Migrants

Dozens dead as migrant boat sinks off Mauritania coast: UN

At least 58 people, including women and children, were killed after a boat carrying dozens of migrants capsized in the Atlantic Ocean off the West African nation of Mauritania, the UN's migration agency said. The perilous sea passage from West Africa to Europe was...

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:55pm

Europe’s refugee scandal

LONDON – It has long been known that the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is plagued by overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, and rampant violence, including riots that have left many injured. But when aid workers reported in April that children as young as ten were attempting...

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:34pm

The missing link of refugee response

It was heart-rending to witness this faint semblance of proper schooling – all the more so because the children clearly valued their education. Without it, their future, and that of their communities, will be irreparably damaged. More than half of the world’s refugees are children; yet...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:42am

UN says has reached ceasefire for Libyan capital as jailed migrants escape

A ceasefire has been signed between armed factions fighting over the Libyan capital, the United Nations said on Tuesday, after more than a week of violence inside Tripoli. Dozens of people have been killed in fighting engulfing Tripoli as rival armed groups vie for power and money in the chaos...

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 2:07am

Libya refuses settlement of illegal immigrants

Libya's UN-backed government's Foreign Minister on Wednesday refused settlement of illegal immigrants on Libyan territory. "Libya does not accept this unjust and unfair measure. It has more than 700,000 immigrants. They must be returned to the countries of origin from where they came...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 10:29am

Create opportunities to reduce migration, Kagame to African leaders

The migration crisis across the African continent can be addressed by governments doing more to create an enabling environment that provide opportunities for citizens to eliminate the the need to relocate elsewhere for survival. This observation was made by President Paul Kagame on Wednesday...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:15am

Italy asks EU Commission to solve situation around migrant vessel

Diciotti rescued Wednesday 177 migrants from a boat in the territorial waters of Malta. However, the authorities of Malta refused to accept the migrants saying that the boat was not in distress and the coast guard’s actions were explained only by the Italian wish to prevent the migrants from...

Monday, August 20, 2018 - 10:17am

164 illegal Nigerian migrants voluntarily deported from Libya

Libyan authorities announced the voluntary deportation of 164 illegal Nigerian migrants from Libya to their country later on Thursday, as part of the voluntary repatriation program of the International Organization for Migration (IOM). "An airplane took off from Mitiga international airport...

Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:30am

The Good Immigrant

The World Cup is over but there is still discussions going on about what happens off the field for many players who took centre stage during this year’s tournament. One recurring discussion has been around football players of dual nationality or from immigrant families, whose identity is...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:35pm

More than 1,500 people died trying to reach Europe in 2018 – UN

More than 1,500 people have died so far in 2018 trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean, the UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has said, adding that this is the fifth consecutive year that the grim benchmark has been reached. The vast majority of the 1,504 deaths were...

Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 12:33am

Algeria deports 355 illegal migrants to Niger

Algeria has deported 355 Nigerien illegal migrants to their country of origin, the Algerian Council for Human Rights said Wednesday in a statement. "We express our full satisfaction with the progress of this operation which departed from the capital city Algiers to the southernmost province...

Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 10:09am

40 migrants drown off northern Moroccan coast

Some 40 migrants have drowned after their boat sank off Morocco's northern coast on Sunday, local media reported. The dead migrants are from sub-Saharan African countries, and a number of them are women, the Moroccan Alyaoum24.com news site said. The bodies of the migrants were sent to the...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 9:11am

Norway blames the influx of migrants on Europe's black labor market

Distinguishing between refugees and migrants is a hard task, the director of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration has argued, conceding that some of the migrants are drawn to Europe by vast opportunities within the shady part of the economy. Some of the migrants arriving in Europe are refugees...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 12:44pm

Libya calls for speedy repatriation of illegal immigrants

Libya's UN-backed Foreign Minister Mohamed Sayala on Thursday called for speedy repatriation of illegal immigrants from Libya to their countries of origins. Sayala made his remarks during a meeting with William Swing, director general of International Organization for Migration (IOM), in the...

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 10:14am

Italy provides Libya with more ships to bring migrants back home

Italy has said it will give ships and equipment to the Libyan Coast Guard to help it intercept and bring migrants back home. Italy's government has announced Monday it will provide 10 motor launches and two ships, as well as an unspecified amount of equipment and other material, to the Libyan...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 10:41am

Merkel's cabinet conflict over asylum policy pacified on compromise with sister party

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on Monday night reached a compromise on their dispute over asylum policy. Seehofer, who offered to resign as interior minister Sunday night, told reporters that he would also stay in office as he and Merkel's party have...

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 12:05pm

Malta to send economic migrants back, warns PM

The Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat, warned on Sunday that any of the 233 migrants who arrived on board the migrants ship MV Lifeline but were not "genuine" asylum seekers would be sent back to their countries or origin. Muscat in a radio interview announced plans to repatriate...

Monday, July 2, 2018 - 10:56am

More migrants in limbo as Italy blocks Lifeline boat

There is growing uncertainty over the fate of hundreds of migrants and refugees as a rescue ship remained stranded at sea for a fifth day after both Italy and Malta refused to give it docking approval. Lifeline, a ship belonging to a German NGO of the same name, remained stuck on Maltese waters on...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 11:24pm

Confronting the migrant threat to the EU

MADRID – The European Union loves giving itself ultimatums, whether it is the two-year deadline for Brexit negotiations or European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s declaration, upon taking office, that his was a “last-chance commission.” Unfortunately, European...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 11:30pm

72 illegal migrants voluntarily repatriated from Libya

The Libyan authorities announced Thursday that 72 illegal migrants from Mali and Sierra Leone have been voluntarily deported to their own countries, in cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).    "Sixty-three illegal migrants, including women and...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 7:50am