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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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Embassy explains role in deportation of Nigerians from Germany

The Embassy of Nigerian in Germany has denied issuing travel documents indiscriminately for the deportation of failed Nigerian asylum-seekers from the country. Alhaji Mohammed Bello Musa Anka, Minister for Consular & Immigration, explained that before an Emergency Travel Certificate (ETC) is issued the recipient must have been interviewed by officials of the embassy to ascertain that they’re indeed Nigerians and …

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Edo Commissioner visits Nigerian Ambassador in Germany on Benin Artworks, Migration

Edo State Commissioner of Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Monday Osaigbovo, recently paid a courtesy call on Nigeria’s Ambassador to Germany, HE Alhaji Maitama Tuggar, in his office in Berlin. Mr Osaigbovo was accompanied on the visit by Barrister Efosa Ogieriakhi, president of Edo in Diaspora Worldwide, Mr Austin Imade, Director of Edo Cultural Festival Germany, and several other …

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How African criminal groups control migration from Libya – Italian prosecutor

Italy’s national anti-mafia and anti-terrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho has said that African criminal organizations are dangerous and are controlling migration from Libya to Europe. He claimed that while the Nigerian mafia is currently the strongest, various organizations work together in a sort of consortium. Investigations on migrant flows from Libya have brought to light a link between several …

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German, Nigerian officials discuss repatriation of Nigerians without papers from Germany

Last year, Nigeria was one of the main countries of origin of asylum-seekers in Germany. Against this background, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung invited German and Nigerian officials to a technical roundtable discussion in Berlin on Thursday. Among others, the experts discussed how to make rejected Nigerian asylum-seekers leave Germany voluntarily and explore possible solutions to irregular migration from their country. Femi Awoniyi, …

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