Migration in the News | 19 February 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • UNB and Bangladesh’s Daily Observer reported that almost every other of the 25 Rohingya refugee children who took part in a recent drawing activity session run by IOM’s psychosocial support team in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh drew a house as their greatest wish. Both quoted IOM’s Olga Rebolledo.

  • GOOD reported about the Rohingya refugee crisis and how anyone can help. It referenced IOM reports.
  • Their World reported that child-friendly facilities make vulnerable youngsters feel secure – and help them to develop through play and learning. It cited IOM figures.
  • Sputnik reported that more than 1,200 deaths of migrant children have been recorded since 2014, while the real figure is likely to be much bigger amid an upward trend in the number of child migrants, according to IOM.
  • DW reported that false rumors about a safe passage to Europe have drawn a large number of migrants to Agadez – even from far-away Asian countries. It quoted IOM’s Leonard Doyle.
  • Xinhua reported that UNSMIL and Libyan authorities took the first steps to develop a plan to manage labour migration in Libya through a three-day workshop hosted by the Libyan Minister of Labour and Capacity Building in Tunisia with participation of IOM.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM has rolled out a mobile app called MigApp to empower migrants in East and Horn of Africa that serves as a one-stop-shop where migrants can access updated, reliable and practical information as well as IOM services.
  • Dominica News reported that IOM is supporting the Government of Dominica to improve the conditions of people living in emergency shelters after the passage of hurricane Maria.

Trending on the Internet

  • IPS reported that Nicaragua’s “containment wall”, aimed at bolstering internal security, has been successful with regard to the fight against transnational crime. But its victims are migrants who are relentlessly blocked from passing through the country en route to their destination: the United States.
  • Al Jazeera published an op-ed which noted that Europe should tackle migration not by deploying troops, but by curbing economic abuse and destablisation.
  • Deutsche Welle research shows that although effective in some cases, aid money alone cannot stop major migration waves.

Quote of the day

“The migration system is devoted to supplying immigrants for perceived labour market skill shortfalls but employment policies pay less attention to getting the most out of every immigrant.” – Massimiliano Tani, University of New South Wales. Read more here.


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