Migration in the News | 27 February 2018


Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Xinhua reported that the African Union, the European Union and the UN have vowed to further enhance cooperation with Libyan authorities in the joint response to migration and protection challenges. They underlined the need to implement a comprehensive and systematic registration at disembarkation points and in detention centers by Libyan authorities, with the support of IOM and UNHCR.

  • Latin American Herald Tribune reported that the situation in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh has improved considerably six months after the crisis erupted, although facilities are overcrowded and conditions could worsen with the advent of the monsoons. It quoted IOM’s Fiona MacGregor.
  • ANSA referred to an IOM report that stated that the UK has so far resettled 10,538 refugees in the country as part of the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).
  • New Strait Times reported that a new initiative created by IOM and Polaris, the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC), aims to use data to shed light on a pervasive multibillion dollar criminal industry: human trafficking. It quoted IOM’s Harry Cook.
  • The New Republic reported on how efforts to block refugees and asylum-seekers from Europe have only made the global migration crisis more complex and harrowing. It quoted IOM’s Roeland De Wilde.
  • University of Nottingham reported that its experts in modern slavery are using a new way of calculating the precise number of slaves in a city, region or country, helping the fight for freedom. The method and its findings have been widely accepted by ILO and IOM.
  • News Deeply reported that blockchain could bring greater transparency and accountability to refugee and migration programs. It referenced an article on the IOM Migration Data Portal.

Trending on the Internet

  • The Guardian reviewed the work of  Peruvian-American author Daniel Alarcón who tells his ‘beautifully intimate short stories of migration with economy and style’.
  • ABC News reported that the stone walls that cut through the old quarter of Greece's second-largest city is a hideout for migrants and homeless men. Filthy blankets, rolled-up mattresses and empty food packaging fill the protected chambers that once housed cannon.

Quote of the day


“Promising to limit immigration and failing to do so will only aggravate, not alleviate, hostility to immigration.” – Kenan Malik, British writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Read more here.


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


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