Migration in the News | 18 July 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN Radio spoke with IOM’s Olivia Headon about the International Dialogue on Migration, as well as why helping migrants integrate into host communities is crucial to everyone's wellbeing and should be a part of the Global Compact discussions.
  • DW reported that EU foreign ministers have introduced restrictions in a bid to counter human-trafficking. It cited IOM figures.
  • Kuwait News Agency reported that European Union foreign ministers discussed the political situation in Libya, the North Korea crisis and migration at meeting also attended by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing who participated in the discussion on migration, focusing on the Central Mediterranean route.
  • EU Observer reported that Austria is ready to "protect" its borders amid reported Italian threats to issue provisional visas to thousands of migrants. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • The Council of Europe reported that its EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement and IOM are to publish a joint study on the benefits of involving migrants in disaster risk reduction initiatives.
  • Global Issues reported about IOM’s iamamigrant campaign which allows the voices of individuals to shine through and provides an honest insight into the triumphs and tribulations of migrants of all backgrounds and at all phases of their migratory journeys.
  • GovInsider interviewed IOM immigration and border management specialist Donato Colucci on the sidelines of Interpol World 2017 in Singapore.

Trending on the Internet

  • Irish Times ran an Op-Ed by John O’Hagan, economics professor emeritus, which noted that immigrants could be key in tackling the demographic crises faced by Ireland.
  • Washington Post reported that after visa delays, an Afghan girls' robotics team arrived in D.C. for a global competition. The team gained attention globally when their visas to compete in the U.S. were initially denied.

Quote of the day

“There is little evidence also to suggest that migrants, from the European Union in particular, push down wages or displace the jobs of domestic workers. They in fact often fill key gaps in the jobs market, for example in the health service or the hospitality and IT sectors.”  –  John O’Hagan, professor emeritus of economics at Trinity College Dublin. Read more here.

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

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