Media Listing November 2014

Global:

1.       Austrian business leaders show a heart for victims of human trafficking: ‘The UN Voluntary Trust Fund for Victims of Trafficking in Persons received a U$ 250,000 boost in donations yesterday from the private sector at a fund-raising event in Vienna…Proceeds from the event will go directly to grassroots organizations that rescue, shelter and reintegrate victims into society…In 2013, the Fund provided support to around 2,000 victims, especially women and children.’  (UNODC – 03/11/14).

2.       UN refugee agency launches campaign to eliminate statelessness within 10 years: ‘The United Nations refugee agency…launched a global campaign aimed at ending within a decade the problem of statelessness – a legal limbo for the more than 10 million people worldwide who lack a nationality and the human rights protections that go with it.’ (UN News Centre – 04/11/14).

3.       World must end "cancer" of statelessness - UN refugee head: According to the UN Refugee Chief ‘the tragic plight of 10 million stateless people is a "cancer" that must be excised…after launching an ambitious campaign to end the crisis in a decade.’ (Thomson Reuters Foundation – 04/11/14).

4.       An ambitious plan to end statelessness: ‘Even though most stateless people neither are, nor have ever been, refugees…UNHCR has launched an ambitious plan to try to end statelessness over the next 10 years.’  (IRIN – 07/11/14).

5.       The case for including migration in the post-2015 agenda: ‘As the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire at the end of 2015, campaigners are calling for the inclusion of migrant worker protections in the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), noting that migrants contribute billions to reducing poverty - often at great cost to their personal safety and well-being.’

6.       The vital difference between human trafficking and migrant smuggling: In this opinion piece the author argues that ‘as attention to smuggling increases, both media and policy outlets are confusing the term smuggling with trafficking, resulting in dangerous policy implications.’ (Open Democracy - 12/11/14).

7.       How will the UNHCR’s statelessness campaign affect Africa? In this opinion, the author predicts that the UNHCR campaign will ‘increase’ statelessness by millions of people – not because the campaign is misconceived – but because it will increase attention to the problem and improve data collection in an area where the statistics on the numbers of stateless persons are currently inadequate.(African Arguments – 12/11/14).

8.       US must maintain strong voice for trafficking victims:  An opinion piece where the authors argue that the Obama administration needs to appoint a strong Ambassador in the Office to monitor and combat human trafficking after the incumbent, Luis Cdebaca, steps down. It highlights the important role the US, led by the Office, has played in combatting human trafficking globally. (Newsobserver.com – 13/11/14). 

9.       Modern slavery affects more than 35 million people, report finds: ‘More than 35 million people around the world are trapped in a modern form of slavery, according to a report highlighting the prevalence of forced labour, human trafficking, forced marriages, debt bondage and commerical sexual exploitation.’ Focusing on the region, Sudan is ranked among the top 10 countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery, while Eritrea and Libya are ranked among the top 10 countries with governments that are taking the least action to end the practice. (The Guardian – 17/11/14).

10.   ‘Do not stop the boats,’ says UN envoy on migrants: According to the Special Rapporteur for the human rights of migrants ‘jailing adult or child migrants in detention centres, stopping boats from landing and building sky-high walls along borders are not lasting solutions to the world’s migrant crisis.’ (The Star.com – 21/11/14).

11.   What fuels migration? For Pope Francis, a strong 'aspiration to hope': ‘Pope Francis said on Friday that the desire to migrate from one’s homeland is inspired by the search for hope, and encouraged the Church throughout the world to welcome migrants, whose presence helps build up society.’ (Catholic News Agency – 21/11/14).

12.   Number of women convicted for human trafficking "exceptionally high" –UN: ‘Nearly three in 10 convicted human traffickers worldwide are female, according to a U.N. report which found that women play a bigger role in trafficking than other major crimes such as murder or robbery.’ (Thomson Reuters Foundation – 24/11/14).

13.   Child trafficking on the rise, says UN: ‘The share of children among trafficked people is increasing, with minors making up almost a third of all detected victims - and a new UN report has warned nowhere is immune. Two out of every three victims are girls.’ (Deutsche-Welle – 24/11/14). 

