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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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Chanting Teens and Talking Drums – A thousand years of Ivorian music

Tom Skye, a frequent visitor to Côte d’Ivoire and the author of a travel book on the country, writes on the evolution of Ivorian music, tracing the roots of its modern expression to its very distant past.Music is everywhere in Côte d’Ivoire. It’s played and performed on buses, trains, beaches and football pitches, and in bars, restaurants, workplaces and the …

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Anas Aremeyaw Anas: How one man’s war against corruption may change Ghana for good

Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, whose trademark is his anonymity, has become famous all over the world for his unconventional way of unearthing corruption. His recent exposé video recordings, revealing corruption in Ghana’s judiciary, has been watched by millions across the world. Reporting from Accra, Francis Sackitey writes on how the sensational scandal can affect foreign investment in a country …

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So much more to Discover on a trip to Cape Verde

Literally translated, Boa Vista, the easternmost island of Cape Verde, means “beautiful view” and it lives up to its name, surprising visitors with stunning views. But there is so much more to Boa Vista than spectacular landscapes and observation points, as our Associate publisher Bugs Steffen discovered when he went to explore. I was asked how I came up with the …

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Black life in today’s Germany

The Initiative Schwarze Menschen in Deutschland (Initiative of Black People in Germany or ISD Bund e.V.) marked the 30th anniversary of its founding early this year. The ISD is the first and the most important group formed by the African diaspora in this country since 1945 for the promotion of its interests. Although Blacks have not attained the level of …

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Ghana’s University for Development Studies blazes new trail

Since 1992, the University for Development Studies in Ghana institution has been helping the rural poor of northern Ghana. Its range of projects is remarkable: from setting up and running agribusinesses to recycling plastics, from building dams to spreading literacy, from preserving water resources to educating parents about the value of keeping their children in school. Our contributing editor Tom …

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Which way for African democracy as more countries remove presidential term limit from their constitution?

The restoration of democracy with regular elections in the 1990s held the promise of resolving the explosive issue of power succession blamed for the conflicts that devilled post-independent Africa.After independence in the 1960s, most of the ruling parties abolished multiparty democracy and instituted one-party states. The argument for the change was the promotion of stability, as the acrimonious contest for …

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