Migration in the News | 25 October 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IPS reported that after centuries of coexistence, tensions between Muslims and Buddhists are building in Mandalay, the second-largest city in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Bangkok Post published an op-ed which noted that the upheaval in western Myanmar has caused problems elsewhere that also require and deserve international aid. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that Myanmar has agreed to the repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their homeland from Bangladesh, boost border security and implementation of other recommendations made in the final report of the Kofi Annan-led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State. It cited IOM figures.
  • Asia News Network reported that disease is now the biggest enemy of more than 600,000 Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state over the past two months. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • New York Times reported that the United States threatened, on Monday, to take punitive actions against Myanmar unless it pulls back from its violent military campaign against Rohingya refugees. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • RTS, Tagesanzeiger/Der Bun, Le Temps reported on Switzerland’s anti human trafficking campaign, 18th October,  in coordination with IOM Bern. Another RTS report shared the story of a victim who is being assisted by one of the main partners for the campaign, Coeur des Grottes.
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported more and better data is needed to track progress in the global drive to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking, as many victims are going uncounted. It referenced IOM.
  • Zimbabwe Daily reported that Zimbabwe has recorded positive strides in tackling human trafficking and is now ranked at Tier-2 on the watch list on human trafficking, IOM’s Lily Sanya said.
  • The Independent reported that social media skills are key to networking – and in an illicit trade with little hierarchy, smugglers have learned this quickly, using platforms like Facebook to make connections. It referenced IOM.
  • Uganda’s The Observer reported that staff working with the various United Nations agencies in Uganda, including IOM, have marked UN Day and the 72nd anniversary of the international body by cleaning markets and holding a health camp.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported about Amineh Abou Kerech, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee who won this year’s Betjeman poetry prize.
  • News Deeply reported that Indonesia has banned its citizens from migrating to 21 Middle Eastern countries for work. But the women of Lombok are still heading to the Gulf in search of jobs, and may be even more vulnerable than before.

Quote of the day

“I have great sympathy for them (people who fear migrants), for the lacking of knowledge, and as a result, lacking of the understanding of humanity, and also [how they] underestimate their own possibilities to help another person….” – Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. More here.

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