By Athira Murali

October 2017

 OCTOBER 1 – 7 

Puerto Rican migration could impact Orlando jobs, economy  orlandosentinel OCTOBER 1
After record migration, 80% of Syrian asylum applicants approved to stay in Europe pewresearch OCTOBER 2
Yemen on Brink of Humanitarian Calamity says UN Migration Agency Director General in Sana’a reliefweb OCTOBER 2
Stanford launches research center focused on global poverty and development news stanford OCTOBER 2
Could the flow of migrants to Europe be stopped? WASHINGTON POST OCTOBER 3
Syrians living in Turkey exceed 3.2M: Migration office AA OCTOBER 4
Conference on migration begins at University of Ghana ghanaweb OCTOBER 5
As risks and restrictions rise, migrants turn back – but with new purpose at home CS MONITOR OCT 6
Migration will worsen island’s woes postandcourier OCTOBER 7

 OCTOBER 8 – 14

Puerto Rico has a long way to go before being ‘OK’ CNN OCTOBER 8
Why Helping Africa Makes Migration Worse OZY OCTOBER 8
Migration agency says 8 people dead, 20 missing off Tunisia FOX NEWS OCTOBER 8
France to grant asylum to Niger, Chad seattlepi OCTOBER 9
What Trump’s Proposed Changes Mean For Family-Based Immigration KANW OCTOBER 9
U.N. assisting thousands of migrants in Libyan smuggling hub REUTERS OCTOBER 9
UN helping migrants stranded in Libya smuggling hub defenceweb OCTOBER 10
IOM: More than 140 000 migrants and refugees arrived in Europe by sea so far in 2017 SOFIA GLOBE OCTOBER 11
Tunisia Becoming Next Major Mass Migration Hub breitbart OCTOBER 12
5,000 migrants die in Sahara this year! prothom-alo OCTOBER 12
Africa: Dramatic Drop in Number of Migrants Crossing the Sahel to Europe ALL AFRICA OCTOBER 13

 OCTOBER 15 – 23

Trump seeks end to ‘chain migration’ THE ECONOMIC TIMES OCTOBER 17
Migration policies risk pushing more children underground euractiv october 18
EU ‘running out of money’ to stop migrants travelling from Africa THE GUARDIAN OCTOBER 20
‘Mass Migration’ From Puerto Rico Brings Hundreds to Philadelphia NBC PHILADELPHIA OCTOBER 20
Cyprus: Big EU members should accept more migrants FOX NEWS OCTOBER 23
Fury after plans for all EU migrants to be able to come to Britain after Brexit as long as they have a job THE SUN OCTOBER 23

 OCTOBER 24 – 31

Ukraine’s State Migration Service denies refugee status to Saakashvili, now he can be extradited interfax OCTOBER 24
‘Now we are safe’: child refugees thank UK MPs and peers for fresh start THE GUARDIAN OCTOBER 24
Migration plan lets Polish plumbers stay for two years THE TIMES UK OCTOBER 25

Mohsin Hamid’s migration tale in Booker shortlist

The Pakistani-born Mohsin Hamid’s fourth novel, “Exit West,” takes the current Middle Eastern migrant crisis and injects a wizardry, an allegorical urgency, that declares this book’s intention to be art. In an unnamed city about to be wrecked by war — you will think Mosul or Aleppo — two students, Nadia and Saeed, begin a romance.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, failed to make it onto the Man Booker Prize shortlist, even as a tale on the global migration crisis by Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid, alongside American authors Paul Auster, Emily Fridlund and George Saunders, as well as Ali Smith and first-time author Fiona Mozley, made it to the final six.

The six judges, headed by Baroness Lola Young, said the process of whittling down the 13 books that had made the shortlist to the final six had been a very difficult but interesting process.

The 13 authors who made it to the shortlist included many of literature’s biggest names alongside newcomers such as Mozley, whose powerful book on a family’s struggle to “retain its self sufficiency as the old ways succumb to the bland greed of the new normality”, made it a “timeless” and “timely” tale in the view of the judges.

Read the full article here.

Why migrants need social citizenship

Prominent political philosophers — including David Miller at Nuffield College, Oxford, and Joseph Carens at the University of Toronto — outline an account of “social membership” in receiving societies. This process unfolds over five to 10 years of work, everyday life, and the development of attachments. As Carens writes in Who Should Get In?(2003), after a period of years, any migrant crosses a “threshold” and is no longer a stranger. This human experience of socialization holds true for low-wage and unauthorized migrants, so a receiving society should acknowledge that migrants themselves, not only their economic contributions, are part of that society.

Carens and Miller apply this argument to the moral claims of settled migrants at risk of deportation because they are unauthorized or because the terms of their presence are tightly limited by work contracts.

Read the full article here.

UNHCR steps up efforts towards alternatives to detention in Libya and solutions for vulnerable refugees

UNHCR is currently negotiating with the Libyan authorities the establishment of an open reception centre that would allow refugees and asylum seekers freedom of movement, giving priority to the most vulnerable among them. In this reception centre, UNHCR could provide registration, accommodation, food, social services, counselling and support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence, and solutions in third countries for the most vulnerable.

