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March 1, 2018
More than 875 undocumented migrants have been detained in Turkey since Feb. 27, state-run Anadolu Agency has reported, citing security sources and the Turkish military.
In a statement posted on its official website on Feb. 28, the Turkish General Staff said 673 people were detained as they attempted to enter Turkey via borders with Greece, Syria and Iraq on Feb. 27.
Out of the 673 detained, 500 were detained attempting to cross into Turkey from Syria, 37 from Greece and 10 from Iraq.
Some 126 people were also detained on Feb. 27 as they attempted to cross into Greece from Turkey.
Separately, in the eastern Erzurum province, 48 undocumented Afghan migrants were detained on the Erzurum-Erzincan highway close to the Aziziye district, according to an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media.
They were taken to a repatriation center in Askale district, the source was quoted as saying.
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Home 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. African universities have to include time spent studying abroad as an integral part of their courses, while encouraging sho . . .
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The Libyan Slave Route And The Greed Factor
By Kayode Ogundamisi | Dec 02, 2017
Just glanced through a list of over 2380 Nigerians who had returned from the notorious Libyan slave camps on failed suicide trip to Europe. NOT ONE name from areas affected by the deadly Nigerian Boko Haram war. All the names on the list of 2380are from stable Southern Nigeria. Is Boko Haram also operating in the South? Aside from the general state of insecurity, the economic crisis that is also applicable to most countries, do we really have a full-blown war in Southern Nigeria? Are people ducking from bombs and mass refugee’s camps, even if we had war in Southern Nigeria would it not make sense to see long lines of refugees heading towards Semme Border in Lagos or the border between Cross River and Cameroon or any other bordering countries in the South? No, our compatriots head North, cross to Niger and then to Libya on the dream deadly journey to Europe. Our young girls now account for the largest number . . .
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 point to a daunting array of hurdles, from extracting migrants in perilous situations to giving them incentives to stay put when they return home.
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EU, AU, UN in joint bid to rescue enslaved migrants
Protesters demonstrate against "Slavery in Libya" on November 23, 2017, outside the Libyan embassy in the Moroccan capital Rabat. Images broadcast by CNN earlier this month appearing to show migrants auctioned off as slaves by Libyan traffickers has sparked outrage in Europe and anger in Africa. PHOTO | AFP
By VICTOR KIPROP Dec 02, 2017
The United Nations, African Union and the European Union have agreed to set up a joint task force to rescue African refugees from slavery in Libya.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, AU Commission Chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, and the president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who met on Wednesday at the AU/EU Summit in Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire, said the team will work to save and protect migrants and refugees enroute to and inside Libya, accelerating the assisted voluntary returns to their countries of origin, and the resettleme . . .
How do refugee students make the jump to Germany's universities?
By Kristen Chick | June 24, 2017
Mohamad Taqi Sohrabi has had to fight for an education his entire life.
An Afghan refugee born in Iran, Mr. Sohrabi says it wasn’t easy for him to go to school. By age 10 or 11, he was working during the day and studying at night. Sohrabi was eventually able to study English translation at a university outside Tehran for four semesters, but as an Afghan in Iran, even that was difficult.
In 2015, he made the dangerous journey from Iran to Germany. Now he wants to enroll in a university and finish his education. But the authorities have not yet rendered a final decision on his asylum application, so he’s not certain if he will even be allowed to stay in Germany. And he’ll need to learn German before he can apply.
Sohrabi is one of the more than 1.2 million asylum seekers who have arrived in Germany in the last two years. Many of them are young people who want to pursue higher education. Li . . .
The decade of change: Africa’s march towards total democracy
By Ernest Danjuma Enebi | January 10, 2017
Ghana’s President-elect and candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo speaks during an interview at his residence in Accra, on December 10, 2016, a day after winning the national election, tapping into an electorate fed up with a sputtering economy and ready for change. / AFP PHOTO / Pius Utomi Ekpei
Over the weekend, the President-elect of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo; who had won an improbable race against the incumbent John Dramani Mahama about a month prior was sworn into office, capping what was yet another change-driven election on the continent in as many years. While trying to connect the dots between this and the 2015 election of President Buhari in Nigeria (because we’re rivals in everything), I recognized a wider pattern continent-wide. In the decade beginning 2010, there have been 31 new leaders on the continent – almost all of them elected through peaceful democratic electio . . .
Sweden records drop in asylum seekers
December 27, 2016
The flow of refugees to Sweden has been drastically reduced following the introduction of tighter border controls, stricter legislation and the European Union’s agreement with Turkey on refugees.
As reported by The Local, 2016 saw 80% fewer asylum seekers arrive in Sweden compared with 2015, when almost 163,000 people applied for asylum in the country.
This year’s total is significantly lower. Only 5,410 Syrian asylum seekers have come to Sweden so far in 2016, compared with 51,338 in 2015, according to data released by the Swedish migration authority (Migrationsverket).
Fredrik Bengtsson, press officer with Migrationsverket, said the reduction in numbers is the result of a variation of factors at play in both Sweden and the EU.
“We have an agreement on refugees between Turkey and the EU, as well as significantly reduced abilities for asylum seekers to travel across European borders. In Sweden we have changed legislation such that Sweden . . .
Voices rising against abuse of migrant workers in Italy’s tomotoe fields
By Claron Edwards | March 30, 2016
Italy’s labor unions have released results of investigations showing that a great number of immigrants from East Europe and North Africa exploited to pick tomato crops are controlled by illegal work-gang masters and treated like slaves in rural ghettos in the country. The union is pressing for change in the conditions of these vulnerable, stateless people.
"They say there is work in Italy. I came to work, to make a better life. But in Italy people suffer, they work and they work and they do not get paid," said Baah, who lives amongst hundreds in a ghetto known as Ghana Ghetto in the Cerignola area. "There is no water, there is no place to live that is clean, no toilets. Italy is not paradise."
“Red gold” is the name given to Italy’s tomatoe business by migrant workers. The country is the world's third largest producer of processed tomato products, coming after the United States and China. I . . .