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Germany: Net migration drops to less than half a million in 2017

Germany’s statistics office has published new figures for net migration to the country in 2017 with some surprise findings. The figures show more Germans are returning to the country and staying put. In 2017, net migration to Germany dropped by around one-fifth year-on-year to about 416,000, the Federal Office for Statistics (Destatis) said on Monday. The agency noted that net …

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10,000 Nigerians repatriated from Libya

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has announced that no fewer than 10,000 Nigerians, have voluntarily returned from Libya between April 2017 and October 2018. The South West Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Yakubu Suleiman, made this disclosure while receiving a new batch of 161 returnees, who arrived Lagos on Friday (12 October). Suleiman said the Nigerians were assisted back in …

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Germany recorded fewer irregular migrants in 2018 than expected – report

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has reportedly indicated a drop in irregular migration numbers. He had made a tough stance on irregular migration a hallmark of his Interior Ministry. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer last week said he does not expect Germany to see as many irregular migrants and refugees this year as projected. Earlier reports estimated that up to …

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Nigerian migrants rescued from Libyan prison after cell video goes viral

A group of Nigerian migrants held captive inside a detention centre in Libya have been rescued after releasing a video taken on their phones. The footage went viral on social media and caught the attention of the authorities. Sertan Sanderson of InfoMigrants reports. The migrants held in Zawiya in Libya reportedly risked their lives to shoot the video, which shows …

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Germany: Federal Government agrees on new Immigration Law

The coalition partners in the federal government have agreed on new laws that will prioritize education, age and financial security in admitting new migrants to Germany. The laws are based on the Canadian model. Germany’s coalition government announced in the early hours of Tuesday (2 October) that they had agreed on new immigration laws after several months of back and …

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UNHCR says Libyan refugee detention camps in ‘tragic’ situation

Against the backdrop of fighting among militia groups in Tripoli, Vincent Cochetel, the UN Refugee Agency’s special envoy for the Central Mediterranean route, told Italian press agency ANSA in an interview that the situation in Libya has become ‘extremely critical,’ and that the agency no longer has access to official detention centres. Vincent Cochetel told ANSA that as of the …

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Spain has most migrant arrivals in Europe, Greece surpasses Italy

The number of migrant arrivals to Italy has dropped significantly, while the number of migrants arriving in Spain have doubled, making it now the top port for migrant arrivals, followed by Greece. Migrant reception centres on Greece’s Aegean Islands are experiencing alarming rates of overcrowding, at a nearly record-breaking rate of 20,000 migrants. Brussels is pushing the Greek government to …

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More than 100 migrants feared dead in shipwreck off Libya coast

More than 100 people, including 20 children, died in early September when their rubber boats were wrecked off the coast of Libya, according to the aid agency Doctors Without Borders. Only two bodies have been recovered thus far. Sertan Sanderson/InfoMigrants reports on the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean. According to Doctors Without Borders (known by the French initials MSF), hundreds …

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Amnesty International criticises Morocco’s ‘relentless crackdown’ on Black Africans

Amnesty International has spoken out against Moroccan authorities’ treatment of thousands of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees, saying that its ”relentless crackdown” is ”cruel and unlawful”. Amnesty International released a statement on Friday excoriating Moroccan authorities’ treatment of sub-Saharan migrants and refugees. ”The Moroccan authorities’ large-scale crackdown on thousands of sub-Saharan migrants, asylum seekers and refugees without due process is cruel …

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Thousands rally in Germany in support of migrant rescue missions

Almost 20,000 people have marched through Berlin and Hamburg demanding that Germany take in more migrants stranded at sea. Sunday’s marches were organized in response to the violent anti-migrant protests in Chemnitz. Up to 16,000 people marched through the northern German city of Hamburg on Sunday, urging officials to open up the city’s ports to stranded migrant rescue ships in …

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Protests block migrant reception centre in Paris

Protests by some residents in a Paris neighbourhood resulted in the postponement of the opening of a migrant reception centre for hundreds of migrants in the French capital. The Paris prefecture has postponed the opening of a migrant reception centre for hundreds of migrants in Paris in the arrondissement of Montmartre, after residents staged a protest. Residents said they were …

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You are on your own, Buhari tells Nigerian irregular migrants

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday warned Nigerians who continue to migrate from the country through illegal routes, despite the inherent dangers, that they are on their own. He said such people make the uncertain trips at their own risk. Buhari said this during a joint press conference he had with the visiting German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at the Presidential Villa, …

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German companies call for residence permit for working asylum-seekers

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy has seen over a million migrants enter Germany in the past three years. But the vast majority have been unable to find work. Current figures show that just over a quarter of these new arrivals feature on a payroll. Meanwhile, for those who are employed, migration policy has become stricter. Several companies are now calling …

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Libya: ‘Help us get out of this hell!’ – Migrants hold rare protest

A group of migrants recently held a ground-breaking protest in Libya. The protesters, most of whom were Ethiopian or Eritrean, forced open the doors of a detention centre, where they were being held, and marched towards the capital, Tripoli, which is about 20 kilometres away. They demanded help from the United Nations as well as human rights organisations. Since they …

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The emergency hotline that saves migrants stranded at sea

Alarm Phone is an independent support hotline connecting migrant boats in distress with local coast guards to ensure quick and effective rescue operations. Michaela Cavanagh/InfoMigrants reports. Last week, the Sarost 5 docked in the port of Zarzis with 40 migrants aboard after spending weeks waiting off the coast for the green light from the Tunisian government. The Sarost 5 rescued the …

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