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EU warns Nigeria over irregular migration, threatens tough visa rules

The European Union has warned that it could impose restrictive visa implementation rules on Nigeria, if it failed to co-operate in the readmission of its nationals deported from EU member countries. A restrictive visa regime would make obtaining visas to EU countries more difficult for Nigerian applicants. The EU Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Ms Virginie Battu-Henriksson, said …

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Black Africans subject to increasing racist abuse and violence in Egypt – report

As Egypt suffers an economic downturn, migrants and refugees from sub-Saharan countries are experiencing growing abuse and violence. Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is trying to intervene, making skin-deep reassurances. Sertan Sanderson reports ​The mega-city of Cairo has long established itself as a key destination for many refugees in the region. People fleeing civil war in Syria and in Libya have …

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McDonald’s CEO seeks ‘a clearer future’ for refugees in Germany

The head of the fast-food chain McDonald’s in Germany says refugees should be offered more certain future prospects. Holger Beeck also said that he could not understand why well-integrated migrants are deported. McDonald’s has employed more than 5,000 refugees since 2015, the company’s CEO in Germany, Holger Beeck, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. “These are people who came to (McDonald’s), …

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Greece plans sea barriers to block irregular migrants from reaching its islands

The Greek government unveiled a plan to build sea barriers across the Aegean Sea in a bid to prevent irregular migrants crossing to the Greek islands from Turkey in a bid, according to analysts, to call the bluff of Turkish President Erdogan, who has repeatedly threatened to send millions of refugees to Europe. Greece’s defence ministry published a call for …

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Government approves plan to make Germany more attractive for skilled immigrants

As a new labour migration law is set to enter into force, the federal government has approved an integration plan under which prospective migrants will be offered language lessons and information about Germany in their home countries. The federal government wants to prepare potential migrants for life in Germany already in their home countries. This is according to the National …

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US restricts visas for pregnant women to stop ‘birth tourism’

The Trump administration has issued a new rule  instructing United States consular officials to deny pregnant women visas unless they can prove “to the satisfaction of the consular officer” either that they are not traveling to the US to give birth, or that they have a legitimate medical reason to give birth in the country. In the latest immigration control measure, the United …

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Italian priest cries out over African migrants trapped in Libyan detention centers

Roman Catholic priest Father Mussie Zerai, president of the humanitarian organization Habeshia and pastor to migrants who arrive in Italy, has sent out a dramatic ‘SOS’ from migrants allegedly being held in detention centers in Libya, where they live in appalling conditions but are also exposed to danger as different factions in the country’s civil war battle for control. “We continuously …

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Germany: Recruitment of non-EU nurses must be fair to their countries of origin – Caritas

A new law (Skilled Worker Immigration Act or Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz) that facilitates the recruitment of skilled workers from non-EU countries will enter into effect on 1 March. Germany is currently suffering from labour shortages in many sectors, including health care. Caritas has however warned that the needs of the countries where nurses would be recruited should be considered in the implementation …

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1,300 reported deaths in the Mediterranean in 2019 – UN

Nearly 1,300 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean in 2019, the United Nations agency for migration has said in a statement. The 1,282 drownings were 44% down on 2018, it said. The number of deaths since 2014 was now 19,164, International Organization for Migration reported. The Mediterranean in 2019 claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 migrants who were attempting to reach …

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Norway to take in 600 migrants moved from Libyan camps to Rwanda

Norway says it will take 600 asylum-seekers recently evacuated to Rwanda from Libyan detention centres. The Norwegian immigration minister told the media that his country wants to stop the sometimes deadly smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean Sea. Charlotte Hauswedell/InfoMigrants reports “For me it is important to send a signal that we will not back smuggling routes and cynical backers, …

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Germany to deport more Nigerians in 2020 – Government announces

Germany plans to deport more Nigerians this year, according to a new report by the international broadcaster Deutsche Welle or DW. The government says there’re about 12,000 Nigerians in the country whose asylum applications have been rejected and have been asked to leave the country. Moreover, more than 20,000 cases filed by Nigerians are yet to be concluded. Going by …

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Media contest for integration and diversity in Europe opens

Journalists in the European Union and Switzerland can enter a contest on migration, integration, diversity and democratic culture. The CIVIS Media Foundation is looking for the best programmes focusing on the issues of migration, integration and cultural diversity in Europe  Radio, film, television and online stories are eligible for the CIVIS Media Prize. The categories are the CIVIS Top Award, …

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Berlin’s new State Office for Immigration takes off

The Berlin Ausländerbehörde (Berlin Foreigners’ Registration Office) became the Landesamt für Einwanderung (“State Office for Immigration”) on 1 January 2020.  Berlin became the first German state to establish an independent agency for immigrants in anticipation of the new Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz (Skilled Labour Immigration Act), which goes into effect in March. For the director of the State Office for Immigration, the new …

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Germany struggles to deport rejected asylum-seekers, says police chief

Germany’s federal police chief said a lack of pre-deportation facilities is hampering the deportation of rejected asylum seekers and illegal foreigners to third-countries. Germany is struggling to deport rejected asylu-seekers, the country’s top police chief said on Wednesday. Federal police chief Dieter Romann blamed a lack of pre-deportation facilities for deportations not being carried out. Speaking to Germany’s Funke media group, he said …

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Italian police arrest traffickers for recruiting Nigerian minors into prostitution

An order for pretrial custody has been issued for two Nigerian women residing in Italy. They are accused of recruiting women from Nigeria, including minors, and forcing them into prostitution in the city of Ferrara, both on the street and in apartments. One of the women was arrested, but the other is still being sought by police.   Police in …

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France: Court awards undocumented Malians compensation for ‘systematic racial discrimination’

A group of 25 Malians without papers, who had been illegally employed on a big building site in Paris in 2016, have each been awarded €34,000 in damages, with interest, for “systematic racial discrimination” by a French employment tribunal. The French employment tribunal, “Le Conseil de Prud’Hommes de Paris” made the award to the group of 25 Malians on Tuesday, …

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