Migration in the News | 25 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks. It quoted IOM’s Dr. Tasnuba Nourin.
  • BBC reported that UN agencies in Bangladesh say there has been a notable drop over the past two days in the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar. It quoted IOM’s Peppi Siddiq.
  • The Straits Times reported that Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh is now grappling with an influx of 429,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. They face an uncertain future even as the arrivals unsettle some of the locals. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • The Guardian shared the story of Nijam Uddin Mohammed who was one of 199 mainly Muslim Rohingya welcomed by Bradford council between 2008 and 2010, under its City of Sanctuary scheme. He arrived in West Yorkshire under IOM’s Gateway Protection programme.
  • DPA reported that Bangladesh has deployed the army to scale up relief efforts for Rohingya Muslims who are sheltering in the country's south-eastern border after fleeing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. It referenced IOM reports.
  • Bangladesh’s Observer reported that the Bangladesh army has begun building 14,000 new shelters to house 84,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees camping in Cox's Bazar. It cited IOM.
  • Khaleej Times reported that according to UNICEF, more than 1,500 unaccompanied Rohingya children have entered Bangladesh along with the recent wave of refugees and are at a high risk of trafficking and gender-based violence. It quoted IOM’s Hazera Legendre.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Greek asylum chief Maria Stavropoulou has called on the European Union to resettle "several hundred thousand" refugees a year directly from the Middle East, rather than allowing them to suffer the hazards of irregular crossings. It quoted IOM’s Daniel Esdras.
  • Xinhua reported that Iraqi security forces battling the so-called Islamic State (IS) on Sunday pushed further to free the remaining IS-held areas in north of the liberated city of Tal Afar in northern Iraq. It cited IOM estimates.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Telegraph reported that the increasing popularity of a Spanish migrant route has seen three times as many irregular migrants caught at the British port of Portsmouth in the past year.
  • Al Jazeera reported about the impoverished Colombian city of Soacha which is home to victims of Colombia's conflict and thousands of Venezuelan migrants.

Quote of the day

“Policies should enable migrants to be fully integrated into host communities, so they can be productive members of society.” – IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. More here.

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

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