MIGRATION

Nigeria appoints airlines to evacuate its citizens from Libya

The Federal Government of Nigeria has appointed local airlines to repatriate Nigerians stranded in Libya. Following the global outrage that greeted the CNN footage showing African migrants being auctioned as slaves in Libya last November, President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to bring back Nigerians still in the North African country. He thereafter constituted a 17-man fact-finding committee headed by Minister of …

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Why we continue to risk our lives in the Mediterranean – rescued African

Early on the morning of Boxing Day (26 December), rescue workers spotted more than 130 migrants stranded in the Mediterranean, some 40 kilometres off the coast of Libya. They were sitting in three small dinghies, ill-equipped for the windy winter crossing, when they were finally picked up by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms. Despite the efforts of African and European …

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6,672 Nigerians repatriated from Libya in 12 months

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on Friday said a total of 6,672 Nigerians voluntarily returned from Libya from 6 January to 28 December. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Director General of NEMA, Alhaji Mustapha Maihajja, made this known while receiving a fresh batch of 257 Nigerians who arrived Lagos from Libya. Maihajja lauded the International …

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Germany: Study shows high proportion of migrants employed in high-skilled jobs

In Germany complaints have long been heard from employers about a lack of skilled applicants. Some said jobs could be filled by migrants, while others warned that approach was naive. A new study has the facts, reports Marion MacGregor/InfoMigrants. Large numbers of working migrants in Germany are in skilled jobs, according to a new study. The Cologne Institute for Economic …

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Italy to send soldiers to Niger to stop migrants coming to Europe

Italy is to deploy hundreds of soldiers to a desert military base in Niger to confront people-traffickers who are blamed for taking Africans across the Sahara and the Mediterranean. Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has said his country would send a “non-combat” military mission to Niger to help stop people smugglers from taking people to the EU. Special forces will …

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France takes in first group of refugees from Africa

The first African refugees have arrived in France under a scheme to bring selected vulnerable people directly to Europe. The move comes amid UN, European and African efforts to stop treacherous Mediterranean crossings, and to head off illegal migration. Marion MacGregor/InfoMigrants reports. Nineteen Sudanese refugees arrived in Paris on Monday to be taken to a convent in eastern France. It …

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German centre helping Ghanaian returnees opens in Accra

A migration advisory centre has opened to help Ghanaians to find jobs and opportunities at home, instead of attempting the often treacherous journey to Europe through irregular routes. “Nobody returning to Ghana will return as a loser.” That’s the message of the German state secretary for economic development, Dr Friedrich Kitschelt, to young Ghanaians who believe there are no jobs …

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Only 3,100 migrants repatriated from Libya – officials

The European Union and the African Union say at least 3,100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks. A new task force, which also includes the UN, aims to repatriate another 15,000 migrants from Libya by February, AP has reported. Following the CNN footage that showed African migrants in …

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EU complicit in migrants’ abuse and torture in Libya, says Amnesty International

European governments are “complicit” in grave human rights violations in Libya through their support for authorities there that often work with people smugglers and torture refugees and migrants, Amnesty International says. Nikolaj Nielsen reports. The EU and its respective member states are complicit in the abuse and torture of migrants in Libya, says Amnesty International. The NGO’s Europe director John …

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80 percent migrants treated by Rome clinic are torture victims

Some 80 percent of migrants assisted in 2017 by the MEDU mobile clinic in Rome say had they suffered torture, abuse, serious deprivation, sexual violence or enslavement. Most of the mistreatment happened in Libya. In a year of activity in precarious settlements in the Italian capital, the Medici per i Diritti Umani (Doctors for Human Rights, or MEDU) organization found …

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Demonstrations in London, Hamburg against African enslavement Libya

The wave of protests against the enslavement of African migrants in Libya continued on Saturday (9 December) with demonstrations in the British capital and the German city of Hamburg. Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Libyan embassy in London to demand an end to slave auctions in the North African country. Carrying placards reading “End the Damn Slavery!!” and “Human …

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Libya’s Prime Minister in Berlin, promises to ease migrant suffering

Libya’s Prime Minister Fayez Mustafa al-Sarraj promised on Thursday to take action to ease the suffering of tens of thousands of migrants stranded in his North African country, even though it is still battling instability. Speaking after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, Al-Sarraj said the numbers of migrants are “staggering — we are talking about 500,000 migrants …

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Hamburg demonstrates against African enslavement in Libya

Black organisations in Hamburg are calling for a public demonstration in the Merchant city on Saturday (9 December) against the enslavement, torture, rape and murder of Africans in Libya. “The Black Community in Hamburg invites all Black organizations, groups, movements, activists and individuals and their friends and supporters to a demonstration in front of the political and consular representations of …

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Germany offers rejected asylum-seekers new incentives to go home

Germany wants rejected asylum-seekers to voluntarily leave the country and is offering incentives. The idea, outlined by Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, is meant to help with reintegration once back at home. The German government wants to encourage rejected asylum-seekers to voluntarily return to their home countries with a cash incentive, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere told newspaper Bild am …

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Libya: Migrants’ evacuation plan unrealistic, says Amnesty International

Human rights campaign group Amnesty International has described the plan agreed by EU and African leaders in Abidjan last Thursday to evacuate migrants stranded in Libya as unworkable. Franziska Vilmar, who works on asylum law and policy at the German branch of Amnesty International, told the German international broadcaster DW at the weekend that the plan was “unrealistic because the …

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Nigeria swings into action on stranded citizens in Libya

Following harsh criticisms of its perceived indifference to the suffering of thousands of its citizens who are stranded in Libya, Nigeria’s federal government has finally swung into action. After meeting with heads of agencies in charge of migration in Abuja on Wednesday, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo announced that Nigeria was considering urgent and permanent solutions to the plight of Nigerians refugees …

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