Djibouti:

1.       Gulf of Aden Shipwreck Survivors Mull Options Amid Reports of New Tragedy: IOM is investigating reports from Djibouti that 30 migrants have died while crossing the Gulf of Aden to Yemen. ‘Since the beginning of the year, at least 241 people have perished at sea trying to reach Yemen from Djibouti.’ Aside from sea deaths, ‘50 migrants were abandoned in the desert in September and died of exhaustion and dehydration. Another 15 migrants were found dead in the lake Assal area in August.’ (IOM – 12/11/14).

2.       Djibouti: 43 Ethiopian migrants return with the help of IOM: IOM is said to have assisted 43 Ethiopians return to Ethiopia following an outreach mission in the northern coastal towns of Tadjoura and Obock, Djibouti. (Djibouti Talk – 17/11/14).

3.       Sweden increases funding for NRC in Iraq and Djibouti: ‘The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has granted NRC an additional SEK 17.4 million to help refugees and internally displaced persons in Iraq and Djibouti… In Djibouti, an additional SEK 5 million has been allocated to improve living conditions for communities of internally displaced persons and refugees through shelter and distribution of emergency materials.’  (Norwegian Refugee Council – 18/11/14).

4.       Djibouti Struggles to Meet Migrant Health Needs: ‘IOM Djibouti has contributed USD 85,000 to the Djiboutian Health Ministry to help local hospitals and clinics provide medical care to migrants from the Horn of Africa.’  Approximately 100,000 migrants transit Djibouti annually. According to an IOM official ‘most of them cross in appalling conditions, often on foot. So, logically, they suffer terribly from dehydration and are exposed to all sorts of diseases.’ (IOM News – 21/11/14).

Eritrea

1.       Sharp increase in number of Eritrean refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe, Ethiopia and Sudan:‘During the first ten months of 2014, the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea has nearly tripled. In Ethiopia and Sudan, neighbouring Eritrea, the number of Eritrean refugees has also increased sharply.’ (UNHCR - 14/11/14).

2.       6,200 Eritreans cross into Ethiopia in 37 days: UNHCR: ‘Over 6,200 Eritreans have crossed into Ethiopia over the past 37 days, an official with the UN refugee agency said… In the first week of November, more than 1,200 Eritreans have arrived in Ethiopia.’  (World Bulletin.net – 17/11/14).

3.       U.N. probing alleged Eritrea rights abuses blamed for migrant exodus: ‘The United Nations has begun to investigate [through a commission] suspected human rights abuses in Eritrea blamed for an exodus of migrants from the Horn of Africa country, U.N. officials.’ In response, an Eritrean official said ‘this commission has been formed for political purposes ... The allegations are not substantiated.’ (Reuters – 20/11/14).

4.       Eritrea blames UN refugee agency for thousands fleeing: The Eritrean government has said ‘the reason thousands of its youth are fleeing the hardline regime is because the UN refugee agency and countries with "sinister" motives are tempting them to leave.’  (Business Standard – 21/11/14).

5.       Denmark tightens restrictions on Eritreans: ‘The [Danish] Justice Ministry said in a press release that Eritreans will no longer be automatically granted asylum if they came to Denmark to flee their home country’s authoritarian rule and compulsory military service.’ The Government reached this decision following an investigation which revealed that the ‘human rights situation in Eritrea may not be as bad as rumoured.’ (The Denmark – 26/11/14).

6.       Number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe increases threefold in a year: ‘The number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe has nearly tripled over the past year as mainly young refugees stream out of one of the world’s most secretive countries, fleeing an “open-ended” national service programme, soaring food prices and dire job prospects.’ According to UNHCR, Eritreans comprise 22% of all of Europe’s arrivals by boat.  (The Guardian – 21/11/14).

Ethiopia:

1.       Climate-driven migration increasing disease burden in Ethiopia: ‘Experts have linked more irregular rainfall and crop failures to a rise in migrant workers in Ethiopia.’ As farmers migrate they are exposed to the risk of contracting HIV and kalazaar, a disease spread by sand flies. (Thomson Reuters Foundation – 03/11/14).

2.       Irish president urges stepped up aid for South Sudan refugees in Ethiopia: ‘Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins has called on the international community to do much more to help tens of thousands of South Sudanese refugees in western Ethiopia.’ President Higgings said it was ‘scandalous’ that the international community had failed to provided even half of the money needed to provide assistance. (UNHCR – 05/11/14).

