Migration in the News | 26 January 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • PBS reported that as the crisis enters its third year, Europe continues to struggle with how to respond to an influx that has seen more than one-and-a-half million refugees and migrants come to its shores – and nearly 12,000 perish or go missing attempting the journey. It quoted IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi.

  • Anadolu Agency reported that IOM at the World Economic Forum in Davos urged top political leaders to take action in a bid to stop migrant deaths in the Mediterranean. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • CNN reported that disturbing video clips shared on social media by desperate families have revealed the ordeal of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya. It mentioned that IOM is helping those stranded in Libya to return home.
  • Nigeria’s Vanguard reported that Libyan forces have arrested gang members suspected of torturing Nigerians and other African migrants. IOM and its partners are helping the victims.
  • Dhaka Tribune reported that the government of Bangladesh has undertaken legislative and administrative measures to better serve labour migrants and to help them harness the gains from their work. It cited an IOM study.
  • Guyana’s Kaieteur News reported that Guyana’s Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence, praised IOM for its work in the mining communities to help fight HIV and AIDS. It quoted IOM’s Robert Natiello.

Trending on the Internet

  • News Deeply reported that newly aware of the importance of technology to refugees, the tech community in Europe – and some companies based in the US – jumped at the chance to help. Yet the explosion of tech-based “solutions” has earned some justified skepticism.
  • BBC reported that thousands of African migrants are being offered money to leave Israel by March which prompted the creation of an Israeli movement protecting them from deportation.

Quote of the day

“We’re talking about thousands of people that move out of desperation. And if you’re desperate, yes, you might know that you’re going to risk your life or run into serious trouble, but you’re already in serious trouble back home so you have nothing to lose.” – Eugenio Ambrosi, IOM Regional Director for the EU, Norway and Switzerland. Read more here.


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


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