Our media monitoring section features the latest news on data about Afghanistan and migration. It also provides a weekly overview of the most discussed topics in the media, and useful information on IOM’s and other international responses.
In the week of 08-14 November, media attention has focused on acute food insecurity due to drought and the country’s economic collapse. Media outlets worldwide have also reported on the ongoing evacuation efforts of the Government Germany. During this period, several outlets covered forced returns back to Afghanistan. Media reports the issue of return, forced and voluntary, amidst the compounding challenges facing Afghanistan.
The media coverage is in line with an IOM survey in which 80 per cent of respondents in the country say they have lost their jobs and livelihoods. A joint report from the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Program (WFP) notes that more than half the population of Afghanistan will face high levels of "acute food insecurity" from November to March.
According to IOM, just over one million Afghans have been sent back this year, including more than 28,000 Afghans in the last week of October. "The majority were deported, returning to Afghanistan often broke and broken, in need of health support, food and rest," said IOM Director General, António Vitorino. Read the latest statement here.
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