Migration in the News | 1 November 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Guardian highlighted that severely traumatized survivors of sexual violence are being routinely locked up at the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre despite the introduction of a new policy in 2016 by the Home Office that advises against detention for people having experienced sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Voice of America reported that immigrants from Honduras and Nicaragua who have Temporary Protected Status in the United States will learn by Monday whether that status is to be extended.
  • The Guardian reported that a lawsuit has been filed seeking the immediate release of a disabled 10-year-old girl detained by the US Border Patrol after she went through a checkpoint on the way to hospital for an operation.
  • An article on Latinamérica Press delves into the migration history of the Brazilian city of Campinas in light of the new migratory flow starting in 2010. The article points out that diversity has been a factor for the city’s success.
  • According to Forbes, a booming food festival in Queens, New York, owes much of it success to migrant entrepreneurs from the Tibetan diaspora. The Momo Crawl food festival celebrates the succulent steamed Tibetan dumpling.
  • IPS highlighted the main themes for actionable commitments leading up to the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
  • ABC reported that, according to a parliamentary inquiry, three Tongan workers have died and others are being forced to live and work grueling hours in pitiful conditions in Australia. 

Trending on the Internet

  • New York Times reported that Australia has moved forward with plans to close its Manus Island detention center in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, cutting off access to food, water and electricity as more than 600 refugees and asylum seekers resisted relocation to a nearby city, where they said they would be attacked.
  • ABC reported that Libya's coast guard claim to have intercepted 299 African migrants on Tuesday, including 40 women and 19 children, on two rubber boats in the Mediterranean Sea east of the capital, Tripoli. The article cites IOM, the UN Migration Agency, on the number of migrants and refugees having entered Europe by sea this year.

Quote of the day

“Cities that are inclusive are able to solicit active engagement from all communities, and over time can create a greater sense of belonging among migrants…” – Alice Charles and Dilip Guna, World Economic Forum. Read more here.

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

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