Media update

Quote of the week

“When I am in Eritrea, I feel that I cannot even think because I am afraid that people can read my thoughts and I am scared,” an Eritrean told the OHCHR.

More on Eritrea: The Guardian EU states in ‘deals to shut Eritrean borders’”: the UN raises concerns that secret deals are being brokered with ‘Africa’s North Korea’ in an effort to stop migrants coming to Europe.

Media Monitoring Highlights

BBC published a report based on IOM’s press release about the bodies of migrants found in the Sahara desert in Niger. IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete was quoted in RTL in an article on how Niger found itself in the middle of a migrant crisis. Loprete said that what we see happening in the Mediterranean can be a small part “of the iceberg.” The findings also were reported in Spain’s El Economista, Paraguay’s La Estrella, La NacionReutersreported that 33 migrants have died in the Sahara desert in Niger while en route to Europe this year. The report quoted IOM’s Joel Millman saying: “We know that traffickers are increasing in the area through the desert to Libya. We believe that there has been an undercount [of the deaths] because of the remoteness and the difficulty of patrolling.” AFP, RFI and EU Business also cited IOM in a report on the same topic. Reuters cited IOM recent figures of deaths in the desert in a report quoting François Crépeau, UN Special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, who said that "By erecting prohibitions, we have actually created a market for smugglers.” He added that rich countries must “realize that trying to stop migrants from moving is just making the problem worse.”

AFP spoke to migrants about their journey in the desert town of Agadez. It quoted IOM’s Giuseppe Loprete saying that “hundreds” of migrants die each year between the Sahara and Libya -of thirst, of hunger, in accidents and from abuse. The news agency also quoted IOM’s Hamidine Maliki saying “If by chance a migrant falls out of the vehicle the driver doesn't stop, he continues on.” 

Digital news outlet Quartz showed photos series of incongruous scenes of migrants making their way ashore at tourist areas. The report quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo saying: “This is an era of unprecedented movement across borders.”

Al Jazeera published a video on the blog: “The quiet tragedies of Africa's escape routes” describing a small Senegalese town where 200 inhabitants remain missing after they attempted a crossing of the Mediterranean. Al Jazeera asked a smuggler about his responsibility in the death of thousands of migrants.


“Like the waves on the seas that many of the migrants traverse, the ebb and flow of human movement cannot be stopped… the international community must manage migration with understanding and compassion.”

Kofi Annan, Op-Ed “Migration Realism” for Project Syndicate.