UNHCR is working to assist and protect over 535,000 people in Libya, including over 226,000 Libyans displaced by conflict, 267,000 Libyans who have now returned to their homes but continue to be in a vulnerable situation and 42,834 registered refugees and asylum-seekers.

Read the full article here.

‘A Child Is A Child’ – Unicef brings children to the fore in new migrant campaign from FCB and Rankin

FCB Inferno has become the go-to UK agency for what we might call ’cause’ advertising and now it’s launching ‘A Child Is A Child’ for Unicef UK, directed by Rankin.

The film highlights the plight of children uprooted by war, poverty and disaster and urges people to see past the refugee and migrant labels and value each child as a child, first and foremost.

Read the full article here.

‘It symbolises a lack of integration’ Fury as anti-migration ad condemns burka in poster

Posters have appeared in railway stations around the country which feature a woman in a burka with the slogan: “Uncontrolled naturalisation? No to facilitated naturalisation”.

The poster was commissioned by a group of politicians working against the vote, led by Andreas Glarner of the right-wing People’s Party.

National Councillor of the Zurich Canton Rosmarie Quadranti from the centre-right Conservative Democratic Party (BDP) condemned the poster as ‘dirty campaign’ saying, “The burka has nothing to do with people who could benefit from facilitated naturalisation.”

Read the full article here.

Norway And Belgium Become Latest Nations To Plead With Migrants To Stay At Home

Norway has taken out a front-page advertisement in a major Afghan newspaper warning would-be migrants that potential asylum seekers “will be returned by force”, while the Belgian asylum secretary has written directly to migrants asking them not to come.

“Afghans without need for asylum coming the #Arctic_route from #Russia, risk being sent to #Kabul. 500 returned from #Norway 2014/15,” a tweet from the immigration directorate read.

While it is yet to be seen whether Norway’s newspaper adverts will deter newcomers, it will at least be seen by thousands, quite possibly unlike Belgium’s effort this week. Already fending off accusations that the nation has become a haven for Islamist ‘sleepers’ and now resembles a “failed state”, the Belgian government’s announcement to migrants may add to their embarrassment.

Read the full article here.

September 2017

 SEPTEMBER 1 – 7

FRONT RUNNER IN AUSTRIAN ELECTION PROPOSES CUTS TO MIGRANT BENEFITS REUTERS SEPTEMBER 4
THOUSANDS OF REFUGEES HAVE BEEN LANGUISHING IN AN OVERCROWDED CAMP IN GREECE FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS LA TIMES SEPTEMBER 5
LEAKED DOCUMENT REVEALS UK BREXIT PLAN TO DETER EU IMMIGRANTS THE GUARDIAN SEPTEMBER 5
DESPERATE ROHINGYA FLEE MYANMAR CRACKDOWN IN GROWING NUMBERS, U.N. Says NY TIMES SEPTEMBER 6
STATELESS AND UNWANTED: WHO ARE THE ROHINGYA AND WHY ARE THEY FLEEING MYANMAR? HINDUSTAN TIMES SEPTEMBER 6

 SEPTEMBER 8 – 14

CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN NAMED MOST DEADLY ROUTE FOR MIGRANTS POLITICO SEPTEMBER 11
SMUGGLERS MAKE TEST RUNS WITH MIGRANTS ACROSS EVEN MORE DEADLY BLACK SEA ROUTE THE GUARDIAN SEPTEMBER 12
DON’T PUNISH THE DREAMERS—PUNISH THE CORPORATIONS DRIVING FORCED MIGRATION COMMON DREAMS SEPTEMBER 12
SMUGGLERS MAKE TEST RUNS WITH MIGRANTS ACROSS EVEN MORE DEADLY BLACK SEA ROUTE THE GUARDIAN SEPTEMBER 12
Asian businesses mull tech solutions to fight modern slavery DAILY MAIL SEPTEMBER 14

 SEPTEMBER 15 – 23

Will push Myanmar on refugees, India tells Dhaka THE HINDU SEPTEMBER 15
New York bans questions about immigration status USA TODAY SEPTEMBER 15
80,000 migrants re-hired without need to leave country ASIA TIMES SEPTEMBER 15
Column: The welfare state’s legacy THE OAKLAND PRESS SEPTEMBER 17
Groups demand in-depth investigation into migrant worker’s death FOCUS TAIWAN SEPTEMBER 17
Attorney General Jeff Sessions slams sanctuary cities, cites Portland case OREGON LIVE SEPTEMBER 19
Millions kept as slaves at India’s brick kilns, report says UCA NEWS SEPTEMBER 21
At UN assembly, Croatia calls for treating migrants humanely while also tackling ‘root causes’ UN SEPTEMBER 21
‘Malta can be beacon of political courage for others’, Muscat tells United Nations INDEPENDENT SEPTEMBER 22
How migrant workers in Qatar spend their day off RAPPLER SEPTEMBER 23

