Migration in the News | 13 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • EU Observer reported that the EU's border agency, Frontex, says more people are dying at sea because boats disembarking from Libya are dangerously overloaded. Unable to offload the problem onto a non-existent Libyan government, the EU has turned to UNHCR and IOM to help people return to their home countries.
  • DPA reported that the leaders of Germany and France pledged on Wednesday to help Italy face a mass inflow of boat migrants from North Africa. It cited IOM figures.
  • UN and Sputnik reported that thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. They cited IOM reports.
  • Ghana’s Daily Guide reported that as part of efforts to intensify the fight against trans-international crimes and illegal migration, the European Union through IOM has commissioned a new border post facility at the Agortime Afegame Ghana-Togo border. It quoted IOM’s Sylvia Lopez-Ekra.
  • Bangladesh’ The Independent ran an Op-Ed which noted that some immigration departments are often powerless against the trafficking of migrants, which is usually helped by porous maritime borders. It quoted IOM’s Nassirou Afagnon.
  • SBS Australia reported about migrants stuck in Indonesia who are dreaming of a rare ticket to Australia, New Zealand or the US. It referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported on how international migration is affecting the distribution pattern of global population.
  • The Guardian reported that the vast majority of people arriving in Europe by sea are fleeing persecution, war and famine, while less than a fifth are economic migrants, a report revealed.

Quote of the day

“To harness the development potential of migration, governments must manage migration through international co-operation and coherent national policies.”  –  Louise Arbour, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration. Read more here.

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


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