Migration in the News | 15 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UN News Centre, Kuwait News Agency, The National, and other media outlets reported that the number of Iraqis returning to their area of origin has surpassed those internally displaced for the first time since December 2013, according to IOM, the UN Migration Agency. It quoted IOM’s Gerard Waite and Sandra Black.

  • Reuters reported that officials from Myanmar and Bangladesh will meet Monday to discuss how to implement a deal, signed on November 23, on the return of more than 650,000 Rohingya. UNHCR and IOM said their offers to help with the process have not been taken up by the two countries.
  • Sunday Guardian reported that a little over 500,000 women, including Rohingya girls, have been trafficked during the last decade from Bangladesh into West Bengal, turning the state into the world’s worst human trafficking zone. It quoted IOM’s Olivia Headon.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported about the sad tales of horror by a  fresh set of 335 Edo state indigenes who were rescued and brought back home from slavery in Libya. It mentioned IOM’s voluntary return programme.
  • AFP reported that Morocco on Saturday said it has started the third and final operation to repatriate its nationals stranded in Libya, a stepping stone to illegal migration to Europe. IOM has called on Libya to shut down 30 detention centres holding 15,000 migrants.
  • The Daily Star reported that over the last few years, an increasing number of Bangladeshi female workers have gone to Saudi Arabia only to see their dream of a rosy life being shattered. They have been subjected to torture, sexual assault and denied salaries by their employers. It cited an IOM report.

Trending on the Internet

  • The New York Times reports that as the US Government clamps down on immigration, asylum seekers are discovering that Canada is not quite the “Promised Land” some had hoped for.
  • Al Jazeera reported about the Migrant Quilt Project which makes quilts to honor migrants who died trying to cross into the United States of America from scraps of their abandoned clothing.

Quote of the day

“World leaders must act to stop death, despair and abuse along migration trails.” – Francesco Rocca, President of the IFRC. Read more here.

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

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