Migration in the News | 23 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Quartz reported that Davos planners have identified eight thorny societal issues to be discussed in a series of panels that begin with “We Need to Talk About.” IOM Director General William Lacy Swing will preside over the session on migration.

  • Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that cases of men and women enslaved in bonded labor or trafficked for marriage have also started to emerge in India after they managed to escape or were rescued and found their way to Rohingya settlements. It referenced IOM reports.
  • Reuters reported that Bangladesh has delayed the repatriation of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar because the process of compiling and verifying the list of people to be sent back is incomplete. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Bangladesh Today reported that the number Rohingya arrivals from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August 25 last year now stands at 688,000, indicating that Rohingyas are still coming despite a repatriation plan having been agreed between the two countries. It referenced IOM’s survey.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that the African Union announced that it will investigate recent videos showing Sudanese citizens being tortured in Libya. It noted that IOM is working to return about 10,000 migrants, most of them Africans stranded in Libya.
  • Arab News published an op-ed reflecting on the teachings of the late Martin Luther King and relating it to the migration issues of the world today. It cited IOM reports.

Trending on the Internet

    • AP published the images of photographer Santi Palacios when he was aboard the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms during a tough rescue operation last week off the coast of Libya. Tragically, one young man and two infants lost their lives.
    • The New York Times’ Lens blog published the project by Brian Cohen and photographers based in Pittsburg entitled, “Out of Many: Stories of Migration” which was recently exhibited at the city’s American Jewish Museum and opened at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

    Quote of the day

    “Only by upholding our duty to protect those fleeing persecution and violence and by embracing the opportunities that refugees and migrants offer, will we be able to achieve a more prosperous, secure and equitable future for all.” – Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General. Read her tweet here.



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