Migration in the News | 27 November 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that fake taxi drivers and coastguards who often re-traffic victims contribute to Libya’s migrant trade. It quoted IOM’s Boubacar Saybou.

  • Al Jazeera’s Counting the Cost reported that the government in Libya is looking into allegations that African migrants are being sold at 'slave markets' in Libya. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • Euronews, UN News Centre, Reuters  reported that according to an IOM report, Europe’s Mediterranean border is “by far the world’s deadliest.”
  • Reuters reported that at least 31 migrants died after their boat sank off Libya’s western coast on Saturday and some 200 others were picked up by the coastguard to be brought back to port in Tripoli, officials said. It referenced an IOM report.
  • UK’s The Mirror reported that footballers have begun to use their global profiles to draw attention to the plight of migrants in Libya, with Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba the biggest name so far. It cited IOM.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age published an op-ed which noted that the international community should be more proactive when it comes to repatriation of the Rohingyas. It quoted IOM’s Nurul Qoiriah.
  • AP reported that police in five African countries arrested 40 suspected human traffickers and rescued hundreds of victims, including 236 children, in an exceptionally large-scale Interpol-led operation. Aid groups including IOM are working to care for the victims.
  • APO reported that IOM Regional Office in Pretoria will officially launch the Regional Migration Data Hub for Southern Africa (RMDHub). It quoted IOM DG William Lacy Swing.
  • CGTN reported that according to IOM, thousands of underage Nigerian girls are being sold as sex slaves as they arrive in Italy, after crossing the Mediterranean Sea. It quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo.
  • Al Jazeera reported that a 10-year-old Afghan boy has been crushed to death on board a packed boat carrying at least 66 people aiming to reach the Greek island of Lesbos. It cited IOM figures.
  • El Nuevo Diario reported about the visa requirements for tourists entering Nicaragua. It mentioned IOM’s “MigrantApp”, a mobile phone application that helps migrants to receive information about legal migration options and assistance services and protection in Central America.
  • News Ghana reported that Ghanaian rapper and songwriter, Kofi Kinaata, has become IOM, the UN Migration Agency’s first Goodwill Ambassador to promote safe migration in Ghana.
  • Nikkei reported that there is a growing appreciation across Asia of how social media and related technologies such as smartphone applications can make humanitarian work more efficient. It spoke with IOM’s Jerby Santo.

Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply ran an op-ed which noted that while LGBTQI individuals seeking asylum in Europe are especially vulnerable, the European Union has failed to identify and address their struggles and needs.
  • BBC reported that over half of the migrant asylum claims heard by Canadian refugee officials this year have been successful.

Quote of the day

“Modern-day slavery is widespread around the world and Libya is by no means unique ... But what's particularly shocking is that this is happening effectively in the open, where people can go to a farmhouse, place a bid and end up 'owning' a human being.”-  Leonard Doyle, IOM Spokesperson. Read more here.

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

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