Migration in the News | 14 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Politico, DW and The Belfast Telegraph reported that following talks with the heads of IOM and UNHCR, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to cooperate more closely with Libya to stem the influx of migrants from North Africa to Europe via perilous Mediterranean crossings.
  • NPR and Reuters reported that a rising number of displaced Syrians are returning to their homes, with more than 600,000 going back in the first seven months of this year, according to IOM.
  • DPA reported on the Libyan navy which has said its order to foreign ships to stay out of its coastal search and rescue zone for irregular migrants complies with international laws. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sudan News reported that the leadership of the Darfur Displaced and Refugees Association has urged the Sudanese authorities to officially declare a cholera epidemic in the country. It mentioned that with partners, IOM health teams are conducting cholera vaccination campaigns across the country.
  • Open Gov spoke with IOM’s Donato Colucci about the organization’s work in the Asia-Pacific region during the INTERPOL World event held in Singapore recently.

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  • New York Times reported that Canada’s seasonal agriculture worker program was set up to recruit migrants from Mexico and 11 Caribbean nations to address chronic labour shortages. But critics say the program is poorly supervised, leaving workers vulnerable to exploitation.

Quote of the day

"This work (supporting migrants and refugees) must not fail for financial reasons. The root causes of migration need to be addressed.” – Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. Read more here.

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

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