Migration in the News | 19 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Al Jazeera reported that aid workers say the Rohingya crisis at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border is now one of the biggest humanitarian crises and that world leaders need to do more and respond. It spoke with IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Asian Correspondent reported that Human Rights Watch’s new analysis by of satellite imagery over Rakhine State in Myanmar shows that at least 214 Rohingya Muslim villages have been burnt down in recent weeks. It cited IOM figures.
  • IPS reported about tens of thousands of Rohingyas struggling to survive in Bangladesh’s border districts amid scarcities of food, clean water and medical care, mostly for children and elderly people. It referenced IOM.
  • NPR reported on how Bangladesh is coping with the chaos of thousands of Rohingyas coming in from Myanmar. It noted that representatives from IOM, other aid agencies and the Bangladesh government are trying to make things better and are providing vaccinations against measles, rubella and polio.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that thousands of Rohingya infants and children who have entered Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar are starving amid baby food crisis and the little relief that has so far reached them does not include focused assistance for the children. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Daily Sun reported that Human Rights Watch has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against Myanmar military for persecution of Rohingyas forcing around 400,000 ethnic minority people to flee to Bangladesh. It cited IOM figures.
  • Asian Correspondent reported that Save The Children has warned that 600,000 Rohingya children could be in Bangladesh by the end of 2017 as the result of violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. It cited IOM figures.
  • Huffington Post reported that as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week in New York, an important announcement is coming about modern slavery worldwide. ILO, IOM and the group Walk Free will be releasing the 2017 estimate of modern slavery and child labour around the globe.
  • CNN published an Op-Ed by Emine Erdoğan, the first lady of the Republic of Turkey who highlighted that the time for the rest of the world to act on the plight of Rohingya Muslims is now. It cited IOM figures.
  • Vice reported about IOM and UNICEF’s joint report, Harrowing Journeys, in which 11,000 migrant youths tell their story to inspire action on the refugee crisis.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that the Moroccan navy announced on Monday the arrest of eight irregular immigrants while sailing on a rubber boat off the coast of Spain. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Bloomberg reported on an Ivory Coast hairdresser who was sent back after an attempt to reach Europe. It cited an IOM report.
  • Papua New Guinea’s The National reported that more than 79,000 people have been displaced following natural disasters in the country in the past 12 years, according to the National Disaster Centre. It quoted IOM’s Wonesai Sithole.
  • CAJ News Agency reported that Uganda has reached a grim milestone as the country hosting the highest number of refugees in Africa amid indications it is reaching breaking point. It quoted IOM’s Ali Abdi.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that a sharp fall in migrant workers coming to Britain as a consequence of Brexit could push up wages and cause a spike in inflation in the short term, according to Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England.
  • IRIN reported about the six major humanitarian challenges confronting the UN General Assembly which included refugees and migrants.

Quote of the day

“Migration is one of these issues where the reality is much better than perception. There are a lot of negative stereotypes that are completely at odds with reality.” – Louise Arbour, United Nations Special Representative on International Migration. Read more here.

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