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Only 18 per cent of migrants come to Europe for economic reasons – report

Less than 20 per cent of migrants who reach Europe left their home countries for economic reasons, according to a report released by Middlesex University. The majority of migrants who reach European coasts are fleeing wars, violence and persecution. The report “Mapping Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean” is the first in the research project EVI-MED at Middlesex University, funded by …

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Belgian ban on Muslim full-face veil is legal – European Court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has upheld Belgium’s ban on the Islamic full-face veil, rejecting a legal challenge by two Muslim women wearing the niqab. The court sitting in Strasbourg, France, ruled on Tuesday (11 July) that the 2011 Belgian law banning clothing that partly or totally covers the face was not discriminatory and did not violate the …

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WATCH! Shocking video of Germany-based African woman pushed down staircase in Amsterdam in racist incident

A shocking video of a Black woman falling headfirst down a narrow flight of stairs in Amsterdam is making the rounds on social media. A Dutchman had pushed an Airbnb renter, a Germany-based South African student, down a staircase in Amsterdam during an argument over check-out time on Sunday (9 July). Sibahle Nkumbi was travelling with two other women and …

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EU countries refuse to share burden with Italy on refugees

EU countries have declined to help Italy by opening their ports to migrants, but aim to expel more people and impose “rules” on NGO rescues. “We do not support the so-called regionalisation of the rescue operations,” German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said at an extra-ordinary EU meeting on the migration crisis in Tallinn, Estonia, on Thursday (6 July). Stephanus …

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13,000 Nigerians seeking asylum in Germany with bogus reasons – Ambassador

German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bernhard Schlagheck, has revealed that 13,000 Nigerians are currently seeking asylum in Germany. The reasons they gave for their applications, according to the ambassador, range from insecurity arising from Boko Haram insurgency to political persecution in Nigeria. Ambassador Schlagheck however hinted that his country was not convinced that there is political persecution in Nigeria at …

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Italy threatens to turn away ships with rescued migrants       

Italy’s envoy to the EU has said it is unsustainable for all migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean to land on his country’s shores. Over 10,000 asylum-seekers have arrived in Italy over the last few days. Italy’s ambassador to the EU, Maurizio Massari, was given a formal mandate by his government to raise the issue with European Migration and Home …

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Nigeria has highest rejection rate of African asylum applications in Europe

Spain is one of the countries in Europe with the lowest rate of acceptance for persons seeking refugee protection while Nigerian nationals have the highest rejection rate of asylum applications made by Africans in Europe, reports show. According to the annual report by Spanish NGO National Commission for Aid to Refugees (CEAR), Spain is among the European countries with the lowest …

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How EU uses fingerprints to decide asylum-seeker’s applications

Fingerprinting is one of the most commonly used ways of identifying asylum-seekers when they enter the European Union. Wesley Dockery reports on how the EU shares fingerprinting data and how the data is used to determine where a migrant can apply for asylum. The EU registers fingerprints of asylum-seekers in a system called the EURODAC. The system, which was established …

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Foreigners in Germany face discrimination in housing – report

Getting an apartment which they desire and can afford could be a big problem for Africans living in Germany because of discrimination. A study has now confirmed that indeed you may not even be called for viewing, the first step in the apartment-seeking process, if your name sounds non-German. People with foreign sounding names are discriminated against when they are …

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Initiative helps refugees find German friends

Many migrants who arrive in Germany find it difficult to navigate the country’s bureaucracy and start living a normal life. But a new organization is helping migrants find a friend who can help them settle in the country, reports Manasi Gopalakrishnan. Bassel Wali (above right) first heard about ‘Start with a Friend’ from another refugee. The 23-year-old, who withstood the …

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President Akufo-Addo’s promises to Ghanaians in Germany

Ghana’s President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently paid a 3-day visit to Germany to attend the G20 Africa Partnership Conference. He also met the Ghanaian community in the country during the visit. Our correspondent Nelly Sarpong reports on the meeting in Berlin. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana paid an official visit to Germany on 11-13 June mainly to participate …

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