Migration in the News | 29 August 2017
Media Monitoring Highlights
- AFP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, AP, Voice of America and The Guardian reported that African and European leaders on Monday backed proposals to screen asylum seekers in Africa as a way to prevent thousands from taking perilous journeys across the Mediterranean. All cited IOM figures. UN Radio also spoke to IOM’s Leonard Doyle who said African states that are transit countries need the EU's help if the issue of irregular migration is to be resolved.
- The Guardian published an editorial which noted that Europe’s strategies must not amount to pushing the problem further away from its shores; rather, it should play a prominent part in solving the migration and refugee crisis. It referenced IOM.
Trending on the Internet
- Quartz reported that millennials in the US are more accepting of refugees than many of their peers elsewhere, according to a World Economic Forum survey of people aged 18 to 35.
- The Daily Mail reported that the United Nations called Monday for the immediate release of the most vulnerable migrants held in Libya, many of whom have been subjected to appalling human rights abuses including “extreme violence.”
Quote of the day
“IOM has been and continues to be a very relevant organization in the global development and humanitarian architecture with a flexible but meaningful mandate. Its culture, structure and modus operandi is grounded in getting things done at both operational and policy levels. I sincerely hope and wish that those key characteristics of IOM will be protected and further strengthened.” – Outgoing IOM Chief of Staff Ovais Sarmad.
For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrvals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int