Migration in the News | 4 December 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Voice of America reported that the United States has informed the United Nations that it will no longer participate in the Global Compact on Migration. IOM is supporting the preparatory and negotiation process of the GCM.

  • ABC News, Just Earth News, Xinhua reported top officials from across the UN system, including IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, released a joint statement that called for the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift its blockade of Yemen's Red Sea ports which can put millions at risk of starving.
  • Al Jazeera reported that Rohingya girls and women in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar are being sold as sex slaves, according to a victim and aid agencies. It quoted IOM’s Olivia Headon.
  • Arab News reported that as the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh swells to over 830,000, women are increasingly being targeted by the sex trade, and according to IOM, the urgency of addressing the issue ‘cannot be overstated’.
  • Nigeria’s This Day spoke to a Nigerian migrant who shared his ordeal after recently returning back home from Libya where he was sold and later left for dead. It quoted IOM’s Ashraf Hassan.
  • The Daily Beast spoke to several of the migrants who had been enslaved at the hands of Boko Haram, escaped and fled to the streets of Nigerian cities or to displaced persons camps, and then raised money to pay smugglers to take them to Libya. It cited IOM reports.”
  • Tribal Football reported that Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been thanked for highlighting the slave auctions in Libya last week. It spoke with IOM’s Itayi Viriri.
  • Borgen Project reported that two months after the devastation of Hurricane Maria, a robust domestic response from international donors and the government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is helping reconstruction in Dominica pick up pace. It quoted IOM’s Jan-William Wegdam.

Trending on the Internet

  • AFP reported that a year after France dismantled the notorious "Jungle" migrant camp at Calais, nearly 100 Africans can be found living out in the cold in the northern French port of Ouistreham.
  • Kayhan Life published the work of award-winning Spanish-Iranian photojournalist César Dezfuli who took portraits of migrants shortly after being plucked from the Mediterranean Sea on board their rescue ship Iuventa.

Quote of the day

“An estimated 40 million people live in enslavement. We must all act to make slavery a thing of the past.” – UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Read his tweet here.

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

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