Migration in the News | 19 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • AFP reported that Spanish authorities have detained two men allegedly responsible for a boat carrying migrants to the Canary Islands, seven of whom drowned. It cited IOM figures.

  • AP reported that Algeria and Morocco are increasingly popular points of departure for economic migrants and asylum-seekers whose arrivals more than doubled last year along the hazardous Western Mediterranean passage into Europe. It cited IOM.
  • DPA reported that a 3-month-old baby died overnight on a migrant rescue boat in the Mediterranean after the vessel had trouble reaching shore quickly, the Spanish charity Proactiva Open Arms said on Thursday.
  • Rudaw reported that the Iraqi government has decided to close nearly 400 schools established for displaced Arab students in the Kurdistan Region, a move some of the students and teachers describe as forced return. It cited IOM figures.
  • Australia’s DFAT reported that the Australian Government together with IOM is providing further support to combat the outbreak of highly contagious and deadly diphtheria amongst Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh who have fled violence in Myanmar.
  • Nigeria’s Awoko reported about Sierra Leonean returnees from Libya who have received integration packages from IOM to start new businesses after their migration ordeal in Libya. It quoted IOM’s Sanusi Savage.
  • AFP reported that Human Rights Watch’s Kenneth Roth noted that nobody should be forcibly returned to Libya. He referenced IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Al Jazeera reported about African Americans who are moving to Africa, noting that an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 African Americans live in Accra, the Ghanaian capital, for instance.
  • The New York Times reported that a death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German.

Quote of the day

“While some world leaders resist global cooperation, city leaders are working across borders to tackle big issues like global warming, immigration and terrorism.” – Robert Muggah, research director of the Igarapé Institute and the SecDev Foundation. Read more here.

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

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