3.       After war, South Sudan refugees struggle in Ethiopia: A human interest piece detailing the struggles South Sudan refugees face as a result of the disruption and displacement of the on-going civil war. (Agence France-Presse – 05/11/14).

4.       Over 200 irregular Ethiopian migrants choose to return home voluntarily: IOM announces that it has assisted 220 Ethiopian migrants to return home voluntarily. (IPP Media – 10/11/14).

5.       Sharp increase in number of Eritrean refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe, Ethiopia and Sudan:‘During the first ten months of 2014, the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea has nearly tripled. In Ethiopia and Sudan, neighbouring Eritrea, the number of Eritrean refugees has also increased sharply.’ (UNHCR - 14/11/14).

6.       UNHCR starts relocation of 15,000 stranded South Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia: The ‘UNHCR has started the relocation by boat of some 15,000 South Sudanese refugees from the Matar way station in western Ethiopia with the movement of the first group of 125 refugees.’ It began necessary to move the refugees when they became stranded after the camp to which they were going was flooded by seasonal rains. They will be relocated to Pugnido camp, home to 45,000 refugees whom are mostly South Sudanese. (UNHCR – 18/11/14).

7.       Dr Tedros Meets Members of the Ethiopian Diaspora in Denmark: Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs held a meeting with representatives of the Ethiopian diaspora in Copenhagen. ‘The Minister emphasized the importance of all Ethiopians and those of Ethiopian origin in the Diaspora participating in the process of development, democratization and good governance in Ethiopia.’ (All Africa.com – 18/11/14).  

8.       Sudanese-Ethiopian Troops Combat Human Trafficking: The ‘Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia… has praised the efforts exerted by the joint forces between Sudan and Ethiopia in securing borders and combating all forms of smuggling of goods and human trafficking across the border.’  (Sudan Vision – 23/11/14).

9.       Eritrean refugees continue to arrive in high numbers: Eritrean refugees continue to arrive in northern Ethiopia in high numbers. October saw the arrival of 5,000 refugees, while 2,173 refugees arrived by mid-November (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – 24/11/14).

10.   UN official hails cooperation in catering for S. Sudan refugees: The ‘UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator has hailed cooperation with the Ethiopian government, the Agency for Refugees and Returnees Affairs (ARRA) and the UNHCR in catering for the needs of South Sudanese refugees in the southwestern region of Gambella.’ Ethiopia hosts the largest South Sudanese population in the region – an estimated 256,000 refugees. (World Bulletin.net – 25/11/14).

11.   As number of South Sudanese refugees grows, UN relief official urges support to Ethiopia: A ‘senior United Nations relief official has called for continued international attention to the plight of South Sudanese refugees, warning that the number of refugees could rise substantially if fighting in South Sudan persists.’ Almost ‘ 194,000 South Sudanese refugees – 90 per cent of them women and children – have arrived in Ethiopia since the conflict in South Sudan began this past December.’ (UN News Centre – 25/11/14).

Europe:

1.       Migrant boat capsizes off Istanbul: ‘Rescuers have pulled 24 bodies from the sea at the mouth of Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait and rescued seven people after a boat carrying migrants capsized…The boat was carrying 42 Afghan migrants – including 12 children and seven women – and a Turkish captain.’ (The Guardian – 03/11/14).

2.       ‘I came to the UK and I was turned into a prostitute’ – trafficked women share their horrific stories: ‘When trafficked women finally break free of their abusers, they turn in desperation to the authorities. This is only the start of a new nightmare. Four women describe their slavery, escape and further detention by officials they thought would help them.’ (The Guardian – 04/11/14).

3.       Calais migrant crisis: Sending UK police ruled out: The UK ‘government has ruled out sending British police to Calais to help solve the port's "tremendous problem" with illegal immigration.’ (BBC – 04/11/14).

4.       Parliament round-up: UK withdrawal from EU Mediterranean rescue operation: Members of the European Parliament react to the UK’s decision not to ‘participate in the Frontex Mediterranean refugee operation ’ on the basis that it encourages migrants to make the dangerous crossing.  (Civil Service World – 04/11/14).

