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Ghana: Maisha holds awareness workshop for women and girls on irregular migration

Rita Ekua Yamoah reports on a recent program, organised by the Frankfurt-based non-governmental organisation Maisha e.V. for the empowerment of girls and women in Ghana against irregular migration, which took place in Accra. — Germany-based Maisha – African Women in Germany e.V. has again held a 5-day program to empower women who went through difficulties as a result of irregular …

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Nigeria’s anti-human trafficking agency gets new head

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as the new Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), a statement signed by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity), announced on Tuesday. She succeeds Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, who was obviously sacked as her tenure had not yet expired.   Sulaiman-Ibrahim, a …

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Court: Deportations to Nigeria and Gambia breach European Convention

On 24 November 2020, the European Court of Human Rights published a Chamber judgement in the case Unuane v. the United Kingdom (no. 80343/17) concerning the applicant’s deportation to Nigeria, following a criminal conviction, forcing him to leave his partner and three children in the United Kingdom. The Chamber held that there had been a violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private …

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Deportation: Germany risks spreading coronavirus in Nigeria – Group alleges

A migrant organisation has criticised Germany and Austria for deporting people to Nigeria amid the coronavirus pandemic. According to Nigerian media reports, 32 Nigerians were forcibly returned to Nigeria on a flight from Germany last Thursday (12 November). “It is unfortunate that the German government decided to embark on such a deportation operation especially at a time when Europe is …

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Germany: Persons to be deported cannot be arrested in the night – Court rules

Foreigners who are to be deported may not be visited at night, according to the Düsseldorf Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgericht Düsseldorf) in a new ruling announced on Tuesday (17 November). The court was of the opinion that persons to be deported have the right to night rest and as such should not be woken up in the middle of night like …

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Switzerland should not deport Gambian homosexuals – European court rules

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has forbidden Switzerland from deporting a homosexual Gambian to his homeland. The Swiss authorities had failed to consider whether The Gambia would protect the man against attacks by non-state actors, the court ruled in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Therefore, the deportation would violate the prohibition of inhuman treatment if carried out. Switzerland must also …

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Libya: UN condemns killing of asylum-seeker in Tripoli

A 15-year-old asylum-seeker was killed during an attack on a Tripoli shelter earlier this week. Now, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya has asked local authorities to investigate the killing and prosecute the perpetrators. “I am shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of a young Eritrean asylum-seeker Tuesday at a shelter in Tripoli,” the United Nations …

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UN appoints Nigerian as chair of anti-human trafficking body

The Director-General of Nigeria’s National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, has been appointed as the new chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons (UNVTF). A statement titled ‘Press release on appointment of DG NAPTIP as new chair of UNVTF’ by Olivia …

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Netherlands cracks down on Ugandan asylum seekers over ‘fake’ LGBT claims

The Dutch government is reassessing the cases of dozens of Ugandans who were granted asylum, after it uncovered a criminal network that helped them to fake their sexual orientation in order to claim protection. Marion MacGregor reports The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) said last week that in 2018 it uncovered an organized network that was coaching Ugandan asylum-seekers …

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Libya: 1,000 migrants intercepted at sea and returned to Libya in 3 days

In a sign that it may become increasingly difficult to cross the Mediterranean on boat, a major route of irregular migration to Europe from Africa, Libya’s coast guard intercepted about 1,000 migrants and returned them to Libya within three days in the past week. From Sunday until Tuesday, a total of 935 migrants who tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea …

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140 Senegalese migrants drown after Spain-bound boat sank in deadliest accident

At least 140 people have drowned after a boat carrying around 200 migrants sank off the Senegalese coast, according to the UN migration agency IOM in a press statement released on Thursday. The shipwreck is the deadliest so far this year. Senegalese and Spanish navy units as well as nearby fishermen rescued 59 people and retrieved the remains of 20 …

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220,000 migrants without papers applied for regularisation in Italy – Minister

About 220,000 applications for regularisation in Italy have been submitted by resident foreigners without papers since 1 June, when the scheme was launched as part of COVID-19 economic rejuvenation measures, according to Deputy Interior Minister Matteo Mauri. The minister made the revelation on 13 October after a meeting at the prefecture of Foggia in the region of Puglia, where he …

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Nigerian refugee graduates in Computer Science at top Italian university

It's an inspiring story which teaches that temporary hardship should not derail a person's ambition. Despite leaving his home country as an irregular migrant, despite undergoing the hardship of travelling across the desert, despite his being detained in terrible conditions in Libya and despite travelling dangerously on a rickety boat across the Mediterranean to reach Italy, the young Nigerian refugee did not waver in his ambition to receive a quality education

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EU Migration Pact: Here’s what you should know about the plan

The Council of the European Union presented a “New Pact on Migration and Asylum” to the public on 23 September . The pact focuses largely on migration-control at the external borders of the European Union. The proposed measures include border screenings, accelerated asylum procedures and new regulations for the distribution of asylum seekers. Here is a breakdown of the suggested …

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