Migration in the News | 15 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Benar News and Bangladesh’s The Daily Observer reported that one million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar could flee to Bangladesh by year’s end. They quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker.
  • AFP and Bangkok Post reported that pressure on Myanmar soared as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called the violence against Rohingya Muslims 'unacceptable' and rights group Amnesty said it has evidence of the military's ‘systematic’ torching of villages. They quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker.

  • Reuters reported that the UN appealed for massive help for nearly 400,000 Muslims from Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh. It quoted IOM’s Mohammed Abdiker.

  • Al Jazeera reported that citizens of Bangladesh, including a farmer and a digital entrepreneur, who were moved by the suffering of Rohingya Muslims, rallied together to deliver much-needed assistance to the new arrivals. Most distribute their goods from large trucks that now clog the rural road between Cox's Bazar and Teknaf. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.

  • Xinhua reported that Switzerland called on all European countries to honor their quotas as part of an EU pledge to redistribute some 160,000 asylum seekers. Switzerland is currently supporting IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes.

  • Middle East Monitor reported about “Singing for Syrians” which was launched in 2015 as a nationwide initiative to raise money to help Syria’s most vulnerable people. It quoted IOM’s Chris Gaul.

  • The Times Central Asia reported that an OSCE-supported analytical report on the rights of migrant workers and human trafficking victims in Kazakhstan was presented at the Foreign Ministry in Astana. The report is based on data from the Human Rights Commission and facts provided by many entities including IOM Kazakhstan.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that 12 migrants have been sailing to and fro between Istanbul and Odessa on a Danish passenger ferry for the last seven weeks, locked in four cabins with no country willing to take them.

Quote of the day

“It isn't migrants who drive down wages and conditions, it’s unscrupulous employers.” – Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the British Labour Party. Watch here.

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

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