Migration in the News | 18 August 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that Spanish police on Thursday said they had shut down a gang charging migrants 5,000 euros each to bring them across from Morocco via the Strait of Gibraltar on jet-skis. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Guardian, Sputnik, and Apsny News reported that Spain lacks the resources and capacity to protect the rising number of refugees and migrants reaching it by sea.
  • Sputnik reported that Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti on Thursday criticized Austria's decision to deploy troops at their shared border in the Alps, stressing that the move was unjustified, local media reported. It cited IOM figures.
  • Newsweek reported that Bulgaria’s defense minister has said the European Union should use military means to defend its external borders from migrants entering illegally. It quoted IOM.
  • AFP reported that migration trends are shifting across the Mediterranean region, based on data from IOM and UNHCR.
  • CNN reported that Europe’s migrant crisis is not going away, but is changing. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP and Xinhua reported that Libyan authorities, in coordination with IOM, repatriated on Thursday 135 Nigerian migrants, including women and children, who had made failed attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, an official said.
  • Gambia’s The Point reported that 136 Gambian migrants returned to the Gambia from Libya on Wednesday. The returnees where received at the Banjul International Airport upon arrival by officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IOM, among others. 
  • Pakistan’s The Nation published a series of photos showing African migrants gathered outside an immigration office in Tripoli ahead of being repatriated to their country of origin under a voluntary program coordinated by IOM.
  • Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that cases against human traffickers and middlemen are piling up due to a shortage of judges in Cox’s Bazar. It mentioned that one victim trafficked to Malaysia returned home to Bangladesh with IOM’s help.
  • El Pais reported that nearly 400,000 migrants each year cross the border from Guatemala to Mexico, where obstacles begin for thousands of Central Americans fleeing violence, poverty and hunger. It referenced an IOM study.
  • EFE reported that the executive director of the World Food Program, David Beasley, has said that illegal migration to the United States could be reduced if Guatemala addresses the problem of hunger in its territory. It cited IOM data.

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  • Deutsche Welle reported on a special exhibit in the Neanderthal Museum in Mettmann, Germany,  entitled "Two Million Years of Migration," that explores the history of human movement and reveals that today's migration routes are uncannily similar to those from thousands of years ago.

Quote of the day


“Migration is humankind’s oldest and anti-poverty strategy, and the best form of flattery to the host country.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. See tweet here

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


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