Migration in the News | 2 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News Centre reported that the UN has scaled up its efforts to tackle the humanitarian crisis in northeast Nigeria, after a visit by IOM Director General William Lacy Swing and the allocation of $10.5 million from a new fund.
  • AFP reported that bodies of eight migrants have been found at sea off the coast of Libya by rescuers coming to the aid of four rubber dinghies, the Italian coastguard said on Tuesday. It cited IOM figures.

  •  DPA reported that Italy‘s planned naval operation to tackle migrant traffickers in Libyan waters will not encroach on the sovereignty of Libya, Italian Defence Minister Roberta Pinotti said. It cited IOM.

  • News Deeply reported that since Egyptian authorities cracked down on people smuggling last year, the Eritrean population in Cairo has swelled. It quoted an IOM spokesperson.
  • Bangladesh’s The Financial Express reported that the government has signed an agreement with IOM to further strengthen and expand the cooperation between Bangladesh and the UN migration agency.

  • The Nation reported on IOM’s handover to the Thai Immigration Bureau of five Verifier Travel Document and Bearer (TD&B) workstations to detect passport and identity fraud. It quoted IOM’s Dana Graber Ladek. 

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  • AFP reported that migrants are attending free open-air language classes organised by a refugee support group at a dozen locations across the French capital, Paris.
  • BBC reported that most of the refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to land in Europe have to travel for days in the Sahara desert on their way to Libya. Italian journalist Giacomo Zandonini shared his story as he returned from Niger where he spent a whole month meeting people walking through the desert.

Quote of the day

“Ending conflicts, investing in real economic development and providing legal pathways will reduce flows across Mediterranean. Nothing else. " - Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. His tweet here.

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


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