MIGRATION

50,000 migrants reached Europe by sea so far in 2018 – 1,443 died

UN’s International Organization for Migration has said that over 50,000 migrants have irregularly reached Europe’s coasts by sea in 2018. A reported 1,443 died as the central Mediterranean route remains the most lethal, the organization said. The UN agency International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said that 50,872 migrants and refugees this year have reached Europe by sea as of …

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German government declares Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria safe countries of origin

Germany’s federal cabinet wants to add three Maghreb states and Georgia to a list of “safe countries of origin.” But will the change pass Germany’s upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, where it failed last year? Timothy Jones and Jefferson Chase report. The German government will put forward legislation declaring Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Georgia “safe countries of origin.” The …

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German interior minister presents his ‘migration master plan’ in Berlin

Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has presented his long-awaited asylum “master plan.” But he did not include the last-minute compromises made with coalition partners last week, which averted a government crisis. Ben Knight of Deutsche Welle reports. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer finally got to present his migration “master plan” to the press on Tuesday, a month after it was blocked at …

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Italy to pay billions of euros to Libya if it accepts returned migrants

Italy and Libya have agreed to reactivate a friendship treaty signed a decade ago that allowed migrants to be returned to Libyan territory. “We agreed to reactivate the 2008 Italian-Libyan friendship treaty,” said Libya’s foreign minister Mohamad Siala in a joint press conference in Tripoli with Italian counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi. Milanesi hailed the agreement reached during his first visit …

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Germans protest in support of migrant rescues in the Mediterranean

Thousands of people took part in demonstrations across Germany on Saturday to show their support for NGOs rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. NGOs have come under increasing political pressure and been blocked from docking in several European countries. Thousands of people took part in protests in several German cities, including Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Bremen, Munich and Ulm. Organizers said …

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Libya takes over sea rescue operations from Italy as refugee death figures soar

Italy has handed sea rescue mission responsibility to Libya’s coast guard in an effort to stop migrants reaching Europe. Critics argue the move violates international law and that Libyan authorities are ill-prepared. Bernd Riegert reports. At the recent EU summit one week ago, European leaders once again agreed to protect the bloc’s exterior borders from migrants entering illegally. That meant, …

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Up to 10,000 migrants detained under the sun without shelter in Libya – UN

The UN agency for migration IOM has reported that up to 10,000 migrants are detained in dire conditions in Libya. Over 10,000 migrants who were rescued or apprehended by Libyan coast guards are detained in 20 centres in extreme living conditions due to overcrowding and a heat wave with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees Celsius, Christine Petré, IOM’s spokeswoman for …

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AfricanTide Union e.V. opens branch in Hamburg

The Dortmund-based AfricanTide Union e.V. has opened its first branch office.  Since 15 June, there is now the opportunity to exchange and develop joint projects in the Gutruf Haus in the immediate vicinity of the Alster in Hamburg. “We are happy to be in Hamburg now. Together with local stakeholders, we want to implement our successfully tested programmes for promoting integration and …

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EU reaches migration deal after marathon talks, differences remain

European leaders reached a deal on migration on Friday after tense and lengthy talks, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel conceded differences remained. Under the agreement, reached after nine hours of often stormy talks, EU leaders agreed to share out refugees arriving in the bloc on a voluntary basis and create “controlled centres” inside the European Union to process asylum requests. …

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Comparing welfare benefits for asylum-seekers in EU member states

The level of financial aid EU members provide to asylum-seekers can vary significantly from country to country. Germany, for instance, grants monthly allowances of up to €354. Diana Hodali and Astrid Prange of DW examine asylum benefits across the bloc. European Union asylum law stipulates that member states must ensure everyone in need is guaranteed a fair asylum application process. …

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Italy proposes migrant processing centres south of Libya

Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on a visit to Tripoli called Monday for processing centres to be set up south of Libya’s borders as a way to block attempts by migrants to cross the Mediterranean. “On Thursday in Brussels, we will jointly support with Libyan authorities the setting up of reception and identification centres south of Libya, on the …

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Italy vows to expel 100,000 migrants

After the new Italian government turned away a rescue boat with hundreds of migrants aboard, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said he wants to expel 100,000 migrants from the country. Asylum experts are sceptical Salvini can achieve his ambitious target. Kai Dambach reports. Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, took a strong stance against migrants during the election campaign. Now that …

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Germany: Migrants urged to vaccinate against infectious diseases

With the number of cases of measles growing in Europe, health authorities are urging everyone to make sure they are vaccinated against the potentially deadly disease. Migrants are especially at risk, as studies have shown they have lower immunization rates than European-born individuals. Marion MacGregor reports. Every migrant who arrives at a reception centre in Germany receives a compulsory medical …

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Majority of Spaniards welcome more migrants, says poll

A poll by Oxfam Intermon said over 60 percent of Spaniards interviewed were in favour of migration while 20 percent thought they were being ”invaded” by migrants. Paola Del Vecchio reports. A survey released by Oxfam Intermon to mark World Refugee Day on Wednesday said 65 percent of Spaniards interviewed wanted to welcome refugees and migrants and 21 percent of …

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EU considering migrants’ disembarkation ports in North Africa

EU leaders are set to endorse plans to create a so-called “disembarkation scheme” under which migrants rescued at sea would be taken to sites in North Africa where their requests for asylum would be processed. The EU is considering the creation of “disembarkation platforms” in North Africa to decide asylum applications before migrants set out for Europe, according to a draft statement …

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Nigerian, Moroccan asylum-seekers enter Finland using World Cup IDs

Five people have entered Finland illegally with the help of World Cup fan identity papers and then applied for asylum, the Finnish border guard said on Wednesday. The asylum-seekers, of Nigerian, Moroccan and Chinese nationality, arrived from World Cup host Russia, which has provided match ticket holders with visa-free entry, a senior border guard official told Reuters. “We had been …

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