Migration in the News | 2 May 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IRIN reported that aid agencies in Afghanistan are bracing for another refugee influx as Pakistan has set a 30 June deadline before identity cards allowing registered refugees to legally stay in the country will expire. It noted that returnees enter Afghanistan mainly through border crossings like Spin Boldak, where the government and IOM run a reception centre.

  • UN Web TV reported that in Madagascar, social and environmental changes have driven many to migrate. In response, the IOM Development Fund is providing support to the Government of Madagascar to raise awareness on the interdependence of migration and environmental changes.
  • CAJ News reported that more than 29,000 unaccompanied migrant children are at increased risk of human trafficking, arbitrary detention, forced labour and sexual exploitation in Libya. The report quoted IOM’s Othman Belbeisi.
  • Thailand’s The Nation ran an op-ed relating to the commemoration of International Labour Day. It mentioned the Ship to Shore Rights Project in which the European Union, IOM and USAID are collaborating.
  • Middle East Monitor reported that IOM evacuated 76 irregular Ethiopian immigrants from Yemen on Sunday. The report also quoted IOM’s Sam Al-Malami.
  • Eurasia Review published an op-ed which noted that among South Asian countries, Bangladesh should receive the utmost attention because of climate risks and water security. The report cited an IOM study.
  • ANSA reported that some 144 people have died since the beginning of 2018 while trying to cross the sea to Spain. Despite increased border and seaway controls, migrants continue to reach the coast of Andalusia. The report cited IOM figures.
  • The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs reported about the “Are You OK?” campaign which aims to address the needs of migrant domestic workers who may be victims of exploitation but have limited access to information and help. The campaign is in partnership with IOM.

Trending on the Internet

  • Vancouver Sun reported that many international students who first come to Canada as young teens will end up battling for permanent-resident status against not only more recently arrived foreign students, but also against the more than 400,000 people who are in Canada at any time on foreign-worker visas.
  • Euronews spoke to some sub-Saharan African migrants who pass through Niger, and on through Libya, to get to the Mediterranean coast.
  • CNN published the work of photographer Edgard Garrido who documented the migrant caravan’s journey to the US border.

Quote of the day

“One million [Rohingya] refugees in a very difficult terrain need to restore their dignity and their hope.” – Ambassador Maurás Pérez, outgoing Chairperson of the Council Bureau, IOM.                                         

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


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