Migration in the News | 14 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • EU Observer, Al Arabiya and ORF 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. They cited IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys.
  • Nine News and VOA Indonesia reported that an estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled to Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar since late August. They quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • UN Radio 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.
  • AP reported that with Myanmar drawing condemnation for violence that has driven at least 370,000 Rohingya to flee the country, the government said its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will skip this month’s UN General Assembly meetings. It quoted IOM’s Mamunur Rashid.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that an outbreak of diseases is feared in Cox’s Bazar as nearly four lakh Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since August 25 and are surviving on inadequate food, water and sanitation facilities at makeshift settlements or under open sky. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Al Jazeera reported that according to a government spokesman, nearly a third of Rohingya villages have been emptied after the violence broke out two-and-a-half weeks ago. It mentioned IOM’s appeal.
  • DPA reported that  Romania’s coastguard on Wednesday rescued a group of migrants from a boat drifting on the Black Sea, in another incident on the new route for smugglers transporting people from Turkey towards Europe. It referenced IOM.
  • Slovak Spectator reported that foreigners can now more easily learn what type of visa and residence they need when coming to Slovakia using a new application called Visa Check. The app was introduced by the Migration Information Centre which is under IOM.
  • Foreign Policy reported that a decimated economy, a resurgent Taliban, and growing tensions with Iran are leaving  many disenchanted Afghans with the only option to seek opportunities abroad. It quoted IOM’s Syed Abdul Hai Sadat.

Trending on the Internet

  • Canberra Times shared the story of Theogene Ngamije, a former refugee from Rwanda who was inspired to join the Australian Army from the Australian peacekeeper who welcomed him 23 years ago.
  • Tech Crunch reported that Oracle is one of the few in the tech industry backing a bipartisan bill to hold websites facilitating human trafficking legally accountable.
  • CNN reported that 12 Nobel Prize laureates have written an open letter to the UN Security Council urging it to intervene in the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.

Quote of the day

“Remember one important thing, which is very unpopular in our political domestic debates, but it’s the reality of our economy. If migrants, regular migrants, in Europe would disappear, tomorrow morning, entire sectors of our economies would collapse.” – Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission. Watch here.

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


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