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Mediterranean death rate goes up despite drop in migrant arrivals

The death rate among migrants attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe almost doubled this year, although fewer migrants made the journey, according to a new report released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The number of migrants who crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2017 has decreased compared to the same period last year. However, the …

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What services are available to pregnant migrants in Germany?

For pregnant asylum seekers, knowing that they are expecting a child can make their life in a new country even more stressful. However, the German state and a variety of charities offer support to expectant mothers, reports Mara Bierbach. Pregnancy is a worrisome time for any woman, but for refugee women, trying to find their footing in a new country it must …

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What Nigerian youths should know about Irregular Migration to Europe

Femi Awoniyi** on ‘Look before you Leave!’ an information campaign by the Migration Enlightenment Project Nigeria (MEPN) to raise awareness of the risks and dangers of irregular migration. ——————————————————————– Irregular Migration  We receive daily news of the suffering of young African migrants seeking better opportunities in Europe through illegal routes. The ordeal that many go through either in the transit …

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EU to step up deportation of African migrants – European Commission’s president

New EU proposals on sending unwanted migrants back to their homes countries and creating new legal routes for those requiring protection are set to be unveiled before the end of the month. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, told members of the European Parliament on Wednesday (13 September) that people with no rights to stay in Europe must …

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Nigerian youths warned as migration awareness campaign kicks off in Lagos

Youths have been advised to properly assess all their options before deciding to travel abroad for greener pastures. The advice was given by Hon. Kenneth Gbandi, president of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Europe, on Tuesday (12 September) while launching the campaign again irregular migration in Lagos. The Germany-based journalist and media consultant said travelling abroad does not in …

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EU accused of complicity in migrant abuse in Libya

The EU is financing and perpetuating the cycle of suffering of migrants in Libya by forcing people to return to notorious detention centres, says the head of a major charity. Joanne Liu, the president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) International, told reporters on Thursday (7 September) that European governments are complicit in torture and that the EU’s policy of ring …

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WATCH! Ghanaian woman gives birth to baby aboard migrant rescue boat

A woman from Ghana gave birth to a baby girl on Wednesday morning (6 September) onboard a Spanish NGO vessel immediately after she was rescued trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy. Despite a lack of sterile hospital conditions, the on-board doctor, with the help of crew members, successfully delivered the baby girl before returning to harbour, …

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EU court overrules Hungary and Slovakia on migrant relocation quotas

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Wednesday (6 September) that an EU Council decision in September 2015 that imposed the quota system was valid. EU interior ministers at the time voted to share 120,000 asylum seekers from frontline states Greece and Italy. They were to be distributed according to calculations based on member states’ size and wealth, with …

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EU, Africa to step up co-operation on irregular migration

Europe and the Africa intend to step up co-operation in the fight against criminal human traffickers – Europe is to provide more support for the African countries. That is the outcome of a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris with leaders of other European and African states. “We must fight illegal migration and …

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EU and African leaders meet in Paris on curbing migration

A mini-summit on Africa is being hosted in Paris on Monday (28 August) on how to stem migration, reports Nikolaj Nielsen. Heads of state and government from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, along with the EU’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, will meet with their counterparts from Chad, Niger and Libya. The European Commission in a statement last week said that …

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Nigerian Diaspora to launch campaign for Safe Migration in Lagos

An information campaign to raise public awareness of the dangers of irregular migration will kick off  at the Centre for Management Development in Lagos on 12 September. Initiated by African-German Information Center (AGIC), Hamburg, and The African Courier Verlag, Berlin, with the support of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the campaign under the aegis of the “Migration Enlightenment Project in Nigeria (MEPN)” …

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Pope Francis advocates citizenship for migrant children born in Italy

“The statelessness in which migrants and refugees sometimes find themselves can easily be avoided through legislation on citizenship complying with the fundamental principles of international law,” Pope Francis said in his message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018. The Pope’s statement was issued a day after Premier Paolo Gentiloni irked anti-immigrant parties by vowing to pass a bill …

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Tunisian fishermen prevent anti-migrant ship from docking

A group of Tunisian fishermen blocked the boat of far-right movement ‘Generation Identity’ from docking at the port of Zarzis in the southeast of Tunisia , dealing the latest blow to a controversial mission aimed at disrupting the flow of migrant boats from North Africa to Europe. The Identitarians had chartered the vessel C-Star to run their anti-migrant mission ‘Defend …

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Germany to send asylum seekers back to Greece

Germany is to send back asylum seekers to Greece, ending a five-year suspension of the EU’s asylum rules on transfers because of poor reception conditions. Greek migration minister Yiannis Mouzalas, speaking to the German public television channel ARD, in a program due to air on Tuesday (8 August), has confirmed that Greek authorities received 392 requests. Mouzalas said Athens approved …

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Germany launches new identity technology to combat asylum fraud

A battery of new technological innovations has been unveiled by Germany’s refugee agency to help it determine more accurately the country of origin of asylum seekers and detect those who make multiple applications using different names. Jefferson Chase reports. No more Franco A.’s – that’s the motto at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge …

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How a far-right group wants to protect Europe from ‘refugee invasions’

The anti-immigration group “Generation Identity” and its German counterpart, the “Identitäre Bewegung,” have raised over 150,000 euros to buy a boat and stop refugees coming into the continent. Here is an overview of the group and its latest operation in the Mediterranean by Manasi Gopalakrishnan. Wesearchr is a crowdfunding platform that has recently gained popularity among conservative, alt-right groups. Through …

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