Media Listing August/September 2013


1. Kenya wants Somali refugees to go home, But UN urges action

Voice of America, August 01, 2013

DADAAB, KENYA — The Kenyan government is in talks with Somalia over the repatriation of Somali refugees living in the world's largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya. But insecurity at the camp has put pressure on Kenya to relocate its residents, while instability in Somalia remains a concern for those thinking of returning home. The camp in northern Kenya shelters more a quarter of a million refugees, and most have been there for more than two decades.

2. Calls for Somali return grow after siege

Aljazeera, October 07, 2013

Kenyan politicians were calling for hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees to be sent back home even before the Westgate siege, when gunmen from a Somali-based rebel group slaughtered scores of shoppers during a four-day spectacle of terror.


3. All Eritrean disguised Ethiopian immigrants to be deported

TesfaNews, August 27,2013

The Interior Ministry is challenging asylum claims by Eritreans who, it says, are Ethiopian and thus eligible for deportation. A Central District Court judge has ruled in favor of the state in 18 out of 19 petitions against the ministry’s classification.

4. Last immigrants from Ethiopia land in Israel to end a 30 year saga, August 28, 2013

Last immigrants from Ethiopia land in Israel, ending a 30-year saga But thousands of Falashmura remain stranded in camp, refused entry by Interior Ministry. The last 450 immigrants from Ethiopia landed in Israel on Wednesday afternoon, ending a 30-year national project. However, hundreds or even thousands of others remain in a camp in Ethiopia, as Israel has refused to let them in.

5. Final airlift of Ethiopian immigrants arrive in Israel

JTA August 28, 2013

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The final two charter flights of new immigrants from Ethiopia landed in Israel. The two airplanes carrying the 450 new Israeli citizens arrived Wednesday at Ben Gurion Airport.

6. Ethiopian officials hand over 33 illegal immigrants to Somaliland authorities

MoFA Ethiopia October 21, 2013

More than 33 would be illegal migrant of Somali origins were today handed over to Somaliland immigration officials at the Tog Wajaale Border crossing point after being netted by Ethiopian authorities inside their territories on transit to Sudan and finally to the European shores in search for greener pastures.


7. UN agency concerned over record arrival of refugees, migrants to Yemen

UN News Centre, August 06,2013

A record number of refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen during the first half of this year, the United Nations reported today, while also warning that it is increasingly dangerous for people to make the trip by boat from the Horn of Africa, and once in the country, they face many challenges such as sexual abuse and exploitation.

8. Migrants in Yemen tell of horrific experiences

Doctors Without Borders, August 22, 2013

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing mental health care in a detention center in Sana'a, Yemen. Migrants have told counselors of horrific experiences with traffickers; many are trying to return home.

8. Yemen: Hundreds of migrants await repatriation in Sana’a

Migrant Word Press, August 06, 2013

“We arrived in Yemen at midnight” says Jemale, a 20-year-old Ethiopian who left his home four months ago. His plan was to travel to Saudi Arabia in order to find work. “As we had heard stories of traffickers, we hid on a small mountain. The next day we tried to get some food. We met an older man and his camel. He told us that he was getting us something to eat, but he sold us to traffickers.

9. Saudi-Yemen barrier blocks Ethiopian migrants

VoA, September 26, 2013

A popular path for Ethiopians to work as illegal household help in Saudi Arabia has been blocked by construction of a 75 kilometer-long three meter-high concrete-filled pipeline, that is supposed to eventually span the entire 1,800 kilometer Saudi-Yemen border.

10. Migrants continue to pour into Yemen from Africa

Yemen Times, September 10, 2013

SANA’A, Sept. 9—Recent statistics issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) say that approximately 50,000 African refugees have arrived in Yemen since the beginning of 2013 through the end of July.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

11. URP Submission September 2013

HRW September 30, 2013

Saudi Arabia continues to commit widespread violations of basic human rights. The most pervasive violations affect persons in the criminal justice system, women and girls, migrant workers, and religious minorities. Persecution of political and religious dissidents is widespread. Human Rights Watch published detailed reports on violations against these persons between 2008 and 2012, including Steps of the Devil; Looser Reign Uncertain Gain; Slow Reform; Returned to Risk; Denied Dignity; and The Ismailis of Najran.

European Union

12. Theresa May's Stop and Search for illegal immigrants is only a tactic to win votes

The Independent, August 02, 2013

For black British citizens who were born and raised in this land, to be stopped indiscriminately when going about their daily business is the ultimate humiliation

13. Prejudices against migrants must stop

VATICAN CITY, September 24, 2013(CISA) –

 In honor of the upcoming World Migration Day, Pope Francis said that the improvement of society demands the end of common prejudices against migrants and refugees.

14. Italy to admit 102 rescued migrants

European, August 07,2013

Liberian oil tanker heads to Sicily after Malta refuses entry to rescued refugees. Italy has given permission to a Liberian-registered tanker to dock at Syracuse harbour in Sicily so that 102 migrants can disembark and receive medical attention. The migrants, thought to be refugees from Ethiopia and Eritrea, were picked up by the Greek-operated, Liberian-flagged vessel off the Libyan coast on Sunday night (4 August) after their dinghy got into trouble.  The Maltese navy subsequently prevented the ship from entering its territorial waters.

14. Lampedusa wreck: EU seeks Mediterranean migrant sea patrols

BBC October 08,2013

The European Commission has called for the EU to launch Mediterranean-wide search and rescue patrols to intercept migrant boats.


15. No illegal African migrants enter Israel in August

Erigazette, September 01, 2013

Population and Immigration Authority says August is the first month in which no illegal infiltrators entered Israel through Egyptian border  168 migrants from Sudan and Eritrea leave Israel voluntarily Interior minister: We are progressing day by day.



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