Migration in the News | 13 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UNRIC, Voice of America, AP, AFP, RTE, ABC, Tagesschau, Deutsche Welle, SZ, Vice reported that children and young people trying to reach Europe face appalling levels of human rights abuses as 77 per cent of young people traveling along the Central Mediterranean route report direct experiences of exploitation. All cited IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys.
  • EU Observer and The Guardian reported that smugglers are possibly looking to reopen a Black Sea migrant smuggling route between Turkey and Romania, with hundreds of people having already arrived by boat over the past few weeks. It cited IOM reports and quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.
  • Croatia’s HRTi aired a studio debate on its Tema Dana talk show delving into the EU’s recent policy developments and agreements with African countries geared towards better managing migration flows. IOM's Tatiana Radosevic was interviewed. 
  • UN News Centre reported that the flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented in terms of volume and speed. It spoke with IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • CNN reported about the dangerous exodus of Rohingya refugees to reach Bangladesh under the cover of night. It referenced IOM reports.
  • Pakistan’s Breaking News reported that China has said it backs Myanmar’s efforts to “safeguard stability” as pressure mounts to end violence which has sent more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh. It cited IOM figures.
  • Antara News reported that Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated that four helicopters would carry humanitarian aid for the Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh from the Rakhine State in Myanmar. IOM and partners are working continuously to support the refugees.
  • AFP reported that the number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico has jumped dramatically because of the crisis in their country, citing a new report by IOM and the Organization of American States. It quoted IOM Deputy Director General Laura Thompson.
  • AFP reported that the number of migrants arriving in Spain so far this year has soared more than 88 per cent from the same period in 2016, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said. It cited IOM figures.
  • AFP reported that the anonymity afforded by the Internet – especially in the dark web – is hindering efforts by organizations to fight human trafficking, especially the sexual exploitation of minors. It quoted IOM’s Rosilyne Borland.

Trending on the Internet

  • Los Angeles Times reported that Hurricane Irma caused large-scale damage to Immokalee, a largely Latino farming hub in the southwestern part of Florida where migrant workers’ homes and source of living were destroyed.
  • UNICEF teamed up with renowned photographer and director Rankin to create a 60-second film highlighting the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster, especially those separated from their families as they become refugees.

Food and Migration in the News

  • The Guardian reported that few industries illustrate the positive impact of immigrants on our society as clearly as food and that migration has enriched UK’s food culture.
  • PRI reported about a well-loved local restaurant in Brooklyn that serves a fusion of Uzbek and Korean cuisine –  and tells a little-known story about Russian history and migration.
  • Sierra Club shared the story of Michael Twitty, the founder of Afroculinaria, a food blog that documents African American historic foodways and their legacy.
  • The Star reported about a new exhibit that shows how restaurants have both preserved and transmitted Jewish culture through archival photos and evocative memorabilia.

Quote of the day

“If you try to run, they shoot you. If you stop working, they beat you,” Aimamo, a 16-year-old unaccompanied child from Gambia quoted in IOM-UNICEF report. Read more here.

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


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