Migration in the News | 27 June 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • IPS reported about IOM Director General William Lacy Swing’s address during the first World Conference on “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights,” in which he noted that the world is “basically at odds with itself,” describing the critical state of human migration between countries and continents.
  • Bangladesh’s New Age reported that heavy rainfall in Cox’s Bazar earlier this month put major strain on the drainage systems of Rohingya camps, which might lead to life-threatening contamination of clean water supplies and create environments in which deadly diseases might thrive, IOM warned. The report quoted IOM’s Manuel Pereira.
  • European Union External Action reported that Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, held a conference call with UNHCR’s Filippo Grandi and IOM Director General William Lacy Swing, in view of the upcoming European Council where migration, including its external aspects, will be high on the agenda.
  • Reuters reported that IOM and UNHCR will present the European Union with a plan for “regional disembarkation platforms” around the Mediterranean where the bloc could hold migrants and decide whether to admit them.
  • Reuters reported that the number of migrants dying from extreme heat on the US-Mexico border rose 55 percent in the past nine months after an increase in unaccompanied children and families trying to enter the United States irregularly, the US government said. The report cited IOM figures.
  • DW reported that the refusal of Mediterranean countries to let ships carrying rescued refugees dock at their ports poses a big problem for aid organizations. The report cited IOM figures.

Trending on the Internet

  • Ozy reported that a growing number of African-origin players born or naturalized in Europe are returning to represent the countries of their parents at tournaments like the World Cup.
  • Euronews published an op-ed which noted that circular migration should be on Europe’s agenda. To be able to come, contribute, earn, learn, and return, can benefit everyone.

Quote of the day

“Until we can change that (migration) narrative, people will continue to be abused and have their rights disrespected.” –  IOM Director General William Lacy Swing. Read more here.

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

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