MIGRATION

“Give us back the immigrants”: Italian town protests against refugee centre closure

Inhabitants of a small Italian town protested and taken action to prevent the closure of a migrant reception centre, but it was not enough. They said that the foreigners housed in the facilities were “good youths” and they always “stayed busy.” Residents of Ripabottoni, a small town in southern Italy, have protested the closing of their migrant reception centre. “Give …

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Britain agrees to pay France to stop migrants

Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed a new border security deal on Thursday, through which the UK will pay more to France to stop migrants trying to reach British shores. The two leaders meeting for wide-ranging talks at the Sandhurst military academy near London, agreed that the UK will pay an extra £44.5 million (50 million …

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Morocco’s parliament discusses racial discrimination against black Africans

The experience of sub-Saharans in North Africa, most of whom are migrants in transit, has been marked by outright racial discrimination and social rejection. A Moroccan party has now raised the issue in the country’s parliament, proposing a law against racial discrimination. Safaa Kasraoui reports. The Independence Party (Istiqlal) of Morocco proposed on Tuesday a new law to criminalize acts …

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Almost half of rejected asylum-seekers in Germany winning on appeal

Refugees in Germany who appeal against the rejection of their asylum applications are having growing success, a report says. Critics say the high rate of wins puts German migration authorities in a bad light. Almost one in two refugees who appeals against the rejection of an asylum application by German migration authorities wins the case before administrative courts, a German …

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Germany: Refugee numbers dropped dramatically in 2017

186,644 asylum seekers were registered last year. That’s more than 100,000 down from the 2016 figures – the Germany Interior Ministry says the massive numbers from the height of the crisis have been “overcome.” German Interior Minister Lothar de Maizière announced the figures in Berlin on Tuesday (16 January) showed that the waves of refugees arriving in Germany continue to …

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European court rules against Italy’s deportation of Sudanese

The European Court of Human Rights has accepted all the appeals presented by Sudanese nationals against the Italian government for their collective forcible removal on August 24, 2016, under an agreement between the Italian police chief and his Sudanese counterpart. The ECHR has formally notified the Italian government of the appeals and asked for specific information in order to better …

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France to tighten immigration law, speed up deportations

French President Emmanuel Macron faces a backlash over plans to tighten immigration law as the number of asylum seekers soars, with aid and emergency agencies accusing his government of planning mass expulsions. To try to ease the tension, Macron dispatched Prime Minister Edouard Philippe to meet aid organisations on Thursday and explain legislation due to go in coming weeks to …

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200 Africans, other migrants drowned in Mediterranean

More than 200 persons have been reported dead or missing in a deadly start to the New Year for migrants on the Mediterranean. The Libyan Coast Guard reported Wednesday (10 January) that up to 100 migrants, majority of whom were from The Gambia, Senegal, Sudan, Mali and Nigeria, remain missing in the third deadly shipwreck on the Mediterranean Sea since …

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Nigeria warns Libya on maltreatment of its citizens

The Nigerian government has warned its Libyan counterpart against molesting Nigerians in the North African country. Abuja said it made clear to Libyan authorities that it has “zero tolerance” for such treatment. The warning followed reports of enslavement and maltreatment of Nigerians stranded in Libya. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, made this known on Monday as another batch …

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France received record 100,000 asylum requests in 2017

More than 100,000 people requested asylum in France in 2017, a “historic” number and an increase of 17 per cent on the year before, according to the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA). In a statement on Monday, OFPRA director Pascal Brice said the figures show that “France is one of the top countries for …

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Israel: Panic spreads among African migrants as deadline nears

Israel plans to deport thousands of African asylum seekers within the next three months. They have the choice of leaving for a third country or indefinite imprisonment in Israeli jails. The quit deadline fans fears among African migrants, reports Tania Kraemer. “It is a very scary moment and many people are simply in panic,” says Ghebrihiwet Tekle, a young Eritrean …

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Nigerian minister, officials in Libya to evacuate stranded citizens

A Federal Government of Nigeria’s special delegation, led by Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, is currently in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to deliberate with Libyan officials on the evacuation of Nigerians trapped in the country. The Head, Press and Public Relations of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP),  Josiah Emerole, said the delegation left the …

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Migrant arrivals in Italy fall by 34 per cent in 2017

The number of migrants who arrived in Italy in 2017 went down by one-third compared to 2016, according to figures just published by the Italian interior ministry. A reported 6,340 irregular migrants were repatriated from Italy in 2017, according to the data. Migrant landings in Italy dropped by 34.24 per cent in 2017 compared to 2016, the Italian interior ministry …

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Migration to EU to increase with global warming, new study says

A recent study published by Science magazine has once again highlighted a potential connection between climate and migration, stressing how, by the end of this century, climate change could lead to a significant increase in asylum requests in Europe. According to a recent study carried out by two researchers from Columbia University and published by Science magazine, climate change will …

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German politicians call for tougher stance on asylum seekers

Ahead of this week’s new round of coalition talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU/CSU and the SPD, leading Bavarian politicians are demanding tougher measures against asylum seekers, including mandatory age checks, speedier deportations and benefit cuts. Charlotte Hauswedell reports. The interior minister of Bavaria, Joachim Herrmann (CSU), has reiterated that deportations must be carried out more effectively, especially in …

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Morocco smashes international migrant smuggling ring

Moroccan royal gendarmerie has dismantled an organized criminal group involved in irregular emigration to Europe through Libya, and in other serious crimes, including kidnapping and money laundering. Safaa Kasraoui reports. The authorities were after the gang since September 2017, following the arrest of two masterminds of irregular emigration in Beni Mellal, a city located in central Morocco. The two criminals …

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