5.       More Women Making Dangerous Mediterranean Crossing - Many Victims of Abuse: Despite increasingly dangerous sea conditions, irregular migrants are continuing to across the Mediterranean, bringing the total number of arrivals in Italy this year to 154,075, according to figures newly released by the country’s Ministry of the Interior… Although October’s [number of arrivals] represented a 40 per cent drop from the number of arrivals during September, IOM officials in Rome noted some worrying trends in the flow: among them, the growing presence of women, many considered potential victims of trafficking.’ (IOM – 07/11/14).

6.       The Eritrean exodus: [Podcast] ‘Most of Switzerland's asylum seekers come from Eritrea, and their numbers are growing. Journalists recount the dangerous path Eritreans travel to reach Europe, and what awaits them here.’ (swissinfo.ch – 08/11/14).

7.       New EU mission inadequate: Opinion piece arguing that new EU mission ‘Operation Triton’ is inadequate given it is limited deployment area which will leave ‘Malta and Lampedusa desperately exposed.’ (Times of Malta – 09/11/14).

8.       Mediterranean migrants: EU rescue policy criticized: ‘UN officials have criticised Operation Triton, the EU's new policy towards migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Africa to Europe. Vincent Cochetel of the UN refugee agency said it put the onus on merchant ships to rescue those in trouble, but that ships might avoid responding.’ (BBC – 12/11/14).

9.       Riot police deployed after violence against refugees in Rome: ‘Riot police have been deployed in a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Rome to prevent residents from attacking refugees at a holding centre, the latest incident of anti-immigrant tensions in Italy…The residents say they are not racist but are fed up with what they say is years of neglect by government authorities who have allowed…migrants and asylum seekers to settle in Rome’s peripheries without providing adequate services.’ (The Guardian – 13/11/14).  

10.   Sharp increase in number of Eritrean refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe, Ethiopia and Sudan:‘During the first ten months of 2014, the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea has nearly tripled. In Ethiopia and Sudan, neighbouring Eritrea, the number of Eritrean refugees has also increased sharply.’ (UNHCR - 14/11/14).

11.   Young, alone, and sent away: Germany grapples with child refugee swell: ‘Unaccompanied refugee minors have special rights in Germany, yet some cities are overwhelmed. Authorities are debating a change in refugee law that could have serious consequences for the youths.’ (Deutsche Welle -15/11/14)

12.   'Limited' Triton operation will not stop migrant sea tragedies - children's rights organization: ‘Terre des Hommes says that Frontex's new Operation Triton, which has replaced Italy's Mare Nostrum, is too limited to prevent migrant shipwreck tragedies.’  (Malta Today – 17/11/14).

13.   Traffickers turn to teenagers to drive migrant boats across Mediterranean: Smugglers ‘in Egypt and Libya are increasingly using children to drive boats of migrants to Italy. Many of these teenagers are then detained and imprisoned by the Italian authorities, facing up to 15 years in jail and fines of hundreds of thousands of euros.’ (The Guardian – 18/11/14).

14.   Italy registers surge in asylum applications: ‘In a reflection of the dramatic surge in the numbers of migrants reaching Italy's shores from North Africa, there were 25,401 applications for refugee status between January and June, compared with 26,520 in the previous 12 months, according to a report produced by NGOs including Caritas in collaboration with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).’ (The Local – 18/11/14).

15.   Higgins demands review of asylum support system: The Irish President ‘has described the direct provision system for asylum seekers as "totally unsatisfactory" and said it should be reviewed as a matter of urgency.’ Under the system asylum-seekers, can stay for up to 10 years, in centres receiving less than Euros 20 per week. (Independent - 20/11/14).

16.   Number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe increases threefold in a year: ‘The number of Eritreans seeking asylum in Europe has nearly tripled over the past year as mainly young refugees stream out of one of the world’s most secretive countries, fleeing an “open-ended” national service programme, soaring food prices and dire job prospects.’ According to UNHCR, Eritreans comprise 22% of all of Europe’s arrivals by boat.  (The Guardian – 21/11/14).

17.   Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy, Libya: ‘A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.’ (Dailymail – 22/12/14).

