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17 September 2015

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New life for Syrian tripped by Hungarian camerawoman

Remember the shocking images of the Syrian migrant who was deliberately tripped up by a Hungarian camerawoman while holding his son? The video clip of Osama Abdul Mohsen and his son falling to the ground and looking around in astonishment has been viewed countless times. Well, today the BBC reports the good news that Osama has since been offered a football coaching job in Spain, and he's just arrived there with his sons. BBC Newsday's Bilkisu Labaran spoke to David Morano, spokesman for the head of the football school, Miguel Angel Galan. Listen to the report here (3 mins)


Quote of the day

"They buy very cheap boats, charge people an enormous sum and make a lot of money. It is much easier or lucrative for them than running guns or drugs trade but it is all part of the international crime network."– IOM Director General Swing describing how migrant smuggling is more lucrative than the drugs and gun trade. Read more here.

Migration in the News

• Ghana’s Starr FM Online reports that smugglers of migrants into Europe and other parts of the world find the trade more lucrative and easier than drugs or gun trade.

NPR's Audie Cornish discusses new options and routes migrants seek to get across Europe after Hungary seals the border.

BBC reports the first groups have now crossed into Croatia instead, hoping to carry on through Slovenia to Austria – thus bypassing Hungary.

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