cost. It spoke with IOM’s Hala Jaber.
  • Bangkok Post reported that a recent IOM report illustrated the worsening suicide situation in Mae La camp, which is more than three times that of the rest of Tak province and five times the average for all of Thailand. It quoted IOM’s Dana Graber Ladek.
  • Independent Australia published an Op-Ed which noted that modern day slavery exists because there is a market for it, and that awareness is needed to bring this horrific practice to an end. It quoted IOM’s Daniel Silva.
  • Club of  Mozambique reported that Mozambican authorities are strengthening the management of border control in the south of the country with the help of a United States-backed program in partnership with IOM that will help detect fake passports.
  • US News reported that recent policies deepen the stratification between Emirati nationals and the other 90 percent of the country’s foreign-born population. It cited an IOM report.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Conversation reported that rather than being an unsettling force, international migrants are helping to provide stability to the regional Australian communities they settle in.
  • Washington Post reported on a devastating series of photographs from the Old City of Mosul published by the Associated Press that lay bare the full horror of the battle to defeat the so-called Islamic State for the ordinary people caught in its path.

Quote of the day

“We need to systematically integrate migration and climate change into national development and poverty reduction programmes, disaster risk reduction and crisis planning and develop agricultural policies and practices that enhance resilience in the face of climate-induced forced migration.” –  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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