18.   At Spanish Enclave, a Debate Over What Makes a Border: Human Rights groups are challenging the location of Spain’s border fences in Ceuta and Melilla. According to a legal suit, even the first of these borders is located within Spanish territory. So ‘just reaching the outer perimeter of the enclave may mean that the migrants have already entered Europe, potentially expanding the numbers entitled to legal counsel, asylum claims or proper deportation proceedings.’ (New York Times – 24/11/14).

19.   'Handful' of Libyan troops claim asylum in UK after training: minister: ‘A group of Libyan army cadets whose training program in Britain was halted early after a series of sex attacks on local residents have claimed asylum.’ (Reuters 24/11/14).

20.   Denmark tightens restrictions on Eritreans: ‘The [Danish] Justice Ministry said in a press release that Eritreans will no longer be automatically granted asylum if they came to Denmark to flee their home country’s authoritarian rule and compulsory military service.’ The Government reached this decision following an investigation which revealed that the ‘human rights situation in Eritrea may not be as bad as rumoured.’ (The Denmark – 26/11/14)

 Israel:

1.       Israel again reduces number of offices that serve asylum seekers: ‘The Interior Ministry closed its Tel Aviv office with no notice; Now only three offices nationwide serve some 44,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals in Israel.’ (Haaretz – 04/11/14).

2.       A more humane Israeli Interior Ministry: ‘The Interior Ministry's primary goal has been to drive asylum seekers out of Israel in any way it could; let’s hope that incoming Interior Minister Gilad Erdan won't continue this wretched tradition.’ (Haaretz – 06/11/14).

3.       State releases 138 migrants held since summer 2012: The Israeli Government has submitted ‘to pressure from an NGO to release 138 illegal migrants who had been detained since summer 2012 rather than try to fight a petition to the High Court of Justice.’ (The Jerusalem Post – 07/11/14).

4.       Supreme Court: Right to overturn laws needed to protect Israel's minorities: The Israel Supreme Court President stated that the ‘Court needs to retain its ability to overturn Israeli laws — and keep them overturned — so it can protect minority groups, such as asylum seekers .’(Haaretz – 11/10/14).

5.       African asylum seekers still vulnerable to arrest despite court ‘protection’ ‘The Interior Ministry is refusing to renew the visas of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers without proof that they have a wife or children here, even though a High Court of Justice ruling in September necessitated a change in this policy.’ Proof of family in Israel was initially required to prevent asylum-seekers from being sent to the Holot detention facility. As the High Court has since ordered the facility closed, the author argues that the Interior Ministry should be renewing visas of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum-seekers automatically. (Haaretz – 19/11/14).

6.       Bill would limit detention of migrants to 20 months: In September the Israeli High Court gave the Government 3 months to come up with an alternative policy responding to asylum-seekers. A former amendment to the Anti-infiltration law allowed asylum-seekers to be detained for an indefinite period. In response to the Court’s decision the Government is considering a 20-month limit to how long asylum-seekers can be held in detention.  (The Times of Israel – 19/11/14).

7.       State dragging its feet on asylum bids from jailed Africans:  The Israeli government reportedly ‘has yet to respond to 80 percent of the requests for asylum submitted by Eritrean and Sudanese nationals being held in the Holot custodial facility.’ According to government data ‘only 396 of the 1,913 requests for asylum submitted by detainees at the facility. As far as is known, all those requests were refused.’ (Haaretz – 26/11/14).

8.       Israel aims to drive Africans out by squeezing their employers: ‘Employers of African asylum-seekers will soon be required to pay exorbitant fees under a new government plan aimed at drying up these jobs and thus inducing the Eritrean and Sudanese “infiltrators,” as the government calls them, to leave the country. The plan was initiated by the Prime Minister’s Office as well as the ministries of Interior, Justice and Finance.’ (Haaretz – 27/11/14).

Kenya:

1.       At least 7 killed in renewed conflict in Kenya's refugee camp: ‘At least seven refugees have been killed in a renewed violence involving different communities living in Kakuma refugee camp in northwest Kenya, government official confirmed.’ Four were from the Nuer community, one from the Dinka and two Burundians. (ShanghaiDaily.com – 03/11/14).

2.       16 Kenyan women stranded in Libya seek help to return home: Kenyan female labour migrants stranded in Libya are seeking Government assistance to return home. Reports indicate that one of the women gave birth last week and has been living with the others in deplorable conditions at the building formerly used as the Kenyan embassy.  (Capital FM – 04/11/14).

