Migration in the News | 19 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The New Nation reported that IOM has warned that if adequate resources are not mobilized by the international community, thousands of Rohingyas would suffer without food, shelter and health care. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • AFP reported that an increase in migrant arrivals on Greek islands in September is putting extra pressure on already overcrowded sites. It cited IOM figures.
  • Xinhua reported that the latest group of 234 refugees was transferred from Greece to France on Wednesday as part of the EU refugee relocation program with the support of IOM.
  • PBS reported that with fighting now over in Mosul, Iraq, it’s the residents returning to their damaged houses who now face the deadly threat of booby-traps and improvised explosive devices left behind by the terror group. It cited IOM estimates.
  • Al Jazeera and Newsweek reported about the lack of global attention given to the twin bombings in Somalia on 14 October 2017. It cited a tweet by IOM’s Itayi Viriri.
  • The Daily Nation shared the story of Dahir, whose mother chose to take her family to Dadaab refugee camp instead of staying in their drought-ravaged home on the Somalia-Kenya border. Dahir worked as an interpreter for IOM and saved enough money to enroll at the University of Nairobi.
  • The Guardian published an op-ed which noted that since 2010, funding for anti-slavery work has risen slowly but steadily. This growth in resources marks a new chapter but while monetary resources have increased, human resources have not. It cited ILO, Walk Free and IOM’s report, Global Estimates of Modern Slavery.
  • Catholic News Agency reported that Chilean government officials, representatives of the Catholic Church in Chile and international organizations including IOM welcomed the first of 66 Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the country.
  • The Manila Times reported that the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs and several other agencies have signed the Inter-Agency Agreement on the Protection of Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Stateless Persons in the Philippines. The nation also continues to implement the emergency transit mechanism, a cooperation agreement with UNHCR and IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • South China Morning Post reported that a Chinese migrant worker will become a university’s oldest undergraduate as he begins classes alongside his 19-year-old daughter.
  • VICE News reported that Algerian police are indiscriminately rounding up West African migrants, loading them onto buses, and transporting them thousands of miles to the country’s southern border, where they are deported to Niger.

Quote of the day

“Leaders need to step up and offer a new narrative that puts the fundamental rights, needs and vulnerabilities of everyone on the move at the center of migration policy instead of the overarching focus on reducing the number of arrivals.” – Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director for the EU, Norway and Switzerland. More here.

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

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