Migration in the News | 5 February 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • BBC reported that the bodies of 16 people, all from sub-Saharan Africa, apart from one Moroccan, have been pulled from the sea off the coast of Melilla, a small Spanish territory bordering Morocco. It cited IOM figures.

  • Al Jazeera reported that Nigerian migrants that IOM repatriated to Nigeria on a chartered flight from Libya are restarting their lives with help from IOM’s reintegration and support programme. It quoted IOM’s Abraham Tamrat and Osita Osemene.

  • CNN and AP reported that dozens of migrants are believed to have died after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, IOM said Friday. They quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle and Olivia Headon.

  • DW reported that after news of Libyan slave markets went around the world in 2017, many migrants stuck in North Africa decided to return home. However, those returning to Nigeria complain that they face the same problems they had left behind. Thousands of those who returned were assisted by IOM.
  • Pakistan Today reported that the Federal Investigation Agency has arrested four human smugglers along with the central character of a human trafficking network linked to the incident where a boat carrying irregular migrants capsized near the Libyan coast, resulting in the deaths of many Pakistanis. It quoted IOM’s Olivia Headon.
  • BBC reported that an emergency team of British medical staff is returning home after helping to bring an outbreak of diphtheria at Rohingya Muslim refugee camps across Bangladesh under control. The staff joined medical workers from MSF and IOM.
  • The New European spoke with IOM’s Eugenio Ambrosi about the European Agenda for Migration which aims to stop the human tragedies occurring at EU’s external borders and also ensure better migration management in Europe.
  • Al Jazeera reported that some of the migrants returned to Afghanistan from Europe were caught up in the Taliban attacks in Kabul that killed more than 100 people. Some of them were assisted back by IOM.
  • Gulf News reported that refugees who sought asylum in Indonesia looking for resettlement in western countries find they may never leave the country. It noted that IOM assisted more than 8,400 refugees and asylum-seekers in Indonesia. It quoted IOM’s Mark Getchell.

Trending on the Internet

  • BBC reported that nearly 200 undocumented migrants from Central America have been found hidden in a lorry without food or water in north-eastern Mexico.
  • The New York Times and Al Jazeera reported that at least six African migrants in Macerata, Italy were injured after being targeted during a series of drive-by shootings that appear to have been racially motivated.

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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