3.       MFA seeks to evacuate 16 Kenyan women from Libya: ‘The Foreign Affairs Ministry says it will evacuate 16 Kenyan women who have been stranded at the former Kenyan embassy in Libya for the past two weeks.’ (Capital FM – 04/11/14).

4.       Violent incidents at Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp claim eight lives over past week: ‘UNHCR is concerned about the security situation at the refugee camps at Kakuma in northwest Kenya. Sporadic disturbances…have claimed the lives of eight refugees from Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and South Sudan’ (UNHCR – 04/11/14).

5.       Education Above All Launches Multi-Sector Education Project in Kenyan Refugee Camp: ‘As part of its ongoing effort to address barriers to education worldwide, Education Above All (EAA) today announced with UNHCR, the launch of a four-year, holistic education pilot project in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya.’ (UNHCR – 05/11/14).

6.       High Court launched in Garissa: Kenya’s Chief Justice presided over the inauguration of the Garissa’s first High Court. Previously, the county, which hosts over 500,000 refugees, was served by a mobile court that sat weekly. (The Star – 05/11/14).

7.       Safaricom, MoneyGram pact to boost Diaspora inflows: ‘Diaspora remittances into the country are expected to go a notch higher after MoneyGram announced a partnership with Safaricom’s M-PESA money transfer service.’ (Capital FM – 05/11/14).

8.       Red flag over Sh90m human smuggling racket through Kenya-Ethiopia border: An expose on the multi-million shilling smuggling operations along the Kenya-Ethiopian border. (Standard – 09/11/14).

9.       A new education model for Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya: In this interview, the UNHCR Country Representative for Kenya speaks of a new programme, implemented in partnership with the Education Above All Initiative, to provide adequate education to children and women.   (Euronews – 12/11/14).

10.   UN slashes food rations for refugees in Kenya: ‘The UN World Food Programme is to slash in half food rations for half a million refugees in Kenya as it scrambles for funding amid an unprecedented number of emergencies around the globe.’ The 500,000 refugees in Kenya will receive daily rations of just over 1,000. (Al Jazeera – 15/11/14).

11.   UAE visa issuing centre in Nairobi: Nairobi, Kenya received the third visa issuing centre outside the UAE. It was hailed as an important development in shortening the time frame for visa processing and facilitating the entry of workers into the Gulf State. (Emirates 24/7 News – 18/11/14).

12.   UNHCR seeks to reassure refugees in Kenya facing food shortages: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told residents of Kenya's Kakuma and Dadaab camps that it is doing everything it can to restore full food rations which were halved this month due to a funding shortfall.The UNHCR Representative said that the cut in rations was due to funding constraints and not linked to the voluntary repatriation process (UNHCR – 21/11/14).

13.   Kenya urges world to intervene over political feud in Somalia: William Ruto, the Kenyan Deputy President, urged the international community to act as mediators in response to an ongoing row between the Somali President and Prime Minister. Mr. Ruto highlighted the need for a stable environment within Somalia for the repatriation of thousands of refugees currently in Kenya.  (Shanghai Daily – 25/11/14).

14.   Food Aid in Short Supply for Refugees in Kenya: ‘The World Food Program has been struggling to find funds to feed half a million Somali and Sudanese refugees who are crammed into two large refugee camps in northern Kenya. The potential for unrest and humanitarian crises loom large in East Africa as the world donor community faces multiple high-cost emergencies around the globe.’ (Voice of America – 26/11/14). 

Kuwait:

1.       Ebola Scare As Ethiopian Expat ‘Infects’ 4 Men, 5 Policemen: An Ethiopian expatriate who was detained in a Police Station has been referred to Hospital because he is suffering from an infectious disease that can spread through air. Four inmates in the same cell and five policemen of the police station have also been referred to Jahra Hospital for medical examinations to ensure they are not infected with the same disease.  Arab Times reports ‘it is not known so far whether the Ethiopian expatriate is suffering from Ebola.’ (Arab Times – 25/11/15).

Libya:

1.       Nearly 800 migrants rescued off Italy, Libya: ‘A total 796 people were rescued from boats in distress in the Mediterranean in 48 hours, Italian and Libyan officials, as unprecedented numbers of would-be immigrants head for Italy's shores.’ (Dailymail – 22/12/14).

