Migration in the News | 3 November 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Reuters reported that the bodies of seven migrants were discovered on Wednesday in a boat adrift off Libya while around 900 people were saved in operations in the southern Mediterranean, Italy’s coastguard said. It cited IOM figures.
  • Human Rights Watch reported that Iraqi security officials are preventing displaced families from returning home to retaken areas over perceived ties to the so-called Islamic State. It cited IOM figures.
  • Voice of America reported that November is expected to bring about the closure of Derveni, the only camp on mainland Greece where refugees and migrants are still living in tents, which would come amid efforts to shift from crisis mode to a long-term approach. It quoted IOM’s Gianluca Rocco.
  • Ahram Online reported that Egyptian citizens abroad sent to Egypt a total of $16.3 billion in remittances between November 2016 and August 2017, registering a 17.35 percent increase compared to the same period the year before. It quoted IOM’s Teuta Grazhdani.
  • Inverse reported that New Zealand’s Green party leader James Shaw said in a radio interview that New Zealand is currently considering a program that would allow up to 100 individuals a year into the country through a new visa category specifically for people displaced by climate change. It mentioned that international agencies, including IOM, have pressed for the need to protect environmental migrants.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reported that tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report.
  • SBS reported that 26 percent of small business owners polled in the independent study commissioned by American Express said migrants improved productivity and 21 percent said they brought specific skillsets difficult to find locally.

Quote of the day

“We need to acknowledge that we are, unless we make dramatic changes, at the front of seeing refugees as a result of climate change. We see a duty of care there – both to champion internationally the importance of acknowledging and responding to climate change, but also doing our bit.” – New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. More here.

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

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