Migration in the News | 12 April 2018

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • ANSA reported that migrant arrivals in Europe via the Mediterranean have surpassed 16,000 in 2018, less than half the number for the same period last year. So far in 2018, more than 520 migrants have died at sea. The report cited IOM figures and quoted IOM’s Flavio Di Giacomo and Anna Dodevska.
  • Xinhua reported that IOM will begin the second round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in South Sudan’s Malakal and Wau regions. It quoted IOM’s Derebe Tadess.
  • Egypt Today reported that Libya is in dire need of Egyptian labour to work in Libya during its reconstruction process, particularly in Sirte and Benghazi. The report referenced IOM.
  • Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency reported that IOM is holding a workshop in Ashgabat for Turkmen media representatives. The event was organized jointly with the Turkmen government.

Trending on the Internet

  • Brookings Institution reported that migrants are an unlikely key for economic development and are drivers of knowledge across borders that translates into higher productivity for industries in their country of destination, and even in their country of origin.
  • CNN reported that roughly 25 transgender and gender nonconforming individuals have joined a caravan of Central American migrants planning to cross through Mexico to the US border.

Quote of the day

“Many migrants no longer can afford the patience to wait for change at home. They leave, because the risk of staying is the same as leaving.” – Yasin Kakande, Journalist and Author. Read the tweet here.

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