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London’s Little Lagos: A look at Nigerian life in the British capital

Amy Riley, in an exclusive report for The African Courier,  writes on the profound impact of people of Nigerian descent on the British capital, which is often referred to as the 37th state of Africa’s most populous land. Although you are officially greeted in Peckham with Southwark Council’s orange placards, the real sign that you’re entering Little Lagos is the …

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Important things to know about deportations in Germany

Who orders and who carries out deportations? And why do some people who get told to leave get to stay anyway? Jefferson Chase of Deutsche Welle (DW) untangles Germany’s complex and multilayered rules about who can be deported under what circumstances. ———————— Who decides whether someone should be deported? You might think that would be the task of the Federal Ministry of …

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How a Germany-based Nigerian fights Diabetes in Africa

One of the recipients of the MoneyGram-sponsored “Afrika! Community Award 2017” is an organization that carries out diabetes enlightenment campaign in Africa. Femi Awoniyi writes on how a Diaspora initiative is making a positive impact in the continent. There are hundreds of African organisations in Germany working in different fields to make an impact not only on their community in …

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FEATURE: Gambian asylum-seekers under pressure to leave Europe

Louise Hunt, freelance journalist specialising in social affairs and international development, writes on the situation of Gambian migrants in Europe whose case for asylum has been weakened by the overthrow of their country’s long-reigning autocratic leader. The Gambia’s leader of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, used to give Gambians good cause for claiming asylum, even if the majority were fleeing poverty …

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The road to Kenya’s 2017 general elections gets rocky 

In a remarkable, if coincidental, series of events across Kenya last weekend, nine people were beheaded by suspected al-Shabab militants, the internal security minister suddenly died, the main opposition leader was hospitalised with food poisoning, and the president appeared to accuse the judiciary of trying to delay general elections scheduled to take place in less than a month. The events …

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Risk of old-age poverty in Germany on the rise

An increasing number of old people in Germany face the risk of being stuck in poverty in the coming years, says a new study. Single women, low-skill workers and long-term unemployed are among those starkly affected. The changes taking place in the German labour market in favour of temporary jobs, contract workers and precarious working conditions in the low-wage sector, …

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“Plastic Rice” (Part 2): The videos tricking African social media

In recent months, social networks across Africa have been saturated with photos and videos showing horrified people demonstrating against the presence of plastic in food items, like rice and eggs. Yet most of these videos don’t have a grain of truth (or plastic) in them. Alexandre Capron, a French journalist and member of the Observer Team of France24 (OTF), has …

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INVESTIGATION: “Plastic rice” (Part 1): The videos tricking African social media

Since the beginning of May this year, social networks across Africa and its Diaspora have been saturated with photos and videos showing horrified people demonstrating the presence of plastic in food items, like rice and eggs. Yet most of these videos don’t have a grain of truth (or plastic) in them. Alexandre Capron, a French journalist and member of the …

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Feature: Legal Ways of Migrating to Europe

Many migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East often choose to travel to Europe through illegal routes with all the attendant dangers and frustrations. The fact is: there are ways they can do this without risking their lives on perilous journeys. What legal ways are there for migration to Europe? Sertan Sanderson reveals the various options available to prospective …

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How a refugee found success as an entrepreneur in Germany

Entering the job market in Germany can be difficult for a refugee and often requires special educational qualifications. Could self-employment be the solution? 26-year-old Rani couldn’t imagine 5 years ago that he would find success in Germany. In his home country, Iraq, he was constantly exposed to violence due to the war there. In addition, he and his family faced …

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Special Report: Costs of deporting migrants skyrocket for EU countries

The EU is spending millions of euros to forcibly send people back to their home countries with a case costing up to €90,000 per person. Rather than powering ahead with deportations, there should be a focus on integration, which could be more beneficial in the long-term, experts say. Matteo Civillini and Lorenzo Bagnoli* report. An EUobserver probe of some 100 …

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Full Report: IOM on how the slave markets in Libya operate

The staff of the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger and Libya have documented shocking events on North African migrant routes, which they have described as ‘slave markets’ tormenting hundreds of young African men bound for Libya.Operations Officers with IOM’s office in Niger, reported on the rescue of a Senegalese migrant (referred to as SC to protect his identity) …

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Germany moves to stop fraudulent paternity claims

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is trying to stop poor German men from selling paternity so that children born of foreign mothers can gain citizenship. But the Constitutional Court has some objections, reports Ben Knight.Men often claim paternity over children that are not their own for various reasons.There are six months left of Angela Merkel’s third administration, and it apparently still …

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How Brexit may affect EU migrants

The United Kingdom decided to end its European Union membership at the referendum of 23 June. Actual exit will not commence until the British government invokes Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May has indicated this will not be rushed and will not happen this year. Our contributing editor and London-based legal scholar Sylvester …

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