Migration in the News | 24 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Dhaka Tribune, Devex, Reuters, Anadolu Agency, Arab Times, The Daily Star, Xinhua, The Malaysian Insight, AP, Swiss Info reported about the pledging conference for the Rohingya refugee crisis where nations pledged $345 million in response to the intensifying crisis. They quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • RFA reported that India fully backs Bangladesh's efforts to deal with an unprecedented influx of Rohingya refugees from neighboring Myanmar, signaling an apparent policy shift on the issue. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • The Jordan Times and Bangladesh’s The Independent reported that Queen Rania on Monday called on the international community to respond “effectively, quickly and generously” to alleviate the suffering of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority. Queen Rania stopped by a primary healthcare centre run by IOM.
  • Nigerian News District reported that barely three weeks after 138 Nigerians returned voluntarily from Libya, another 580 are being expected from the North African country, this week, with assistance from IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • AFP reported about an Ethiopian migrant who documented and made a film about his dangerous journey across Sudan and Egypt.
  • Al Monitor reported that Turkish artist Volkan Aslan’s film installation about displacement for the 15th Istanbul Biennial will also be presented on the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of refugees are stranded in what is essentially their temporary, makeshift home.

Quote of the day

“With no respect or regard for the principles of humanitarian and international law, the discrimination against and the persecution of the Rohingya minority has continued unabated, in full view of the world.” – Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. More here.

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