Migration in the News | 7 November 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • The Daily Star reported that with no food, money and in constant fear in Rakhine State, Rohingyas are still trickling into Bangladesh. It quoted IOM’s Olivia Headon.
  • BBC reported about returns from Libya and community reintegration in Senegal. It mentioned IOM’s voluntary repatriation programme and quoted IOM’s Jo-Lind Roberts Sene and Seydine Ken.
  • BBC, UPI and AP reported that Italian prosecutors are investigating the deaths of 26 female migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean last week as their remains arrived at the Italian port of Salerno.
  • The Mark News published an article by IOM’s Dina Ionesco who noted that sudden-onset disasters are displacing tens of millions every year, adding to the existing economic and political causes of mass migration.
  • Ghana News Agency reported that the World Meteorological Organisation said that it is very likely that 2017 will be one of the three hottest years on record with many high-impact events like catastrophic hurricanes and floods, debilitating heat waves and drought. It cited IOM figures.
  • South Africa’s Business Day reported that Zimbabweans are opting to flee the country with some migrating to Australia or Europe. For most ordinary Zimbabweans, South Africa still offers the best hope of a better life. It cited IOM estimates.
  • The Manila Bulletin reported that the Philippines will remain a friendly place not only for tourists but also refugees and asylum seekers. The country implements the Emergency Transit Mechanism, a cooperation agreement with UNHCR and IOM that allows for the immediate evacuation of refugees at risk of persecution.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Financial Times reported that start-ups and other companies, including many from the technology sector, are also getting involved in managing the biggest flow of displaced people since the second world war, triggering an explosion of social and technological innovation.
  • The Guardian published the work of Dutch photographer Joël van Houdt who has been documenting the journeys of Afghan refugees around the world.

Quote of the day

“It is high time to also rethink contemporary migration policy and governance, in light of what we know about disaster, environmental and climate change-related migration.” –  Dina Ionesco, Head of the IOM’s Migration, Environment and Climate Change Division. Read more here.

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

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