Migration in the News | 5 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Xinhua and Dhaka Tribune reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing issued a personal plea calling for interventions to end the suffering of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
  • Reuters reported that humanitarian organisations helping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said they need $434 million over the next six months to help up to 1.2 million people in dire need of life-saving assistance. It quoted IOM’s William Lacy Swing.
  • Asia Times reported that humanitarian agencies helping Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are hoping that Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other “non-traditional” donors will respond to the plight of their fellow Muslims. It quoted IOM’s Chris Lom.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that relief agencies continued fighting to contain outbreak of diseases among more than half a million half-starving Rohingyas as diseases in their makeshift settlements were on the rise. It quoted IOM.
  • UN News Centre reported that with some 8,500 people displaced over the past two weeks amid Iraq’s military operations to retake Anbar province, IOM announced that it is stepping up provision of life-saving assistance. It quoted IOM’s Dr. Hamed Amro.
  • Premium Times reported that after failed attempts to cross over to Europe from Libya, around 138 Nigerians on Tuesday returned home with the help of IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • AP reported that a 106-year-old Afghan woman who made a perilous journey to Europe in 2015 that involved her son and grandson carrying her through mountains, deserts and forests, has finally been granted temporary shelter in Sweden.
  • The New York Times reported that popular ice cream makers and founders of Ben & Jerry’s signed an agreement to help improve migrant dairy workers’ conditions.

Quote of the day

“There is nothing illegal about seeking sanctuary from war and persecution.” – Thomas Albrecht, UNHCR Regional Representative in Canberra. More here.

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

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