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Swedish companies launch appeal against deportation of migrants

Dozens of Sweden’s largest and most influential companies have released a statement, appealing to the government to stop the deportation of qualified migrant workers. Among the signatories are H&M’s chairman and the CEO of Ericsson. Swedish financial daily Dagens Industri has published an open letter that argues that the expulsion of foreign workers “hits business” and that “Swedish companies have …

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African migrants in Israel begin hunger strike over expulsion order

Hundreds of African migrants have launched a hunger strike to protest Israel’s implementation of its controversial policy to expel or indefinitely imprison them, a spokesman for the group said Wednesday (21 February). Israel has resolved to expel about 38,000 Eritreans and Sudanese who entered the country illegally over the years, giving them an ultimatum to leave or risk being imprisoned …

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500 Ghanaian migrants stranded in Dubai

The Government of Ghana has announced that some 500 young Ghanaians have been left stranded in Dubai. The 500 were sent to the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by fake recruitment agencies to take up non-existing jobs. Information Minister Mustapha Hamid however said government is collaborating with authorities in the UAE to repatriate them. …

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French government unveils bill with tougher asylum rules

President Emmanuel Macron’s government presented a controversial immigration bill to the Cabinet on Wednesday, amid criticism from migrant organizations and members of the ruling party. The bill will double the time for which undocumented migrants can be detained to 90 days and shorten the deadlines to apply for asylum, from 120 days to 90 days after a migrant’s arrival in …

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Germany: Syrians, Iraqis and Nigerians top asylum applications in January

German officials say 12,285 people applied for asylum in the country in January. That is a 15 percent drop compared with the same month last year. In January 2017, Germany recorded 14,476 new asylum requests, while some 13,082 people applied for asylum in December 2017. Figures published by the Interior Ministry on Tuesday show most new asylum-seekers last month originated …

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Refugees find work in Germany via Munich start-up Social-Bee

Displaced people have a hard time finding employment. Five hundred thousand refugees are currently on the job market — and prospects look bleak. A Munich startup has founded a non-profit temporary work agency. Temporary work employment refers to an employment situation where the working arrangement is limited to a certain period of time based on the needs of the employing organization.  …

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Israeli pilots refuse to participate in mass deportation of African asylum-seekers

Amidst the deportation-or-imprisonment policy of the Israeli government, some pilots of national airline El Al are refusing to fly planes that will forcibly expel Eritrean and Sudanese refugees in Israel to third countries. Israeli pilots are taking a stand against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s mission to expel tens of thousands of African migrants from the country, publicly declaring they will …

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Germany: Afghan refugee sentenced to life in prison for killing Christian convert

An Afghan man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a woman because she had converted to Christianity. The court recognized a ‘very high degree of culpability’ in handing down its decision. A court in the southern German city of Traunstein on Friday sentenced a 30-year-old Muslim refugee from Afghanistan to life in prison for killing a woman …

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Libyan security forces involved in people smuggling: Report

In a new report to the UN Security Council, sanctions’ experts warn that most armed groups involved in human trafficking in Libya have links to the country’s official security institutions. They further note that militant groups, including the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), overpower authorities. Kai Dambach reports. The United Nations Security Council received a confidential report that said Libyan forces …

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Israel gives African migrants 60-day deadline to leave country

Israel has started issuing deportation orders to African migrants, giving them 60 days to return to their home countries or opt for an unnamed safe haven. Those failing to meet the deadline risk being sent to prison. Israel’s Population, Immigration and Border Authority delivered the first batch of notices Sunday, telling migrants they have to leave before 1 April. The …

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Protesters for and against migrants march in eastern German city

Arab refugees and Germans carrying pro-immigrant and anti-fascism placards marched in Cottbus on Saturday to denounce what they say are attempts by far-right groups to stoke tension in the eastern city after two knife attacks by Syrian teenagers. The group of around 600 demonstrators in the German city of Cottbus calling for acceptance and open-mindedness were upstaged and outnumbered by …

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90 migrants feared drown off Libya coast: UN

The United Nations says 90 people are feared to have drowned off the coast of Libya, after a people smuggler’s boat capsized. The United Nations’ migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), believes just three people have survived the boat accident, in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. The boat was carrying mostly Pakistani migrants. “At least …

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Nigerian returnees from Libya face poverty and destitution back home

After news of Libyan slave markets went around world at the end of 2017, many migrants stuck in North Africa decided to return home voluntarily. However, those returning to Nigeria complain that they face the same problems they had left behind. Katrin Gänsler reports. Loveth Ekumabor recently returned to Benin City, the capital of Edo State and Nigeria’s epicentre of …

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Germany to allow more than 1,000 family reunifications monthly

It was a key point of disagreement between the parties, but Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc appears to have reached a compromise with its coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD) with regard to migrant family reunions. There is, however, still some disagreement on the finer points. Sertan Sanderson reports. More than four months after general elections, Germany seems to be …

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EU’s top court bars sexual orientation tests for asylum-seekers

The European Court of Justice has ruled that sexual orientation tests can’t be used to rule on asylum applications. Hungarian immigration officials should not have put a Nigerian asylum seeker through psychological tests to determine whether he was telling the truth that he was gay. Hungarian immigration officials were wrong to make a Nigerian asylum applicant undergo psychological tests to …

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“Mediterranean has become a cemetery”: Italy-based Senegalese returns home to fight traffickers

In commemoration of World Migrant and Refugee Day on 15 January, a young Sengalese man named Seny Diallo tells his story. After he arrived in Italy by sea, he went back to Senegal to raise awareness among young people about the dangers of irregular migration. After having been forced to cross the Mediterranean to reach Italy aboard a migrant boat …

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“Give us back the immigrants”: Italian town protests against refugee centre closure

Inhabitants of a small Italian town protested and taken action to prevent the closure of a migrant reception centre, but it was not enough. They said that the foreigners housed in the facilities were “good youths” and they always “stayed busy.” Residents of Ripabottoni, a small town in southern Italy, have protested the closing of their migrant reception centre. “Give …

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Britain agrees to pay France to stop migrants

Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed a new border security deal on Thursday, through which the UK will pay more to France to stop migrants trying to reach British shores. The two leaders meeting for wide-ranging talks at the Sandhurst military academy near London, agreed that the UK will pay an extra £44.5 million (50 million …

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Morocco’s parliament discusses racial discrimination against black Africans

The experience of sub-Saharans in North Africa, most of whom are migrants in transit, has been marked by outright racial discrimination and social rejection. A Moroccan party has now raised the issue in the country’s parliament, proposing a law against racial discrimination. Safaa Kasraoui reports. The Independence Party (Istiqlal) of Morocco proposed on Tuesday a new law to criminalize acts …

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Almost half of rejected asylum-seekers in Germany winning on appeal

Refugees in Germany who appeal against the rejection of their asylum applications are having growing success, a report says. Critics say the high rate of wins puts German migration authorities in a bad light. Almost one in two refugees who appeals against the rejection of an asylum application by German migration authorities wins the case before administrative courts, a German …

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