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Pressure on EU's southern borders from African migrants seen persisting in 2018
By Gabriela Baczynska | 20 Feb, 2018 BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said on Tuesday. Nearly 119,000 Africans were caught trying to get to the EU last year on smugglers’ boats departing from Libya, more than 42,000 from Turkey to Greece and another 23,000 heading from Algeria and Morocco to Spain, Fabrice Leggeri said. “The pressure, the irregular migration pressure on our southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain at a very high level (in 2018),” Leggeri told a news conference. While numbers on the Libya-Italy route have declined since last Jul . . .
African Brain Drain: Is There an Alternative?
By Luc Ngwé | 20 Feb, 2018   Luc Ngwé, a Cameroonian researcher and freelance consultant, is the author of a series of studies on higher education and has taught at the University of Douala (Cameroon), and at universities in Nanterre and Avignon (France). In October 2016, a report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast that “migrants [from sub-Saharan Africa] in OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries could increase from about 7 million in 2013 to about 34 million by 2050,” adding that “the migration of young and educated workers takes a large toll on a region whose human capital is already scarce.”   This decades-long haemorrhaging of the continent cannot suddenly be stopped. Af . . .
ANALYSIS: How Nigerian govt violated own laws, historical role by expelling Cameroonian separatists
By Evelyne OKakwu | 20 Feb 2018                                               Ambazonia protest (Photo Credit: fragov.org) Despite widespread condemnation of the Nigerian government for arresting and detaining some Cameroonian separatists, they were on January 26 deported to Cameroon where they would be tried as terrorists. About 12 members of Southern Cameroon proposing an independent state of Ambazonia were arrested by Nigerian security officials after they arrived Nera hotel in Abuja on January 5 for a scheduled meeting. The separatists led by Julius Tabe who had proclaimed himself President of Ambazonia last October, were reportedly in Nigeria to discuss the i . . .
Mediterranean Migrant Arrivals Reach 7,511 in 2018; Deaths Reach 390
Ferbruary 6, 2018 Latest Mediterranean Update infographic here For latest arrivals and fatalities in the Mediterranean, please visit: http://migration.iom.int/europe Learn more about the Missing Migrants Project at: http://missingmigrants.iom.int For more information, please contact: Joel Millman at IOM HQ, Tel: +41 79 103 8720, Email: jmillman@iom.int Mircea Mocanu, IOM Romania, Tel:  +40212115657, Email: mmocanu@iom.int Dimitrios Tsagalas, IOM Cyprus, Tel: + 22 77 22 70, E-mail: dtsagalas@iom.int Flavio Di Giacomo, IOM Coordination Office for the Mediterranean, Italy, Tel: +39 347 089 8996, Email: fdigiacomo@iom.int Hicham Hasnaoui, IOM Morocco, Tel: + 212 5 37 65 28 81, Email: hhasnaoui@iom.int Kelly Namia, IOM Greece, Tel: +30 210 991 2174, Email: knamia@iom. . . .
Cameroon and Nigeria dragged To African Commission Over Illegal Return Of Ambazonian Refugees, Asylum Seekers
  February 5,  2018 Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the Chairperson of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights requesting “the urgent intervention of the Bureau of the Commission to end the ongoing human rights violations of naturalized Nigerians, refugees and asylum seekers forcibly returned to their country by the Nigerian authorities.” The organization urged the Chairperson and Bureau of the Commission “to urgently hold an extra-ordinary session of the African Commission to address the illegal and unfair return of 51 Cameroon refugees, asylum seekers and naturalized Nigerians, and the continuing violations of the rights of the returnees by the government of Cameroon.” The organ . . .
U.S. State Department Condemns the Unlawful Extradition of Some Ambazonians from Nigeria
  February 6, 2018 From the US State Department Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 5, 2018 The United States condemns the ongoing violence in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, including the murder of two Cameroonian gendarmes in the North West Region village of Mbingo, a Cameroonian soldier outside of Bamenda on February 1, an electoral official of Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in Bangem, and the reported deaths of four civilians in Bamenda and Belo on February 2 and 3. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the people of Cameroon. We also call on the Government of Cameroon to respect the human rights, including due process, of the 47 Cameroonians forcibly returned from Nigerian custody to . . .
This London social enterprise trains refugee women as florists
February 6, 2018 Government support for refugees is scarce, but getting employment can help new arrivals integrate and thrive in an unfamiliar city. Founded in London in May 2016 by translator Sneh Jani and hostel worker Olivia Head, Bread & Roses is a social enterprise that trains refugee women in floristry. Tackling the specific challenges faced by unemployed refugees, it has worked with more than 60 women from all over the world, helping them gain English language skills, confidence and an understanding of the UK job market. Several have gone on to paid work. Help vulnerable new Londoners start out on a stronger footing by buying a Valentine’s bouquet with a conscience, or spl . . .
Count Dowm on Ultimatum by Ambazonia Interim Government to Cameroon
By Anny Funke | Feb 5, 2018   Sissiku Ayuk Julius Tabe Today is the last day for the ultimatum given to the government of Cameroon by the Southern Cameroon/Ambazonia Interim Government to bring public their abducted leaders or be ready for the worse. These leaders include the President of the Interim Council, Sissiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and 11 of his close collaborators. They wrere abducted at Nera Hotel in Abuja on January 5, 2018 by some agents of the Nigerian Secret Service  in a high handed conspiracy with La Republique du Cameroun (LRC).   A few days later some media houses reported that they were extradited  to Cameroon, which is a huge bridge to the UN convention on refugee rights and especially as Nigeria and LRC have never signed any extradition tre . . .
Africa should respond to Trump’s racist rant by taking the moral high ground
February 5, 2018 US President Donald Trump has yet to announce his administration’s Africa policy   Official reactions from Africa were appropriately critical of President Donald Trump’s credibly reported comments about not wanting more immigrants coming to the US from “shithole” countries. This included all those south of the Sahara. A few reactions even included constructive suggestions. The African Group of United Nation ambassadors unanimously dismissed the comments as “outrageous, racist and xenophobic”. They demanded Trump retract them and apologise. Botswana, Senegal and South Africa summoned US local representatives to be served with a demarche. In normal diplomatic practice this is a stern . . .
Libya to Europe: More than 400,000 Migrants Stranded in Libya
Dec 02, 2017 European and African leaders have set themselves a tall order to stamp out horrific abuse of African migrants, some of them Nigerians in Libya, where thousands are suffering in a vast, lawless territory. On Thursday, a summit of the African Union and European Union (EU) set a goal of immediately repatriating 3,800 migrants languishing in a camp near Tripoli. “Something has to be done for people in this situation, obviously, but from an operational and logistical point of view, the evacuations are very complicated,” Hundreds of thousands more — “400,000 to 700,000,” according to AU Commission head Moussa Faki Mahamat — remain stranded. But experts p . . .