2.       'Handful' of Libyan troops claim asylum in UK after training: minister: ‘A group of Libyan army cadets whose training program in Britain was halted early after a series of sex attacks on local residents have claimed asylum.’ (Reuters 24/11/14).

Qatar:

1.       Qatar accused of dragging its feet over treatment of migrant workers: ‘Six months after Qatar promised major improvements to its treatment of migrant workers, Amnesty International has warned that its progress so far is “woefully inadequate” and accused the Gulf state of dragging its feet.’ (The Guardian – 12/11/14).

 South Africa:

1.       UNHCR and UCT launch the Cape Town Programme in International Refugee Law: ‘UNHCR and the University of Cape Town launched the inaugural session of the Cape Town Programme in International Refugee Law. This Programme seeks to improve the protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Southern Africa by fostering constructive dialogue between policymakers, academics and civil society.’ (African Press Organization - 18/11/14).

2.       Landmark sentence in human trafficking case: A South African ‘businessman who held five under-age Mozambican girls captive as sex-slaves for three years, has been sentenced to eight life-terms for human trafficking and rape - believed to be the heaviest sentence ever handed down for human trafficking in South Africa.’ The girls were trafficked into Mozambique from South Africa without documents. (News24 – 22/11/14).

Sudan:

1.       Sudanese police free Eritreans from human trafficking gang: According to the Sudan Tribune ‘Sudanese police have freed six Eritrean nationals who were abducted by a human trafficking gang in the state of Kassala in eastern Sudan following fierce armed confrontation.’ (Sudan Tribune – 09/11/14).

2.       Sharp increase in number of Eritrean refugees and asylum-seekers in Europe, Ethiopia and Sudan:‘During the first ten months of 2014, the number of asylum-seekers in Europe from Eritrea has nearly tripled. In Ethiopia and Sudan, neighbouring Eritrea, the number of Eritrean refugees has also increased sharply.’ (UNHCR - 14/11/14).

3.       Sudan to Participate in International Conference on Combating Human Trafficking: ‘The Minister for Interior…received the European Union ambassador to the Sudan Tomas Ulicny who briefed the minister on preparations for convening the international conference on combating human trafficking set for next month in Rome, Italy.’ (Sudan Vision – 21/11/14).

4.       Sudanese-Ethiopian Troops Combat Human Trafficking: The ‘Sudanese Ambassador to Ethiopia… has praised the efforts exerted by the joint forces between Sudan and Ethiopia in securing borders and combating all forms of smuggling of goods and human trafficking across the border.’  (Sudan Vision – 23/11/14).

Tanzania:

1.       Tanzania to regulate remittance transfers: ‘Tanzania plans to introduce a flexible regulation of “transfer remittances” that will ensure the government acquires funds from Tanzanians who are living and working abroad to foster social and economic development in the country.’ (East African Business Week – 02/11/14).

Tunisia:

1.       Tunisia prepares for Libya influx despite hardened attitudes: ‘Government authorities and aid agencies in Tunisia say they are prepared for a sudden additional flood of refugees from Libya despite growing public hostility to the influx ahead of presidential elections.’ (IRIN – 14/11/14).

Uganda:

1.       Uganda arrests 3 Somalis for illegal border crossing: ‘Ugandan police have arrested three Somali nationals for entering the country illegally from Kenya…Police in Tororo district are holding the infiltrators, some of whom said they attempted the crossing to escape hostile conditions in Kenya's Kakuma refugee camp.’ (Sabahionline – 12/11/14

Yemen:

1.       Thousands of Yemeni Migrant Workers Return from Saudi Arabia: ‘During the month of October, IOM recorded 25,940 Yemeni returnees at the Al-Tuwal border crossing point between Yemen and Saudi Arabia.’ While 77% of the returnees reported being subject to some form of abuse, 68% said that they planned to return to the Kingdom shortly. (IOM – 14/11/14).

2.       Yemen crisis a boon for people smugglers: ‘Yemen's security crisis is leading to a rapid expansion in the people smuggling trade, with thousands of migrants from the Horn of Africa desperate to use the country as a gateway to Saudi Arabia.’ (IRIN – 20/11/14).

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