 SEPTEMBER 24 – 30

Trump Plans 45,000 Limit on Refugees Admitted to U.S. NY TIMES SEPTEMBER 26
EU to resettle 50,000 refugees from North Africa TELEGRAPH SEPTEMBER 27
Admitting Dreamers is indeed Christian, but consider effects of ‘chain migration’ LA TIMES SEPTEMBER 27
Migration and modern slavery THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION NEWS SEPTEMBER 27
The Unsung Heroes of the 2017 Floods in Mumbai, India GLOBAL VOICES SEPTEMBER 27
Migrant workers subjected to heat and humidity being put at risk, says Human Rights Watch EDITION CNN SEPTEMBER 27
‘They’re Scared’: Immigration Fears Exacerbate Migrant Farmworker Shortage NPR SEPTEMBER 27
Construction workers in Qatar, including Indian migrants, at risk from intense heat HINDUSTAN TIMES SEPTEMBER 28
Blood flowed in the streets’: Refugees from one Rohingya hamlet recount days of horror WASHINGTON POST SEPTEMBER 29

June 2017

 JUNE 1 – JUNE 7

MIGRANTS’ NEW ROUTE TO EUROPE: NUMBER OF REFUGEES USING PERILOUS CROSSING FROM MOROCCO TO SPAIN TRIPLES IN A YEAR AS OTHER ROUTES ARE SHUT DOWN DAILY MAIL JUNE 1
UTTARAKHAND CM SEEKS TO REVERSE MIGRATION WITH #SELFIEFROMMYVILLAGE CAMPAIGN HINDUSTAN TIMES JUNE 1
IMMIGRATION TARGET IS ‘AN AMBITION’, SAY CONSERVATIVES BBC JUNE 2
DAMNING MEDICAL TESTS REVEAL THREE-QUARTERS OF ‘CHILD’ MIGRANTS CLAIMING ASYLUM IN SWEDEN ARE ACTUALLY ADULTS THE SUN JUNE 2
MAY GIVES HERSELF FIVE YEARS TO HIT PARTY’S TARGET ON MIGRATION THE TIMES JUNE 2

 JUNE 8 – JUNE 14

‘WE MUST INTEGRATE THE DIASPORA IN OUR POLICIES ON MIGRATION’ DAILY OBSERVER JUNE 8
BUSINESSES ARE TOTALLY UNPREPARED FOR A NEW ERA OF LOWER MIGRATION SMALL BUSINESS JUNE 12
PROTECTION OF MIGRANT AND REFUGEE CHILDREN MUST BE AT CORE OF NEW GLOBAL COMPACTS – UN AGENCY UN JUNE 13
DANGER, EXTORTION, SUFFERING ON MIGRANT ROUTE TO EUROPE DAILY NATION JUNE 14
IOM, NIGER AUTHORITIES RESCUE 92 ABANDONED MIGRANTS FOX NEWS JUN 14
SOCIAL MEDIA USED TO EXTORT RANSOM FOR MIGRANTS HELD IN LIBYA AFRICA TIMES JUNE 15
MIGRANTS COMING INTO NEW ZEALAND AT A FASTER RATE OF KNOTS COMPARED TO OTHER COUNTRIES: FIGURES STUFF JUNE 15
DON’T CLOSE BORDERS, MANAGE THEM: HOW TO IMPROVE EU POLICY ON MIGRATION THROUGH LIBYA  ECFR JUNE 15

 JUNE 15 – JUNE 23

MORE THAN 120 MIGRANTS FEARED DEAD AT SEA AFTER BOAT’S MOTOR STOLEN REUTERS JUNE 19
DO NGOS HELP OR HURT MIGRATION IN THE MEDITERRANEAN? US NEWS JUNE 20
SUICIDES SURGE IN THAI REFUGEE CAMP: MIGRATION AGENCY KHAOSODENGLISH  JUNE 20
AFRICA PANEL, CHILDREN’S CONFERENCE CONSIDER MIGRATION SOLUTIONS ISSD JUNE 20
LEADERS AT EU SUMMIT TO REINFORCE LIBYAN COAST GUARD EU OBSERVER JUNE 22
POPULATION GROWTH SHARPEST IN 70 YEARS AFTER ‘RECORD’ MIGRATION LEVELS TELEGRAPH JUNE 22
MIGRATION HITS 72,000  ODT  JUN 23
THE JOURNEY IMPACTS MIGRANTS PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY DHAKA TRIBUNE JUNE 23

 JUNE 24 – JUNE 31

HARNESS ‘IMMENSE’ POTENTIAL OFFERED BY MIGRATION, UN OFFICIALS URGE AT GLOBAL FORUM UN JUNE 28
INDIA IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST SENDERS OF MIGRANTS TO OECD COUNTRIES HUFFINGTON POST JUNE 29
MIGRATION: AN OPPORTUNITY OR PROBLEM? EURO NEWS JUNE 29
MIGRANTS HERE TO STAY IN EUROPE, NOW INTEGRATE THEM, OECD SAYS ARABNEWS JUN 29
A MIGRANT SUCCESS STORY FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO DUBAI VIA THE US THE NATIONAL JUNE 29