Migration in the News | 9 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • DPA reported that an estimated 100,000 more Rohingya Muslims have been waiting on the border to cross into Bangladesh after more than half a million others fled unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, according to IOM.
  • Reuters reported that the UN is braced for a possible further exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh six weeks after the world’s fastest-developing refugee emergency began. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Xinhua reported that an estimated 2,000 refugees per day are still arriving from Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar on the other side of the border in Bangladesh. It quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • AFP reported on Robert Watkins, UN resident coordinator in Dhaka’s comments that Bangladesh’s plan to build the world’s biggest refugee camp for 800,000-plus Rohingya was dangerous because overcrowding could heighten the risks of deadly diseases spreading quickly. IOM has agreed to coordinate the work of aid agencies and help build shelters at the new camp site.
  • The Premium Times reported the Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA Resource Centre) has urged the International Criminal Court to intervene on behalf of Rohingya Muslims. It referenced IOM.
  • RFA reported that Bangladesh’s Buddhist minority this week cut back on colorful traditions that mark Probarona Purnima (Full Moon Night) – the community’s second-biggest religious festival – as a show of sympathy for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees sheltering in their country. It cited IOM estimates and quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.
  • IANS reported that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said her government was very cautious and did not respond to any provocations by Myanmar, thereby defusing tensions between the two neighbours in the wake of a mass exodus of Rohingyas from Rakhine State. It cited IOM.
  • Green Watch reported that Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered the use of his private 747 plane and the opening of an air bridge to provide aid to Rohingya refugees. The air bridge will see flights loaded with hundreds of tonnes of relief items to be distributed by agencies including IOM.
  • Xinhua reported that a senior official in the western Libyan city of Sabratha said on Saturday that more than 3,000 irregular migrants bound for Europe have been found in the city's detention centers. It noted that shelter is being prepared to house the migrants in Sabratha in coordination with IOM.
  • Xinhua reported that according to IOM, more than 33,000 people have been displaced in the retaking of the town of Hawija near Kirkuk in northern Iraq in the fight against the so-called Islamic State group. It cited IOM’s Displacement Tracking Matrix and quoted IOM’s Joel Millman.

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  • The Economist reported that Australia admits more migrants than any other major western country with over 28 per cent of its residents born overseas – a higher share than in Canada or New Zealand, let alone the United Kingdom or the United States.

Quote of the day

“Deeply concerned about the many migrants affected by recent developments in Sabratah. There is an urgent need for basic assistance including food, water, non-food items and medical assistance.” – Othman Belbeisi, IOM Libya Chief of Mission. His tweet here.

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


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