Migration in the News | 15 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • NPR reported that smugglers off the coast of Yemen threw as many as 280 migrants overboard in the past week, according to IOM. It spoke with the organisation’s Joel Millman.
  • The Guardian reported on survivors who recalled how traffickers with AK47s forced dozens of migrants and  refugees, including children who could not swim, to jump into heavy seas off the coast of Yemen last week. It referenced IOM.
  • AFP reported that Italy has seen a sharp fall in the number of migrants arriving on its shores, a decline that has left experts scrambling for an explanation. It cited IOM figures.
  • IPS reported about IOM’s Aware Migrants information campaign, which aims to help potential migrants in making informed decisions by warning them about the real dangers of the journey along the main irregular migration routes from East and West Africa, across the desert and the Mediterranean.
  • IPS reported that this year alone, between January and July, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned home, according to IOM.

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  • The Guardian reported that the Home Office has granted refugee status to a prominent Nigerian LGBT activist, ending a 13-year battle over her right to remain in the UK.

Quote of the day

“To sum up, if we want to discuss what migration is and what it does to societies, we should take a much broader perspective and not let ourselves reproduce the very limited problem-oriented definition of migration prompted by the nation-state ideology, an ideology which is of course also reproduced in statistics." – Leo Lucassen, Professor of Global Labour and Migration History at Leiden University and director of the International Institute of Social History in the Netherlands (IISH). Read more here.

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

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